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Performance Batteries


Will my bike/car charge the LiFe battery as normal? If so, why do I need a special charger when it’s off the bike/car?

The most frequently asked question of all! When fitted to any vehicle or bike, Powerlite LiFe batteries charge as required via the regulator on the electrical system, just like any normal lead acid or gel battery. The difference is when the battery is isolated – it is recommended to use our specially designed charger that senses when the battery is fully charged and switches off. Standard battery chargers will not do this and can cause damage to the battery.


So what’s so special about Powerlite LiFe battery chargers?

Powerlite LiFe batteries are considerably lighter than original lead acid or gel batteries as well as being physically smaller in size. They have a much higher cranking capability compared to conventional batteries with similar amperes, and lithium ion will hold a steady charge for much longer, if isolated from a power supply.

Whereas a lead acid battery slowly loses charge from the turn of the ignition key, LiFe batteries harness the chemical reaction of lithium ion – it gives an immediate boost in cranking amps and holds a constant charge for much longer.

In addition, LiFe batteries also regain charge much quicker than lead acid or gel batteries.


Could I use any LiFe charger?

Yes, any proprietary LiFe charger could be used and it would not affect the battery warranty as long as it is kept in good condition.


What are the main advantages of lithium ion batteries versus lead acid or gel batteries?

Powerlite LiFe batteries are considerably lighter than original lead acid or gel batteries as well as being physically smaller in size.  They have a much higher cranking capability compared to conventional batteries with similar amperes, and lithium ion will hold a steady charge for much longer, if isolated from a power supply.


What are the disadvantages of lithium ion batteries versus lead acid or gel batteries?

One disadvantage to LiFe batteries is that it is inadvisable to let them run flat – once the lithium ion panels are totally drained of energy it is difficult to recover them. We recommend frequently checking the condition by clicking the digital read out display on the top of each Powerlite LiFe battery. Ideally, the display should read over 12.8 volts – if the display is below 9.6 volts the battery needs to be charged, either by using our special charger or on the bike or vehicle.

It is inadvisable to use LiFe batteries as a leisure battery where a huge amount of capacity is required.


What is the biggest engine we have started with a LiFe battery?

It all depends on the ignition set up! Turbo charged engines require less current on starting and therefore are easier to turn over than naturally aspirated engines. The best example so far is that we used a PS-30 LiFe battery to start a 4 litre naturally aspirated engine.


If the LiFe battery goes flat, is it beyond charge?

If a LiFe battery runs completely flat, it almost certainly cannot be recovered, so try to prevent this if at all possible by using the special charger supplied. If it accidently runs flat, under NO circumstances should the LiFe battery be boost started – this can cause serious damage.


Do LiFe batteries discharge?

No, LiFe batteries are designed to hold a steady charge over a long period of time so long as they are isolated. We recommend turning them off completely when not in use.


Can LiFe batteries be used on a total loss system?

Yes, so long as they are put back on charge after use and not allowed to run completely flat.


If left standing on a bike or car, will the LiFe battery go flat?

No, one of the big advantages of LiFe batteries is their ability to hold a charge for a long period of time, so long as they are isolated. For example, if left on a vehicle or bike with an alarm, the battery will slowly drain and if left flat will not recover.


Will a LiFe battery charge from a dynamo?

Yes, so long as the dynamo is regulated.


What is the warranty on a Powerlite LiFe battery?

We will honour a two year warranty on each battery, subject to inspection by our technical team. In the unlikely event of failure, we forensically inspect each returned battery and can deduce how or why it has failed. Please see our battery warranty conditions for further details.


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