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WHAT ARE LIFEPO4 BATTERIES?

What Are LiFePO4 Batteries?

Jason Pomeroy |

Unlike other lithium batteries, LiFePO4 Batteries are a type of lithium battery built from lithium iron phosphate.

Other types of lithium batteries include:

Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LiCoO22)

Lithium Titanate (LTO)

Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2)

Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (LiNiCoAlO2)

Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4)

LIFEPO4 BATTERY TECHNOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY

Chemistry classes are all about memorizing the periodic table and performing experiments. Chemists discovered the best combinations for lithium batteries.

University of Texas scientists have been building LiFePO4 batteries since 1996. LiFePO4 is now well-known and considered the best Lithium battery because it's safe and reliable.

SOME HISTORY OF THE LIFEPO4 BATTERY

John Goodenough and Arumugam Manthiram discovered material used in lithium-ion batteries, which underwent subsequent modifications to solve the problem of early short-circuiting.

The cathode materials have been found to be a better alternative for lithium-ion batteries, especially for LiFePO4 batteries. Scientists have been working to tweak them and make them optimal.

One of the many models from today is the LiFePO4 Battery. This type of battery has a number of purposes, with one such use being in marine applications. They’re also able to store solar energy for later use, and can be used in cars and boats alike.

LiFePO4 batteries are a better alternative to the traditional lithium ion with the addition of not needing to contain toxic cobalt, and provides more power than most alternatives.

WHAT MAKES A LIFEPO4 BATTERY BETTER?

LiFePO4 batteries are better than their competitors because they have a lower equivalent weight, which leads to less strain on the electric grid and lighter vehicles.

The LiFePO4 battery is used to power a number of electrical devices, such as snow blowers, lawn mowers, and solar energy systems.

The cycle life of a LiFePO4 battery is over 4x that of other lithium ion batteries.

Lithium ion batteries are the safest battery type in the market, and they keep your devices running longer and give them more capacity.

LiFePO4 batteries will cycle more than 3,000-5,000 times. They can be discharged to 100% or more. You can discharge LiFePO4 batteries to 100% without worrying about damaging them like other batteries.

LiFePO4 batteries last longer than other types of battery. You can use quality LiFePO4 battery for many years and it has the ability to last about 5,000 cycles.

LiFePO4 is cheaper than lithium ion. This incremental cost continues to drop as a result of improvements in both technologies. It is much cheaper over time, and the life cycle costs are lower too.

LiFePO4 batteries are better than other types of battery because they have a longer lifespan, provide more power and can be easily charged.

HOW LIFEPO4 BATTERIES ARE REVOLUTIONIZING SAFE CHEMISTRY

Lithium battery safety is essential. One good example is a laptop battery that exploded - lithium-ion batteries are especially safe. LiFePO4 is the safest lithium battery type, and it's actually the only type of lithium that is safe.

LifePO4 batteries have the safest lithium chemistry. Why? They are safer because they don’t use lead acid or some other battery. They are safe because they don’t have recurring thermal runaway, which can be scary.

LiFePO4 batteries don’t cause fires or explosions when they are subject to harsh conditions. This is safe for people who use LiFePO4 batteries everyday.

WHAT ARE LIFEPO4 BATTERIES, AND WHY ARE THEY ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?

LiFePO4 batteries are not only environmentally friendly because they’re rechargeable, they are non-toxic. They won’t release harmful chemicals, making them a better choice than lead acid and every other lithium battery.

You can use LFPs over and over - as opposed to lead acid batteries, which need replacing.

LIFEPO4: THE SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

LiFePO4 batteries are low maintenance, safe, and reliable. They also provide excellent power capabilities.

Safe and non-toxic, it's a battery that’s going to perform well. These stats prove that LiFePO4 delivers all that and lots more:

Charge efficiency: a LiFePO4 battery reaches full charge in 2 hours or less.

Not in use self-discharge rate: Only 2% monthly. (Compare lead acid batteries at 30% rate).

Higher runtime than lead acid batteries or other lithium batteries.

Power consistency: continuous amount of amperage even when battery is below 50% charge.

A LifePO4 battery does not require maintenance.

LifePO4 batteries are small and lightweight.

Many factors make LiFePO4 batteries better. They're lightweight, weighing less than lithium manganese oxide and lead acid batteries, nearly 50%.

LiFePO4 batteries, when used in vehicles, translate to less gas usage and more maneuverability. They are also compact, freeing up space on scooters, boats, RVs, and industrial applications.

LIFEPO4 BATTERIES OR NON-LITHIUM BATTERIES

LiFePO4 batteries are more energy efficient and an environmentally-friendly alternative to lithium ion, but how do they compare to others?

Lead Acid Batteries: lead acid batteries cost less upfront but will end up costing you more in the long run. With these batteries, you need regular maintenance and have to change them out every few months. LiFePO4 batteries last twice as long- with no maintenance needed.

Gel Batteries: gel batteries have many benefits including that they don't need to be recharged as often. However, since the charging process for these batteries is a very slow process and also requires disconnecting them from the charged battery when they reach full charge, this hinders some of gel batteries advantages.

AGM Batteries: AGM batteries can do a lot of damage to your wallet, and they also have higher chances of being damaged themselves. LiFePO4 Ionic lithium batteries are one option that while they can be discharged completely at 100% without any risk in damaging the battery.

EVERY APPLICATION WITH A LIFEPO4 BATTERY

LiFePO4 technology is beneficial for a wide variety of applications. Here are a few examples: 

Fishing boats and kayak's: Less charging time, meaning they can spend more time on the water. They also have less weight which allows them to easily maneuver or speeds up during that high-stakes fishing competition.

Mopeds or mobility scooters: No need to worry about dead weight to slow you down. Charge to less than full capacity if needed for impromptu trips without the worry of damaging your battery.

Solar setups: Haul a lightweight LiFePO4 battery with you and harness the power of solar energy. It does not matter how far from the grid you are.

Commercial and industrial use: These batteries are the safest, toughest lithium batteries available and are great for industrial applications.

You can use lithium iron phosphate batteries for many other applications. Flashlights, electronic cigarettes, radio equipment, emergency lighting and much, much more.

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