Lead vs. Lithium: Cycle Life

While it is true that lithium batteries have a longer cycle life than AGM batteries, it is very important to understand your application’s unique requirements before choosing one over the other. Lithium-ion excels in frequent charge-discharge cycles, particularly in scenarios with partial state of charge (PSoC) operation, when compared to lead-acid battery technologies such as FLA, AGM and Gel.

The crucial factor is aligning the battery’s cycling performance capabilities with the actual application requirements. There is little purpose having a battery that outlasts the operation life of the equipment it powers. As an example, a floor scrubber machine that is used once a week does not need lithium at a much higher cost when the application does not demand heavy use and partial state of charge operation.

Proper sizing, guided by a comprehensive understanding of the duty cycle, is imperative to optimize cycle life, save cost, and ensure an effective match between the battery’s longevity and the equipment’s operational lifespan.

Canadian Energy has a team of battery specialists and an extensive range of battery technology available for every application. Visit one of our 19+ branches across Canada and allow one of our product experts to help you find a battery that fits your need.