Lead-acid batteries vs. Lithium batteries – which is really best for your solar system?

By Hannes | January 7, 2018 | Blog

Once you have made the decision to venture into the world of renewable energy things could get a little sticky when it comes to finding a solar company that gives you a sense of security about an investment on this scale – the very last thing you want to do is to invest in any renewable energy system that is going to gasp it’s last breath before it has even paid for itself!

In South Africa we say ‘goedkoop is duurkoop’, and we all know how true that statement is of anything we buy or invest in, but never more so than with solar panels and the renewable energy solutions born of the power emanating from the sun!

With the cost of solar panels going down every year, these are soon going to be the least expensive part of investing in renewable energy, whether you start small or big, however, it is not the solar panels, inverters, charge controllers and other components that go towards designing a truly effective solar solution that are the costliest, it is the battery you choose that is the costliest component of the lot.

It is also with batteries that the biggest mistakes are made in the design and installation of a solar system, and the choice of the right battery type, based on issues such as temperature, ventilation, charge and discharge times and other requirements are pitfalls where the average man in the street can get tripped up.

This is precisely why the team of electronic engineers at Max Yield have done extensive research into batteries, passing on this knowledge to their customers so that this type of expensive mistake can be avoided; it’s not worth investing in a great solar system and then using a cheap battery that will not stand the test of time!

Lead-acid batteries have been the go-to battery of choice for over two centuries already, however, although a lead-acid battery is going to cost you less initially, it’s pretty pointless if it doesn’t keep up with the long lifespan of the solar panels and other components used in your solar system.

Research has shown that lead-acid batteries are just not up to par where it comes to their vulnerability to damage, especially if there are extreme temperatures involved or if they are discharged too quickly, which are all points that can be explained a whole lot better by the team at Max Yield!

It’s not about making money off batteries for Max Yield, it’s about saving customers money in the long run, and saving them from trying to keep the initial cost down by choosing a less expensive lead battery, in fact, Max Yield goes as far as to give customers a link to a website that assists customers to understand the minefield surrounding batteries that requires careful negotiation!

Yes, Lithium batteries are definitely more expensive, but their lifespan more than makes up for this, and just as solar panel prices continue to drop, Lithium batteries are bound to head in the same direction as technology advances and the market expands. Of course, it stands to reason that if Lithium battery prices have the potential to fall by a pretty large margin in the years to come, lead-acid batteries are going to have to go up!

If it’s honest, bottom-line expert advice you are looking for when it comes to taking the big step and investing in renewable energy, you won’t get better than the guys at Max Yield – their passion is to deliver cost-effective, tailor-made renewable energy solutions to suit customer energy requirements, ensuring that every Max Yield customer gets the most out of the high yield investment in solar energy!