Lithium Ion Batteries Moves Toward Critical Mass
By Jennifer L. Kronstain
In 1993, a group of journalists boarded a plane in New York, bound for the West Coast. The journalists were handed laptop computers powered by lithium ion batteries and once they were in the air, they switched them on.
The flight was predictable--between five and six hours in the air, smooth. What was not so predictable at the time was the batteries' performance.