The Power of Lithium

August 2020

The power of lithium

In both the leisure and industrial markets, people are increasingly looking to be more mobile and flexible, so the importance of reliable portable power for their vehicles, tools and equipment is on the rise.

The big buzz in batteries is lithium-ion technology and lithium batteries are now a common source of power in many leisure and industrial applications.

As the lightest of all metals, lithium has the greatest electrochemical potential and provides the largest energy density for weight. The latest lithium-based batteries are up to 40 per cent lighter than their lead-acid equivalents which means that not only do they offer high performance, durability and require minimal maintenance, but you can also easily remove your lithium-ion battery to recharge it, making it ideal for boats, caravans, mobility scooters, cleaning equipment and other similar applications.

As well as being lightweight, lithium-ion batteries are also longer-lasting and they charge faster, meaning less downtime for users. They are also the perfect green alternative to lead-acid batteries as their longer life span means that they generate less waste.

New LFeLi range

Adopting this proven lithium technology, we’ve just launched the new Leoch Lithium LFeLi series of 12V and 24V batteries for lifestyle and industrial markets in the UK.

The new range of Lithium Ion Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries offer long life, no maintenance, light-weight and fast charging capabilities for users in markets including network power, signalling and mobile energy, solar and renewables, motive power, cleaning and maintenance, electric vehicles, golf, leisure, marine and electric boat, materials handling and mobility.

The Leoch LFeLi batteries offer extremely high cycle life, surpassing the performance levels of the lead acid batteries, with up to 2,000 @100% DOD (Depth of Discharge) and up to 5,000 @50% DOD. Their lightness means that they are ideal for weight-sensitive applications such as marine and mobility scooters, maintenance-free and fast-charging, meaning less downtime for operatives and users.

The new batteries’ Partial State of Charge resilience is a major advantage as unlike many other batteries, opportunity charging can take place at convenient times throughout an operative’s working day, increasing productivity. The range is based on LiFePO4 chemistry, one of the safest Lithium technologies on the market, with the risk of thermal runaway greatly reduced compared with other Lithium chemistries.

For extremely demanding telecom applications, Leoch has also developed 48V Lithium Iron (LiFePO4) modules to replace front terminal 48V strings of lead acid batteries, providing high cyclic capabilities of more than 5000 cycles at 60% DOD. A 19” rack mounting design facilitates simple replacement in existing installations and easy maintenance. 

For more information on the new range of lithium batteries and how they can benefit you or your business, contact our team at 01858 433 330 or email us at sales.uk@leoch.com.

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