Lithium-ion becomes the fastest growing batteries available across a wide range of golf carts and electric vehicles. In this short post we’ll discuss 3 benefits of lithium ion batteries, including: high energy density, longevity and low rate self-discharge.
High Energy Density
The energy density of lithium-ion is typically twice that of the standard nickel-cadmium. There is potential for higher energy densities. The load characteristics are reasonably good and behave similarly to nickel-cadmium in terms of discharge. The high cell voltage of 3.6 volts allows battery pack designs with only one cell. Most of today’s mobile phones run on a single cell. A nickel-based pack would require three 1.2-volt cells connected in series.Source: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/is_lithium_ion_the_ideal_battery
Longevity is the main advantage and thus greater value for money. While lead-acid batteries usually last between 12 and 18 months, our lithium products have a five-year limited warranty. Lead-acid batteries often deteriorate rapidly and are vulnerable to temperature fluctuations, especially during the winter. It’s realistic to estimate that a lead-acid battery may only deliver one season of regular golf. In contrast, Motocaddy lithiums are protected by an integrated Battery Management System and designed to handle at least five years of golf, irrespective of temperature and downtime. Source: http://www.nationalclubgolfer.com/articles/article/lead-v-lithium.html
Low Rate of Self-discharge
One issue with batteries and cells is that they lose their charge over time. This self-discharge can be a major issue. One advantage of lithium ion cells is that their rate of self-discharge is much lower than that of other rechargeable cells such as Ni-Cad and NiMH forms. Source: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/power-management/battery-technology/lithium-ion-battery-advantages-disadvantages.php
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