- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 7/21/2021
When it comes to running industrial equipment, you want the most reliable power source possible. Many industries rely on SLA batteries to run a wide range of applications, however, if you're looking for the best possible ROI, consider making the switch to lithium iron phosphate. Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries offer a significant performance upgrade over SLAs. Learn more about how you can save your business both maintenance time and money by adopting LiFePO4 batteries.
LiFePO4 batteries run longer, recharge faster and have significantly longer life cycles than SLA options. How much longer? A LiFePO4 battery has a typical life cycle of around 8 years. That's 10 times longer than an average SLA. They also recharge 4 times faster and can discharge up to 90% before they have to be recharged, meaning they have significantly longer run times between charging cycles.
LiFePO4 batteries are also 55% lighter than SLAs, making them easier to install. Plus, they can operate reliably in a wider range of temperatures, including conditions as low as 5 degrees F.
A LiFePO4 battery will cost you more upfront than a SLA type, but will end up saving you both money and maintenance time in the long run. While SLAs are initially cheaper, their shorter life cycles mean you'll be replacing them more often. You also have to charge them far more often, which means costly downtime.
Due to their longer life cycles, LiFePO4 batteries end up saving you money over the course of their life. Plus, you'll save on maintenance time that comes from constantly having to replace and charge batteries. Another handy LiFePO4 feature is the ability to monitor your battery's status using Bluetooth technology. This allows you to track when your battery needs to be recharged without having to pull it out of service.
With their long lives and short recharge cycles, LiFePO4 batteries are well-suited to industries such as medical and manufacturing, where even the slightest downtime can cost you money. In particular, LiFePO4 batteries are ideal for medical carts, forklifts and scissor lifts. They're also used in solar applications and backup power for emergency lighting, UPS systems and elevators.
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