NiCad rapidly lost market share in the 1990s to Ni-MH and Li-ion batteries. However, despite the fact that the market share has dropped by around 80% there are still a range of cost sensitive applications and critical back-up applications, such as emergency lighting, where this technology remains a sound solution for the next few years.
We strongly support customers looking to make immediate savings on current designs using NiCad battery packs. We can quickly cross refer to one of our manufacturing partners and often offer immediate savings.
At some point in the relatively near future NiCad will no longer be available due to chemical restrictions. We are working with many customers operating in commercial and safety critical fields to transition to the most suitable long term alternative to fit their applications. If you are moving from NiCad we can help you select the right alternative and help you avoid the potential pitfalls of such a move, such as charger selection and the need to cycle alternative chemistries rather than maintain at a high state of charge (SoC) which is a major issue for some lithium chemistries and packages.