It is interesting to note that whilst the speed and convenience provided by ‘opportunity charging’ is generally considered one of lithium’s biggest advantages over lead-acid batteries, when asked, the majority of customers cite longer life cycles as the key benefit.
EP sees this as a vindication of the technology’s ability to improve efficiency, but perhaps the main perceived benefit is the value of the investment. If it lasts longer, it’s worth the extra cost.
Lithium-ion batteries have a lifecycle of 3000 or more compared to just 500-1000 cycles in lead acid.
Lithium-ion batteries generally last for several times the number of cycles as lead acid batteries, leading to a longer effective lifespan for lithium-ion products.
Cycles are also counted in % of charge rather than one cycle every time you connect the battery to the charger. This means: 10% charge is 1/10 of a cycle with a Li-Ion battery, while a 10% charge at a lead acid battery is 1 full cycle.