A Non-technical Angle on the Economics of Lithium

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 18:02
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Like many I wrestled with the wisdom of spending a fair chunk of money on an upgrade to lithium plus charger plus inverter. After doing it (pretty impressed too) I realised there was another angle to this that I hadn’t seen represented anywhere. Once you reach a certain age, say retirement age, you realise that there is likely to be a limit to how many years of happy camping you have left - and none can predict this. So the longer you put off the decision, the less value you will get from it. The principle applies to other stuff too, and you can use it to justify all sorts of expenditure at the toy shop of your choice.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 19:01

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 19:01
Wise words Nifty1. You wait till 20 years later and you will spend like a drunken sailor to ensure you get some benefit from the latest and greatest.
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 21:08

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 21:08
I have probably taken the different approach.I am 80 years old and my two agm batteries died (after6years) so was thinking of upgrading to lithium with new charger etc. but decided if I get another 6 years of camping with my new agm’s I would save a fair bit of money to spend on something else.I go bush for 3 months every year towing a camper trailer-love it.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 07:30

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 07:30
9 years ago now, a shiny new rig pulled into Ceduna caravan park. New 200 series, new caravan, new cartop tinny. Guy had just begun his big lap starting from Perth. That night he had a major stroke and after being medivacced to Adelaide sadly passed away there. Changed my outlook on the years I have left and how to use them.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:26

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:26
Hi Nifty,

Great argument, unfortunately it did not work for me with “She who must be obeyed”. :-)

However I did change my batteries over to Lithium when the AGM’s gave up last year. Now I just need to convince her we need a new van with an ensuite. :-)

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 at 08:26

Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 at 08:26
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G'day Nifty,.......... "Well Love, the Lithium's working well....Hey, look at this 26 foot Off-Roader with a spa bath!"

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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:50

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:50
Hi Nifty1
'Once you reach a certain age', don't think like that.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 aggressive cancer 14 years ago - 'Get your affairs in order' he said - well I'm still here annoying people.

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Reply By: RMD - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 09:15

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 09:15
Nifty
Wrestle with a lithium all you like, but,
Many people already have a dual input regulator which is suitable for Lithium. If so, it can be powered by a fairly simple 240 v to 12V+ power supply of suitable output capacity, to the normal car system input of the reg and therefore no need for a special lithium charger. Also, if you didn't have an inverter before the lithium battery install, why do you now include an invertor in the inventory of items? Sorry to be little bit technical but some of the above doesn't follow in the rationale.
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Follow Up By: Nifty1 - Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 at 07:30

Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 at 07:30
Wanted to be able to use an induction cooktop and a hairdryer, that’s all! And that indispensable camping accessory, the pop-up toaster.
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Reply By: SCUBADOO - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 12:51

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 12:51
Does that mean our 300Ah LiFePO4 battery which has survived 7 years of fulltime travel and still performing perfectly is the equivalent of 28 years use compared to those who travel just 3 months of the year? (-;

It has also started our 3.9l turbo diesel motor a thousand or three times.
One battery does it all for us.

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