There are many instances when using a LiFePO4 lithium battery is the best way to have power at hand when you need it. This is especially useful when you're camping, working on a job site, four-wheel driving, or holidaying in a caravan. However, your batteries are generally only as good as your recharging option, which is you'll need an appropriate LiFePO4 battery charger. The method you choose to recharge your battery can be highly dependent on where you're travelling.
If you are going to places where you have access to mains power, then most batteries can be charged up and ready to go in a few hours. But if you're out on the road, then you may need a more mobile friendly option. If you don't mind a little bit of noise or burning some petrol, then a portable generator can be the quickest method. However, if you are out and the sun is shining, then you can take advantage of the free energy from the sun. It may take a free extra hour or two for the charge to be complete, but as the price is right, it simply could be the better choice since it'll help you enjoy the peace and quiet of your location. If you are travelling in a car or 4WD, then it is possible to have a set of fixed panels (or flexible panels) on the roof and these can be charging your batteries during the drive.
How do I charge my LiFePO4 battery?
A LiFePO4 battery is only good while it has a charge, and the best way to keep it charged is with an appropriate LiFePO4 battery charger. Depending on the speed that you need to recharge your LiFePO4 battery, then you may need a different style of LiFePO4 battery charger. For most camping situations, it is best to use a good set of solar panels, and depending on the wattage you choose and the size of your battery, the time it takes to get you to a full charge may vary. For example, a 200w solar panel will generate around 200w of power in an hour, and in Australia, you can expect to get approximately seven hours of sunlight suitable for solar panels in a day. This means you can generate around 1400 watts in a day; this is equivalent to about 116Ah.
Your exact power consumption and recharging capabilities are usually dependent on what appliances you'll be using in your campsite (or anywhere you're using the battery). In most cases, you can compute how much power you need so you can choose a suitable LiFePO4 battery charger option to match, or preferably exceed this. When you determine your target power requirement, add 20 percent more as a buffer so that you will still have electricity in case you encounter less than ideal charging conditions.
Where can I buy a LiFePO4 battery charger?
If you're looking for a LiFePO4 battery charger, then the best place to look for it is at the Outbax online store. We have a great selection of products that can recharge your batteries, including fixed solar panels, folding solar panels, solar blankets, and portable generators. Using an appropriate LiFePO4 battery charger is the best way to ensure that you're getting the most out of your battery. While looking at retail outlets is fine, you may be limited in choice, and you might not be able to get precisely what you need. Shopping online is often the most convenient method as you'll have access to a wide variety of options, and you can buy what you need at any time of the day. All orders placed through the Outbax online store are packed and ready to be collected by our courier team in under 24 hours, and with shipping only taking 3-7 days, your items will be delivered directly to your chosen destination.
If you need any assistance in choosing the right LiFePO4 battery charger for your power setup, you can call one of our friendly team members during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm). They'll happily discuss your power requirements and what options are the best for you. Alternatively, you can also send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with the answer. After you decide on what is best for you, you can quickly place an order and have the items shipped directly to wherever you are staying. For the best protection possible, we recommend taking the postal insurance options just in case something happens during transit. While it is rare, if anything arrives in a damaged state, please make a note of it when signing for the parcels and get in contact with our team so we can start the insurance claim on your behalf and get your replacement ready.
At Outbax, all our items are tested to do exactly what they say they will by our staff members. We have selected products that are capable of handling the Australian environment. All our products come with a standard 12-month warranty, and a 60-day returns policy. As with any new power setup, we recommend testing it in an area where you have access to a backup power supply; this could be mains power or portable camping generators. This will give you the best information if your setup is capable of handling your requirements. The best thing about portable power is that it's highly modular and you can install an additional 100Ah lithium battery or portable solar panels whenever you need them.