Lithium ion batteries are seemingly all around us – they are the batteries which power our cell phones, tablets, gaming consoles, laptop computers, and cordless power tools, and they are even being used to power many of the hybrid and full electric vehicles which are increasingly making their way on to our roads.
The technology is even being used in outer space to power NASA’s Mars Rovers (both Spirit and Opportunity, as well as Curiosity) as they explore the terrain and take images of Mars in our ongoing efforts to answer age-old questions about how planets are formed and if there is indeed life beyond Earth!
Why are lithium ion batteries being used in all of these applications?
The widespread usage of this type of battery is given to the fact that lithium ion batteries have “an unmatchable combination of high energy and power density, making it the technology of choice for portable electronics, hybrid tools, and hybrid/full electric vehicles” according to an article posted on ScienceDirect – and because of its “light weight, high energy density and ability to recharge” according to a webpage on the US Department of Energy website.
The cleaning industry has been accustomed to using other battery technologies for cleaning equipment– such as lead acid or “wet” batteries, and AGM/gel or “sealed” batteries – and these batteries are well accepted and prevalent. There are some undeniable benefits to using something that is tried and true, and familiar.
But what if a lithium ion battery – and all the inherent benefits of this technology – could be used to power an autoscrubber, or even a backpack vacuum?
Now cleaning equipment exists in the market which utilizes lithium ion battery technology – and the following benefits are available for larger pieces of equipment such as autoscrubbers and burnishers:
In addition, the lithium ion battery technology is also being utilized in cordless backpack vacuums – and the following benefits are available in this application:
Please work with your local WAXIE Account Consultant to determine if this innovative new battery technology can benefit your cleaning operation.