(NB. THE 250AH MODEL IS NEW AND NOT REPRESENTED IN THIS VIDEO, HOWEVER THE SPECS OF THE BMS ARE THE SAME AS THE 100AH 200/500A MODEL SHOWN HERE)
AllSpark LiFePO4 batteries have been designed and developed by Offroad Living to meet our harsh Australian conditions.
Equipped with an exclusive advanced, next generation solid state Battery Management System (BMS) that protects your battery from damage due to extremes of Current, Voltage and temperature and ensures correctly balanced cells. Designed to handle high vibration experienced in the Aussie outback corrugations or marine environments.
ALLSPARK LITHIUM BATTERIES ARE THE HIGHEST SPECIFICATION LITHIUM BATTERIES ON THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET
We use only the highest quality internal components and prismatic cells, ensuring optimal balancing of each cell for maximum longevity and ultimate performance.
WHY ALLSPARK LITHIUM?
A quarter of the weight of an equivalent 400ah AGM
2500-5000+ cycles vs 300-800 cycles for AGM
Rapid charge function allows charging in under 3 hours
Life expectancy up to 15 years, vs 1-3 years for AGM
95% charge efficiency vs 70-80% in AGM (meaning more of the power put into the battery is able to be stored)
4 Year Warranty (return to base, no cost to you) vs 1 year for AGM
Run a 2500W Inverter off a SINGLE BATTERY - for high powered appliances, eg. coffee machines, toasters, kettles & air conditioners
Connect in parallel up to 750ah, and in series up to 24V
Designed to withstand high vibration environments
Highest quality prismatic cells, each resistance matched for each battery to ensure ultimate longevity and performance
Yes, you can install some models of AllSpark lithium batteries safely on their side, however this is not suitable for the 250ah model. Upright installation only is required for this model.
Yes, using standard jumper leads you can jump start any 12V engine from this battery.
Generally speaking, lower priced batteries on the market use lower priced or very low duty materials. To achieve lower prices they are most likely using low grade cylindrical cells. This is a mass block of 18650 cells. They are slightly larger than AA batteries, with hundreds of them strapped together to make up a cheap and very unreliable battery pack. Many cheap batteries don't provide anywhere near the claimed capacity, have very low grade BMS and are sold my nameless online sellers with useless warranties. We even seen some very cheap "100ah" batteries that when capacity tested, don't even provide 50ah. Pictures of these when opened show battery cases that are 50% empty space with a BMS that can only handle about 30A max output. Evidence shows the BMS can even catch on fire in these cheap batteries as they have no safety mechanisms and are made with very cheap components.
They cannot produce the higher current output of a good quality prismatic cell pack like used in our AllSpark range. All it takes is for one 18650 cell to fail and it's a rapid decline of the rest of the pack.
You can ask retailers which cells they are using, but often they either do not know, or have bought an off the shelf product and put their sticker on it. Either they or the manufacturer are providing misleading information as to what is inside their batteries. Similar issues are seen across the industry with cheap solar panels too.
If you want a quality battery made with cells manufactured using the very best raw materials and BMS components available on the global market, and you want reliability and longevity (think 10+ years), then it pays to buy quality which costs a little more.
Whilst you don't circuit protection for the battery itself, circuit protection is required for every connection to make to the positive terminal on the battery. The size of this protection is determined by the current draw of each load and the cable size. If your battery will be in storage for periods of time between use, then the addition of a battery master isolation switch or manual reset circuit breaker to disconnect all loads is recommended. Contact us if you need assistance with midi fuses or circuit breakers. We hold stock at all times in 30A to 250A sizes or Mega fuses up to 300A.
AllSpark Lithium Batteries are rated using a C5 rating. This means the full rated capacity of battery will be supplied over a 5 hour period. Using a 100ah battery as an example, this will provide 100ah if discharged at 20A for 5 hours. Lower discharge rates will actually provide a slight increase in amp hour output.
The rated capacity of a battery is based on a pre-determined capacity at a set discharge rate and set temperature (usually 25 deg C) to provide the full capacity of the battery. With that same battery rating, if you discharge it faster, you will get a lower total amp hour output or if discharged slower you will get a slightly higher amp hour output. Batteries have losses during charging and discharging. Discharge rates faster than the rated capacity creates additional heat internally and will see a lower total output.
