Why Choose Lithium Batteries for your RV?
- Lithionics Batteries are 4 to 7 times lighter than any other battery
- Charges 3 to 4 times faster than any other battery
- 1 Lithium ion battery can replace up to 4 lead-acid batteries
- NeverDie® Battery Management Technology (BMS) that leaves 20% reserve energy
- Increased life expectancy (4 to 6 times more than an average battery)
- RoHS compliant solutions that improve the quality of life
- Can operate on various temperatures
What this means for you:
- No More Dead Batteries
- No More Trickle Chargers
- Ability to Store Your RV, Travel Trailer, Luxury Coach
- Always “Ready to Use”
- Maintenance Free
- Constant Voltage
- Quick Recharge
- Increased ‘Dry Camping Time’
- Reduced Generator Use (Save $ !)
What is a NeverDie® Battery Management System (BMS)
Lithionics Battery’s NeverDie® Battery Management System (BMS) is always active, monitoring battery vitals. Within the Battery Management System (BMS), it provides protection against over charging and over discharging, accidental short circuit, cell balancing, temperature extremes, the option for remote telemetry, and and the option for state-of-charge (SOC) monitoring. The NeverDie® Battery Management System (BMS) feature is available on most models. This increases the lifespan of your battery system and protects your valuable investment.
± The battery enters sleep mode if it senses battery drain. Sleep mode keeps energy stored for emergency starting.
± At any time you can enable/disable the battery via the NeverDie® Battery Management System (BMS) feature.
± A battery that’s always ready to go when you are!
To monitor the NeverDie® Battery Management System (BMS), a State-of-Charge (or SOC) monitoring kit can be purchased. The kit includes: SOC sender box and SOC display. The box is installed in line with a conventional CAT5 ethernet cable to the positive cable. It monitors the voltage and amperage, then sends the information to the display. The SOC display then reveals vital information about your battery: live voltage and amperage, state-of-charge, Amp hours left, a graphical fuel gauge, and much more.
Lithionics Battery is now offering an optional Bluetooth transmitter feature on the NeverDie® Battery Management System. Monitor battery voltage, state-of-charge, temperature, current, and status code remotely from your mobile device. Available for download on Google Play and Apple App Store.
How Does It Work?
Lithium RV batteries work in a much faster and more efficient way than the other traditional RV batteries. Basically, it utilizes the movement of the lithium ions (through the electrolytes) from the negative electrode (also called a cathode) and to the positive electrode (called an anode) and vice versa depending on the situation. If the battery is providing an electric current, which happens if it is supplying power or discharging, the movement of the lithium ions is from the anode to the cathode. The opposite happens when the battery is plugged in or getting charged.
Battery’s Cycle Life
One of the most defining factors of a particular battery is its cycle life. Especially for Lithium RV batteries, cycle life is supposed to be thoroughly evaluated. Did you know: The battery’s life is not measured in years but rather in how many cycles it can make before it expires or stops working.
A whole battery cycle is the total process duration of storing, dispersing and restoring of a certain amount of energy to the battery itself. This is the main reason why the deep-cycle variation of the Lithium RV battery is oftentimes the choice for RV boondocking batteries. Choose a Lithium RV battery with a higher expected cycle life if you want a long term investment for your RV.
Battery’s Cycle Depth
The depth of a battery’s cycle is something you need to learn about as you use your RV battery’s power. It pertains to the energy consumed from the battery before it is refilled. Basically, it determines how much percentage of its energy should be consumed before it needs to be recharged.
This matters in the bigger picture because the life of the battery is determined by how many cycles it can make. So the less frequently it needs to do a full cycle, the slower the battery ages. This is why deep-cycled Lithium RV batteries are the best for boondocking.
What to Look for When Buying Lithium Batteries for your RV
Not to be confused with the actual Lithium batteries which are non-rechargeable, RVs actually use Lithium-ion batteries that are specifically made to store and supply power and then recharge again once the power has been dispersed.
Since a lot of owners are opting for something more faster, stronger and reliable on a long run, a number of both seasoned and new RV owners are choosing the Lithium-ion RV battery.
The Right Weight
The first thing you need to consider when buying your RV battery is the weight. This is important because you would need to make sure that you have enough space and engine power to carry it. When storing energy, more is always better, especially when doing activities that will take you off the grid, such as woodland camping and boondocking. Generally, owners opt for options that are compact and lightweight. Not only is this for better storage, but also better for both the battery and RV as they face numerous bumps along the road.
Most of the time, we are so enamored by the great weight and storage manageability, that we often forget to factor in the ease in the battery’s usage. It will be an advantage for you to get a Lithium RV battery that is compatible to multiple power sources for its charging. One thing most owners overlook is the ease of the battery’s energy reading. No owner should have a hard time determining the current state of the battery’s power, something that could potentially affect your trip.
Ease of use also pertains to the operating abilities of the battery. Does it function well even with the engine running, or will you only use it when the RV is parked? If you are planning to use it frequently and while driving, get a lithium battery that can support such activity.
When choosing the best Lithium RV battery for you, consider products with great reputation when it comes to travel durability. In some cases, the materials used in manufacturing the products influence the very function it performs. This means that high-quality materials make the better products, especially in products specifically dealing with power and energy.
Travel durability is determined by how many bumps and vibrations the battery would survive on the road. This will also spell out the general lifespan of the battery, which tells you how long your battery can help out your RV. The durability of the Lithium RV battery can also be alluded to the product’s design. Special features are sometimes achieved with different designs, features that can help the RV battery survive the challenges ahead. Some of the most famous features are airtight housing, sturdy housing design to avoid tumbling and spillage, and various handling features.
Determining the power aspects of the Lithium RV battery is probably the most important in this list. There are 3 main things to consider: Speed, Capacity and Duration.
The charging speed affects your entire travel timeframe because how far you get depends on your stored energy. Consider the charging time you are willing to accommodate in order you use your batteries because it will affect your trip overall.
Considering the capacity of the battery itself will determine how much energy your Lithium RV battery can store; this dictates the functions it can support.
With the duration of the energy storage, find out how long your Lithium RV battery can keep the unused charges inside it, which can be later on utilized when you are on the road.
The Right Price
Balance out every factor, determine the RV activity you want, and then choose what is the best for your situation. Buying a Lithium RV battery is a longtime investment so the pricing is indeed a factor, but is a great choice to make for your RV.