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Why we use lithium phosphate batteries for road trips

We have tried and tested a number of different brands and types of portable batteries that power all the necessities for a comfortable road trip: fridge/freezers, lighting systems, laptops, air pumps, tablets and phones. Like all of our gear, we've narrowed it down to 1-2 options and include them on our inventory because they're trustworthy, easy, portable and plug'n'play. Here's a few reasons why we use Dometic PLB40 Lithium Phosphate.

Lithium phosphate is a good battery material for several reasons:

  1. High energy density: Lithium phosphate batteries have a high energy density, which means they can store a large amount of energy in a small space. This makes them ideal for use with portable electronic devices that often come along for a road trip.

  2. Long cycle life: Lithium phosphate batteries have a longer cycle life than other types of lithium-ion batteries, meaning they can be charged and discharged more times before they start to lose their capacity. This is important for our rental model of course, but it also translates into more confidence for our clients hiring them

  3. High safety: Lithium phosphate batteries are more resistant to overheating and thermal runaway than other types of lithium-ion batteries, making them safer to use and less likely to catch fire. Enough said!

  4. Fast charging: Lithium phosphate batteries can be charged at high rates without causing damage to the battery or reducing its capacity. Also important when our clients aren't too familiar with either the battery or regularly using fridges - not knowing how much power is being drawn can lead to a little power anxiety or power loss that can be quickly rectified via mains power, solar or via their car's alternator.

  5. Environmental friendliness: Lithium phosphate is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, making it a good choice for use in batteries that need to be disposed of properly.

Road-tripping and camping has become so much more comfortable over the past decade - more access to portable electronics, fridges and other accessories mean a portable battery is a great solution for short-term trips - even day trips! We've settled on the lithium phosphate batteries for their high energy density, long cycle life, safety, and fast charging.

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