Bluetti is known for its range of modern solar generators and solar panels. Unlike conventional generators, these solar generators can run appliances in your home or RV without generating noise or smoke. And the real hero in most of these generators like the AC300 and the AC200MAX is the LiFePo4 (Lithium Ion Phosphate) cells. These cells promise a long battery life, and can operate in various temperature ranges.
However, that’s not the only factor that makes LiFePO4 different from typical Lithium-ion batteries. These modern cells bundle quite a few interesting features. And in this post, we will explore how LiFePO4 cells make a difference in Bluetti solar generators.
Let’s get started.
Long Life Cycle
As noted earlier, one of the major benefits of LiFePO4 cells is the longer lifecycle. These batteries can run more than 3,500 charge & discharge cycles. A longer life cycle means you can plan for long-term use. When we say long term, we mean the usage in terms of years without replacing the battery. In short, it translates into lower maintenance costs.
A typical lead-acid battery carries about 500-1000 life cycles. That translates to a slower replacement process and fewer elements go into the electronics graveyard. Today, when sustainability is the key, a battery with a long lifecycle is a much-needed advantage.
And it’s not just the long life cycle of the cells that makes the LiFePO4 cells stand out from the rest. These cells are also highly efficient. If we talk numbers, you will be able to use up to 90% of the battery’s capacity. Moreover, the self-discharge rate is low at around 2% per month. And a lower discharge rate ensures that a charged battery will not die on you sooner.
Naturally, this leads to fewer encounters with dead batteries. If you pick up a fully charged LiFePO4-powered solar generator after a few months, the odds are that the generator will still have enough power to get you going for some time before needing a recharge.
Interestingly, the high capacity means you will be able to get the most out of the remaining charge. And the fast recharge rate adds to the efficiency of the product. The latter means less waiting time even when you have a higher capacity solar generator like the Bluetti AC300.
Wide Temperature Range
One of the primary advantages of LiFePO4 cells in Bluetti solar generators is that they can operate over a wide temperature range. As you may already know, high (or low) temperature impacts the overall performance of most batteries. Thankfully, LiFePO4 cells can handle extreme temperatures well without deteriorating. Naturally, this feature makes them versatile for any environment.
Even if you plan to use it on your road trip to Death Valley, you can rest assured that the LiFePO-powered generator will work as expected. And the same holds for low temperatures as well.
On top of that, Bluetti also adds a few significant features to the battery casing. For example, the aluminum casing is airtight and can withstand temperature fluctuations and variations.
Speaking of safety, these batteries can tackle pressure changes and absorb the brunt of impacts and falls. At the same time, the science behind LiFePO4 batteries is stable, which makes them one of the safest lithium batteries. It’s incombustible and doesn’t catch fire, making it reliable to take on long road journeys.
Plus, the fact that it maintains its cool even when running at its max is the added advantage.
Last but not least, solar generators with LiFePO4 cells are lightweight and compact. The weight of solar generators depends on plenty of other factors such as hardware, outer casing, etc. And in this case, the internal batteries don’t contribute much. The lightweight form factor makes it convenient to carry the generator in your car.
Interestingly, Bluetti solar generator bundles sturdy handles that make it a wholesome package. For instance, the Bluetti AC200MAX has a massive power output of 2200W and can power several devices all at once. And compared to the massive internal power, the cumulative weight of 61.9lbs is decent.
At the same time, the compact nature translates into a smaller solar generator. Naturally, this paves the way for easy stowing when not in use.
Bluetti has bundled LiFePO4 cells in a few of their products like AC300 & B300 Modular Power Stations, AC200MAX solar generator, and the EB70S Power Station. These products pack in ample amounts of ports, and the power under the hood lets you run several high-power devices. More importantly, most of these are easy to carry and stow.