lithium-ion battery


Definition of lithium-ion battery

: a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte

Note: Lithium-ion batteries are common in portable electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop computers.

Examples of lithium-ion battery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inspectors also should verify that crew members know how to extinguish small lithium-ion battery fires. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Coast Guard inspectors told to take a good look at lithium-ion batteries after Conception dive boat fire," 10 Nov. 2020 The fuel tank and exhaust also went in the recycling bin, and a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack was mounted in the Blazer's cargo area. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Chevrolet readies an electric crate motor for homebuilt EV hotrods," 29 Oct. 2020 Honda opted for a relatively small 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to help reduce both mass and cost. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2020 Honda e Does Fun Better than Most EVs," 3 Nov. 2020 The advent of the lithium-ion battery, the same platform used in power tools, has increased the power to weight ratio of these tools and improved their run time. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Handheld Vacuums for Cleaning Up Your Home or Workshop," 13 Oct. 2020 Frith points out that the term lithium-ion battery is actually an umbrella term for a number of different battery chemistries. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 Sep. 2020 The Solo, which is on display at Scottsdale Fashion Square and at a few other upscale shopping malls around the nation, is powered by a lithium-ion battery system. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona is a finalist for factory to assemble 3-wheeled electric cars," 7 Oct. 2020 Last year's chemistry award went to American chemist John B. Goodenough, British American chemist M. Stanley Whittingham and Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino for their development of the long-life lithium-ion battery. NBC News, "Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to scientists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for pioneering genome research," 7 Oct. 2020 This turned out to be a fat lithium-ion battery called a 4680—a reference to its diameter, 46 millimeters, and its length, 80 millimeters—that is being produced in-house at Tesla. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?," 22 Sep. 2020

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithium-ion battery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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