When you’re building a battery bank for your mobile or off-grid application, it can be tempting to mix and match different battery sizes. Simply put, the answer is NO.

For the longer explanation on why this is a very bad idea, keep reading.

Mixing Battery Sizes: What Happens?

You cannot connect batteries of different amp-hours in series with good results.

We strongly recommend you DO NOT attempt to mix battery sizes (amp-hours) and connect together. Due to differences in battery management systems and battery cell counts, there may be a charging and voltage discrepancy between batteries.

This will cause the highest voltage battery to charge the lowest voltage battery attempting to create balance in the circuit. The greater the difference in voltage, the higher the probability of battery failure.

Can I Connect 100 Amp-Hour Battle Born Batteries to the 270 Amp-Hour Battle Born Batteries?

Here at Battle Born Batteries, we offer two different lithium battery sizes: our 100 Amp-Hour BB100 series and GC2 series, and the new 270 Amp-hour batteries.

These two different sizes of batteries should never be connected. Any attempt to connect Battle Born Batteries of different amp-hours will result in a voided warranty.

You should only ever connect batteries of the same size.

How Do I Connect Same Sized Batteries?

You may use two different types of connections for batteries of the same voltage and amp-hours together to make a larger bank. 

Proper Battery Connections

Parallel Connections – These connections are used when you want to increase the amperage of your battery bank. Most commonly, parallel-only connections are found in 12V systems.

The connections on this type of battery bank go from positive to positive and negative to negative.  Connecting this way will double your amps (see diagram below). 

Parallel Series Connection
Parallel Connection

 

Series Connections – This type of connection is used when you need to increase the voltage of your battery bank. These types of battery connections are found in all types of battery banks including 12V, 24V, and 48V systems. 

For instance, making a connection to the positive and negative terminals in this orientation is different than a parallel connection. Doing so links the batteries together increases the voltage of the battery bank (see diagram below). 

Series Connection
Series Connection

 

*If you plan to wire your batteries in series, please let us know when you place your order so we can make sure to match your capacity. 

Mixing Connections Vs. Mixing Battery Sizes

In some instances with a larger size battery bank, it is common to have series and parallel connections in your battery bank. 

However, you should never be connecting different battery sizes together in the same bank!

Let us know if you have any additional questions about wiring or want to purchase more batteries for your system. Check out our website or give our sales and tech team a call at 855-292-2831.  

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