Intro to Lithium-ion
Lithium-ion batteries were invented in 1980 by John Goodenough; they were commercialized in 1991 by Sony. In the past decade, lithium-ion batteries have become the dominant rechargeable battery chemistry in nearly all industries. Lithium-ion, in comparison to previous popular chemistries, (Lead acid, Nickel-Cadmium, and Alkaline) is better in many ways. With the advancement in technology, a battery that is safe and powerful is in great need. Lithium is the most energy dense chemistry in use and with added features, can be the safest. Lithium energy is an active area of study, so new chemistries are being developed every year.
In the simplest terms, a lithium-ion battery refers to a battery with a negative electrode (anode) and a positive electrode (cathode) that transfers lithium ions between the two materials. Lithium ions move from the anode to the cathode during discharge and deposit themselves (intercalate) into the positive electrode, which is composed of lithium and other metals. During charge, this process is reversed.
Within the cells, there are many layers of anode and cathode with a separator in between. Between the two plates, there is also an electrolyte solution, typically LiPF6 mixed with a liquid solution. This combination of materials can either be stacked (prismatic cells) or wound in a spiral (cylindrical cells). Cells vary in size and shape; some are encased in plastic while others are in aluminum cases. The casing is dependent on the environment they are going into and the size is determined by the amount of capacity needed for the application.
Each lithium-ion cell has a safe voltage range that it can be operated in. This range is dependent on the chemistry used in the battery. For example, an LFP battery at 0% State of Charge (SOC) is 2.5V and at 100% SOC is 3.6V. This is considered the safe operating range of this battery. Going below the stated 2.5V SOC can cause degradation of the electrodes. This is considered an over-discharge. If a cell is repeatedly over-discharged it can cause many issues that permanently damage the battery. The same is true for an over-charge, going above the stated 100% SOC. These two failures have led battery manufacturers to develop safety devices and features.
A battery is typically comprised of many cells working in conjunction with one another. Let’s consider an LFP cell with a nominal voltage of 3.2V and a capacity of 100 Ah. Most applications require a higher voltage and capacity, how would this be done? In order to increase the voltage of a battery, multiple cells must be connected in series. To increase the capacity, cells must be connected in parallel. For example, let’s say we want a 12V battery with a capacity of 300 Ah. With the given LFP cell we would need 4 cells in series with 3 modules in parallel. This would produce a system that is 12.8V with a capacity of 300 Ah.
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Anode: The anode is the negative electrode in the cell. It is very common, in lithium-ion batteries, for it to be composed of lithium and carbon, usually a graphite powder. The current can be collected due to the copper film that is combined with the electrode. The purity, particle size, and uniformity of the anode all contribute to the aging behavior and capacity.
Cathode: The cathode is the positive electrode. This is where all the different chemistries come into play. The cathode is what determines the overall lithium chemistry. Like the anode, a current collector is combined with the material so the flow of electrons can occur. The cathode is typically combined with an aluminum film. As shown above there are many different chemistries. The key differences between them is temperature at which they react with the electrolyte (thermal runaway) and the voltages they produce.
Electrolyte: The electrolyte allows the transfer of the lithium ions between the plates. Typically, it is composed of different organic carbonates, such as ethylene, carbonate, and diethyl carbonate. The different mixtures and ratios vary depending on the application of the cell. For example, for a low temperature application the electrolyte solution will have a lower viscosity compared to one made for a room temperature environment. Lithium salts are essential in the mixture of the electrolyte, the salt determines the conductivity of the solution as well as aids in the formation of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI). In lithium batteries, lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) is the most common lithium salt. LiPF6 can produce hydrofluoric acid (HF) when mixed with water. The SEI is a chemical reaction between the lithium metal and electrolyte. Under normal conditions the cell manufacturer typically slow charges the cell to form an even SEI on the carbon anode.
Lithium-ion Vs Lead Acid Batteries
There are several reasons a company would opt to convert to lithium-ion power from their lead acid energy source.
Increased Efficiencies: Thanks to technological advances, like BMS and opportunity charging, lithium-ion-powered equipment can help improve a facility’s efficiencies and reduce downtime due to needing to recharge battery-powered equipment.
