Discerning boat owners are switching to lithium marine batteries for many good reasons. Lithium batteries are more efficient, weigh less, and can last longer than lithium-ion batteries, making them ideal for several marine applications. Let’s take a look at the benefits for marine boaters.
More charge-discharge cycles
The charge-discharge cycles of deep-cycle lead-acid batteries are around 500 to 1,000 times. Lithium batteries have 3,000 to 5,000 cycles. A lead-acid battery’s longevity depends on how well it’s maintained. But you won’t have to worry about upkeep with lithium batteries.
Weight reduction and size
Boats have weight limits, and lowering their weight could mean more speed and increased safety. A lithium battery weighs around half as much as a lead-acid battery of a similar capacity.
Increased power storage capacity
Discharging a lead-acid battery below 50 percent of its capacity can cause damage and shorten its lifespan. Lithium marine batteries allow for around an 80 percent depth of discharge, so they can be completely discharged without dire consequences. They also have more power storage, which means more time on the water for you.
Cost-effective down the line
The cost of a lithium battery should not prevent you from buying one. Considering the longer lifespan, higher efficiency, and lack of maintenance, it’s a good investment that could help you save money in the long run.
Lithium marine batteries have a built-in battery management system (BMS), the electronic board that manages and controls them. It also protects the batteries from short-circuiting, over-charging, over-discharging and reverses polarity.
You don’t have to guess how much charge is left on a lithium marine battery because you can check the LED battery charge indicator. It’s conveniently on top, making it easy to spot.
Can you switch from lead-acid to lithium batteries?
Most lithium marine batteries are drop-in replacements, eliminating the need for extensive modifications to the battery bank. However, you may need extra components for an efficient installation, such as a battery charger and inverter specific for lithium batteries.