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Re: Hypothetical Radar
My next house battery upgrade will be LiFePO. This newer technology does not explode, like older Lio batts could. The newer technology is not affected by water, like original Lithium batts. In fact, you can explode any lead acid battery, via rare overcharge or short faults, so I don't see this as a difference.
LiFePO are lighter, contain more Ahr capacity (per equiv size lead acid) and you can run them down to 20% of capacity, as opposed to the 50% floor on lead acid.
They also charge in a fraction of the time, significantly reducing generator time. They are also much less effected by partial charging.
Effectively, you get 2 times the useful capacity in the same footprint. The only downside I see is that they currently cost 3 times as much to buy. I expect that will compress. Of course, you'll need charging sources that have settings for this battery type. Mine does.
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