If you're designing a remote or portable application, chances are you're going to be using a battery to power it. However, there are a number of key factors to consider when it comes to battery selection; Whether a primary or rechargeable solution is required, which battery chemistry is most suitable for the application, and what the trade offs are between energy density and discharge rates are just some of the questions that can affect battery choice.

Our comprehensive linecard featuring world-leading suppliers offers you a complete range of battery types from coin cells to custom design and multicell battery packs. Our service to you includes:

  • Leading brand name suppliers for every battery chemistry
  • An extensive and expanding range of standard lithium-ion and polymer packs, offering reduced design cycles and lowest  implementation cost
  • Design service for non-standard battery packs through our network of approved pack makers
  • Expert advice on battery approvals for shipping and safety
  • Easy access to the latest battery trends and developments
  • Exclusive Dubilier product from verified and approved partners  for high-volume, low-cost applications


Primary batteries

There is a range of primary battery chemistries available, each with its own energy density characteristics (shown in the diagram to the right):

  • Alkaline
  • Lithium manganese dioxide (coin/cylindrical cells)
  • Lithium thionyl chloride
  • Silver oxide
  • Zinc carbon

Rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable battery chemistries differ from primary chemistries. While they typically have a lower volumetric energy density (see the graph to the right), they have the advantage of multiple recharge cycles. Rechargeable chemistries include:

  • Lead acid
  • Lithium-ion
  • Lithium polymer
  • Nickel cadmium
  • Nickel metal hydride
Zinc carbon
Alkaline manganese
Silver oxide
Zinc air
Lithium manganese dioxide
Lithium thionyl chloride
Sealed lead acid
Nickel metal hydride
Lithium polymer
Chargers and power adapters
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Standard lithium-ion/polymer batteries

Explore our range of standard lithium-ion/polymer battery packs from some of the world's leading manufacturers.

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Engineers' Insight

Consumer robot designs present a challenge for Li-ion batteries

The market for consumer robots aimed at learning and education is growing rapidly, but selecting the right battery can make or break a companion robot's design.

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Engineers' Insight

Design considerations for powering remote bluetooth beacons

There are a number of battery form factors and chemistries available for powering remote beacon technology. In this Engineers' Insight, resident battery Tim Parker guides you through the available options.

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Batteries for LPWAN applications

The majority of LPWAN applications will be independent of mains power and require a battery solution that can last for many years. Learn more about suitable battery technologies and key design considerations.

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Battery Legislation

The Battery Directive

The Battery Directive regulates the manufacture, supply and disposal of batteries in the EU.

Battery legislation