Many battery myths contain at least a grain of truth, but it’s important to recognize that these myths may no longer apply. Because batteries are an integral part of your day, you want the right ones to power your activities. That’s where lithium-ion batteries come in. Lithium-ion batteries have only been on the market for a few decades, and they are changing and improving daily. However, since these new batteries are still relatively new, it is important to differentiate the myths about lithium versus the truth. Let’s debunk some common misconceptions about lithium batteries.
Myth: Lithium Batteries Can Only Power Phones
Recent advancements in lithium battery technology have upgraded the battery’s usage much further than handheld devices, such as smartphones and laptops. Today, long-lasting lithium-ion batteries can power nearly all of your devices and adventures. There are lithium batteries available for solar, telecommunications, portable power, boats, RVs, and electric vehicles. If a vehicle can be powered with lead-acid batteries, a comparable lithium-ion battery is available that is more lightweight and durable.
Myth: Lithium Batteries Have Similar Lifespans to Lead-Acid Batteries
This is another common misconception that has gained popularity in recent years. However, a single lithium battery lasts up to 10 times longer than a lead-acid battery. A battery’s lifespan is measured in cycles, which is how many times a battery can be drained and recharged before it needs replacing. On average, lead-acid batteries offer around 400-500 cycles and lithium offers 5000-10000 cycles.
Myth: Lithium Batteries are a Fire Hazard
Lithium-ion batteries are completely safe for use. In fact, battery manufacturers include several safeguards to protect against emergency situations. For example, properly designed lithium batteries come with a battery management system that keeps the voltage at a safe level and prevents overheating. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you are properly using the correct batteries.
Myth: Lithium Batteries are Too Expensive
While the initial investment can be higher than traditional batteries, you will quickly see a return on investment with lithium-ion batteries. The long-term savings of lithium-ion batteries make them the smartest energy solution. However, to really understand how much you will save with lithium batteries, you must evaluate the dollar amount per cycle. When comparing cost-per-cycle, lead-acid batteries must be replaced 5-10 times before a lithium battery would need to be replaced the first time. So, in exchange for the initial upfront cost, you get the life span equivalent of 5-10 traditional batteries.
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