About Lithium (LiFePo4) Batteries

Benefits of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Batteries.
There are numerous and undeniable benefits of LiFePO4 batteries when compared to traditional Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries. For the off-roader considering battery replacement, these advantages include:

Weight: - A LiFePO4 may typically weigh about 1/3rd to 1/5th as much as an equivalent SLA battery. This is the most dramatic difference as the lighter overall load translates to a faster go-kart or dune buggy.

Recharge time: - Fast recharging is a hallmark of LiFePO4 batteries. This makes these 21st century batteries perfect for people with little time to spare.

Run time: - A LiFePO4 will offer the rider twice to four times the run time between recharging as opposed to the old SLA system.

Cranking: - Twice the cold cranking power of a similar SLA.

Safety: - With no lead and no acid to produce explosive fumes, the LiFePO4 is one of the safest electric power storage systems ever invented.

Eco-friendly: - With no lead, no sulfuric acid, and no cobalt, environmentally safe LiFePO4 is relatively non-toxic and recyclable.

Lifespan: - A LiFePO4 battery will last for years; up to four times as long as an SLA battery.

And now the bad news.
Of course there has to be a thorn on the proverbial rose bush, and the downside is the cost. Top-quality LiFePO4 batteries use rarer, more expensive elements and materials in their manufacture, and those higher costs are passed on to the consumer. In general, a typical LiFePO4 battery may cost the consumer from 50% to 100% more that an SLA battery of equal amp-hour capacity. In the long run however, the extended longevity of the LiFePO4 battery makes it the more cost effective option.