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Advantages and disadvantages of lithium batteries compared with lead-acid batteries

Faced with an increasingly challenging living environment and people's expanding demand for energy, more and more countries are beginning to look for more environmentally friendly and cleaner energy development models. In terms of electric energy, the proportion of thermal power generation is gradually decreasing, while the proportion of hydropower, wind power and solar power generation is gradually expanding. On the other hand, energy demand continues to expand, and the corresponding use costs continue to increase, so the energy storage product market is also expanding.

What are energy storage system?

Energy storage system generally refer to batteries that store electricity. The most commonly used energy storage systems on the market are lead-acid batteries and lithium phosphate batteries.

What is a lithium battery?

Lithium battery is a battery that uses metallic lithium or lithium alloy as the positive electrode material and uses a non-aqueous electrolyte solution

What is a lead-acid battery?

Lead-acid battery (VRLA) is a battery whose electrodes are mainly composed of lead and its oxides, and the electrolyte is sulfuric acid solution.

How to choose between the two?

Let’s first compare the advantages between them:

Advantages of lithium batteries:

1、The volume specific energy and weight specific energy of lithium batteries are more than 3 times higher than that of lead-acid batteries.

Lithium batteries are smaller and lighter

2、Lithium-ion batteries are alkaline batteries with a cycle life of more than 2,500 times, and lead-acid batteries have a cycle life of about 800 times.

3、It is still safe and does not deform under harsh conditions such as acupuncture and short-circuit extrusion. It has good performance and can be used at high temperatures without affecting its service life. Therefore, lithium batteries have a longer service life than lead-acid batteries.

4、Clean and environmentally friendly, everyone knows that lead is a heavy metal, so the production of lead-acid batteries will have a great impact on the environment, while lithium batteries are not good either in the production process or in use, causing environmental pollution


Higher price: Lithium batteries have higher production costs

It cannot be recycled and reused. Once damaged, it cannot be repaired and reused. It is not very safe and can catch fire easily.

Advantages of lead-acid batteries:

The technology of lead-acid batteries is more mature, the price is cheaper, and it is especially safer.

Lithium batteries are disposable batteries and can only be replaced if they break down, while lead-acid batteries have electrolyte that can be replenished due to water loss, and aging batteries can be repaired using pulse technology.

Recyclable. After lead-acid batteries are scrapped, they are not "waste"

From a cost perspective, lead-acid batteries have more advantages, because generally the price of lithium batteries is 2 to 3 times that of lead-acid batteries.


The service life is very short. Its discharge capacity is only half of that of lithium-ion batteries, or even less than half. Its size and weight are also quite large, which makes disassembly troublesome. In terms of service life, even under normal use, If it fails to pass multiple levels, it will need to be replaced with a new one, which is not as durable as a lithium-ion battery.

They are heavy, have limited battery capacity, and have a short lifespan. Lead-acid batteries generally have a lifespan of about three years within 400 deep charges and deep discharges.


Although lithium batteries still have many shortcomings, they generally have certain advantages over lead-acid batteries. I believe that most people are not willing to carry a large battery with a low power storage and a short lifespan. We all like a product that stores a lot of power and lasts a long time. I believe that as lithium battery technology advances and the shortcomings of lithium batteries can be solved, the market demand will grow.