At the University of Texas at Austin, a 94-year old professor of engineering and his team continues to work on their invention—batteries. John Goodenough, one of the inventors of the most commonly used batteries — the lithium-ion battery. At present, Goodenough is working on an all solid state battery, a low-cost cell that offers a long life cycle, fast discharging and charging rates, and high energy density.
According to Professor Goodenough, one of the reasons for battery-driven cars not Read more [...]
A dead battery in the car is a misfortune any driver would willingly avoid. When it is important to reach a destination, a car that does not start because its battery is dead gives a terrible feeling. Most people do not want to think about the car battery too much, preferring rather to have it just work every time they start the car. The smart battery from Ohm Laboratories, Silicon Valley, does just that and makes sure you do not have to replace your car battery almost ever.
In spite of modern Read more [...]
Batteries power most of our mobile gadgets. These are small chemical powerhouses, which generate electricity by the chemical reaction within the battery housing. Although there are different types of batteries available, all batteries contain cells that have two electrodes and a chemical or an electrolyte between them. Various combinations of series and parallel connections of the electrodes make up a certain voltage rating for the battery. For ease of understanding, we will treat the battery Read more [...]
West Florida Components was recently invited to participate in a science experiments fair held in conjunction with the USF Education Department.
Each business staffed a booth where elementary school aged kids along with their families could conduct science experiments. The community event was an opportunity for families to enjoy and see the benefits of science in a fun atmosphere. The West Florida Components station was one of about 18 stations at which participants could interact and have Read more [...]
Buy a smartphone in May, chances are that you can buy a bigger - better - upgraded - faster - prettier - cooler phone in June. It's been that way for years with PCs and notebook computers so why should the smartphone market be any different?
I'm still waiting on my backordered HTC Incredible, but we already have 3 of them in service on our plan.They've quickly become the all-time favorite phone at West Florida Components. Powered by a 1GHz processor, these phones are fast! Other favorite features Read more [...]
What better way to illustrate how to build a basic electronic connection than to use coins to build a battery?
Here's what you need:
quarters or dimes
blotter paper (see below)
wire (short length of both black and red wire - ~16 gauge)
1 LED (any through hole LED)
pen or marker
Trace the coins on the aluminum foil and blotter paper. Cut out 10 of each so that you have 10 circles Read more [...]
Alessandro Volta was a renowned Italian physicist who is very popular for his work in the field of electricity. He was the first person to introduce the concept of an electric battery which was capable of producing a steady electrical stream.
Napoleon gave Alessandro Volta the title of count in appreciation for his work. Later, in honor of the great Alessandro Volta, the unit of potential difference or electromotive force was named Volt. In addition, the phenomenon of conversion of light energy Read more [...]