Boosted Productivity: Operators can worry less about charging their equipment and FOCUS more on the task at hand. Lithium-ion battery technology also empowers companies to invest in automation and robotic solutions to bypass the need for human labor.
Easier Charging Storage Protocols: Lithium-ion batteries can be opportunity charged. and thrive on it! That means you can charge when it is convenient for you.
Lithium-ion batteries also don’t need their own charging/storage space since they don’t come with the same hazardous/environmental risks that lead acid batteries do.
No Required Maintenance: Unlike lead acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not require tedious watering and maintenance.
Improve Operational Safety: Lithium-ion batteries improve a facility’s operational safety in several ways.
They do not need to be removed as often since they can be opportunity charged.
Lithium-ion batteries are also environmentally safer because there is less risk of overheating, exploding, or discharging hazardous and toxic fumes or liquids.
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Internal Combustion Forklift: A forklift with an engine that uses fuel to run. The fuel is burned within the engine which produces power directly to the forklift. Fuel is typically gasoline, diesel, liquified petroleum gas, or compressed natural gas.
Opportunity Charging: The practice of using natural periods of downtime, like operator meal breaks, to charge the battery for short periods of time throughout the day. This allows operators the continuous use of the same battery throughout multiple shifts.
Equalization Charging: Overcharging the battery after a full charging cycle at a higher-than-normal voltage. This step is necessary help remove built-up sulfate and balance the voltage of each cell in lead acid batteries.
Battery Degradation: The process that reduces the amount of energy a battery can store. Temperature, charge, and discharge voltage, current and the depth of charge and discharge can affect how much a battery’s capacity is reduced over time.
Battery Lifespan: How long a battery can operate during its life. Lifespan is measured by the number of completed charge and discharge.
Battery Cycle Count: The cumulative number of charges and discharges if the battery completes one charge and discharge as a cycle. The battery cycle is comprised of 100% discharge and charge.
Battery Operating Temperature: The acceptable temperature of the surrounding environment at which a battery operates. The battery may fail if the operating temperature is outside of the range.
Types Of Lithium-ion Battery Chemistries
Lithium energy is an active area of study so new chemistries are being developed every year. Some of the most popular chemistries are:
Lithium titanate (LTO)2. Lithium cobalt oxide (LCO)3. Lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)4. Lithium iron phosphate (LFP)
While these are all lithium batteries, there are key differences between them.
LTO has a very long life and a wide temperature range. They are capable of handling large charge currents greater than 10C. They have one of the lowest energy densities (2.4V/Cell) of all lithium batteries and are one of the most expensive.
LCO became very popular because of its high energy density (3.6 V/Cell). Cobalt is a very energy-dense material but is extremely volatile and expensive. It is a resource that is depleting quickly due to its recent increase in consumption. LCO has many negatives, it cannot handle large charge currents, are very sensitive to temperature, and have a short cycle life.
NMC is a rapidly developing chemistry, at the time this is written. The blending of nickel, manganese, and cobalt produces a very well-rounded battery. With a high energy density (3.6V/Cell) and a decreased use of cobalt, it has become one of the most desired batteries in the industry. Due to its lower cobalt concentration, it is safer than LCO. Its life cycle is longer than LCO but shorter than LTO. It can handle charge currents up to 2C and a greater range in temperature. It is also important to know that batteries that contain cobalt require more safety features which make the batteries more expensive.
LFP is popular in industries with heavy use and rough environments. While this chemistry has a slightly lower energy density (3.2V/Cell), it can withstand a lot of abuse. It has a long lifespan, it is less costly and much safer because it does not contain cobalt. It can even withstand a very wide range of temperatures. LFP can also withstand discharge currents up to 20C but typical usage patterns include 1C. Overall this is the safest and most reliable chemistry.
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What is TPPL and How Does it Compare to Lithium-ion?
TPPL Battery: Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries are a type of lead acid battery which have electrodes that are thinner than traditional lead acid battery designs. TPPL batteries have a high rate of charge and discharge which increases the level of internal heat. This causes the life of a TPPL battery to deplete faster than other types of lead acid batteries.
