4 Industries that Commonly Require Custom Battery Development

Batteries come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but sometimes the stock versions you can buy off the shelf are simply not the right fit for a new product in development. What if you need a flexible battery that conforms to the shape of a curved package, or a miniature battery that is safe enough to swallow?  What if no battery on the market meets your unique set of form factor, power, biocompatibility or other unique set of application requirements ?  Have you considered whether custom battery development may be the answer?

Some of the problems that custom battery development can help overcome include:

  • Form factor

  • Bio-compatibility

  • High cost

  • Environmental safety

  • Durability

If you’re struggling with even just one of these factors, it’s worth finding out if a custom battery might be the solution. Many different types of industries often require custom battery development, and yours could be one of them.

Industries that Need Custom Battery Development  

The industries and applications that can benefit from implementing custom batteries are countless, but there are some that commonly require them, such as:

  1. Medical – The medical industry has been one of the largest adopters of custom battery solutions across several different types of applications. Medical devices are obviously a good fit for custom batteries because many of them require innovative power solutions such as thin film batteries for drug delivery patches and miniature batteries for swallowable cameras. The medical Internet of Things (IoT) is taking advantage of custom battery development with the creation of connected devices that can remotely monitor patient metrics, remind patients to take medication, or collect clinical data.

  1. Consumer – Consumer products are constantly evolving as new battery technologies emerge. For example, wearable devices for fitness and other wellness monitoring. Also, smart bandages and diapers can use batteries that are powered by body fluids to alert customers when they should be changed. Ultra-high power density batteries can be tailored for applications such as mascara applicators, drug nebulizers, and hair removal devices.

  2. Asset tracking – GPS and RFID technologies have evolved to the point where virtually anything can be tracked. That is, if you have a power source that can withstand the conditions to which it is exposed. It’s relatively easy to create a discreet tracking system for a vehicle because it can be placed in an area that is protected and size is not usually a factor. However, what if you want to track a package with a sensor in the label? Low-profile custom batteries can be designed to tolerate tough conditions and fit right where you need them.

  3. Military – Few other industries face the demanding conditions of the military. They often require batteries that have a long shelf life, can function in extreme conditions, and above all, must be reliable. Underwater sensors, portable power systems, integrated thin film solar cells, and wearable electronics are just a few examples of the types of military applications that require custom battery development.

These are just a few examples of industries that already take advantage of the many benefits that custom battery development has to offer. The reality is that almost any industry that develops products that require a portable power source can evaluate custom batteries as a viable solution.

If you work in an industry that requires custom battery development, or if you think your industry should use custom batteries, get in touch with FlexEl to find out if one of our solutions is the answer to your problem. Our development process allows you to manage risk and increases the likelihood of project success. Contact us today to get started.

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