The Dangers of Building Your Own DIY Lithium Battery Pack

With so much information on the web, more people are trying to build their own DIY lithium batteries. After all, lithium batteries can be expensive, and it can be cheaper to build your own. But regardless of why people do it, it can be extremely dangerous to build your own…

What is a Group 24 Battery?

Even the basics of dealing with larger batteries like those found in RVs and boats can feel daunting if you’re not familiar with them. It can seem like there’s a lot to consider–style, capacity, voltage, and, of course, the battery’s group size. But what exactly does group size mean? And…

What Is Peukert’s Law and What Is Its Effect on Batteries?

Have you ever wondered why your batteries don’t last quite as long as you hoped when using large loads? If you have lead-acid batteries, it’s common for them to only put out a percentage of the energy they’re storing in this scenario. Part of the reason for this is something…

Why Does Energy Density Matter In Batteries?

Battery energy density is the amount of energy a battery contains compared to its weight or size. We call this the specific energy density when comparing to weight and volumetric energy density when comparing size.   For example, we measure a battery’s energy in watt-hours (watts per hour, the equivalent of…

Is Home Battery Backup Power Really Possible?

No one likes to sit in a dark home during a power outage without heat or A/C. But traditional generator systems can be expensive, a pain to set up or put away, and harmful to the environment. That’s why many homeowners are turning to home battery backup systems.  These power…

What Happens If A Lithium-Ion Battery Gets Punctured In An Accident?

Lithium-ion batteries are increasing in popularity as a powerful, lightweight, versatile energy storage solution. But along with all these benefits come some rare but potentially severe risks–we’re talking about lithium-ion battery punctures.  You’ve likely heard a horror story about a battery-related fire, so what should you do if you get…

Lithium Batteries Dominate Liveaboard Sailboats

A liveaboard sailboat offers the freedom of RV or van life combined with the beautiful scenery and exhilarating travel of a sailboat–and they’re becoming more popular every day.  Like other full-time travelers, liveaboard sailboaters have to tangle with the problems of maintaining various home systems on the go–including their power…

How to Use and Install a 36V Battery System

While less common than 24V or 48V power systems, 36V battery systems are used commonly in fishing vessels and golf carts. Let’s take a closer look at 36V power systems and learn why, how, and when they’re used.  What Is a 36V Battery System? Simply stated, a 36V battery system…

How to Build an Ice Fishing Battery Box with Lithium Batteries

Ice fishing can be fun, and it’s even better with a fish finder to help pinpoint those elusive fish swimming under the ice. But most fish finders require a power source, which can be challenging to find when you’re in the middle of a lake unless you bring a power…