Lead is a heavy, non-radioactive metal that has been used in batteries for many decades. In fact, lead acid batteries are still widely used to run trolling motors, usually by connecting three 12V of those in a series. But there are newer and better options these days—particularly lithium iron phosphate batteries for trolling motor applications. And certain types — like the 36V LiFePO4 battery — has proven itself capable of powering a motor as efficiently as three 12V lead acid batteries.
If you are still using multiple 12V lead acid batteries for trolling motor or golf carts, you may want to consider switching to single-battery setup, which is possible with a 36V LiFePO4 battery. That way, you can experience the following benefits:
• More cycles – A lead acid battery can last only around 300 to 500 cycles, with 50 percent depth of discharge (DOD). LiFePO4 lasts up to 5,000 cycles at 80 percent DOD, or 2,000 cycles at 100 percent DOD, so you get a lifespan that’s 10 times more than the lead acid counterpart. Moreover, you can use more of the battery’s actual capacity per cycle.
• No maintenance – Batteries that are used in trolling motor applications and some golf carts are constantly exposed to the elements, particularly heat and moisture. Over time, the three 12V lead acid batteries could experience corrosion. Watering is another problem you are likely to encounter down the line. You do not have to worry about that with one 36V LiFePO4 battery, as it requires no form of maintenance.
• Cost-effective – You will only need to use a single 36V LiFePO4 battery for your trolling motor or golf cart instead of three 12V lead acid batteries. That means savings in terms of cost and time spent in setting up a new one. LiFePO4 batteries might have a higher upfront cost, but the cost of ownership is much lesser than that of lead acid batteries in terms of performance and the lifespan.
• Safer – A LiFePO4 battery is non-flammable and it will not emit heavy metal fumes. It is manufactured with safety protection against over-charging, over-discharging, penetration, thermal shocks, and short circuits. No need to worry about explosions or fires.
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Lithium Battery Store sells LiFePO4 deep cycle systems that are made with American cells and assembled in China. Distribution is worldwide. This is the leading company looking for the latest technology advancements to make sure that the customers get the latest and greatest, best quality battery technology at the best price. Lithium Battery Store feels pride in working with customers closely to get the exact battery they need, and it is happy to work with people and answer any questions about this ‘newer’ battery technology.