Monday, April 22, 2024

IoT Designers Can Optimise Battery Life Using This New Tool

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  • With the new battery optimisation hardware and software tool, IoT designers can test battery life at ease
  • Has the ability to meet a wide range of power demands for embedded devices
The BattLab-One software

Bluebird Labs, a provider of embedded solutions has launched a new design tool called the BattLab-One (Battery Laboratory One) that can capture current consumption profiles of battery-powered devices and optimise battery life for IoT projects.

In order to avoid spending large amounts of time on design and measurement of battery life, the software-based design tool enables embedded designers quickly and effortlessly analyse and estimate the battery life.

The BattLab-One solution provides designers of battery-powered projects with:
•       A power supply unit that simulates the battery power source for your IoT project and then uses the built-in current sense technology of the BattLab-One to capture the current consumption profile of your device
•       Capturing of both active event and sleep mode current from microamps to 450 milliamps
•       Li-Ion, LiFePO4, Alkaline, NiMh, NiCd battery simulations
•       Voltages of 1.2V, 1.5V, 2.4V, 3.0V, 3.2, 3.6V, 3.7V, 4.2V, 4.5V at up to 450 mA, perfect for measuring ESP8266 device power demands
•       Trigger input to capture different firmware states and the impact on overall battery life
•       “What-if” optimisation analysis to improve battery life of IoT projects
•       USB power and data isolation from PSU output to avoid ground loops
•       Open source hardware and software

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The BattLab-One hardware

Doug Peters, founder of Bluebird Labs states that measuring and estimating battery life is very labour-intensive. Multiple test equipment arrangements for different firmware states, manual data logging and multiple data spreadsheets just to get an estimate of battery life is tedious. A better way is required.

The BattLab-One available now.


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