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The Case for SLA Batteries
Lithium battery distributors have done such a powerful job of doubting the advantages
of Lithiums and discrediting SLAs (sealed lead acid) that they have convinced
much of the public that a Lithium battery is the only way to go. That is just not
the case. In this issue, Managing Editor, David Blensky–in his article: “How to
Purchase an E-
If you read his article, please note that he does NOT question the superior technology
of Lithium over SLA–great for cell phones and such. But for e-
The SLA battery has been a proven technology for many years and manufactured in the USA where service is always available, while the Lithium (for their use in powering electric bicycles) is still a ways from being a perfected product.
Lithium battery distributors scare off many potential SLA battery customers by exaggerating the importance of the difference in weight. A 36 volt Lithium battery including the necessary mounting plate will weigh 10 lbs. A 36 volt SLA will weigh 25 lbs–a difference of 15 lbs. Dave, in his article, explains how the battery–neither SLA nor lithium–rarely represents over 9% of the combined weight of rider and bike.
Battery Weight Comparison:
A 36 volt Lithium battery will cost you anywhere from $450 up to $600 and sometimes more. And don’t forget to add $100 shipping. And if you purchase direct from China try to imagine a distributor in China servicing a battery in the USA. An excellent 36 volt SLA can be purchased for as little as $150 to $250 and it is made in the good ‘ol US of A