Weiping Diao1, Chetan Kulkarni2 and Michael Pecht1
1 Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
2KBR. Inc., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
Lithium-ion battery datasheets, also known as specification sheets, are documents that battery manufacturers provide to define the battery’s function, operational limit, performance, reliability, safety, cautions, prohibitions, and warranty. Product manufacturers and customers rely on the datasheets for battery selection and battery management. However, battery datasheets often have ambiguous and, in many cases, misleading terminology and data. This paper reviews and evaluates the datasheets of 25 different lithium-ion battery types from eleven major battery manufacturers. Issues that customers may face are discussed, and recommendations for developing an informative and valuable datasheet that will help customers procure suitable batteries are presented.