Particles Plus instruments incorporate industry-leading battery technology that provide the longest runtimes available. In addition to advanced battery technology, the instruments also have sophisticated power management. Instruments can be configured to lower their power profile in various ways when the units are idle. This includes simple things like dimming the screen and putting various sub-systems into sleep mode when not in use. Particles Plus Power Management also includes the option of putting the entire instrument to sleep when idle between samples.
When Sleep Mode is configured, the instrument will go to sleep if the delay/hold times between samples are longer than a user-specified period. While asleep, the instrument will consume very little power and will consume a normal amount of power only when the instrument wakes up to sample. This can be done repeatedly to give very low overall power usage. Sleep Mode would typically be used when powered by the battery, with the unit placed in a long-term monitoring or audit situation. If the instrument slept half the time, the user could effectively double the battery life. If the instrument slept 90% of the time, the user could achieve up to 100 hours of battery life on a single charge.
In addition to high-capacity and power-management modes, Particles Plus batteries have on-board processing that manages the battery’s safety, fuel gauge and cell balancing. These features improve the capacity and longevity of the battery pack by several years. The stored information remains within the battery. If the battery was to be moved from instrument to instrument, the information is contained within the battery.