Lithium Polymer Battery
A lithium polymer battery is a rechargeable battery of lithium-ion technology using a polymerelectrolyte instead of a liquid one. High conductivity semisolid (gel) polymers form this electrolyte. These batteries provide a higher specific energy than other lithium-battery types and are being used in applications, where weight is a critical feature – like tablet computers, cellular telephone handsets or radio-controlled aircraft.
LiPo cells have a flexible, foil-type (polymer laminate) case, so they are relatively unconstrained. By themselves the cells are over 20% lighter than equivalent cylindrical cells of the same capacity. LiPo cells provide manufacturers with compelling advantages. They can easily produce batteries of almost any desired shape. For example, the space and weight requirements of mobile phones and notebook computers can be completely satisfied. Also, they have low-self discharge rate, which is about 5% per month.