What is the difference between a lithium battery and a LiFePO4 battery?

The main difference between a lithium battery and a LiFePO4 battery lies in their respective chemistries. A lithium battery typically refers to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, while LiFePO4 batteries are a specific type of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) rechargeable battery. LiFePO4 batteries are known for their higher stability, longer lifespan, and improved safety compared to traditional Li-ion batteries.

What is the best backup source for a power outage?

The most popular is a battery backup power system. These systems use batteries to store energy and then release it when the power goes out. Batteries portable, provide quick response, operate silently, are environmentally friendly, and are safe to use.

What is the best storage for lithium batteries?

Batteries should be stored away from sunlight, heat, and humidity. Keep the storage area ventilated and dry, and maintain a relatively steady temperature. The ideal battery storage temperature is around 59℉, but most room temperatures will suffice.

How may batteries can I have in parallel?

There is no theoretical maximum,but normally <15pcs parallel in real application, as IHT Energy’s batteries are infinitely scalable.  All system designs and installations should be carried out by a suitably qualified person, ensuring they are installed in accordance with our manuals, specifications, warranty documents and relevant local requirements.

Can you parallel multiple cabinets?

There is no theoretical maximum,but normally

How long can a lithium battery sit unused?

Lithium batteries can typically sit unused for several months to a year without significant loss of capacity. The self-discharge rate of lithium batteries is relatively low compared to other battery types, allowing them to retain their charge for an extended period when not in use.

What inverters, UPS or charging sources work with your batteries?

IHT Energy’s batteries are designed as a lead acid replacement and can be charged or discharged by almost any charge or discharge device that does not require battery communications.  Some examples of brands (but not limited to) are: Selectronic, SMA (Sunny Island), Victron, Studer, AERL, MorningStar, Outback Power, Midnight Solar, CE+T, Schneider, Alpha Technologies, C-Tek, Projector and lots more.

How does your BMS work?

The BMS plays a crucial role to protect the battery against over and under voltage and over and under temperature. The BMS also balances the cells. This system secures the battery longevity and improves battery performance. Also charging is optimized and charging and discharging cycles are stored in its memory. The data can be read on the display, PC or online with the optional Telematics system.

What is different about your batteries?

IHT Energy’s batteries are constructed using cylindrical cells and LFP (LiFePO4) Lithium Ferro-phosphate chemistry. The LiFe, and Eco P and PS batteries, have an internal BMS allowing each battery to manage itself. Their features and benefits are:

Each battery manages itself.
If one battery shuts down, the rest keep powering the system.
Suitable for applications on or off the grid, domestic or commercial, industrial or utility.
High Operating Temperature Range.
Cobalt Free.
Safe LFP (LiFePO4) lithium chemistry used.
Strong, robust cylindrical cell technology used.
Infinitely scalable.
Capacity scalable.Easy to Use.Easy to Install.Easy to Maintain.
What is the difference between the lithium in your batteries and the lithiums that catch fire?
We use a safe lithium chemistry called LiFePO4 also known as LFP or Lithium Ferro-phosphate. It does not suffer from thermal runaway at low temperatures like cobalt base lithiums do. Cobalt can be found in lithiums like NMC – Nickel Manganese Cobalt (LiNiMnCoO2) and NCA – Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminium Oxide (LiNiCoAIO2).

Can your batteries be installed outside?

IHT Energy has a range of cabinets available to suit most installations.  Our Rack series is suited to indoor applications, whereas our power wall series is suited to both indoor and outdoor applications. Your system designer will be able to guide you on selecting the right cabinet for your application.

What maintenance do I need to do to my batteries?

IHT Energy’s batteries are essentially maintenance free, however please refer to our manual for some recommendations that are optional.

Are LiFePO4 batteries worth it?

Compared to other lithium batteries and lead acid batteries, LiFePO4 batteries have a longer lifespan, are extremely safe, require no maintenance, better charge efficiency, and improved discharge. They might not be the cheapest lithium ion batteries solution, but they are a smart investment.