As compared to other battery technology, Lithium Polymer (also known as Lithium-ion Polymer or LiPo) is a relative newcomer in the market. It was born out of the need for greater capacity and lighter weight Lithium Polymer battery first came into use in the year 1996, after the technology was granted a patent (Patent number 5645960) at the beginning of 1994.
While Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery technology has been a hit with consumers for years, lithium polymer battery is only recently beginning to realize all its potential.
In addition to gaining a significant presence in the cell phone and mobile phone industry and cell phone industries, the LiPo battery has rapidly earned a reputable reputation in the field of electric model RC aircraft, as well as electric powered RC automobiles.
Contrary to NiMh which can be capable of charging with a rate of 0.1C (i.e. 10% of capacity every hour) without risk of explosion or overcharging, however, LiPo is not. LiPo battery requires continuous monitoring of the temperate the current, voltage, and current by its charger to achieve maximum capacity while being safe.
Although the majority of laptop computers continue to with Lithium-ion technology experts anticipate that in the next 24 months, Lithium Polymer will account for about 15 percent of the laptop's battery market.