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The Milwaukee Motor Corporation (MMC) was founded in 1925 as a distributor of motor oil products. In the years that followed, it became known for its high quality automotive accessories such as aftermarket parts and lubricants. Today, the company manufactures a wide range of products including battery chargers, car stereos, air conditioners and much more.
In the early 1990’s, Milwaukee began developing a new line of batteries called “Sodium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum” or “NiCad”. These batteries were designed to replace lead acid batteries. They are rechargeable and have a higher energy density than traditional lead acid batteries. However, they do not store as much charge like conventional NiMH cells. To overcome these limitations, the company developed a new type of cell known as sodium nickel cobalt aluminum (or “NaNCA” cells).
These batteries are rechargeable and have a higher energy density than conventional nickel metal hydride (NMH) batteries.
These NaNCA cells were originally manufactured using a technology known as LiFePO 4 . This technology uses two types of materials: Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) and Polymer Electrolyte (PEO). Both LiFePo4 and PEO are used in many other battery chemistries. The advantage of using them in this instance is that the battery has extremely long shelf life. It can be stored for up to 20 years before it begins to self-discharge.
This means it is less likely to explode or release toxic gasses when stored under normal conditions.
What’s more, these batteries were designed with a built-in safety feature. If the battery ever gets overcharged or receives a severe shock, the battery will “vent” its contents. This means the battery will release its internal gas which is non-toxic and non-flammable. While this doesn’t happen very often, it’s an important safety feature for consumers.
The battery was originally designed for use in cordless power tools. It has since become a popular aftermarket automotive accessory and many manufacturers now offer it as an OEM option. This means you can purchase cordless power tools with this battery or have your mechanic install it in your vehicle.
Advantages Of These Batteries
The batteries have a number of advantages over traditional lead acid batteries. First of all, they are lighter than most lead acid batteries. They are also easier to dispose of and less toxic. There are no hazardous materials in these batteries and the company has a take-back program. If you ever need to dispose of your batteries, all you need to do is contact the company and they will come pick them up from your home.
Another advantage of these batteries is that they can be mounted in any position. This means you can mount them facing upwards or even sideways if it makes more sense for your application. If you ever need to mount them sideways, make sure the label on the battery indicates the + and – symbols. If you ever need to replace the battery, simply flip it over and the correct terminals should be facing up.
Finally, these batteries can produce more power than a traditional lead acid battery of the same size. For example, while both types of batteries might be designated as a 24-volt battery, the lead acid battery will typically only put out 17 volts of power. The advantage of this is that less cells are needed to reach your desired voltage. The disadvantage is that each cell generates less power than a single 24-volt lithium battery.
These batteries are an ideal choice for anyone who is looking to save space and weight. They can be used to replace heavy lead acid batteries or they can even be used in place of a number of cells. For example, if you need a 12-volt battery, you could install four of these 6-volt batteries in series to produce the desired voltage.
These batteries are primarily designed for cordless power tools, but they can be used in anything that traditionally uses a 12 or 6-volt battery. If you have an old gadget you want to power or a kids toy that requires 6 D batteries, just install two of these batteries in series and you’re all set. If you’re using these batteries in your RV, be sure to use a battery management system (BMS) so you don’t over-discharge the battery.
What’s The Catch?
Considering how popular these batteries are, you may be wondering what the catch is. After all, not everything you read online is 100% true or 100% false. These batteries seem like a great invention and they do have some fantastic advantages, but they aren’t for everyone. When deciding if they are right for you, keep the following factors in mind:
They are more expensive than traditional lead acid batteries. The good news is that they shouldn’t suffer from the “memory effect” that can plague lead acid batteries and you may only need to replace them every 5 to 7 years. If you’re using them in your RV and boondocking a lot, you may even be able to go longer between replacement. The advantage of these batteries is that you can mount them in any position. This makes installation much easier, but it also means that you need to take more care not to let them overheat.
While there have not been any issues with fire as of yet, it is still something you need to be aware of.
If you use your RV mainly for short weekend trips (or even daily driving in your truck), these batteries may not be powerful enough to give you the range you need. If this is the case, a lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) battery may serve you better. These have a much higher power density and are found in most electric vehicles such as the Tesla Roadster. The downside to this type of battery is that they have been known to overheat and catch fire. (The Boeing 787 had to be grounded because of issues with these batteries).
If you’re using your RV for long-term living and plan on staying in one place for the majority of the time, then these batteries are a great choice. They won’t overheat or suffer from the “memory effect” when you’re not using them every day. If you do a lot of boondocking or dry camping, you may want to stick with lead acid batteries so you can ensure your batteries will always start your RV.
Regardless of what type of batteries you decide to use in your RV, be sure to have the right charger for them and be sure to check them regularly. Lithium batteries should not be on a fast charge and frequent deep discharges will shorten their lifespan. Like any batteries, they should also not be left in a fully discharged state for an extended period of time. At the very least, you should use a battery monitor or voltmeter to alert you when the charge is too low and needs to be recharged.
As with most things RV, the right choice for you when it comes to batteries may be a balance of cost and convenience. If you want the convenience of never having to worry about the “memory effect” and don’t mind spending a little more money up front, then lithium iron phosphate batteries would be a good choice for you. If you want to stick with traditional lead acid batteries and minimize your up front costs, then installing a battery monitor or voltmeter would be a good idea. No matter what type you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturers recommendations for battery usage and care.
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