Our batteries are often compared to another, cheaper lithium battery on the market, which is 120ah purely based on cost - there are many cheaper batteries hitting the market. The method for rating a batteries capacity is not regulated in Australia, so while it may appear that you are getting an extra 20ah out of this battery, this isn't actually the case when comparing the same discharge rates. It is certainly a case of properly comparing apples for apples (or in some cases, apples for lemons).
The capacity of a battery is measured using a C Rating. Basically, a C5 rating means that the battery can discharge it's entire rated capacity evenly over a 5 hour period (5 hour rate), so a C5 rated 100ah battery is able to provide 100ah of power if drawn down at 20 amps per hour for 5 hours.
For a 100ah battery rated using a C10 rating, you can pull 10 amps of power out of the battery every hour for 10 hours, in order to get the full 100ah.
Likewise for a 100ah battery rated using a C20 rating, you can only pull 5 amps per hour for 20 hours to get 100ah.
Now if you draw less per hour than the specified C rate of the battery you will get less heat and hence increases in the total amp hours it can provide. If you draw more than the specified rating, you will not get the full capacity of the battery. Eg. If you pull more than 5 amps out per hour from a 100ah battery rated using a C20 rating, you will not get 100ah out of the battery and will likely get closer to 90-95ah in total. Conversely, if you pull less than 20 amps out per hour out of a battery rated using a C5, you will get more than the 100ah rated capacity.
So, again, is a 120ah battery larger than a 100ah battery if it using a different baseline measurement? And is a 100ah battery the same capacity as another 100ah battery of a different brand? Not necessarily. Ask yourself this question, if a high grade 100ah AllSpark battery in a case of 328x175x215 is absolutely chockablock full inside, how can another manufacturer possibly fit another 20ah inside the exact same size case? Simple answer is they can't and are using clever marketing to con consumers into thinking they are getting a mega bargin that must also be magic at the same time.
Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries (LiFePO4) like any batteries provide the rated capacity at the specified C rate. A lower discharge rate will provide more amp hours and a higher discharge rate will provide less amp hours than the nameplate. Always compare the capacities with the same C rate. If they don't advertise the C rate and they won't give you this information, then you can almost guarantee that they have chosen the rating at the higher capacity based very low discharge rates, when in reality they aren't actually rated as high as they claim. When you compare a C5 100ah battery to a C20 120ah battery, you will actually get very similar capacities when discharged at the same rates. Peukerts exponant is a formula that shouldn't really apply to high grade LiFePO4 batteries as it does with AGM batteries, but with cheap LiFePO4 batteries, they have substantial voltage sag and as a result, due to the lower voltage during discharge, the device will draw more amps to make up for the voltage shortfall to still provide the same power. This results in a lower than rated amp hour capacity.
Cheaper batteries on the market invariably use C20 ratings, because it allows the capacity of the battery to be artificially inflated as high as possible.
AllSpark lithium batteries use a C5 rating, which is the industry benchmark and is outlined in international IEC testing standards for Lithium cells and batteries. All AllSpark batteries will power a 2000w inverter. Some claim to do so, but when tested, don't come close. Not all LiFePO4 batteries are created equal. Most are cheap inferior batteries are sold at cheap prices to sway people to buy them.
The charger we would recommend really depends on what solar panels (watts and voltage) you have (or plan to have), the size of your battery bank and whether you prefer to have a multi output unit or individual standalone units. For this 250Ah battery, up to a 50A DCDC or MPPT Solar controller is suitable or a 30-50A AC Mains charger is suitable.
If you want an all in one unit with AC mains to DC, DC to DC (from alternator), battery monitor, load disconnect controller and solar MPPT, then then we recommend the new 2020 version of the REDARC Manager 30 (BMS1230S3). There is no real limit to the solar input, but the unit will only use 520w of solar during charging. Realistically most fixed solar panels will produce around 80% of their max current anyway so you could have up to about 650W plugged in to maximise the output. If just looking for a DCDC charger then REDARC have the BCDC in 25A 40A or 50A sizes for which this battery would benefit from the BCDC1250D model, which is solar ready with green power prioritisation and will charge all battery types including LiFePO4. (PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING ON ALL REDARC PRODUCTS and the recommended size for your battery/s).
