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What new technologies are influencing battery charger design?
29 answers
Answers:
Power semiconductor improvements. Low cost DSP / uControllers. Smart charging chips from TI & Linear and others. Integration technology like SMBus.
~Engineer, Cape Canaveral, FL
Virtually all modern battery chargers are based on switch mode power supply design. This is due to the spread of maintenance free battery technologies.
~David W, Engineering Consultant, Stafford, UK
The use of on-board charging in electric vehicles has required a reduced footprint to allow these to be packaged within the vehicle.
~Engineering, Design, Glasgow, Great Britain
Hi frequency charging, with battery reaching top of charge and staying equalized at all times.
~SELVAN S, General Management, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Li-MH and Li-Polymer battery capacity. Ability to recharge from solar etc
~Robert Viles, Research & Development, Tamworth, UK
Electronic apparatus used in Battery Charger design are most influencing.
~Ogwang Romano Salim, Electician, Gulu, Uganda
New batteries, with very fast charge time (thin films, nanomaterials...)
~Engineering, Design, TOUSSIEU, France
The technology is not new but the suppliers are not in this country.
~Tim F, President, NewTech America LLC, Rocky River, OH
The type of batteries including the materials they are made of.
~Jeffery S, MAINTENANCE SUPERINTENDENT, Wentzville, MO
Two folds: (1) Applicable standard, and (2) Distribution
~Johnson Sung, Research & Development, Taipei, Taiwan
Thyristor pulses rectifier provide higher efficiency.
~Engineering, Design, Jaksel, Indonesia
Intelligent chargers and multi charging locations
~Birmingham, Great Britain
Alkaline Batteries. Asset management of cells.
~Engineering, Consulting, Manaus, Brazil
Battery life wrt cycle charging complexity
~Engineering, Design, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Lithium batteries, solar and wind power.
~Paul D, Systems manager boatbuiling and repair, Portsmouth, RI
Stand alone systems and going green
~Gregory K, Technical Specialist, Cold Chain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lithium batteries Hybrid batteries
~J S, Project Manager, Esbjerg, Denmark
Battery Cell design technology
~Mike C, Production Engineer, Stanley, NC
Temperature, time, frequency
~Engineering, Design, Alexandria, VA
Quick charging, small size
~Gani Pratomo, Research & Development, Bandung, Indonesia
Digital signal processing
~Valeriy Martynyuk, Research & Development, Khmelnytskiy, Ukraine
Switch mode rectifiers
~Idris Md Saleh, Technical Support, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
High frequency design
~Rick S, Owner, Liberty Township, OH
Multi stage charging
~Bryan R, Retired, Nudgee, Australia
Maintenance free
~Marwan Alali alshbiakat, Projects Engineer, Jordan
Li Io / Ni Mh?
~Engineering, Consulting, Amersham, Great Britain
Auto function
~John W, Facilities Manager, Parrish, FL
LiIon
~Mike G, General Management, Leeds, UK
NMH
~William Z, Engineer/Project Manager, Union Bridge, MD

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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative battery chargers?
21 answers
Answers:
Hawker - Enersys Beady Eye - South Africa - Natal - Durban very good charging systems. 031 - 7005940 - Len Fish you can use my name for reference
~SELVAN S, General Management, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Many are made in China and don't have manufacturers names on many of them, but I like MTronics and Uniross
~Birmingham, Great Britain
In UK, Eltek have some of the most versatile systems.
~David W, Engineering Consultant, Stafford, UK
Electric Conversions--California and Zivan-Italy
~Tim F, President, NewTech America LLC, Rocky River, OH
Small device mfg's like Apple and Nokia.
~Engineer, Cape Canaveral, FL
Maxim, NatSemi, Linear Technology
~Mike G, General Management, Leeds, UK
Mastervolt, Victron, Genasun.
~Paul D, Systems manager boatbuiling and repair, Portsmouth, RI
Delta Electronics of Taiwan.
~Idris Md Saleh, Technical Support, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Insufficient information
~Johnson Sung, Research & Development, Taipei, Taiwan
Steca in Germany
~Gregory K, Technical Specialist, Cold Chain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Johnson controls
~Jeffery S, MAINTENANCE SUPERINTENDENT, Wentzville, MO
C&D and Enersys
~Rick S, Owner, Liberty Township, OH
Not up to date
~Engineering, Design, Alexandria, VA
TI, Microchip
~Engineering, Design, TOUSSIEU, France
I'm not sure
~Gani Pratomo, Research & Development, Bandung, Indonesia
EDN & Zivan
~Engineering, Design, Glasgow, Great Britain
Globalspec
~Ogwang Romano Salim, Electician, Gulu, Uganda
German
~Bryan R, Retired, Nudgee, Australia
GUTOR
~Engineering, Consulting, Manaus, Brazil
Varta
~Marwan Alali alshbiakat, Projects Engineer, Jordan
Mass
~J S, Project Manager, Esbjerg, Denmark

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