AGM Battery: Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are a type of lead acid battery which contain a glass mat separator. This separator absorbs the electrolyte solution between the battery plates like a sponge which keeps the battery water levels down so you don’t have to water them as constant as other lead acid batteries. However, if the battery is overcharged, gas pressure builds within the cell and will cause the battery to dry out and fail.
Battery Energy Density: The measure of how much energy a battery contains in proportion to its weight. This measurement is typically presented in Watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg). A watt-hour is a measure of electrical energy that is equivalent to the consumption of one watt for one hour.
Flooded: A flooded battery has plates, separators, and a high-density paste material. It uses a liquid electrolyte that submerges the plates. The liquid solution can be damaged in extreme temperatures due to evaporation or freezing. This requires watering and maintenance of the battery.
Battery Discharge Rate: The amount of current divided by the time it takes to discharge a battery. It is defined as the stable current in amperes (A) that is taken from a battery of specified capacity (Ah) over a period of time.
Battery Charge Rate: The amount of current divided by time it takes to charge a battery. It is the amount of charge added to the battery per unit time.
C-rating: The rate of time it takes to charge or discharge a battery. C-rating is another way of representing the charge or discharge rates, where 1C is equivalent to charging or discharging the entire capacity of the battery in one hour.
Super easy to maintain
As far as batteries go, lithium-ion ones are rather maintenance-free. The BMS (Battery Management System) automatically performs a balancing operation to ensure that all the cells in a battery bank are charged equally. We will assume that the battery is equipped with a BMS, or battery management system, which is common among LiFePO4 batteries supplied in 12/24/48-volt packs. The BMS protects the amperetime battery by disconnecting it when it is discharged or is in danger of being overcharged. The BMS also limits charge and discharge currents, analyses cell temperature (and limits charge/discharge if required) and balances the batteries after each full charge (think of balancing as bringing all the cells inside the battery pack to the same state-of-charge, similar to equalising for a lead-acid battery). Don’t buy a battery without a BMS unless you’re willing to live on the edge.
Unlike lead-acid batteries, Amperetime lithium batteries are equipped with an integrated Battery Management System (BMS) that prevents the battery from being overcharged. Overcharging lead-acid batteries increases the rate of grid corrosion and shortens the battery’s life expectancy.
Safety and handling
Are lithium batteries considered safer than other types of batteries? Yes, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries have become the industry best choice for RV, marine, automotive replacement, and general solar PV applications. They are extremely safe, can be mounted indoors, and are an outstanding product for mobile living and entertainment. As with sealed lead acid batteries, you only need to make sure that the cables haven’t been shaken loose by vibration when you’re on the route and that everything looks good.
A battery bank’s depth of discharge (DoD) is the amount of stored energy that may be consumed without significantly shortening the battery bank’s life expectancy. For example, under the same condition of 1C discharge, a 100Ah (amp-hour) lead acid battery rated for 50% DoD requires just 1/2 of its rated capacity to be used, leaving the remaining 1/2 in the battery unused.
To offer the same quantity of useful energy, a amperetime lithium battery bank is substantially smaller than a lead-acid battery bank. For instance, if you use 100Ah of energy every day, you will require a 200Ah lead acid battery bank to maintain a 50% depth of discharge, but in amperetime 12v 100Ah battery, only 100Ah of lithium is needed to maintain an 100% depth of discharge. With lithium batteries, that’s a substantially smaller battery bank than you’d expect.
Lightweight and small
Many factors contributed to making LiFePO4 batteries superior. They are absolute lightweights when it comes to weight. LiFePO4 batteries are 60% lighter than lead acid batteries.
When you use your amperetime LiFePO4 battery in a car, this equates to reduced gas use and better mobility. In addition, they are small, allowing you to fit them on an automotive replacement, scooter, a boat, or even an industrial application.
Where Can You Find LifePO4 Batteries?
Now that you’re sold on LifePO4 lithium-ion batteries, where do you get them? Maxworld Power has you covered, and they even have a great power output chart available to help you determine how many batteries you should get!
How Do You Store LiFePO4 Batteries?
