Applications with high voltage and capacity requirements are adopting Li-ion technology because of its many advantages - especially the high energy density, small size and low weight that this technology provides. Historically, Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries have had a few superior technical traits, in addition to their extremely low cost, that have kept them leading the majority of the overall battery market. However, recent innovations in Li-ion chemistry has made it extremely competitive in markets that are weight sensitive and inconvenienced by SLAs need for frequent maintenance. Many devices have required batteries for power back-up or mobile power, and these are primed for direct Li-ion replacement of SLA.
Newer Li-ion chemistries are optimized around the power tool and electric vehicle markets. These Fe-phosphate based cells have remarkable cycle life and current delivery capability. They are more amenable to direct use of an SLA charger and are appropriate for replacement of SLA when total cost of ownership and weight reduction are the primary objectives.
The mobile cart equipment can achieve lighter weight, longer runtime, faster charge time and longer shelf-life with the new Lithium Iron Phosphate battery technology over older SLA batteries. The state of the art, battery yields a longer runtime at about half the weight of similarly rated SLA batteries. This solution is a direct replacement for SLA batteries. Maintenance time and costs are reduced, resulting in a far lower total cost of ownership over the lifetime of battery. In addition, this battery is based on the safest and most environmentally friendly chemistry available on the market today.