During my last activation, I used a new type of battery for the first time. Since the climb was not foreseen to be a huge physical effort and I only had one type available, I took with me a 20Ah battery. I am more than happy with performance and I believe I will not transmit portable without it anymore.
I used a RELiON 2V 20Ah LiFePo4 or LFP battery promissing a higher usable capacity and cycle life than lead acid alternatives. 14.6 V is the recommended charging voltage and the LiFePO4 technology maintains consistent power even if you only charge it partially. Weight of the pack was 2,55Kg and am looking out to purchase the 5Ah and 10Ah versions as the 20Ah was admittedly a bit of an overkill for the summit activation.
Has anyone had SOTA experiences with these Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries over the regular LiPo’s? LFP batteries should be inherently safer. Has anyone used them for a longer period? Thanks for sharing your up side/down sides.
73 de Gert ON4GS