How you store your LiFePO4 battery 12v system depends on the temperature of the storage space and how long they will be stored. We recommend the following for how to store LiFePO4 12v batteries:
- Up to 1 month:.20 to 60°C (4 to 140°F)
- Up to 3 months:.10 to 35°C (14 to 95°F)
- Over 3 months: 15 to 35°C (59 to 95°F)
It is strongly recommended to store lithium batteries indoors during the off-season. It is also recommended to store LiFePO4 batteries at a state of charge (SOC) of approximately 50% or higher. If the battery is stored for a long time, cycle the battery at least once every six months. Do not store discharged batteries.
Disconnect Before Storing LiFePO4
Many customers have a main switch to disconnect the battery power. We recommend that you take additional measures to ensure that the battery is truly disconnected. This is because many camper vans still have components running in the background, such as carbon dioxide sensors, backlit stereos, or other emergency sensors that may bypass the main disconnect switch.
The best way to store the battery is to physically disconnect the main positive and negative wires from the LiFePO4 lithium battery. This will ensure that the batteries will not discharge during storage, and when you use them again, they will have enough power.
LiFePO4 batteries have a low self-discharge rate of 2% per month. This means that when lithium batteries are stored, they lose 2% of their charging capacity every month. We recommend disconnecting all power from the battery to prevent a higher discharge rate.
When you store LiFePO4 batteries, it is important to store them with a state of charge (SOC) of 50% or higher. When storing for a long time, using a higher charge state is recommended. If you want the batteries to maintain a good charge after the storage period is over, you should charge them to 100% and store them in a fully charged state.
How to Store LiFePO4 Batteries in Cold Weather
We do not recommend storing lithium batteries in extremely cold temperatures for a long time, as this may cause the battery pack’s casing to crack. In addition, high temperatures exceeding 60°C (140°F) may also damage other components in the battery pack, so it is best always to avoid high temperatures for long periods. It is always recommended to store lithium batteries indoors and at room temperature.
You will have major negative consequences if you store the LiFePO4 battery without at least a fifty percent charge. Due to the 2% self-discharge rate, the battery may be over-discharged. The discharge level may be lower than the level that the BMS can protect. This is why it is very important to charge the lithium battery before storing it.
It is strongly recommended that you also store the lithium battery at room temperature, as we discussed earlier in the article when it is stored for a long time. Excessive discharge of the battery due to storage uncharged can cause permanent damage and void the battery’s warranty.
The Benefits of LiFePO4 in Batteries
A Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery is a type of rechargeable Lithium Ion polymer battery that uses iron as the cathode material, rather than the more hazardous Cobalt or Nickel (LiCoO2), and a graphitic carbon electrode with a metallic backing as the anode. This common battery is prone to thermal runaway if the battery is accidentally overcharged. As a result, the LiCoO2 battery can set itself on fire, as cobalt burns hot and fast.
Lithium Iron Phosphate is known as a safer chemistry combination for batteries when compared with traditional Lithium Ion batteries (LiCoO2). LiFePO4 have a slightly lower energy density but are not prone to self-combustion, making them more stable.
LiFePO4 batteries are used in a variety of renewable energy technologies and have a number of advantages over their older LiCoO2 counterparts.
Traditional Lithium Ion batteries use Cobalt inside of them which is an expensive rare-earth material but, more importantly, Cobalt reacts with Oxygen in the air to cause thermal runaway which leads to a fire.
LiFePO4 batteries also have a longer lifespan as well as being non-toxic when it comes to disposing of them. Disposal of LiCoO2 batteries is a huge concern for manufacturers and users due to their hazardous materials.
LiFePO4 batteries can also withstand higher temperatures without decomposing and the cycle life is more than 4 to 5 times that of other Lithium Ion polymer batteries. making them more economical.
The economical benefits of LiFePO4 cannot be ignored. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have a longer ‘shelf life’ than Li-Ion batteries because of their slow discharge rate and light weight, meaning you save money in the long run.
A LiFePO4 battery can be used for up to 3 to 7 years, making the average cost very affordable. Also, as LiFePO4 batteries have a high energy density. their cost-to-energy ratio is more effective when compared to LiCoO2 batteries.