The Enerdrive DC to DC charger (EN3DC40+) has a programmable output current of 5A to 50A and voltage of 13.9-14.6V and takes current inputs from alternator and solar through the inbuilt MPPT, but doesn't include AC to DC charging or a battery monitor. It does have an LCD screen to monitor inputs from the alternator and solar and the output to the battery. It can take a maximum of 35A of solar input using 20Voc panels and can take 12v to to 45Voc panels (up to 1000w). Adding an ePro+ battery monitor and AC to DC charger can provide the same functions as the REDARC BMS 30 at similar costs.
The Intervolt DCC Pro 25A is a highly innovative product with many unique features. It has the flexibility to adapt to almost any vehicle, old or new, simple or complex with or without an ECU controlled electrical system and even allows the operator monitor the charging status from the comfort of the cabin with the remote monitor. Whilst still suitable for this battery, it will take longer to charge compared to the 50A models in the other brands.
If you are still unsure, or are looking to run multiple batteries, please drop us a line and I will chat with you about the best option for your needs.
Connecting different size/makes of batteries together is not recommended.
Larger batteries take longer to charge. The internal resistance builds up faster in the smaller batteries and as such get to full charge before the larger pack is charged. You will never be able to charge or discharge them at the same rate.
Even batteries of similar sizes, but different makes/models can have issues being connected together, as the specs between battery brands aren't always the same even in the same amp hour size. Different C rates provide different capacities at different discharge rates and temps. They may also requires different charge currents and voltages for a full charge.
For lead acid batteries (AGM, Gel, Flooded, Lead Crystal), the simple answer is no.
Connecting multiple batteries in a battery bank should only ever be done so with batteries of the same make and model, capacity, age and chemistry.
With AllSpark lithium batteries, given their much longer life expectancy, there is some flexibility to this with regards to age only, in which you can add additional batteries to the bank within the first 12 months, but they must be of the same amp hour size and model of battery & BMS.
We recommend a charge rate of up to 50A for an AllSpark 250ah battery for ultimate longevity. However, a rapid charge current of up to 100A can be applied when time is limited, for example when charging from a generator or mains power with limited access. Please note however that rapid charging increases heat and heat reduces life expectancy of the battery. Rapid charge rates are a trade off of faster charging performance vs longevity.
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When you are going off road, safety ought to be your highest priority, and when it comes to safety, the LiFePO4 battery from AllSpark is a unit you can rely on.
Good reasons to buy the AllSpark LiFePO4 battery
Built specially as a lightweight but heavy duty 12V Lithium ion battery, it is capable of delivering far longer battery life than most other products in its class. In fact, Jason, our resident guru on all matters related to 12V power, rates this battery as having equivalent usable power as a 160Ah AGM, yet it has less than half the weight. The 150Ah version is equal to a 240Ah AGM.
For anyone camping or off-roading, this is a big deal. It matters because long battery life and portability can be critical factors when you're in the outback, especially if you find yourself in any kind of trouble.
This is the perfect deep cycle battery for extended forays into the wilderness, and a better alternative to AGM. These batteries are lighter, more compact, have a longer service life, and are more reliable. They are faster to charge, and can be stored for longer between uses, so they not only do a better job of meeting your needs, they're more convenient too and make the more efficient use of your charging systems
Safety and reliability built right in
If you're wondering about the odd name of these batteries, LiFePO4 is the chemical formula of the cathode in the battery cells (Lithium Iron Phosphate). These batteries provide numerous advantages because they are:
Cheaper per amp hour produced over their life than even higher rated batteries of other types
Less toxic than most other deep cycle battery types with lower environmental impact
More stable voltage output and more reliable than typical deep cycle batteries
Advances in technology have also reduced the charging time for LiFePO4 batteries due to increase absorption efficiencies, which is also a major advantage, especially when you're recharging from solar input.
This battery type is much more chemically stable than ordinary lithium-ion battery types, and certainly is safer than lead-acid batteries. The stability makes the battery safer from problems caused by overloads, short circuits, overheating, overgassing and so on. This helps to prevent more catastrophic conditions like fire or explosions from developing, especially from those with internal protection systems.
For the off road enthusiast or camper, these batteries are a very good choice. Their ability to keep going for longer, the ease with which they can be charged, and their overall good safety and reliability could be what helps you survive your planned adventures where others would limp home with tail between the legs.
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