These new Lithium-Ion, LiFePO4 batteries are an ideal replacement for many 12V and 24V caravan, motorhome, work vans and similar battery applications.
Let’s look at a typical van or motorhome which may have a 110Ah to 220Ah lead-acid leisure battery for light loads such as lighting, laptops, phones, powering a diesel heater, a 12v compressor fridge etc maybe a small inverter to0. Maybe you’ll have in around 100 to 200W of solar panels too using a small charge controller.
Regardless of the use, whichever SuperPack you choose it’ll be lighter than lead, can be smaller if you wish or give you more Wh in the same space – plus give you around 5 times the cycle life.
The main difference to Victron’s other lithium offerings are the SuperPacks keep everything in one package, by having an integrated BMS and safety switch built-in. No additional components are needed as the internal switch will disconnect the battery in case of over-discharge, overcharge or high temperature. Simple, compact and safe.
If you are considering a new battery don’t immediately discount Lithium as being too costly. Whilst it is true that the initial cost of Li-ion is greater than that of quality AGM or Gel batteries – it is also true that the cost of ownership can be less than lead-acid types. Much depends on your application, but rest assured – life with Li-ion is far less hassle than lead.
When it comes to replacing lead-acid type batteries such as AGM and Gel in many applications, the SuperPack range can be considered the next generation after lead – making it far easier to replace lead with lithium. The only caveats being replacement is down to certain parameters being met, namely – Capacity (Ah), Voltages (12.8V & 25.6V), Discharge and Charge currents. Do in that case be sure that your chosen replacement fits your criteria by checking the datasheet and be aware the SuperPacks can be connected in parallel, but not in series.
The Lithium SuperPack
Victron Energy’s recently introduced Lithium SuperPack range comes in the following capacities and voltages:
These SuperPacks will give you 2,500 cycles to 80% depth of discharge at 25°C, much more than lead.