Caravan Battery Review: AGM vs Lithium

AGM or lithium? If you’re buying a caravan battery, this is one of the first decisions you need to make.

Back when the only choice was lead acid AGM batteries, the answer was simple. AGM batteries provided everything you could want in a deep cycle and starter battery.

Then along came lithium and everything changed. Lithium batteries promise higher efficiency, better life cycles and lightweight package – just for a much higher price.

So, which one do you choose for your caravan?

The Best Caravan Battery?

Take a look at our AGM vs Lithium Caravan Battery Review:

Cost:

One of the biggest benefits of AGM batteries is they are cheap. Why? It simply comes down to the fact that they are the cheapest to produce.

The $1300-3000 price-tag of lithium batteries is the main thing stopping people from buying them. But this price is dropping every day, making them a more attractive option for mobile power. Especially when you realise what you get for your money.

Pro tip: buying a lithium battery in a bundle will save you money and provide you with everything you need for your setup!

Lithium vs AGM Capacities:

Lithium batteries pack more energy into smaller package. You need a lot more Amp hours in an AGM battery to get the same amount of Amp hours in a Lithium battery:

100Ah Lithium = 160Ah AGM
125Ah Lithium = 200Ah AGM
200Ah Lithium = 360Ah AGM

Bottom line? While you pay more for a lithium battery, you get more bang for buck with efficiency. They have higher performance, better longevity and require almost no maintenance.

AGM vs Lithium
You can also save money by purchasing lithium battery bundles such as the Enerdrive ePOWER B-TEC 200Ah Lithium 40A DC2DC Battery Pack

Depth of Discharge:

A battery’s depth of discharge (DoD) is the percentage of the battery that has been discharged relative to its overall capacity.

  • 100ah of lithium will give you 80Ah
  • 100 ah of AGM will give you 50Ah

Therefore, in the battle of AGM vs Lithium, you’re looking at 50% vs 80%. This means AGM’s are best suited to caravans that are used every few months, not all the time.


Life Cycle:

Lithium batteries win the life cycle battle. A lithium battery will give you almost double the life cycle of an AGM. This simply means you’ll need to replace an AGM battery sooner than a lithium battery. That upfront cost isn’t looking so bad now, right?

Size and Weight:

When it comes to the weight and size, lithium batteries win hands down. Lithium batteries are a more compact, lightweight option compared to AGM lead batteries. The clue is in the name: AGM lead acid batteries contain more lead, making them much heavier.

So, you can save on size and weight in your RV. How much exactly? Lithium batteries can save up to 70% of the weight and volume of traditional lead batteries of similar capacity.

Lithium batteries saves size and weight in your caravan, RV, camper trailer & 4×4!
(Photo courtesy of Pro Touring Concepts).

Applications:

This is where AGM takes the win. AGM offers some hybrid batteries which can be used for cranking and deep cycle. However, you can’t use lithium as a cranking battery.

What Will My Camping Battery Run?

Recommended Batteries:

Lithium batteries we recommend are:

AGM batteries we recommend are:

  • Camec 120AH SLA AGM Battery: This Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) AGM deep cycle battery is completely sealed and can be stored at any angle with great vibration resistance, making it a great option for caravan, RV, 4WD and marine use.
  • Camec 100ah SLA AGM Battery. With similar benefits to the larger version, this battery is perfect for use with Camec solar panels.
  • Victron 12V 125ah AGM Super Cycle Battery. Complete with a 2-year warranty, this AGM range boasts a very low internal resistance making the batteries ideal for high current discharge applications such as inverters, thrusters and winches.

Our Verdict: AGM vs Lithium

If you’re on a budget, need cranking or only want to a run a 4×4 fridge, AGM is the battery for you. Keep it simple and cheap.

But if you’re hitting the road for a long trip and want to run high current appliances and gadgets, lithium batteries offer heaps more advantages in weight, size and efficiency.

Lithium requires less maintenance and lasts a lot longer. True, you pay more upfront, but you’ll get almost double the life cycle of an AGM. Who can argue with that?

Need further assistance choosing the best AGM or Lithium battery for your needs? Give one of our product experts a call on 1300 400 122!

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