Lithium Ion Batteries Moves Toward Critical Mass
"Lithium ion is the most significant battery technology in the last 20 years," said Paul Cheseman, vice president of technology at Rayovac. Most of the company's business is in alkaline and lithium at present, but he expects big changes later. "We can expect [lithium ion] to be a very significant rechargable chemistry in the future," likely the next five to 10 years, he said.
Duracell said it has no plans at this point to release any lithium ion models; consumer acceptance is still a ways out, said Stanzi Prell, product manager for specialty brands.
Instead, Duracell is focused on alkaline and lithium. Its latest is a line of lithium batteries for cameras. Sizes range from 123, 223, 245 and CR2 sizes and are said to last 80 percent longer than alkalines. The batteries will ship later this month. SRP for the 123 model is $7.99.