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The Ins and Outs of Lithium-ion Batteries

January 2018

Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are used to power many portable electronic devices, including barcode scanners, mobile computers and smart phones. Li-ion batteries are renowned for their high energy density, minimal memory effect and slow self-discharge.

How do they work?

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are comprised of two electrodes (one negative, one positive) and an electrolyte that acts as the electrical conduit between the electrodes. When a lithium-ion battery discharges, lithium ions transfer from the negative to the positive electrode (the opposite occurs when the battery is recharging).

Advantages of Li-ion batteries

  • Higher energy density - Li-ion batteries pack more “punch” than other rechargeable batteries, making them lighter and smaller.
  • Minimal memory effect – Li-ion batteries seldom lose their “maximum energy capacity” over the course of their life (even if they’re frequently recharged following partial discharge).
  • Low self-discharge rate – When not in use, Li-ion batteries don’t self-discharge as quickly as NiCd and NiMH batteries.
  • Faster charging – Li-ion batteries charge faster than other rechargeable batteries.
  • Longevity – Good-quality Li-ion batteries should provide between 400 and 1,200 complete charge/discharge cycles – provided they’re maintained properly.

Tips for maintaining Li-ion batteries

  • Ideally, Li-ion batteries should be stored and recharged at room temperature (20-25 degrees Celsius).
  • Use the right charger; in other words, the one supplied by the manufacturer. Non-genuine or generic chargers can potentially damage a Li-ion battery or the device it powers.
  • Li-ion batteries are sensitive to heat, which can shorten battery life. Be careful not to overcharge or leave Li-ion batteries in the sun for too long.
  • When it comes to long-term storage, Li-ion batteries should be partially charged (50% is a commonly-quoted level) and stored at room temperature to reduce the aging effect. Avoid storing Li-ion batteries in a fully charged or totally discharged state.
  • Always recharge a fully-discharged Li-ion battery ASAP, as a prolonged “deep discharge” can kill the battery.
  • Avoid dropping or rough-handling Li-ion batteries, as they can leak internally.

When should a Li-ion battery be replaced?

Put simply, a Li-ion battery should be replaced when its overall performance starts to drop. An end-of-life Li-ion battery typically loses its charge quickly, and warms up whilst recharging (a sign of high internal resistance and cell degradation). Given the potentially volatile nature of old Li-ion batteries, they should be disposed of quickly (MobileMuster – www.mobilemuster.com.au - provides a free recycling service).

For further information and pricing on Li-ion replacement batteries for brands such as Zebra, Datalogic, Aruba, Panasonic and Cisco Meraki, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

Sting of the Skorpio

December 2017

Datalogic - a global leader in data capture and process automation - has just released its latest Skorpio mobile computer, the X4. The Datalogic Skorpio X4 is a rugged, handheld mobile computer that’s compatible with previous Skorpio X3 accessories.

The Skorpio X4 - available in a 1D or 2D model - comes with class-leading ergonomics, a 3.2 inch colour touchscreen and IP64 protection (with 1.8m drop specification). A Texas Instruments OMAP4 1GHz processor (1GB RAM; 8GB flash memory) powers the Skorpio X4 – giving it three times the performance of its predecessor, the Skorpio X3.

Additional features of the Skorpio X4 include:-

  • Choice of operating systems: Android v4.4 or MS Windows Embedded Compact 7.
  • Proprietary “Green Spot” technology – for “good read” feedback in a noisy environment.
  • Choice of three keyboard configurations: 28-key numeric keypad, 38-key functional keypad or 50-key alphanumeric keypad.
  • Compatibility with existing Windows CE applications.
  • Proprietary SoftSpot technology for a customised soft trigger.
  • Wi-Fi enabled: 802.11 a/b/g/n with MIMO antennas.
  • Bluetooth v4.0 enabled.

The Datalogic Skorpio X4 is ideal for retail and manufacturing applications – reaffirming Datalogic’s commitment to innovation and industry-tailored solutions. For further information and pricing on the Datalogic Skorpio X4 handheld mobile computer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

IIoT Explained

November 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a term used in the manufacturing sector to describe a “mission critical” version of IoT (the Internet of Things). Like IoT, IIoT involves the connection of physical devices to the Internet - for the purpose of collecting and exchanging data. However, IIoT takes the IoT concept further in terms of data analytics and cyber security.

The ultimate aim of IIoT is to generate information that can be used to improve quality control, plant availability, supply chain traceability and employee safety. To accomplish this, IIoT uses advanced computing technologies like machine learning and big data analytics to interpret the streaming data it collects from IoT-enabled devices. In huge factories, such as car assembly plants, IIoT solutions are capable of monitoring thousands of individual devices involved in the production process.

Like its German counterpart, Industry 4.0, IIoT is the driving force behind the creation of smart factories and computerised manufacturing. In a smart factory, the traditional “run-to-fail” approach is replaced with real-time monitoring, predictive analysis and a continuous improvement process. By becoming more efficient and proactive, manufacturers can reduce costs and increase profitability.

As part of its ongoing commitment to IIoT, Barcode Dynamics is proud to partner with Honeywell - a world-leader in industrial automation, IoT-enabled devices and digital intelligence. For further information on IIoT and Honeywell’s cutting-edge solutions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

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