In off-grid applications such as solar and wind, energy efficiency is of crucial importance. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries charge at nearly 100% efficiency in comparison to the 85% efficiency of most lead acid batteries. Very little energy is wasted which is especially important when charging via solar. Theoretically, every ray of sunlight you’re able to collect before the sun goes down or gets covered by clouds goes into your batteries.
Furthermore, these batteries have a much higher charging and discharging rate, making them more efficient and able to deliver bursts of power in a short amount of time. Additionally, LiFePO4 batteries are developed to handle high currents. meaning you can easily use several devices at the same time.
LiFePO4 cells have a longer lifespan due to their slower rate of capacity loss in comparison to LiCoO2 batteries. After a year on the shelf, a LiFePO4 battery generally has approximately the same energy density as a LiCoO2 cell.
Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have a lower environmental impact because they can be recharged inexpensively many times before replacing. These batteries can also be recycled to recover the various materials used within their electrodes, wiring, and casings. Posing less risk to the environment, buyers can choose to buy LiFePO4 batteries made from recycled materials.
In comparison to other lithium batteries, LiFePO4 uses non-toxic and more abundant materials that can be produced with less energy.
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To summarise, when compared to traditional LiCoO2 and lead acid batteries, LiFePO4 batteries are generally more safe, economical, efficient, sustainable, provide a higher performance, and have a longer lifespan. They are the stronger choice when it comes to powering your renewable energy devices.
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Comparison with Other Types of Batteries
LiFePO4 batteries have become increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, and lithium-ion batteries due to their high safety, reliability, and long cycle life. Let’s take a closer look at how LiFePO4 batteries compare to these other types of batteries.
Lead-acid batteries have been used in various applications for many years, including backup power supplies, marine and RV applications, golf carts, and medical devices. However, they have several drawbacks that make them less desirable than LiFePO4 batteries. Lead-acid batteries are bulky, heavy, and have a relatively short cycle life compared to LiFePO4 batteries. They also require frequent maintenance, emit toxic gases during operation, and can be hazardous if not disposed of properly.
In contrast, LiFePO4 batteries are lightweight, compact, and have a long cycle life. They do not require maintenance and are non-toxic, making them safer and more environmentally friendly than lead-acid batteries. Additionally, LiFePO4 batteries provide higher energy density and efficiency, which translates to longer run times and faster charging times.
Nickel-cadmium batteries were once widely used in portable electronics and power tools due to their durability and reliability. However, they have fallen out of favor due to their environmental impact and poor performance compared to LiFePO4 batteries. Nickel-cadmium batteries suffer from memory effect, which means that their capacity decreases over time if they are not fully discharged before recharging. They also contain toxic cadmium, which can pose a health hazard if not handled properly.
LiFePO4 batteries, on the other hand, do not suffer from memory effect and are free from toxic materials. They have a longer cycle life and higher energy density than nickel-cadmium batteries, providing better performance and longer run times.
Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles due to their high energy density and fast charging times. However, they have several drawbacks that make them less desirable than LiFePO4 batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are prone to thermal runaway, which can cause them to overheat and catch fire or explode. They also have a shorter cycle life compared to LiFePO4 batteries and can suffer from capacity degradation if not maintained properly.
LiFePO4 batteries, in contrast, are more stable and less likely to experience thermal runaway. They have a longer cycle life and do not suffer from capacity degradation as quickly as lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, LiFePO4 batteries are safer and more environmentally friendly than lithium-ion batteries.
Overall, LiFePO4 batteries offer a superior alternative to traditional lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, and lithium-ion batteries due to their high safety, reliability, and long cycle life. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see more widespread adoption of LiFePO4 batteries in a variety of applications.
Maintenance and Care of LiFePO4 Batteries
Proper maintenance and care of LiFePO4 batteries can help to extend their lifespan, ensure optimal performance, and prevent safety hazards. Here are some tips for maintaining and caring for LiFePO4 batteries:
Charge the battery correctly: LiFePO4 batteries should be charged using a charger specifically designed for them. Overcharging or undercharging can damage the battery and reduce its cycle life. It is essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging procedure and avoid fast charging or charging in extreme temperatures.
