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November 2nd, 2005

Battery Pumps Up Power Tools

A123Systems launched a lithium-ion battery for a new line of Black & Decker power tools Wednesday that the battery startup says will last 10 times longer than traditional lithium-ions and provide five times as much power.

A123 uses a nanotech material called doped nano-phosphate, and the Watertown, Massachusetts-based company says its battery will recharge 90 percent of its capacity in five minutes. The battery is also lightweight, weighing in at less than 1 kilogram for a battery that provides 1.5 kilowatts of power, according to A123.


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