Ensurge Battery Benefits for Medical Wearables
Ensurge solid-state lithium microbatteries offer multiple performance and form factor advantages over conventional coin cell batteries.
Ensurge microbatteries offer ultra-low profile, high VED, excellent recharging characteristics and adaptable form factor. It is an ideal power source for very thin and form-fitting health and fitness wearables. It allows potent performance with a non-intrusive look. The batteries can also be easily assembled onto flexible Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), since they are not rigid or brittle like Li-ion batteries.
What Constitutes Medical Wearables?
Worn On The Body
Medical wearables may be skin patches, implantable devices, products like rings and watches, sensors in armbands, belts, gloves, or shoes, or even sensors sewn into clothing.
Medical wearables monitor specific bodily functions in real time. They then send that data to a monitoring app like on the wearer's smartphone or transmitting it to the cloud.
Provide Physiology Details
These readings monitor specific bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, insulin levels and blood flow in localized areas.
What are the limits of current approaches?
Size and Form Factor Limits
Current microbattery manufacturing methods set limitations on form factor and size. For instance, the common coin cell shape and size mandate that a product which needs more power, must stack those cells on top of each other. Thus, their target products must be shaped around them, often in inconvenient ways. This then creates limitations for the products themselves, such as overall size, shape, and thickness.
Relatively Low VED
Current microbatteries have limited VED, which places limits on either minimum size or maximum output. That in turn places limits on the products which use the battery. They must be larger than a certain size and/or limited in functionality, to accommodate the battery's own limitations. The bottom line is that next-generation features in those products are often beyond the capabilities of the batteries which power them.
Conventional Li-ion batteries have several design limitations which in turn limit the devices they power. They collectively have limited charge duration and charging cycle. They also have temperature and pressure limitations, both during manufacturing and in use, which limit a manufacturer's options for using them as a power source. Even transportation is an issue, with fire risk making their shipment much more complicated.
How Ensurge Moves the Market Forward
Customizable Size and Form Factor
The Ensurge solid-state lithium microbattery solves many of the above issues. Ensurge's manufacturing methods eliminate many of the complications faced by other battery assembly methods. The Ensurge microbattery's internal architecture allows it to be assembled in different sizes and thicknesses. This then allows the battery to be used in a wider variety of products. This adaptability gives OEM manufacturers greater flexibility to specify a battery which meets their needs, rather than designing their products around a conventional battery's limitations.
Higher VED for Better Performance
The Ensurge microbattery offers much higher VED than coin cell batteries. In other words, the batteries are smaller and have better energy density than conventional coin cell batteries. This means they can provide more power per unit size. Manufacturers can use that high VED in several ways, either with smaller products and/or with higher functionality. Ensurge microbatteries make smaller, more functional medical wearables a reality.
Types of Medical Wearables
Modern medical wearables can now monitor, measure and report on a wide variety of bodily functions and conditions, including:
- ECG and blood pressure monitors
- Tremors and seizures detection
- Insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs.)
- Temperature monitors
- Blood oxygenation monitors and respiratory rate monitors
- Posture, movement, and activity monitors, and fall detection