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How Do Self-Heating Lithium Batteries Work?

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When teaching RV Solar 101 seminars at RV Shows around the U.S., we encourage folks to switch their RV batteries to lithium when building a solar powered system -- simply because they are more efficient, lightweight, and long lasting .   But, w e’ve come to realize that there is some confusion about the self-heating device that is included in the latest generation of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries. This blog contains our affiliate links. As Renogy Solar Ambassadors, we can offer you an additional 10% off nearly every product in their line by using our promo code CANLIFE at checkout.  It’s win-win…WE get a small commission, and YOU get a discount.  This income helps keep us on the road and all of our resources and solar coaching free of charge. As a part of our business model, we support a variety of nonprofit organizations focused on reducing carbon emissions, environmental education, sustainability, and youth/community development. Thanks for your support of our carbon n

Converter, Inverter, & Inverter Charger: What's the Difference and Which Do I Need?

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Do you want to boondock off-grid AND run your higher wattage appliances like you can at a campsite with electrical hook-ups?  This is where installing an inverter in your RV can be a game changer! If you are new to RV electrical systems, let’s talk about different types of power and their respective sources.  Most RV electrical systems run on two different types of power – AC and DC. Alternating Current (AC) runs 120V household appliances that are plugged into outlets in your RV.  This power typically comes from a “shore power” hookup – an external power source that is connected to the electrical grid.  When you pull into a campsite with electrical service and plug the RV into it, the fridge and all of your electrical outlets will run just like at home.  Direct Current (DC) runs your 12V - 48V appliances and charges your batteries through a converter when plugged into shore power, or simply from the RV battery bank while off-grid.  This allows you to power your lights, vent fans, ra