DIY Lithium Batteries How to Build Your Own Battery Packs

DIY Lithium Batteries How to Build Your Own Battery Packs

DIY Lithium Batteries How to Build Your Own Battery Packs by Micah Toll.

DIY Lithium Batteries Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Form factors of lithium cells
  • Chapter 3: Types of lithium cells
  • Chapter 4: Sourcing lithium battery cells
  • Chapter 5: Cell ratings
  • Chapter 6: Combining lithium battery cells to make battery packs
  • Chapter 7: Safety
  • Chapter 8: Battery Management Systems
  • Chapter 9: Construction methods
  • Chapter 10: Battery layout and design
  • Chapter 11: Making battery connections
  • Chapter 12: Sealing the battery
  • Chapter 13: Charging lithium batteries
  • Chapter 14: Increasing cycle life
  • Chapter 15: Disposing of old lithium batteries
  • Chapter 16: Example battery building projects

Introduction to DIY Lithium Batteries PDF

Safety disclaimer

Lithium batteries can be dangerous. They contain a large amount of energy in a small volume and are specifically designed to release that energy quickly.

When used properly, they can be a safe and efficient way to power nearly anything. However, when used improperly or carelessly, lithium batteries have the potential to cause devastating fires that can and have resulted in the loss of property and life.

This book is meant to be an educational guide. Please do not attempt to recreate anything you see in this book or on the internet without professional guidance and training.

Always use proper safety equipment. Always engage in property safety practices. Never leave lithium batteries charging unattended. Always use your head, be smart, and be safe.

Uses for lithium batteries

Lithium batteries have existed in various forms since the 1970s, and innovations in the ’80s and ’90s have led to the familiar lithium battery cells that we know today.

Current research on lithium batteries has produced battery cells capable of extreme performance, for example, 100% recharging in just a few seconds. However, these current advances are strictly experimental and won’t see commercialization for many years, potentially decades.

The information in this book covers the types of lithium batteries that are commercially available today and will likely remain available well into the future. Today, lithium batteries are used for a seemingly endless number of applications.

They can be found everywhere from electric vehicles to NASA’s spacesuits. Due to their lightweight and energy-dense properties, lithium batteries are perfect for an incredibly wide range of applications.

In the past, lithium batteries were mostly used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for use in consumer products.

These big manufacturers built lithium batteries suited to their needs for specific products or large clients. If a hobbyist wanted a battery size or shape that didn’t exist, he or she was out of luck.

However, today there are many lithium batteries and cells that are readily available directly to consumers for use in, well, whatever we want! I was introduced to the world of custom lithium batteries during my time spent working in the do-it-yourself (DIY) electric bicycle industry.

I have been building lithium batteries for electric bicycles for years, largely because the number and variety of lithium batteries available to the consumer market have always been frustratingly small.

If I wanted a specific size battery pack but it didn’t already exist, I had no other choice than to make it myself. This opened up a whole new world to me.

Suddenly, I could build batteries of any voltage, any capacity, and most importantly, any size and shape that I wanted.

But DIY lithium batteries aren’t only limited to the world of electric bicycles. There are thousands of applications for DIY lithium batteries! Even though electric cars are becoming increasingly available in the consumer market, it can still be cheaper (and more fun) to build your own.

Many people convert all kinds of vehicles into electric vehicles, and they need batteries to do it. Unless you want to buy an expensive, purpose-built electric car battery, you’ll need to know how to assemble your own large battery pack from lithium battery cells. Just like electric vehicles, home batteries are also becoming increasingly popular.

A lithium battery in the back of your closet or hidden in your garage can power a house for days in the event of a power outage.

They are also great for storing energy that has been generated on-site, such as from solar panels or wind turbines.

Home battery storage systems like the Tesla Powerwall are great OEM products, but you can still build your own custom system suited for your unique needs.

All you need is the battery know-how! Drones, wearables, backup batteries, toys, robotics, and countless other applications are all ripe for custom DIY lithium batteries.

This book will teach you how to design and build lithium batteries for all of these uses and more. Prepare yourself, because, by the time you finish this book, you are going to be full of knowledge and rearing to go out and power the world!

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