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Seven Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Lithium Batteries

Posted by Carl Clark on 7/11/2018 to Lithium Battery Info
Seven Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Lithium Batteries

Please read before you commit to a purchase.

Lithium is a rare earth metal that is only found in a few countries in the world.  The largest concentration is in Bolivia.  However, years ago the President of Bolivia made an agreement with the President of Iran, not a friendly country to most of the free non-Muslim world, to sell all of Bolivia’s lithium to Iran.  The next biggest commercial deposits come from China.  Thus, if you want to purchase anything with lithium in it you will probably have to deal with the Chinese.  That is not necessarily a bad thing.  I have discovered that there are many good Chinese capitalistic companies that are anxious to sell their products in the free world.  However there are some lithium companies in China that are owned by the Chinese Government and have been formed for two purposes: To make money and to give people work.  People who work for these Government entities are like civil servants.  They know that it is difficult to fire them so, in my opinion; it is human nature that they will not pay as close attention to things as a company whose existence depends on keeping the customers happy.

The 7 Pitfalls of Buying Lithium Batteries:

    1. Poor Quality

    2. Financial Exposure

    3. Unforeseen Costs

    4. Delayed Delivery

    5. Shipping Issues

    6. Labeling and Paperwork Mistakes

    7. Warranty Replacements

Six Top Reasons Our Batteries are Better

Posted by Carl Clark on 7/8/2018

Why Our Batteries Are Better

My Experience with Shoddy Battery Factories

About 10 years ago I read an article written by a man from the USA who was in China on a business trip that was unrelated to batteries.  He had been contemplating buying a lithium battery pack and had been corresponding to several candidates that proposed to sell him the batteries that he needed.  Since he had some spare time he decided to visit some of these factories who had sent him glossy descriptions of their abilities to supply him their batteries.  What he discovered on these visits was shocking.  He said that some companies were manufacturing batteries in small facilities no bigger than garages while squatting on the floor with only basic tools.   There was no quality control testing.  Fortunately most of the industry has made great progress since those early days.

When I went into the lithium battery business in 2008, and in spite of this advance warning, I felt that I could determine who was a legitimate supplier and who were fraudulent or made poor quality cells.  It turned out that even with my best efforts to evaluate the Chinese lithium battery suppliers I still had some experiences that cost our company a loss in reputation and a large amount of money.  Finally I decided that the only way I could really evaluate some of the companies that made us some good offers was to go to China and do plant surveys.  It was an eye opening experience.  As a result I now routinely go to China to try to stay abreast of the latest technology and most advanced manufacturing techniques.  I try to visit up to 5 factories on each trip.   These China trips have paid off because we now know about many companies that might have caused us pain.  There are literally hundreds of companies who make lithium batteries.  Eventually the market cannot support them all and there will be a winnowing out of their ranks and only the efficient will succeed.  As they struggle and in their desperate effort to survive they are tempted to lower the purity of the chemicals in their cells and take other shortcuts in an effort to lower prices and stay competitive.

Great New Battery Factory Discovered – Bright Star

I am happy to report that I feel we have finally reached my goal of representing the Bright Star Company.  The reason I like the Bright Star batteries are myriad.  Here is what you should know.

Bright Star has only been up and running for three years.  This results in a factory which has modern equipment and is totally automated.   There is a stage in the manufacturing of lithium batteries where almost all of the older manufacturers use a process called a ‘Glove Box’.  This is where a number of employees in a glass enclosed clean room put their hands through sealed holes in the glass and use rubber gloves to assemble the final stages of the battery before it is sealed up.  Bright Star has eliminated that manual process with fully automated equipment.  Please click here for pictures and you will get a good idea about the quality of their cells.  It is important that you know that these pictures were taken during a normal production day and that the factory was not all cleaned up for our visit.