I made the decision going into this year’s fishing season to try a lithium battery. I picked up a Lithium~Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery from Bioenno Power. The first true test of this battery would be at the KBF National Championship on KY Lake. I was pre-fishing KY Lake and one of the key things that I wanted to know is how long would this battery run on a single charge. I fished for 3 full days (daylight to dark), running a Lowrance Elite-9Ti, Point-1 GPS puck as well as SuperNova Fishing Lights during the dark hours…ON A SINGLE CHARGE!! I did not charge the battery and it supplied power to all of my accessories for 3 full days and still had more power to spare! So I never really got my answer on how long it would run, I figure 3 days would work out just fine.
Some of the high points of these batteries are that you are able to get 80-90% discharge as opposed to roughly 50% discharge from a SLA, life expectancy of these batteries is 10 years or 2,000+ charge cycles and of course weight reduction of 50-70% compared to a comparable amp SLA.
Yes they are a touch more expensive but given the life of the battery compared to SLA you will go through several before you would ever need to replace your LiFePO4 battery. In the long run you will save money from not needing to replace the unit, save weight and reduce the need to recharge as often. Imagine heading somewhere to fish a tournament and not needing to worry about charging your battery for the entire weekend!
There are a few other perks of a Bioenno Power battery, the chemical composition of the battery is extremely stable and does not have the possibility of lithium fires. They include built-in protection-circuit-modules (PCM) micro-computers that internally balance cells and confer protection including from overcharge, overdischarge and short circuiting. Also, in the event you do have a problem with the battery their customer service is incredible, you’ll deal with folks right here in the USA and they will strive to make sure you are taken care of.
So if you are thinking about getting a lithium battery I highly suggest at least looking at what Bioenno Power has to offer. I’ve been nothing but satisfied with the performance of my battery. I went with the 30amp model for my needs: Comment below and let me know what you think about Lithium batteries compared to SLA, and if you have any questions post them below: