Guest Column | August 8, 2014

7 Features That Distinguish A Field-Ready Battery From The Pack

By John Pomerleau, Field Mobility Principal, Zebra Technologies

Field-Ready Battery

By John Pomerleau, Director of Industry Marketing, Motorola Solutions  

As kids, how many of us experienced a Christmas morning when you received that toy you were dying to get — only to find out that it required batteries you didn’t have? Or why are the best seats in airports the ones next to the plugs which usually means sitting on the floor?  Ever have an important call and your smartphone battery dies before you finish, and you forgot your charger? 

Batteries are an important part of our day-to-day lives, but to field technicians, batteries are critical. Battery life is the biggest concern for many of our customers’ field operations because a dead battery can affect critical business operations and be costly due to stalled productivity.  Technicians may have the best technology tools from robust applications, the latest 4G LTE connections for real-time updates, bar code scanning, navigation, and more — but if the battery doesn’t get them through a full shift — all the features are useless.

While on the surface batteries may look alike — quality and performance can vary dramatically across brands. And even within the same brand, varying factors around usage and storage patterns mean each individual battery will lose power at differing rates.

This is why it’s important to not only consider what constitutes a quality battery design for optimal enterprise use but also look at what information you can derive about the battery as it ages for better battery management across multiple handhelds.

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