VARTA Microbattery: CoinPower brings energy into digitised medicine and fitness


The way we deal with our own health is changing dramatically. What was previously discussed in a personal conversation with a doctor is increasingly shifting to "indirect" contact, for example via telemedicine. At the same time, more and more people rely on wearables for independent monitoring of medical parameters. The prerequisite for reliable data acquisition and transmission is a compact power supply in the smallest possible space. VARTA Microbattery's lithium-ion batteries with their high energy density and capacity have proven to be a reliable source of energy. The company, based in Ellwangen, Germany, will present its portfolio of lithium-ion batteries for medical applications and wearables on 11 September at the 35th Wearable Technologies Conference 2019 Asia in Bangkok, which takes place in conjunction with the Medical Fair Thailand, at booth WT113.

The conference will focus on the latest technologies and digitisation in the health and fitness sector. VARTA Microbattery covers these growing application areas with its modern lithium-ion batteries. Since batteries determine the performance and service life of an application, they must become ever smaller, lighter and more powerful. For example, parents use Smart Baby Monitoring. A so-called "smart band" on the baby's foot transmits its heart rate, skin temperature and movements to the parents' mobile phone. So they always know how their newborn baby is doing. VARTA Microbattery's CoinPower button cells are often used in these devices to ensure that the desired information is always delivered reliably. They meet the high demands placed on the energy supply of these tiny helpers: small dimensions, high energy density and exceptional mechanical stability. Short charging times, high reliability and a robust design round off the profile.

The VARTA CoinPower models are used in medical applications as well as in numerous headphones and fitness trackers. Their energy density is up to 30 percent higher than comparable batteries on the market. The CoinPower series is manufactured fully automatically on one of the most modern production facilities made in Germany.

New applications for the small energy dispensers are constantly being developed. Insulin pumps, portable injectors and glucose monitoring systems improve the state of health of patients. Modern and intelligent safety systems take care of the self-determined everyday life of senior citizens. These devices are only as good as their energy supply. They all therefore draw their energy reliably from the various cells of VARTA Microbattery's CoinPower series. Wearables such as smart watches and fitness trackers measure blood pressure and heart rate during exercise. While we listen to music with them, earbuds record health data such as heart rate or temperature (ear thermometer function) and synchronise them with the smartphone or transmit them to a doctor.

Miniaturisation and digitisation are constantly advancing, as Philipp Miehlich, general manager OEM at VARTA Microbattery GmbH, emphasises: "The mechanisation of everyday life is becoming more and more a matter of course, whether in medical monitoring and control or in the field of medical technology or during sports. This trend is now so pronounced that many people expect to always find the right device on the market, which they then want to use constantly. This requires a power supply that is adapted to growing demands in terms of performance and size, as offered by our CoinPower series."

During the Wearable Technologies Conference 2019 Asia in Bangkok, Adrian Quek, senior product marketing engineer at VARTA Microbattery, will give a lecture on "The latest generation of rechargeable micro cells" on 11 September 2019 at 10:45 am.

Caption: Energy supply of an insulin pump with CoinPower (photo: VARTA Microbattery)

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