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Lithium-Ion Boat Battery Price-Cycle Life and Performance
For many years boat owners were using the lead-acid battery to run electric lights, start their engines and power inverters. Today, these owners are using lithium batteries due to its durability and better performance.
The batteries can discharge up to 100%, but it's better to reach 80%. Thus with a 300amp-hours, the boat owner has 240 amp hours at his disposal. The batteries are light in weight and can fast charge to nearly 100%
How Long Do A Lithium-Ion Boat Battery Last?
The lithium-ion boat battery is long-lasting; thus, they keep your boat cutting through the waters and waves without weighing the vessel down. Therefore, this type of battery several advantages, such as storing a greater amount of energy in a smaller as compared to other batteries. Further, the battery has high energy density, it's lighter, smaller and fully sealed; thus, they don't require any maintenance. For that reason, the battery can be used for speedboats and smaller boats.
A li-ion marine battery can charge faster and has a longer lifespan as compared to other batteries. These batteries lose relatively lower energy when idle in relation to others. For instance, a Li-ion battery will lose roughly 1.5% of its energy if it sits idle for a month while nickel-metal hydride battery loses 20% when it remains unused for the same period.
Therefore LiFePO4 batteries are ideal for boats used in fishing, sailing and exploring the sea, for it's a dependable source for power. They are environmentally friendly for they don't emit vapors, fumes and are made of recycled material.
Why lithium-ion batteries Could Be A Problem On Boats?
Thus, these companies have switched to li-ion battery technology, for they offer a 70% reduction in weight but a higher cost. On the other hand, these batteries can be super volatile when charging.
Indeed the lithium battery technology has been improving over the years; however, there some dangers that have not to be solved exhaustively.
These batteries have a list of advantages like they are light, can stand more charge and discharge cycles, hold a charge better, and lacks charge-memory problems.
One of the challenges with lithium-ion batteries is overheating. Like traditional batteries, electrons travel from one electrode to the other across an electrolyte, thus causing a flow of electricity. Lithium is a highly reactive alkali metal; therefore, there is a potential of packing a lot of energy in a small space.
Therefore, lithium-ion batteries are hazardous, for you can experience venting in terms of open flames. Overcharging these batteries makes them unstable due to the formation of metal plating on the anode. At the same time, cathode turns to an oxidizing agent, thus releasing carbon dioxide, which creates additional pressure on the battery cells. Therefore, these changes cause by overcharging contribute to an explosion.
However, built-in circuits and insulating membranes can be used to prevent it, yet still battery damage or subtle manufacturing defects can contribute to this problem. Lithium batteries require a high-end monitoring system because they can have huge amp rates while their cells need to be charged and monitored for equalization and temperature.