Can I use LiFePO4, Lithium or Lithium-ion batteries for my thrusters?

Can I use LiFePO4, Lithium or Lithium-ion batteries for my thrusters?

Yes, you can, but not without taking some precautions. Sleipner produces two product lines of thrusters that will work well with high-capacity batteries and one product line which should be used with caution in combination with LiFePO4, Lithium, Li-ion, or similar batteries, which may be capable of delivering higher voltage under load than traditional batteries (such as lead-acid, AGM, gel or similar).

  • All Sleipner proportional thrusters will work well with Li-ion or LiFePO4 batteries, as the included PPC unit will control the output voltage to a safe level for the thruster. Make sure, though, that you actually get a good battery intended for maritime use. NB - make sure you have the latest embedded software installed.
     
  • All Sleipner eVision thrusters have built-in functionality to limit the maximum voltage delivered to the thruster. Again, make sure your battery is intended for maritime use.
     
  • Traditional DC on/off thrusters may be damaged or have a reduced life expectancy if operated at voltage levels outside their specifications.

 

Disclaimer: Ensure battery/energy source is installed according to CE/ISO current rules and regulations and by licensed electricians.