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Micro Power Awarded Two New Patents for Battery Pack Technology

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Beaverton, OR -- Micro Power Electronics today announced that the U.S. Patent Office awarded it two new patents covering innovative design techniques and manufacturing practices for battery packs. These patents improve the safety and reliability of the portable battery packs produced by Micro Power for mission critical operations.

One of the newly issued patents is for Micro Power's redundant battery protection system and method covering an enhanced protection system, which addresses a potential weakness of a conventional protection system in a conventional battery pack. The enhanced protection system includes both a primary protection circuit and a redundant protection circuit. The components of the redundant protection circuit are electrically coupled in parallel with the primary protection circuit. If the primary protection circuit fails, the redundant protection circuit will still operate to allow the enhanced battery pack to function. This patent ensures that battery packs will operate when called into action, even if there is a component failure that would typically fail a conventional battery.

The additional newly-issued patent is for Micro Power's electrical insulation system and method for power storage component separation, which includes an electrical insulation method for electrical separation of power storage components. This patent describes the use of polyurethane elastomer material to electrically separate various components of electrical power storage components within battery packs.

These components can include cells, connecting tabs, printed circuit assemblies, solder joints, nickel strips and other conductive members within the battery pack. This patent ensures the performance of battery packs when they are subject to abusive conditions such as shock or vibration.

"These patents are directly applicable to our medical and military OEM customers," said Jeffrey VanZwol, marketing director for Micro Power. "Over the last few years, Micro Power’s investment in intellectual property has focused on improving safety and reliability of battery packs in harsh environments or abusive use conditions. Human lives can be at stake when our batteries are called upon to perform."

Micro Power supplies custom battery systems and solutions to the portable medical, automatic data collection, and military markets. As a pioneer in the development of lithium battery systems, smart battery packs, chargers, docking stations, and power supplies, Micro Power has more than 20 years of experience developing battery solutions within its domestic and Asian production facilities. Micro Power is registered with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for design and manufacturing services and is ISO 13485 and 9001:2008 certified.

About Micro Power Electronics, Inc.

Micro Power Electronics, Inc. is ISO 13485 and 9001:2008 certified, as well as ITAR and FDA registered. Micro Power supplies custom battery systems to the portable medical, handheld Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) and military markets. As a pioneer in the development of Lithium battery systems, smart battery packs, chargers, power supplies and docking stations, Micro Power has more than 20 years of experience developing battery solutions. With a proven track record of technical excellence, quality solutions and award-winning service, Micro Power has become the fastest growing supplier of custom battery systems in North America. For more information, please visit or call 800-576-6177.

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