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January 22, 2014

Ultrathin Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Batteries from PowerStream

Lithium polymer chargerChargers for lithium polymer cells for experimental and engineering work

ultra thin lithium primary (non-rechargeable) cells
For non-rechargeable lithium ultrathin cells click here
ultrathin lithium ion batteriesCells as thin as 500 microns, and bendable!

Batteries, Chargers, and Power Supplies, Custom and off-the-shelf.

ultrathin lithium polymer battery Click here for Engineering Resources 2.5 amp hour 2 mm thick battery

PowerStream has been working with a team of engineers in China to develop the thinnest possible lithium polymer batteries. We can now offer design engineers batteries of 2.0 mm to 0.5 mm thick. These cells should be useful for smart cards, RFID tags and other applications that require energy storage in a very thin battery.

Lithium ion cells are used in a wide variety of portable equipment and instruments. Lithium polymer cells have a better form factor than cylindrical cells for a variety of applications, such as cell phones, PDAs, cameras. These cells are high-quality Chinese cells, made in an ISO certified environment. PowerStream has qualified this factory as being one of the premier factories for lithium polymer cells. Not exactly paper thin, but as thin as we know how!

Though these cells have small capacities they are about the same as coin and button cells and have a wide range of applications. There are microcontrollers that draw less than 1 microamp, such as the TI MSP430 in standby mode, so a 50 mAH battery could run these for 2 years between charges.

Flat batteries can be used for military, sensors, tags, and cards. At about 2 mAH per square cm these, and with power levels at 10 mA per square cm.

Since these are not thin-film batteries they are available now, have a flexible substrate, and can generate much higher powers if need be. They use a solid-electrolyte technology that minimizes or eliminates any free liquid. They do not have to be kept flat. The 0.5 mm cells can be flexed or bent into a cylinder, into a hat band, belt, etc.

Features:
1. High operating voltage(3.6V)
2. Energy density is high,
3. No memory effect
4. Self-discharge is less than 3% per month
5. Charge/discharge cycle characteristics are excellent
6. Safety characteristics are excellent
7. Processing temperatures for these cells is 100°C for less than 60 seconds, 120°C for less than 20 seconds and 140°C for less than 5 seconds.
8. End-of-discharge voltage cut off 2.8 volts.
9. Temperature range of charging is 0-45°C, discharging is -20 to +60°C


Ultrathin Lithium Polymer Cells.

Note at this time we have a few standard products (see the table with the "add to cart" buttons below. Most customers at this time are using cells made to their specifications and will require a tooling charge and minimum order of 2000 pieces. Below are listed typical parameters for such cells.

We have a small quantity of out-of-spec PGEB0052081 and PGE0054253 cells for electrical testing, but they are not available for production without paying a tooling charge.
Samples of the following cells are available Quantity 1-19 20-99 100-999 1000-4999 5000+
PGEB021212 10mAH $15.00 each
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$10.00 $7.64 $3.33 $2.22
PGEB021235 40 mAH $10.00 each
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB0052081 40 mAH $10.00 each
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB0054018 10 mAH $10.00 each
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB014018 25 mAH $10.00 each
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB0104348 130mAH $10.00 eachadd_to_cart.gif $6.20 3.33 2.80 call
PGEB016144 200 mAH $10.00
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB0054338 45 mAH $10.00
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB0083559 65 mAH $10.00
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$6.20 $3.33 $2.80 $2.22
PGEB01180270 (in stock cells are 2.2 to 2.5AH) $28.00
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$24.00      
Examples of batteries that we have made
Thickness
Nominal Voltage
(V)
Theoretical Capacity
(mAh)
Dimensions
T x W x H mm
Weight
(grams)
PGEB201212 2 mm 3.7V 10mAH 2x12x12.5 mm 0.45 g
PGEB0054018 0.8 mm 3.7 V 10 mAH 0.8 x 40 x 18 mm  
PGEB021235 2 mm 3.7 V 40 mAH 2 x 12 x 35 mm  
PGEB0053040 0.5-0.55 mm 3.7 V 21 mAH 0.6 x 30 x 50 mm  
PGEB014018 1.0-1.1 3.7V 25 mAH 1.0 x 40 x 18 mm  
PGEB0054338 0.6 mm 3.7 V 35-45 mAH 0.6 x 43 x 38 mm  
PGEB0053642 0.5-0.55 mm 3.7 V 40 mAH 0.6 x 36 x 42 mm  
PGEB0052081 0.5-0.55 mm 3.7 V 40 mAH 0.6 x 81 x 20 mm 1.7 g
PGEB0054050 0.5-0.55 mm 3.7 V 55 mAH 0.6 x 40 x 50 mm  
PGEB0065046 0.6 mm 3.7 V 50 mAH 0.6 x 50 x 46  
PGEB0054253 0.5-0.55 mm 3.7 V 60 mAH 0.6 x 42 x 53 mm 2.3 g
PGEB0053559 ** 0.55 mm 3.7 V 65 mAH 0.5 x 35 x 59 mm  
PGEB0083559 0.8 mm 3.7 V 65 mAH 0.8 x 35 x 59 mm  
PGEB0104348 1mm 3.7V 130mAH 1 x 43 x 48 3.5 g
PGEB016144 0.85-1 mm 3.7 V 200 mAH 1.0 x 44 x 61 mm  
PGEB1290152 1.2 mm 3.7V 850mAH 1.0±0.2 x 90 x 152 mm 29 g
PGEB01180270 1.0 mm 3.7V 2.8AH 1.0±0.2 x 118 x 270 mm 85 g




Discharge curves for ultra-thin batteries

These are great cells. They are designed for low current discharge, but the above curve shows what they do at high current discharge rates, up to 10C.
Note the following features:
  • At 100 mA (about 2C) you still get 90% of the rated capacity, terminating at 3 volts
  • At 200 mA (about 4C) you get 86% of the rated capacity terminating at 2.8 volts
  • The voltage stays high even at these extreme currents
  • Even at half an amp (10C) there is enough energy for over 3300 pulses, 100 mSec each.

Discharge curves for PGEB014461


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