LiFePo4 battery for power supply

Converting to LiFePo4 batteries is associated with many advantages. Nevertheless, there are a few points to consider to ensure that the power supply to your camper and the devices installed in it is also optimised with LiFePo4 batteries.

A comparison of the manufacturer’s specifications for both the battery and the connected devices is the first step in assessing whether the conversion is possible in your vehicle.

The right energy management is a decisive factor for the correct function of the Truma devices.
Here are the most important points:

  • Current output: The sum of the maximum current consumption of the devices operated simultaneously must be taken into account.
    With a Mover XT, for example, approx. 150A; Combi D up to 40A in the start phase; Combi D next generation up to 80 A with current peaks for a few milliseconds (peaks).
    The vehicle-mounted battery must be able to provide this power output, otherwise functional restrictions must be expected.
  • Charger: It must be ensured that the charger/alternator used is suitable for use with LiFePo4 batteries.
    • Charging characteristic max. 14.3 V:
      This corresponds to level “AGM 1” for most chargers, alternatively level “Gel” can be used.
  • Solar power regulator: Due to the upstream electronics (BMS), some LiFePo4 batteries cannot buffer excess voltages, so a buffering option must be created here for solar systems.
  • Battery connection: not only the battery must be able to deliver the power, but also the cabling. Ensure a sufficient cross-section (min. 35 mm²) and correct cable connections. A bottleneck, e.g. a cable taper or unsuitable connection cable at the battery terminals, can prevent sufficient current from reaching the consumer.
    A clean earth contact must also always be ensured to prevent undervoltage at the consumers.
  • Low temperature charging: As LiFePo4 batteries behave differently depending on the temperature, a warm installation/charging location is preferable for winter camping. Some batteries have a self-heating function. The optimum operating range is 20-40°C. Charging outside this range will affect the maximum number of possible charging cycles.

Note: A general statement on the use of LiFePo4 batteries is not possible due to the variety on the market.
The Truma product portfolio does not include batteries or rechargeable batteries for powering vehicles. However, as the vast majority of our devices are connected to the vehicle electrical system, there is of course a dependency on these.
From previous discussions with customers, we know that there are some uncertainties about LiFePo4 batteries. We have therefore decided to give you our assessment of this.
If in doubt, please always enquire with your dealer and refer to the highlighted first paragraph of this article.

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