LITHIUM ION BATTERY FACTS
There are more than a few good reasons Lithium far exceeds performance of Lead Acid & AGM batteries. A lightweight option which offers charging efficiency and between 3000-5000 life cycles makes LiFePO4 the best choice for a better battery. To ensure the utmost safety and minimal impact, our chemistry utilizes only environmentally acceptable materials and has zero emissions with no venting needed.
Showing high performance in both extreme heat and cold, Lithium is about 2.5x more efficient at low temperatures and operates safely up to 149*F. Furthermore, versatile mounting allows for your battery to be installed in any direction with the same consistent energy flow throughout the duration of use. Despite higher upfront costs of LiFePO4, the savings are clear when considering the true lifetime value.
Switching from Lead Acid/AGM to LiFePO4 (Lithium-ion Phosphate)
1. What can I use a Lithium Ion GreenLiFE® Battery for?
You can use a lithium battery for any application that would normally use a single or multiple Lead Acid, GEL or AGM batteries. GreenLiFE® batteries are commonly used for Marine, RV, Solar, Industrial, Performance, Golf Carts, UV, Mobility, UPS, and custom applications
2. Is to LiFePO4 more dangerous than lead acid/AGM?
No, it’s safer than lead acid/AGM. Plus, a GreenLiFE Lithium Battery™ has built in protection circuits. This prevents a short circuit and has under/over voltage protection. Lead/AGM do not, and flooded lead acid contains sulfuric acid that can spill and harm you, the environment and your equipment. Lithium batteries are sealed and have no liquids and give off no gasses.
3. What do I need to change in my electrical system to run to LiFePO4 batteries?
Short answer is nothing! Our batteries are designed to be used exactly how lead acid batteries are used. Common sources:
- Alternator: Most alternators will sufficiently charge GreenLiFE® lithium ion technology.
- Inverter: Set or program the charging voltage to 14.4v – 14.6v to get the best charge.
- Standard charger: A standard battery charger WILL charge GreenLiFE Batteries™ thanks to its advanced BMS.
4. What if I have a total loss (non-charging system)?
We can recommend some different lithium specific chargers for you but many of our customers use their current external chargers with our batteries and they work great!
5. What about wet/damp locations?
GreenLiFE lithium batteries are sealed but are not waterproof to locations that might get wet or damp. It is highly recommended to place all lithium ion batteries in a dry lock box to prevent any water damage. These batteries are barely water resistant, however taking these extra precautions will increase the longevity of the battery.
6. Where/How can I mount it?
The batteries can be mounted in any direction, even upside down. Since there is no liquid in them and they are solid the battery will work however you mount them.
7. How do they deal with heat/cold?
Lithium batteries have a larger working temperature than lead acid/AGM. They somewhat effected by extreme heat (over 150F) and cold (below -20F). However, If it’s cold, simply turn on some accessories and the battery will self-warm! If it is hot, just make sure air can flow around the battery.
8. What about these melting lithium cell phone & laptop batteries I saw on the news?
There have been very few of these in relation to how many cell phones laptops there are in the world. Issues have been with the “pouch” style prismatic cell design (limited safety features to make it more compact for electronics). Our batteries use different chemistry (LiFePO4), have safer cell design (steel encased cylindrical cells), and have an advanced BMS system for extra protection.
9. How do I know what size lithium battery I need?
It’s more about what your priorities are. Our lithium has about twice the useable capacity as a lead acid and AGM batteries. So, if your goal is to get more usable battery time (Amps) then you should upgrade to a battery with the same Amps (or more). I.e. if you replace a 100amp battery with a 100amp GreenLiFE Battery™, you will get about double the usable amps, with about half the weight. If your goal is to have a smaller battery, much less weight, or less expensive. Then you can replace the 100amp battery with a GreenLiFE 50amp battery. You will get about the same usable amps (time), it would cost less, and it’s about ¼ the weight. Refer to the spec sheet for dimensions or call us with further questions or custom needs.
10. What is the life expectancy of the battery?
A GreenLiFE Battery™ can be used for 3000-5000 life cycles. Depending on usage this can be 10 years or more. Lead acid and AGM get roughly 300-500 life cycles before their capacity is reduced substantially. Therefore, even though there is more upfront cost with a GreenLiFE Battery, the upgrade saves you allot of money over time.