Moving To Lithium Batteries: How To Make The Switch

Posted August 03, 2015

Making The Transition To Lithium-Ion In 5 Simple Steps


Switching to lithium-ion batteries is an easy choice. After all, the advantages of lithium batteries over lead acid batteries are easy to distinguish.

However, making that transition happen for your facility or field application isn’t always seamless – unless you know the right steps.

Now, those steps are simpler and clearer than ever. Here’s your step-by-step guide to making the switch from lead acid batteries to full lithium power:

Why Make The Switch?

There are many benefits to lithium batteries, including:

  • Longer battery life span: Lithium batteries last ten times longer than lead acid batteries.
  • Lighter weight: Lithium batteries are one third the weight of traditional batteries, making them more portable and easier to replace.
  • Faster charge: Due to its lower internal resistance, lithium absorbs energy more efficiently. This allows lithium batteries to charge faster than lead acid batteries on the same level of amp flow.
  • Greater durability: Lithium batteries tolerate greater levels of heat and vibration than lead acid batteries.

So, are you ready to make the switch to lithium for your personal or business needs? Here are the steps to make your transition seamless:

Step 1: Find The Right Battery Distributor

When you’re making the move to lithium-ion batteries, you need a battery distributor with the stock, service and know-how to meet all of your needs.

The right distributor should be backed by years of experience and offer remarkable assurances and warranties on the lithium batteries they ship. If your distributor doesn’t have a strong standing, the batteries you receive from them aren’t likely to last, so find a battery distributor with a reputation that’s as stellar as their batteries.

Step 2: Get An On-Site Review

Sometimes fixing and furnishing all of the details of a battery transition on your own isn’t the best idea. In reality, you should let a lithium battery expert give you a detailed assessment of exactly what you need to power your vehicles or other applications with lithium.

Take the guesswork out of your lithium switch, and schedule your on-site review. Not only will you save money on purchasing the right battery and equipment the first time, but you’ll also save the headache of having to figure it out for yourself.

Step 3: Switch Over Your Charge Source

Lithium batteries require a different charge source than lead acid batteries. Before installing your new lithium-ion batteries, make sure you have a charger with an absorbent glass mat (AGM) or lithium charge setting.

This step ensures that your new batteries charge correctly, safely and efficiently.

Step 4: Be Aware Of Voltage Limitations

With lithium power, there are voltage limitations for batteries with any of the standard sizes set by the Battery Council International (BCI). So, if you plan to use lithium batteries in standard BCI sizes, make sure you are aware of any voltage limitations.

For any system that’s 48 volts or higher, RELiON highly recommends looking into a custom battery pack to ensure your lithium battery works effectively with known voltage limitations.

Step 5: Enjoy Your New Time And Cost Savings

After making the switch to lithium battery power, you can breath easy, knowing your investment is going to pay substantial dividends in terms of time and cost savings. Not only do you have less maintenance and replacement costs to worry about, but your new energy generation source is also one of the cleanest forms of energy around.

Switching to lithium-ion batteries is your best bet for clean, efficient energy moving forward. Now, with this step-by-step guide to a seamless switch from lead acid to lithium batteries, you have everything you need to power your transition.