Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others working on battery standard

“To some observers, it may seem like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped, but next month a group of high-tech companies — includin leading notebook computer makers Dell, Lenovo, Apple and Hewlett-Packard — will be holding a summit meeting in San Jose, Calif., to get the ball rolling on manufacturing standards for lithium-ion batteries for portable and handheld electronic devices,” John P. Mello Jr. reports for E-Commerce Times.

“The companies are part of the OEM Critical Components Committee of the IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries, of Bannockburn, Ill. The organization has some 2,400 members involved in making, designing or using electronic components,” Mello Jr. reports.

Mello Jr. reports, “The move comes after Dell, on Aug. 14, announced the recall of 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony because, under some conditions, they may overheat and cause a risk of fire.”

“The panel began to focus on battery standards long before Dell’s massive recall was announced, according to the chairman of the committee, Dell’s Director of Supplier Engineering and Quality John Grosso,” Mello Jr. reports.

Full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. Wonder if MDN could do some investigative reporting and see if the battery makers of the world are holding back longer life, safer, cooler, and overall better batteries.

    I know they are and Apple is in league with them. It’s all about selling more batteries and it’s an outrage.

  2. In defence of Pete Peterson:

    For several decades there have been MANY stories floating around about alternate sources of power, including battery-sized ones.

    Of course, you’ll never hear these stories from the sources of mainstream news, a.k.a. corporate brainwashers.

    MDN Magic Word = “true”

  3. Des, I remember when there were many stories “floating around” about a pill that would turn water into gasoline.

    I remember when there were many stories “floating around” about cold fusion in a jar.

    I remember when there were many stories “floating around” about . . .

    Well, you get the idea.

    Two people can keep a technological breakthrough secret “for several decades” only if one of them is dead. Something tells me BOTH of them are dead when it comes to your “alternate sources of power” theories.

    “Paranoia strikes deep . . . .”

  4. A little off topic but funny, I just saw the new Dell TV spot, the song they are using in it titled “CATCH MY DISEASE BY BEN LEE”.
    But the the song is cut short just before that line. LOL
    Little do people know thats exactly what will happen once Windows is installed, these days people would rather catch a disease than to catch FIRE : )

  5. Pete Peterson,

    I am entertained by your conspiracy theory,

    but the Macbook and MBP both use Lithium

    Polymer batteries. Trust me, they are state

    of the art. There is nothing better at this

    time except for a technology that requires

    a battery temp of about 400 F.

  6. Oxymoron: Your response shows how incredibly easy it is for certain things to remain hidden from the masses – most people don’t believe these things even when they’re told.

    “Conspiracy theorist” and other versions of “nutcase” are just convenient labels that can be used by anyone whose view of the world is fed to them by the evening news, and who can’t be bothered trying to figure out the difference between a genuine nutcase and someone who’s found genuine information that you don’t want to believe.

    I, and many other people, have very good reasons (e.g. personal experience) to believe some of the things that aren’t accepted by the masses. No, I’m not trying to prove it to you – just stating my case.

  7. Having replaced too many laptop batters (each to be replaced at high cost), I’ve been looking into “care and feeding” issues, drawing from guidelines from HP and background info on Wikipedia.

    What’s clear is that the battery can’t be considered in isolation. Heat shortens battery life – a critical issue in today’s “hotter” laptops, and it’s worse if the battery remains close to full charge. (Our users run their laptops most of the time off AC power, so this is an ongoing problems.) The charging circuitry varies according to laptop design, as does onboard ventilation. (HP and Sony reportedly use batteries comparable to Dell, but haven’t exhibited the same problems.) So while standardizing the battery form factor could result in lower costs, as long as those systemic issues vary we’ll still see different fatality rates for laptop batteries.

  8. Des Gusting,

    I understand your point, but I believe

    that usually the simplest explanation

    is the right one. What would be the gain

    of keeping a new and better battery

    technology from market? Why would anyone

    want to miss out on loads of money from

    doing so? It just doesn’t make any sense.

    It is an illogical conclusion, hence,

    conspiracy theory.

  9. Des,

    Actually, I’m on YOUR side on this, for I and a few other “non-masses” elites like you KNOW that Elvis is alive and well and living on a farm in Oregon. How easily the media have manipulated the great unwashed into believing he died this month in 1977.

    If only the rest of the world’s flotsam and jetsam were as intelligent, intuitive, and cyncial as we [are], how easy it would be for us to strip away the film of corporate greed, governmental manipulation, international conspiracies, and more from their eyes.

    Power to the people [read that “intelligentia”], right, Des? Thinkers of the world unite! The only thing you have to lose is your mind!

    (I’m going to go read some more about Roswell and Area 51 on the net now.)

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