Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Lithium RV Battery to Power Your Future Adventures
Lithium RV batteries are the wave of the future. Since lithium batteries for RVs can last up to 3500 cycles, don’t leak corrosive materials, and are lighter in weight and smaller thus enabling more customizations for effective battery banks, it really is no wonder that people are moving away from lead-acid batteries. However, when it comes to choosing the best lithium RV battery from a trusted name-brand company, you will likely have some questions. The smart move is to call Enduro Power Technologies and let one of our experts help you choose the best RV battery based on your specific needs, like how much power you require, and how you plan to operate. In the meantime, here are some pro tips to help you get pointed in the right direction in selecting the best lithium RV battery for your recreational vehicle.
Choose a Battery That Will Keep Up: AMP Hours and Voltage
You need to determine how many AMP hours you require to choose the right voltage of your lithium RV battery. This requires a basic understanding of a measure of charge over time, or current flow over time. Basically, one AMP hour is a current of one ampere that flows for an hour. The charge amount transferred in that hour is 3,600 coulombs (ampere-seconds), and a MAH or milliamp-hour is a thousandth of an amp-hour.
How to Calculate RV AMP Hours
Before you know what type of lithium RV battery you require, you will need to calculate your RV consumption by device in Amp Hours (or Watt Hours). Below is an example of a formula that you can use, and if you need further assistance in getting this figure, Enduro Power can help when you give us a call.
First you will need to look under or alongside your appliances for the sticker or markings that contain the usage information. Let’s take a juicer, for example. It utilizes 1425 watts, and it is 120 volts. Note that watts divided by voltage equals AMPs–this is your formula. When 1425 is divided by 120, you get roughly 12 AMP hours, per hour. When you add up all your appliances and devices and consider their AMP hours, you will have the data needed to choose the right lithium RV battery that will keep you powered up throughout your entire journey on the road, and off the grid.
What Appliances Utilize the Most Watts?
Understanding which of your appliances utilizes the most watts will help you calculate consumption and help you learn more about your RV footprint. Here is a list of common RV appliances in order of energy consumption with the average watt usage:
- RV Rooftop AC (15,000 BTU) - 2,000 rated running watts / 1,300 additional surge watts
- RV Rooftop AC (13,500 BTU) - 1,500 rated running watts / 1,000 additional surge watts
- RV Rooftop AC (11,000 BTU) - 1,010 rated running watts / 590 additional surge watts
- Electric Water Heater (6 gallons) - 1,440 rated running watts / 1,440 additional surge watts
- Clothes Washer - 1,150 rated running watts / 2,300 additional surge watts
- Furnace Fan (⅓ hP) - 7,00 rated running watts / 1,400 additional surge watts
- Dehumidifier - 785 rated running watts / 1,250 additional surge watts
- Blow Dryer for Hair - 1,250 rated running watts / 1,250 additional surge watts
- Vacuum - 1,100 rated running watts / 1,100 additional surge watts
- Space Heater - 1,800 rated running watts / 1,800 additional surge watts
- Coffee Maker - 800 rated running watts / 800 additional surge watts
- Deep Fryer - 1,200 rated running watts / 1,200 additional surge watts
- Dorm Sized Refrigerator - 350 rated running watts / 500 additional surge watts
- Electric Grill - 1.650 rated running watts / 1,650 additional surge watts
- 27’’ TV - 500 rated running watts / 500 additional surge watts
- CD / DVD Player - 50 rated running watts / 200 additional surge watts
- Desktop Computer - 600 rated running watts / 800 additional surge watts
- Printer - 500 rated running watts / 500 additional surge watts
- Stereo - 450 rated running watts / 450 additional surge watts
- Toaster Oven - 1200 rated running watts / 1200 additional surge watts
- Microwave (635 watts cooking power) - 635 rated running watts / 800 additional surge watts
- Slow Cooker - 170 rated running watts / 270 additional surge watts
- Electric Fry Pan - 1200 rated running watts / 1200 additional surge watts
- Satellite & Dish Receiver - 30 rated running watts / 250 additional surge watts
In addition to these items, there may be others you use not mentioned here. When choosing the best lithium RV battery, you will need to make sure that it can power all your appliances and gadgets, otherwise your vacationing experience will be compromised. When you call Enduro Power, we will help you make the calculations and pair you with the best lithium RV battery available.
Call Enduro Power for the Best lithium RV Batteries Today!
When it comes to lithium RV batteries, you may require the Baja Series 12V 12aH Deep Cycle model or the Baja 24V 100aH battery: both and others like these have continuous charge features and low temperature protection, but based on your energy consumption, you will need the right battery for your RV, and we are here to help. Call today and let us help ensure that you have the best RV vacation and lifestyle possible!