|When it comes to efficiency, longevity, and speed, lithium marine batteries are at the head of the pack.
The warm salty breeze, abundant sunshine, and world-class fishing are just a few of the things that attract anglers from around the world to Florida.
Any professional angler worth his salt (pun intended) knows that embarking on a daily outing means bringing a long list of necessary supplies.
From basic items like rods and reels to more specialized gear like gaffs, nets, and fighting belts, the list goes on. But one item that more and more anglers are adding to their “must-have” list is a lithium marine battery.
Want to learn more about this innovative power source? Grab your rod, tackle box, and sunscreen, and let’s get into it!
What are Lithium Batteries？
Before we get into why lithium batteries are becoming a pioneer in the marine world, let’s briefly discuss what they are and how they work.
These types of batteries use lithium-ion cells to not only power up devices, but also to help them apply consistent power for longer periods of time. A chemical reaction causes lithium to release electrons, creating lithium ions.
These electrons are then released from the anode of the battery and transferred to the cathode, powering the device along the way. What makes lithium batteries unique is that the electrons are then replaced and returned back to the anode for use once again.
This means energy is constantly flowing and available in lithium batteries. It’s also a sealed battery, which means it won’t leak.
Another awesome feature of lithium batteries is that they have built-in controls to help regulate charge and discharge. This helps prevent overheating and overcharging.
Why Are Batteries Important for Boating?
If you live in a coastal state like Florida, where the ocean is all around you and there are plenty of inland lakes, you know one of the most popular pastimes is boating.
In fact, Florida is considered the boating capital of the world. There are more registered boats in the Sunshine State than any other, and it’s been estimated that up to 100,000 boats sail the waters off Florida on any given day. It’s one of the chief reasons why Florida is a major vacation destination for those who love boating and fishing.
It’s also why boaters flock to waterways like the St. Johns River, one of the state’s major interior waterways, which also has an abundance of first-class marinas and ship supply stores – not to mention a large number of waterfront festivals hosted in Jacksonville, which also hosts one of the largest kingfish tournaments in Florida.
Word has it that the shallow-water fishing in the salt marshes there is just about as good as it gets.
The Miami/Fort Lauderdale area also offers some of the best boating in Florida, which is why Greater Fort Lauderdale, with 300 miles of inland waterways, is often called the Venice of America and Yachting Capital of the World. And don’t forget that the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is among the largest events of its kind in the world.
If you’re a boater and Florida is the place for you, either as a resident or vacationer, you’re going to want to be sure you have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable trip.
And that definitely includes the most reliable marine batteries. Keeping your boat from running out of power needs to be a top priority.
The problem is, that a lot of people don’t think much about marine batteries – until they don’t work. Most people know that marine battery are known for their durability and reliability.
Still, as with all products, the older they get, the more likely they are to fade away and lose their power. And that’s when it’s time to pick out the best replacement.
What Are the Strengths of Lithium Batteries for Boating?
There are two key tasks handled by the batteries on your boat: starting the engine, and running all electrical loads, from lights to radio and other accessories. You never want to lose the ability to do either one.
The lithium-ion boat battery is becoming more popular because they excel at high-performance battery tasks.
That’s why a lot of manufacturers and boat owners have made the transition from flooded lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 battery technology, which offers plenty of advantages for boating.
● A stronger performance, which will be instantly noticeable;
● A longer lifespan, which saves you money;
● Dependability without the hassle of any maintenance being needed;
● And the knowledge that these batteries are cleaner, healthier, and less prone to leaching.
● Lithium-ion boat batteries have a higher voltage output than lead-acid batteries.
That means when you’re out on the water, you get more trolling motor speed. They last longer than lead-acid and you don’t have to be concerned about getting stuck with a dead battery on the water, especially with little or no advance warning.
Under normal use, a boater can get 10 years or more of service out of their lithium batteries, which offers significant savings.
Lithium-ion batteries also weigh much less than lead-acid batteries, and in fact, are so light they can float — which is going to provide a big boost to your boat’s speed and fuel economy.
The lithium-ion boat battery also takes a full charge in just a third of the time that a lead-acid battery does, fully charging within two hours, compared to six hours or more for a lead-acid battery.
Connecting Lithium Batteries in Series
Series connections may also be needed when sizing a battery bank for the correct voltage. For example, boaters will often connect 3 x 12V Lithium batteries in series to power a 36V trolling motor. One must be selective though as not all Lithium battery models are designed to be wired in series. The series capability is listed on all BSLBATT battery specification sheets. For example, the B-LFP12-100 battery allows for connecting up to six 12V batteries in series for a total of 72 volts. Keep in mind, that the best way to charge a battery bank connected in series is to use a charger that has a dedicated charging lead to each bank like the Delta-Q line of battery chargers.
One of the additional benefits of lithium is the availability of batteries at a nominal voltage above 12V. BSLBATT Battery offers multiple 24V lithium batteries. This enables 24V customers to simply purchase one battery to achieve their system voltage and then connect them in parallel if more capacity is desired.
Are Lithium Marine Batteries Right for You?
Once you account for all the benefits of lithium marine batteries, they actually aren’t as expensive as they seem. They last longer, put out more power, and lose less energy, meaning you will buy fewer batteries over time. Plus, they weigh less and require less energy to charge.
This makes the upfront investment worth it for most people.
Ready to make the switch to lithium batteries? Check out our line of marine batteries to power your adventures.
Still, have questions? Feel free to contact us! We’re happy to lay all your doubts to rest.
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