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Anyone but the lifepo4 batteries through amazon?
They seem to be half the price of what i can find through other places. Canadian price of $550 ish, with the little searching ive done the mext lowest is $960 for a 100 aH 12V.
Do you think i would need a 100aH , for a 55lbs thrust trolling motor?
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I haven't bought them at all, so can't help you there.

My 55 lb Minn Kota specifications say use a 100AH battery. But that is for a lead acid battery. I don't know how that might change with a lithium battery. Here is a blurb from Minn Kota about using lithium batt's. To be honest, I don't really even understand what they are saying, especially the part about the battery turning off.

"Minn Kota trolling motors can run on Lithium Ion batteries. However, they are specifically designed to run on traditional lead acid batteries (flooded, AGM or GEL). Lithium Ion batteries maintain higher voltages for longer periods of time than lead acid. Therefore, running a Minn Kota trolling motor at speeds higher than 85% for a prolonged period could cause permanent damage to the motor.

The LiFePO4 Lithium batteries can be used with our motor. LiFePO4 batteries that have a maximum continuous output current ratings need to be higher than the maximum current ratings of the trolling motor or the battery will turn off."
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Saw this on another forum:


Renogy is offering their 100ah battery with Bluetooth for $499
https://www.renogy.com/12v-100ah-lit...y-w-bluetooth/


And their 200ah for $999
https://www.renogy.com/12v-200ah-lit...y-w-bluetooth/
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Interested!

My 3 batteries are going on 6 years. At some point I’m going to have to make a purchase.

Still a little more than I want to spend.


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I've been using the Ampere Time 50 amp-hour one from Amazon for a few months now. Amazing how lightweight it is. Time will tell if it holds up, but so far so good.

The 50lb weight reduction in my 12' made itself known the first time I fired up the outboard and went to make a run up the river.
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Its mostly the weight saving im looking for as well. I charge my batteries in the basement and lugging a group 31 around is getting old, just like me. Im also thinking of going to a 4 stroke, which is going to add some weight as well depemding on which hp i go with. I know i can move things around in the boat but the lithum battery would save 40+ lbs.
I was just thinking the amazon batteries are some sort of knockoffs. I was on a RV forum reading what they had to say and it could be hit or miss...they gave some names of a few to try and others that maybe i should avoid.
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LDUBS wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 21:54 ..."Minn Kota trolling motors can run on Lithium Ion batteries. However, they are specifically designed to run on traditional lead acid batteries (flooded, AGM or GEL). Lithium Ion batteries maintain higher voltages for longer periods of time than lead acid. Therefore, running a Minn Kota trolling motor at speeds higher than 85% for a prolonged period could cause permanent damage to the motor.

The LiFePO4 Lithium batteries can be used with our motor. LiFePO4 batteries that have a maximum continuous output current ratings need to be higher than the maximum current ratings of the trolling motor or the battery will turn off."

Two things going on here:

1st - Wattage (work/power) = Voltage x Amperage. Their motors are designed to draw a fixed amount of amperage which the engineers based on the anticipated voltage drop experienced by lead acid batteries. Without this drop they still draw the same current, but receive it at a higher voltage and therefore generate more power. More power = more heat, so this is likely where you'll run into an issue running your motor on high for an extended period of time (too much heat buildup in the motor or circuitry)

2nd - Lithium batteries have a built in computer control called a battery management system (BMS) which controls many things, one of which being the maximum current that can be drawn on the battery to prevent damage to the cells in the battery. These batteries are rated both for an amp-hour capacity as well as the maximum amperage load that can be applied to them at any given moment. There is a safety built into the BMS which will internally disconnect the cells from the terminals in effect "turning off" the battery.


It is really differences in the BMS that seem to separate the quality of LiFePO4 batteries available from what I could tell. The BMS has to protect it from overcharging, charging when the battery is too cold or charging when it's too hot, to name a few other things. Lithium batteries should not be put on a trickle charger (as lead batteries need to maintain their charge), and you can damage them by using lead-acid chargers on them for this reason.

Great overview of LiFePO4 batteries can be found here:

https://marinehowto.com/lifepo4-batteries-on-boats/
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That is good stuff. Thanks OnTheWater. I learned something.
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Automobile and aircraft companies have and are having thermal runaway issues with lithium batteries.

It not just the BMS, but how they are built, put together, and charged.

I personally like lithium batteries, but, the reason they call it thermal runaway, is because lithium gas burns, heats the next cell, burns, and typically can only be extinguished by submerging the battery in a liquid that cools the cells enough to stop the runaway.

Boating industry needs to create a specification for boat batteries.

Buy a quality battery.

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Generalizing "Lithium battery" is almost like walking into a hardware store and asking for a "screw", it's a greatly over-simplified reference.

Lithium battery chemistry varies significantly, some use cobalt or other metals to achieve better discharge or storage capacity parameters. These other chemistry types are the "lithium batteries" which are the subject of what you heard about issues on planes and with car companies testing various batteries for use in vehicles.

The LiFePO4 construction's claim to fame is safety, accepting several performance restrictions to achieve it, so unlike the others when they have issues with heat they shut down and fail to work but do not catch fire.

Decent summary article on battery chemistry can be found here:

https://owlcation.com/stem/Comparing-6- ... tery-Types
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Lifepo4, may be safer, but does it meet ABYC TE-13 requirements for marine application?

TE-13, I think is still in draft, but will most likely be the standard for batteries lager than 600Wh.

So, before purchasing cheap/inexpensive or any lithium battery for marine applications , ask if it meets current TE-13 requirements or at least UN 38.3 standards.