Let’s Talk Solar Batteries for Alaska.
Comparing batteries is not always an easy task. Each battery category has different characteristics and generally allows for different Depths of Discharge (DoD) under their respective manufacturer warranties. You should be asking, “How much of that battery is useable, under what conditions, and for how long?”
|Strength||Weakness||Typical Useable AH (Depth of Discharge)|
|Lead-Acid||Good cold resistance, cheap||~1 year warranty, short service life, off-gassing, heavy, requires maintenance||
|AGM||No off-gasing, no maintenance, good cold resistance||~2 year warranty, moderate service life, heavy||
|PLC Advanced AGM||No off-gasing, no maintenance, excellent cold resistance, 5 year warranty, Pure Lead Carbon (PLC) tech means more available power||Heavy||
|Lithium||Long lasting, great warranty, light weight, fast charge/discharge||Cannot charge below 32F without damage, high upfront cost||
|Heated Lithium||Long lasting, great warranty, light weight, fast charge/discharge, operation below 32F w/ integrated heater, Bluetooth App||High upfront cost||
Warranty information is provided upfront with each solar battery so customers can understand the coverage.