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Robustness of Victron Lithium batteries?

Hi, I'm putting a solar system into a 4x4 overland vehicle and I was wondering how robust the Lithium Smart batteries are in regards to vehicle vibrations for off-road use and on badly corrugated roads. Would heavy duty AGMs be better suited?

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Lithium cells are probably more robust than lead cells.

But cell interconnects are a problem with both types.

Physical cell encapsulation is also needed for both types to prevent swelling/movement.

Build your own battery? (I did).

Actually they vary and it depends on the battery construction, there are a number of ways of constructing a lithium battery. In general, pouch cell construction is the worst followed by prismatic, then cylindrical. Regarding cylindrical, the smaller the cells the more robust but cylindrical size is a trade off between manufacturing costs and size.

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Hello, The lithium are quite equal to AGM, but be aware that extreme socks and vibration can cause failure on both chemistries.

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Thanks Johannes, that's good to know

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Also consider viability of replacement in remote locations (if you're going to remote locations), and whether the remainder of your system can handle less than desirable replacement chemistries.

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