While lithium ion batteries have provided more impressive power for tools, phones, equipment and vehicles, they have also gotten some headlines for fires, some even deadly.
Thankfully, auto industry icons Schumacher and Motorola announced higher energy battery solutions that remove flammability from the equation.
Motorola’s Modular Power System, a new line of battery products being introduced by Schumacher this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, are fueled by aluminum lithium ion technology which promises greater and safer power for jump starting vehicles, charging electronics and powering digital air compressors.
“We believe this new aluminum lithium ion technology provides an outstanding and safe option for consumers, since aluminum lithium ion batteries do not catch fire, do not smoke, and do not explode,” said Chris Kubik, Global Marketing Manager of Motorola licensee Schumacher Electric Company, which is exhibiting in South Hall booth 36143 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
“Aluminum Lithium Ion technology also maintains high output capacity at very cold temperatures, retaining 85% of battery capacity even if the temperature drops to -58 degrees Fahrenheit, when other batteries quit,” Kubik explained.
Motorola reports that its patented Modular Power System is designed to greatly improve conductivity and provide enhanced power in extreme conditions. Aluminum lithium ion batteries are said to provide a 50 percent increase in performance when jump starting a car and perform up to 25 percent longer than standard lithium power cells.
For decades Schumacher has been a mainstay at auto parts stores with battery chargers and power products. The company is now entering the consumer electronics business with new products licensed under the Motorola brand.
The Motorola Modular Battery System powered by aluminum lithium battery technology is designed to hold a charge for up to three months.
The Motorola system is designed to do everything from jump starting a vehicle to charging your mobile device, providing backup power for your laptop, lighting your work area and topping off a tire.
The Motorola system includes:
- AC Power Inverter Module (model MT113), a 100W inverter to charge your laptop and other electronics on-the go with standard AC power, USB, and USB Type C connectivity. Suggested retail price: $ 69.99.
- LED Lantern Light Module (model MT153), providing bright 500 lumen lighting with adjustable intensity and 360-degrees of light with a magnetic base and spring-hook carabiner clip. Suggested retail price: $ 69.99.
- LED Torch Light Module (model MT071), with CREE 500 lumen LED lighting. Suggested retail price: $ 69.99.
- Jump Starter Module (models MT129 and MT130), with either a 4-cell Aluminum Lithium Ion 8,000 mAh battery rated for 500A Crank Amps and 1,000A Peak Amps to jump-start a car up to 25 times or a 12,000 mAh Aluminum Lithium Ion battery rated for 750A Crank Amps and 1,500A Peak Amps that can jump-start a car up to 30 times. Suggested retail prices: $ 139.99 for model MT129 and $ 159.99 for the larger model MT130.
- Digital Air Compressor Module (model MT080), with 140 PSI to top off your tire pressure in one minute and including a flexible air hose and LCD display and LED area light. Suggested retail price: $ 69.99.
Also on display at CES is the Schumacher Portable Power Generator (model SL1404), a backup power system that can supply household electricity as an alternative to a generator. The unit is quiet and has no fumes or fuel, making it safe for indoor use. The Portable Power Generator can run for 11 hours powering a table lamp, TV set, LED lights, a speaker and a laptop.
Built with Advanced Lithium Ion-powered battery cells, the Portable Power Generator has two 110V AC outlets and three USB outlets capable of powering a small refrigerator for almost 24 hours, keep a laptop running for more than four days, or even power a TV for an entire day. As a power source, it could recharge a typical cell phone 70 times, or recharge a laptop 17 times over. The unit also includes a bright LED light that can flash an “S-O-S” signal. Suggested retail price of the Schumacher Portable Power Generator (Model SL1404) is $1,299.