In reply to one of my earlier posts, SDF colleague
(is that a good description for somebody on the same system?)
solderpunk recently wrote about battery standards and
gadget obsolescence. I share those views.
But what about the advances in power density of consumer batteries, what did we gain with the Li-type batteries?
I have made a quick survey of rechargeable batteries at home: Li-ion in various phones (smart and feature), and NiMH AA and AAA batteries. (I cannot say what's in my Android tablets, because those are not easily removed from the device). I have weighted them and calculated the energy density based on what's written on them — of course this may be under optimum conditions, but assuming all manufactures exaggerate more or less the same way, it should still be somewhat comparable:
So we could say we gained about a factor of two in weight for the same energy density — but does it really matter a lot, whether you carry 25 or 50 g of batteries for a total of let's say 200 g (typical smartphone)?
But we lost on
solderpunk nicely pointed out: the more
different batteries you need, the more waste you generate
And did I already mention obsolescence..?