Lithium-ion batteries are a family of electric energy storage devices that use lithium ions to store and transfer energy. They have different electrode materials, which can affect their performance in certain applications like powering smartphones versus cars.
Lithium-ion battery is the generic name given to any device (or “battery”) using Lithium-ion technology for its cathode material, whereas anodes vary depending on application needs. A good way of describing what a Li-on battery does would be “energy storage”. The most common use case scenario today you’ll find these sorts of technologies being used is with your phone’s power pack or laptop charger – both cases requiring high amounts of current supplied over long periods.
Replacing the SLA batteries with LiFePO4 is a great choice because they are similar in voltage and safe.
Compared to a 100AH SLA, here are the key features of LiFePO4 batteries. They can hold more energy at higher voltages and have better cycle life in applications like solar power storage for homes or deep cycling where they need to frequent full depth discharge cycles. For instance, a 100 AH AGM has been selected as the standard battery type being compared; however it’s not one of the most commonly used sizes in deep-cycle applications which is why we’ve chosen this specific size instead when comparing them side by side with each other using an example from our own product line up (100Ah LFP).
Another important aspect about these types is that there isn’t any liquid electrolyte during normal operation, so if you damaged your cells somehow while charging
LifePO4 is less than half the weight of SLA. AGM Deep cycle – 27.5Kg; LiFePO4 – 12.2Kg
Benefits: Increases fuel efficiency, decreases towing weight in caravan and boat applications, increases speed by reducing water resistance and increasing speed (in boat applications), reduction in overall weight for longer runtime
Flat discharge curve feature – This feature is little known but has multiple benefits. With the flat discharge curve of LiFePO4, a battery’s terminal voltage holds above 12V for up to 85-90% capacity usage – because less amps are required in order to supply the same amount of power (P=VxA). Therefore, batteries with this type have longer runtimes than those without it.
In applications where power isn’t needed immediately, LiFePO4 batteries are better than AGM. Because they can accept a charge at much higher rates and their internal resistance is lower among other factors, these batteries take only about two hours to fully charge whereas it takes eight for an AGM battery.
If you only need a battery for everyday use, consider an AGM. If your batteries are going to be used daily then it will last around six years before needing replacement, whereas the LiFePO4 can go up to eight times longer than that without requiring service!