LITHIUM BATTERIES & CHARGING EQUIPMENT
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Lithium LiFePO4 batteries are very different from traditional batteries in a number of ways.
Weight, there is an unbelievable difference in weight for the same capacity rating.
Drawdown capacity, although the batteries may have the same a/Hr rating there is a higher usable capacity from lithium.
The number of charge cycles which dictates the batteries actual life span.
The ability to charge and discharge at a much higher rate of current.
They can be left for a much longer timeframe without self-discharging and have built-in protection to stop them from going completely flat.
They require no maintenance.
Compared to lead-acid and other lithium batteries, lithium iron phosphate batteries offer significant advantages,
including improved discharge and charge efficiency, longer life span and the ability to
deep cycle while maintaining power.
Li-ion battery technology has very many distinct advantages. Accordingly, the technology is widely used
and this is only set to increase.
Understanding the advantages as well as the disadvantages or limitations enables the best use to be made
of battery technology.
LiFePO4 batteries often come with a higher price tag, but a much better cost over the life of the product.
No maintenance and super long life make them a worthwhile investment and a smart long-term solution.
HOWEVER, WATCH OUT FOR CHEAP IMPOSTERS
With the increase of popularity there is like always companies out there that take the opportunity in
customer possible lack of product knowledge and a play on the customer wallet.
With this, we've listed some things to watch out for:
There is no such thing as a lithium battery that is so cheap it's too good to be true if it comes across that way then something is either missing or it's not what its made out to be.
It is very unlikely that a lithium battery can be a simple drop-in place of a standard battery without needing specific charging components.
There are very few lithium battery brands that can be paralleled together to operate in large discharge capacities, like running inverters. Most of these batteries have very small BMS (Battery Management System) built into them an will shut all the batteries down in high discharge conditions.
In just about every lithium battery upgrade you'll be required to change you charging equipment to suit the batteries particular charging algorithms.
It is imperative for the batteries lifespan and safety reasons that you abide by the batteries manufacturers guidelines for charging, using the battery manufacturers identified and prefered charging equipment this way you'll get the most out of your investment and not risk destroying the battery or voiding the terms of the warranty.
Enerdrive 200a/Hr B-Tec battery upgrade shows that both the 240volt and Solar chargers were also upgraded, this makes the battery operate as designed.
A much more in-depth system requires a whole lot more charging and control equipment, this is a 600a/Hr system with a 3000watt inverter/charger.
OUR PREFERED BRANDS FOR USE.
We only deal with a few brands of Lithium Battery Manufacturers as companies have developed their batteries using strict guidelines, these are:
- Enerdrive Australia -
- DCS - Deep Cycle Solutions -
For Battery Charging equipment again we restrict ourselves to a few Manufacturers for the same reasons and the batteries themselves, these chargers have been developed using strict charging guidelines, these are:
- Enerdrive Australia -
- Redarc Electronics -
- Victron -