Lithium-ion batteries are manufactured using the latest technology and there are certain advantages over lead-acid batteries and other batteries that were conventionally used in different applications. Due to the latest technology and the increased interest, many people are now moving towards these lithium-ion batteries. Not only common people but various reputed companies like Tesla are now using these batteries in their new models of cars. With these emerging trends, the demand and production for lithium-ion batteries have increased. Various manufacturers have started making these batteries. There are various benefits of these batteries that are attracting people to buy these batteries more and more.
Some of these benefits are discussed below.
One of the best benefits of lithium batteries is their long life. These batteries can last 10 times more than traditional lead-acid batteries. The average lead-acid battery can last a maximum of two years while a lithium-ion battery can last a minimum of five years. Also, in these two years, these batteries require frequent maintenance and if not maintained properly, these batteries do not even last for 2 years.
Lightweight and compact
The weight of a lithium-ion battery is about half of a lead-acid battery. Also, lithium-ion batteries provide greater energy as compared to lead-acid batteries. The lithium-ion battery has decreased the problem of lifting heavy batteries as these are small and compact.
Lithium batteries are more efficient than any other battery. It is because it can charge and discharge at a faster speed. Fast charging minimizes the time required to fully charge the battery and the faster discharge rate is good when a lot of power is required to run an application. Other batteries like the lead-acid battery cannot compete with a lithium-ion battery in efficiency and performance.
LiFePO4 battery is the best for application in extreme weather conditions. The chemical reactions taking place inside these batteries are least affected by a change in temperature. These batteries can work better even in the winter season when the efficiency of many other traditional batteries decreases. These batteries are also good for the applications that exhaust the battery.
Lithium-ion batteries provide continuous power throughout their discharge. It does not cause a drop in power like many lead-acid batteries. Therefore, lithium-ion batteries are preferred where a continuous supply of power is needed.
Unlike other commonly used batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not contain any toxic chemicals that can be a threat to human health. Mercury, lead, and cadmium are commonly used in batteries, the improper disposal and prolonged exposure to these can cause diseases in humans and animals.
Lithium-ion batteries do not require any priming as they are operated in a way that they are ready to use. However, in other batteries priming is required when the battery is used for the first time.
Another good advantage of lithium batteries is that they are available in different varieties with the use of the right type of technology. Some types are used to deliver high current density such as in laptops and mobiles while other are designed to provide higher current levels such as in power tools and electric vehicles.
Top up charging
Nickel metal hydride and lead-acid batteries have a memory effect. It means these batteries cannot be charged more than the remaining capacity. On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries do not show any memory effect as one can top up the charge before running out completely.
Besides Lithium-ion batteries, automatic cars are now using the stop start battery. This battery functions in such a way that it stops the engine when the car is not moving. In the same way, it starts the vehicle when the clutch or brake is pushed. The purpose of this battery is to lessen fuel consumption and also save the environment from toxic gases like carbon dioxide. The emission of carbon dioxide can be reduced to 8% by using this battery.