Lithium-ion batteries can keep a longer charge and are small in size, so it’s no wonder that consumer electronics manufacturers are opting to use them in an wider array of devices, such as mobile phones and laptops.
Just as important, these batteries can store as much energy as a nickel metal hydride battery pack which is 50% heavier than an identify lithium ion pack, while charging and recharging faster than other rechargeable batteries. This is a big reason why the batteries have become attractive in military applications like the B-2 Bomber as well as for use on the International Space Station and the Mars Rover.*
Of course, commercial airline passengers use lithium-ion batteries in a variety of electronic devices that they bring onboard. However, the recent issues with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner highlight the increasing use of these batteries by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Lithium-ion technology has allowed Boeing to swap out heavy hydraulic systems in the airframe for lightweight electronics and electric motors to operate systems like wing-de-icers. This is one of the main reasons the Dreamliner burns 20% less fuel than other wide-body aircraft.*
The growth rate of sales in the lithium-ion battery continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year and with all of these reasons it is obvious why lithium-ion
batteries are necessary.