1. Storage

Compared to lead/acid batteries, LiFePO4 lithium batteries have a very low self-discharge rate (four times lower).

It is advisable to recharge the batteries every three months. In any case, the state of charge of the battery remains within acceptable levels up to 6/12 months. It is recommended to store BC LITHIUM BATTERIES in a cool, dry place.



2. Initialization/First charge to 100%

BC Lithium Batteries are delivered at 80% of their charge and at a voltage of about 13.2 Volts.

Before installing the battery on the vehicle, it is highly recommended to fully charge it with a specific charger for LiFePO4 batteries ( clic here to see all BC chargers for lithium batteries).



3. Installation on the vehicle

Before installing the battery on board and then periodically thereafter, check the vehicle's charging system (alternator/regulator) and verify that the voltage does not exceed 15 Volts (a higher voltage may damage the battery cells).

For the execution of this test, we recommend BT-02 or BT-03 battery testers, which also allow to analyze the conditions and the cranking power of all 6/12V batteries and the correct operation of 12/24V charging systems. The charging system test may also be executed with BC LITHIUM 7000.

Just like gel batteries and AGM batteries, BC Lithium Batteries can be mounted in any position.



4. Maintenance and recommendations for a long battery life

The lifespan of a battery depends on many factors, both environmental and related to its use. For chemical and structural reasons, it is possible to estimate for LiFePO4 BC LITHIUM BATTERIES a double lifespan (on average 2 to 4 years) vs lead/acid batteries. For proper maintenance, please follow the recommendations below.

- Disconnect the battery from the vehicle when it's not used to benefit of LiFePO4 batteries reduced self-discharge and recharge regularly with a specific charger for lithium batteries ( clic here to see all BC chargers for lithium batteries).

- When you install the battery on board and then periodically thereafter, check the vehicle's charging system (alternator/regulator) and verify that the voltage does not exceed 15 Volts (a higher voltage may damage the battery cells). As reported in the table Estimated Remaining Capacity, it is of utmost importance that the battery always remains in a state of optimal charge, at a minimum voltage around 13.2/13.3 Volts (which is about 80/90% of its capacity)a.




Estimated Remaining Capacity
Volt Capacity
14.34 100%
13.30 90%
13.27 80%
13.16 70%
13.13 60%
13.12 50%
13.10 40%
13.00 30%
12.87 20%
12.73 10%
9.20 0%

 

 

5. Disposal

The law provides that the batteries are disposed of at appropriate collection sites.

BC LITHIUM BATTERIES adheres to COBAT (National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Batteries) and pays in compliance with the legal obligations a fixed fee for each Kg released into the environment. LIFEPO4 batteries have to be disposed of according to the same procedures already adopted for lead/acid batteries.

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