The automotive battery is a rechargeable battery that supplies the electric power to a vehicle e.g. cars, vans, trucks or buses. It is also sometimes called the SLI Battery which stands for Starting, Lighting and Ignition. One of the main purpose of this battery is to start the engine. Once the engine of the vehicles have been started, the power for the vehicle is supplied by the alternator. The Alternator will also charge the automotive battery when the engine is running.
The automotive batteries are normally designed to supply a high burst of current which is required to start the engine. Most of the current automotive batteries used in our conventional vehicles are using the Lead Acid Battery. One of the main reason for using the Lead Acid Battery as the Automotive Battery is because of the cost. Lead Acid Battery is currently one of the most common and cheapest batteries available. The drawback of using the Lead Acid Battery is of course, the short Lifecycle of the Lead Acid Battery. A typical Lead Acid battery that is used as the Automotive battery can last about 1 to 3 years depending on the quality of the battery.
The LiFePO4 Automotive battery is another good alternative to the Automotive battery. Even though the price may be more expensive, the longer lifecycle can easily justify for the higher initial investment. Since the LiFePO4 Automotive battery have a lifecycle of >2,000 cycles, it can easily last more than 8 years which will provide a peace of mind to the vehicle owners.
In addition to that, you may not use the same configuration for the Lead Acid Battery when you are switching to the LiFePO4 battery as the higher efficiency of the LiFePO4 allows it to work well compared to the higher capacity Lead Acid Battery. Below is the table which helps you to configure your automotive battery when you are thinking of switching to the LiFePO4 battery:-