As more systems go mobile, batteries are becoming increasingly integral to design. They come in all shapes, sizes, and capabilities but no single one is perfect for all challenges.
There are huge differences between chemistries, and a lithium-ion may not always be the right solution. In this article we will walk through a comparison of nickel metal hydride, lead-acid, and lithium-ion batteries looking at the benefits of each and the unique areas in which they excel. I am going to work backwards through the chemistries going from least energy dense to most dense by weight. Energy density is usually measured in Wh/Kg or Wh/L giving us the amount of stored energy by weight or volume.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.