If you want your RV to go further, you’ll need a reliable battery that will not hold you back. RV lithium batteries are excellent options for their longer lifespan, efficiency, and safety. They’re maintenance-free and can even support your solar power setup, too. Converting to lithium batteries will support your adventure-filled lifestyle and off-grid experiences without compromising reliability, performance, and power. You need to make sure you’re doing it correctly. Here are some tips.
Choose the right lithium batteries
Lithium battery technologies vary, but the best for RVs so far is lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4). It can be a drop-in replacement to your current battery and provides consistent power without the voltage sag. Partial charging won’t affect battery life and performance quality, so battery failure becomes the least of your worries while you’re on the road.
Pick the right size
RV lithium batteries come in various sizes, such as 12V, 48V, and 24V. Some battery stores carry 36V and 72V, too. You’re sure to find the exact size to suit your power requirements and the amount of time you spend traveling in your RV.
Determine the need for an inverter
Not all RVs need an inverter, and not all inverters are specific to lithium batteries. However, if your system needs one, ensure compatibility with the RV lithium batteries. An inverter will ensure your AC-powered appliances run safely and efficiently with your new lithium battery. Ultimately, when switching from lead-acid to lithium, you shouldn’t need a new inverter for the battery.
Consider the charge controllers and solar panels
The charge controller protects the battery while charging and prevents it from providing current to the solar panels when the voltage is more than the solar arrays’. Determine the power you can get from your solar panels, the appliances you’re powering, and the conditions that could make you need that power. That way, you can pick the correct charge controller.