Main Types of Batteries
As technology continues to evolve, the batteries used to power our devices have also improved. Two popular types of batteries used today are Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries and Lithium batteries. Both of these batteries have their unique characteristics and are suitable for different applications.
Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries:
- VRLA batteries are rechargeable batteries that use lead and sulfuric acid as their primary materials.
- They are sealed and do not require any water or electrolyte refilling.
- These batteries are commonly used in applications such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), emergency lighting systems, and backup power for telecommunications systems.
- One of the key benefits of VRLA batteries is their low maintenance requirements. Since they are sealed, they do not require any water or electrolyte refilling.
- They have a long life span, can be discharged and recharged multiple times, and are relatively inexpensive compared to other battery technologies.
- Lithium batteries are rechargeable batteries that use lithium as their primary material. They are commonly used in applications such as smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles.
- One of the key benefits of Lithium batteries is their high energy density. They are much lighter and smaller than VRLA batteries, making them ideal for portable devices.
- They are more expensive than VRLA batteries and require more complex charging and management systems.
- Lithium batteries are not as stable as VRLA batteries and can be dangerous if not handled properly.
Both VRLA batteries and Lithium batteries have their unique characteristics and are suitable for different applications. VRLA batteries are ideal for low-current applications that require low maintenance, while Lithium batteries are best suited for portable devices that require high energy density. When deciding which battery to use, it is important to consider the specific application. For most Telecom applications CEA Power recommends VRLA batteries.
- Cost is a factor in making VRLA batteries the more competitive choice. VRLA are cheaper and are more cost effective.
- VRLA are safer and not prone to thermal runway causing explosion and fires.
- VRLA batteries require less maintenance than Lithium batteries. They do not require balancing or cycling, which is necessary for Lithium batteries to maintain their performance.
- VRLA batteries are more tolerant of extreme temperatures than Lithium batteries. This makes them a better choice for telecom applications where the batteries may be exposed to extreme temperatures.
Working with CEA
We have approved material and excellent lead times. We are the largest telecom battery supplier in the United States. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best customer experience and guidance when it comes to choosing the right battery for your telecom application.