When you have thoughts about Setting up a power backup system for your home, you can choose from several options available now in the market after narrowing down the specifications you needed. In this blog let's have a close examination of the two of the major selling battery types which are used in solar systems.
LiFePo4 batteries & Sealed Lead Acid batteries (SLA Batteries)
Batteries that have lithium as their anode material are known as Lithium batteries. Lithium batteries can be divided into three on the basis of the technology used in them. They are Lithium-Ion, Lithium Phosphate, and Lithium Polymer batteries. Lithium Iron batteries, otherwise known as LiFePo4 batteries are the most advanced ones among lithium batteries. Whereas batteries made with lead are known as lead-acid batteries.
A major difference between LiFePo4 batteries and lead-acid batteries is that the Lithium Iron Phosphate battery capacity is independent of the discharge rate. Lithium batteries also have a longer cycle life than lead-acid batteries. The cycle life of the lithium-iron batteries is 10 times the cycle life of SLA batteries.
Lithium ion batteries can constantly deliver the same amount of power throughout their discharge cycle. But in lead-acid batteries the power decrease gradually.
In the case of LiFePo4 batteries charging is four times faster than lead-acid batteries. Therefore less time to charge and more time for battery usage. It also got superior high-temperature performance when compared to SLA batteries. Lithium batteries perform especially well in high temperature than the SLA batteries. Lithium batteries also have a higher discharge capacity in cold temperatures as well.
LiFePo4 can be installed in any position as they don't have any chance of leakage. Whereas for Lead Acid battery's chances of leakage is high. The self-discharge rate of a lead-acid battery is 5% higher than that of a Lithium-ion battery.
Lithium batteries are 55% lighter than Lead Acid batteries. The efficiency of the battery is another thing which we need to consider while purchasing one for our home. Lithium Iron batteries are 95% or more efficient, whereas the efficiency of Lead-Acid batteries is 80 to 85%.
Lithium iron battery density is significantly higher than that of SLA batteries. Therefore it can power more appliances for a longer period of time.
Even though the Lead Acid batteries have lower purchase and installation costs, the life-time value of LiFePo4 batteries surpasses them in that case also.
In short, the advanced technology of LiFePo4 makes them a stronger and highly efficient battery in comparison with its other counterparts.
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