Are you living and travelling in a van or maybe you’re thinking about taking your life on the road in a van? Excellent decision! But what kind of battery do you need to power all your new gadgets and appliances? Lithium batteries are the best option for van life, but there are a few things you need to know before making your purchase. In this blog post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about lithium batteries and how they can power your travels. Keep reading to learn more!
What are lithium batteries made of? #
The lithium iron battery (LiFePO4 battery) is a type of lithium-ion battery using lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) as the cathode material and a graphitic carbon electrode with a metallic backing as the anode.
These types of batteries have the capability of charging and discharging at high rates compared to other battery types. They can store more energy than lead-acid batteries and they also weigh less. This means that lithium batteries will last longer than other types while still being lightweight enough to be easy on a van’s suspension system for example or roof rack when transporting them around with ease.
Lithium Batteries, Benefits for Van Life #
Benefit #1: Save Money #
People who are turned off by the initial cost of lithium batteries fail to consider the full cost over the battery’s lifetime. Because of their usable capacity and long lifespan, they are cheaper over the long run than lead-acid batteries. For example, you might go through three or four lead-acid batteries in the same amount of time as one lithium battery.
Benefit #2: Longer Lifestyle, Which Means Longer Travel Term #
Depending on how they are used, lithium batteries can last up to 5,000 cycles and even longer if properly maintained, giving them several times the life expectancy of a standard lead-acid deep cycle battery.
Bainbridge Technologies use A-grade prismatic lithium iron phosphate cells (LiFeP04) that can withstand more than 5,000 cycles at 50% DoD and 3,000 cycles at 80% DoD. This equates to +10 years of life expectancy compared to 2-3 years of a lead-acid AGM.