Battery management devices are designed to work alongside battery powered applications. Adding a battery management IC to an electronic circuit can help to create a more efficient and reliable design which will last longer. Battery management can be used to reduce charging time, whilst enabling safe charging and low standby power usage. As electronic systems become more complex, it is essential to provide support through battery and power management ICs.
Battery management can be used with different types of battery, depending on the device. These battery types include lead-acid, Li-Ion, Lithium-Polyment, NiCD and NiMH.
These devices are found in most systems that use a rechargeable battery power supply, such as portable and wearable devices. Applications include:
BMS stands for Battery Management System. This is an electronic circuit that monitors and protects a rechargable battery. Battery Management Systems feature devices such as a charge controller, gauge and surge protector, to ensure that the battery does not operate outside of its capabilities. Therefore a BMS provides protection and increases the potential lifespan of the battery.
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