Iron Edison’s NEW Lithium Iron Battery: The 4LiFe
Iron Edison’s 4th generation Lithium Iron Phosphate battery is an exciting development in battery bank storage technology.
(Scroll down to read why I like them for preparedness)
It’s seemingly a perfect solution for new solar projects or upgrading existing solar systems to the benefits of Lithium.
If you have an aging lead acid battery system, this lithium battery may be a direct replacement. And the bonus is a lower cost of ownership over time than lead acid. (Yes, you heard that right)
Features | 4LiFe Lithium Iron Battery
The IronEdison4LiFe is a sealed maintenance free battery solution that can provide decades of reliable and worry free energy storage for your off grid or grid interactive energy system.
An integrated battery management system prevents damaging overcharging or over discharging.
Up to four batteries can be paralleled, creating a battery solution with over 61 kWh of capacity!
Safety | 4LiFe Lithium Iron Battery
Iron Edison uses Lithium Iron Phosphate for all of their Lithium batteries. It is the safest chemistry in the Lithium Ion family.
Unlike the lithium cobalt oxide battery chemistry found in consumer electronics that are known for thermal runaway and other safety concerns, Lithium Iron Phosphate is known as the safest lithium ion chemistry available.
This paired with their integrated fail safe battery management system eliminates the potential for any dangerous failures.
Battery Life | 4LiFe Lithium Iron Battery
The new 4LiFe has up to 40 years of life expectancy!
When you run a cost analysis, this means a levelized cost of ownership (LCOE) of only $0.12 / kWh!
Compare that with lead acid’s $0.25 to $0.80 / kWh, and you’ll see that this battery is an excellent investment choice.
UPDATE (NEW ARTICLE ON CYCLE LIFE)
Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Specs – Cycle Life vs. DOD
Iron Edison 4LiFe Lithium Iron Battery Technical Specifications
View their spec sheet here.
A Best Choice For Battery Bank
Everyone has their own specific needs, requirements, and opinion.
I am currently running a lead acid battery bank in my alternative energy solar system (off-grid circuits into the home side-by-side with my grid utilities).
When it’s time to replace the batteries as they reach their end of life, I will most definitely be looking into Iron Edison’s new (4th generation) Lithium Iron battery.
Here’s a previous article that I wrote about their batteries:
Why I like them for preparedness
There are several reasons why these batteries are appealing to me for preparedness.
- Their in-service life is much longer than lead-acid.
- 80% depth-of-discharge! Much more usable energy (amp hours).
- Smaller footprint compared with lead-acid.
- Maintenance free.
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