Industry sources say lithium battery prices on the rise

By on May 3, 2010, 3:17 PM
Prices on lithium batteries are on the rise, according to industry players cited by DigiTimes. Due to continuously excessive demand, Taiwan's lithium battery manufactures will increase prices in the second quarter. This wasn't entirely unforeseeable, however. It's reported that toward the end of 2009, fellow Japanese battery companies, such as Nippon Chemi-con and Panasonic, informed customers of price hikes.

Major Taiwanese outfits, including Gold Peak Industries, are now following suit as demand for lithium batteries continues to outpace supply. Exact numbers on the increase weren't provided, nor was there any mention of how this may affect the consumer market. That said, if you're looking to buy new batteries, you may want to make a purchase sooner rather than later.

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ucould2 ucould2 said:

Found out today "illicit drug manufacturers" use the lithium as an assistant for making Methamphetamine from other drugs such as over the counter cold and flu remedies

Another common method uses the Birch reduction (also called the "Nagai method" , in which metallic lithium, commonly extracted from non-rechargeable lithium batteries, is substituted for difficult-to-find metallic sodium. However, the Birch reduction is dangerous because the alkali metal and liquid anhydrous ammonia are both extremely reactive, and the temperature of liquid ammonia makes it susceptible to explosive boiling when reactants are added. Anhydrous ammonia and lithium or sodium (Birch reduction) may be surpassing hydroiodic acid (catalytic hydrogenation) as the most common method of manufacturing methamphetamine in the U.S. and possibly in Mexico. New Jersey as well as Maine both rank in the top illegal underground methamphetamine producing states

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Edit I'm recharging my Ni-MH batteries now

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