Store the battery correctly: LiFePO4 batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. It is best to store them at a partial charge between 30-50% capacity, rather than fully charged or discharged.
Avoid deep discharge: LiFePO4 batteries do not suffer from memory effect and can be charged and discharged multiple times without affecting their capacity. However, frequent deep discharges can shorten their cycle life. It is recommended to avoid discharging the battery below 20% capacity and to recharge it as soon as possible after use.
Monitor the battery temperature: LiFePO4 batteries can operate within a wide range of temperatures, but their performance can be affected by extreme temperatures. It is important to monitor the battery temperature during use and charging and avoid exposing it to temperatures above 60°C or below.10°C.
Inspect the battery regularly: Regular inspections of the battery terminals and housing can help to identify any signs of damage, corrosion or loose connections. In case of any damages or irregularities, the battery should be replaced immediately.
Follow disposal guidelines: LiFePO4 batteries are environmentally friendly, but they still need to be disposed of properly. It is essential to follow local regulations for disposing of spent batteries or recycle them through appropriate channels.
By following these simple maintenance and care tips, you can ensure that your LiFePO4 battery provides optimal performance, safety and reliability for years to come.
FAQs about LiFePO4 Battery
Do I need a special charger to charge lifepo4 battery?
Yes, you need a special charger designed for LiFePO4 batteries to charge them safely and effectively. LiFePO4 batteries have different charging requirements than other types of batteries, and using the wrong type of charger can damage the battery or reduce its lifespan.
LiFePO4 batteries require a charger that can deliver a constant current up to a specific voltage, followed by a constant voltage until the battery is fully charged. This charging profile is different from other types of batteries like lead-acid and nickel-cadmium, which have different charging profiles.
A LiFePO4 battery charger typically has a built-in microprocessor that monitors the battery’s voltage and temperature during charging and adjusts the charging current accordingly. It also has safety features such as overcharge protection and short-circuit protection to prevent damage to the battery.
When choosing a LiFePO4 battery charger, it’s important to select one that matches the battery’s voltage and capacity rating. Using an underpowered charger can result in slow charging times, while an overpowered charger can damage the battery or cause it to overheat.
Why are lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4 ) batteries so expensive?
LiFePO4 batteries are generally more expensive than other types of batteries due to several factors:
Raw materials: LiFePO4 battery cells require high-quality raw materials such as lithium iron phosphate, cobalt, nickel, and aluminum. These materials are relatively expensive compared to other battery chemistries like lead-acid or nickel-cadmium.
Manufacturing processes: The manufacturing process for LiFePO4 batteries is more complex and requires higher precision than other types of batteries, which adds to the cost. LiFePO4 battery production involves multiple steps, including powder mixing, electrode coating, cell assembly, and testing. Each step requires specialized equipment, skilled labor, and quality control measures.
Research and development: LiFePO4 batteries are a newer technology compared to other types of batteries, and their development has required significant research and development efforts. As a result, manufacturers have invested heavily in RD, which contributes to the higher cost of LiFePO4 batteries.
Safety features: LiFePO4 batteries are known for their high safety and reliability, which is achieved through the incorporation of safety features such as overcharge protection, short-circuit protection, and temperature regulation. These safety features add to the overall cost of the battery.
Market demand: As with any product, the price of LiFePO4 batteries is influenced by supply and demand. While demand for LiFePO4 batteries is increasing, the relatively limited production capacity of LiFePO4 cells compared to other battery chemistries can contribute to higher costs.
Overall, while LiFePO4 batteries may be more expensive than other types of batteries, they offer several advantages such as high energy density, long cycle life, safe operation, and environmental friendliness. With continued advancements in technology and increased production capacity, we may see a reduction in the cost of LiFePO4 batteries in the future.
Is LiFePO4 better than lead acid battery?
LiFePO4 batteries have a significantly longer lifespan than lead-acid batteries, making them more cost-effective per kilowatt-hour. For instance, Redodo lithium batteries can last up to 5000 cycles or more, while lead-acid batteries can only deliver up to 500 cycles due to reduced cycle life at higher discharge levels. This means that LiFePO4 batteries can operate up to ten times longer than lead-acid batteries.