If there’s anything that we’ve come to rely on in our households, it has to be batteries.

And to be more specific – the lithium-ion battery.

Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries where lithium ions travel from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during depletion. The reverse happens when they are recharged, and that is why they are present in most electronic devices.

With the production of lithium-ion batteries set to rise by 50% a year, our dependence on these cells of life isn’t going away.

Whilst they’re something of a God-send to consumers, lithium-ion batteries aren’t without their drawbacks.

We discuss more in our infographic.