Lithium batteries, on average, will cycle up to 5000 times, meaning their lifespan is up to 5 times longer than lead-acid batteries.
Because of this, Lithium batteries start to pay for themselves after a while. The money saved on maintenance, repairs, and replacements makes lithium a good option, regardless of the upfront cost.
Another advantage is the time it takes to charge the battery. Lithium batteries can handle a larger amperage from a charger, which results in faster charging, than a flooded cell lead-acid battery.
More and more people are trying to minimize their environmental impact, and the best battery to consider with this in mind is lithium. These use less grid energy to charge and do not contain as many hazardous chemicals.
In terms of the physical weight of both types of these batteries, lithium is again superior. They are up to 3 times lighter than lead-acid equivalents.
Lithium and lead-acid also differ significantly in performance.
Lead-acid and other types of batteries begin to lose voltage output when they get to around 25-30% capacity. Lithium batteries don't suffer from this loss, which means in applications like golf carts, they can reach higher speeds and carry more weight without losing power.
The depth of discharge of lithium batteries can be up to 85%, whereas lead acid prefer to be discharged to the 50% level. This implies the length of time lithium batteries is operational is far longer.
Another benefit of some lithium batteries is their self-monitoring and warning systems. Some lithium batteries come with remote controls that warn the user of any problems or malfunctions with the battery.
Also, some lithium batteries, automatically disconnect from a machine or engine when it is not in use, preventing damage to the battery itself.
Lithium vs Lead-Acid Batteries: Final Thoughts
One thing you can definitely count on lead-acid batteries' superiority is their upfront cost. They are the less expensive option by far, but will typically have to be replaced sooner than lithium equivalents.
Taking this into account, the number of advantages of lithium vs lead-acid batteries is, a lot of times, enough to justify the cost.
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