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LiFePO4 Battery Chemistry & Why It’s Important for Sailboat Applications

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With so many battery chemistries available on the market, it can be difficult to sift through the mire and find the right choice. As lithium batteries become a popular power source for a variety of applications, it’s easy to confuse the different types of lithium chemistries. So, what makes the lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry different, and why is it best for sailboat applications? 

What Makes LiFePO4 the Best Battery Chemistry for Marine Electrical Systems? 

As lithium batteries become popular for handheld electronics, power tools, electric vehicles, and more, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to differentiate each specific chemistry. There are six main types of lithium battery chemistries used for a wide range of electronics.  

Battle Born Batteries, and most other types of 12V deep cycle house batteries, are lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4). LiFePO4 batteries use phosphate as the cathode material and a graphitic carbon electrode as the anode. These batteries have a long life cycle, high thermal stability, and electrochemical performance, making them the safest lithium battery chemistry.  

The combination of safety and efficiency of LiFePO4 batteries makes them the perfect solution for your marine electrical system.  

Battle Born GC3 Battery in front of a Boat

Want to Learn More? 

Check out the full Marine 101 series on our YouTube channel or through the Academy page on our website. If you have questions or need help designing the perfect marine power system, our technical sales team can help! You can reach them by calling (855) 292-2831 or emailing [email protected]. 

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