Lithium-ion batteries have long been used in mobile phones because of their advantages. Due to the high energy density, they are particularly powerful and feature a low dead weight. For this reason, they are also very popular in the field of car tuning. Who wants to increase the performance of his car with minimal effort, should consider the installation of a light starter battery. With a lithium-ion starter battery can reduce the weight of the car by up to 25 kilograms. The prerequisite for this is that the previous starter battery is replaced by such an ultra-light starter battery. It weighs only between 1,2 and 2,3 kilograms, depending on the power required and in which engine it is to be used. Innovative materials reduce weight by up to 25 kg, as a conventional car battery weighs between 15 and 30 kg.
Example: the LiteBlox LB13XX only weighs 1,3kg
This lower weight is possible, for example, through the use of carbon and aluminum. In addition, the manufacturers rely on modern cell technologies, making the problems of conventional car batteries almost completely a thing of the past. Lightweight starter batteries were originally designed for aircraft engines, but later discovered their suitability for motorsport, which is why these batteries are not only available for cars, but even for motorcycles. Starter batteries made of lithium iron phosphate have proven particularly useful. They can be installed in any position and are also acid-free. They are available for engines of cars and motorcycles with a displacement between 1,0 and 9,0 liters. The best-known manufacturers of lightweight starter batteries for motorsport and tuning are among others Lithiumax, BH-Tronic, Odyssey and LiteBlox.
Advantages and disadvantages of the starter batteries
Advantages of lightweight starter batteries:
- Weight reduction for light vehicles through better performance noticeable.
- Perfect cold-start properties through the use of state-of-the-art materials.
- Ultra-short charging times thanks to high discharge and charging currents
- Up to 5 times longer life than conventional starter batteries
- Fire hazard due to specific design not available.
- Flexible installation options
- This type of battery is not available for 1,0-liter engines
- A specific charger is needed, resulting in higher costs.
The costs for a light starter battery are amortized within a short time thanks to the significantly longer service life and the fuel consumption achieved through weight savings. PS: You can find more information about car batteries in our large information report!
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