I have a Stanley PPRH7DS battery charger that came originally with a 12V 19AH lead acid battery. This battery has since given up the ghost and I am looking to replace it.

Last summer I constructed a battery box with 4x lifepo4 batteries within it for the use with a trolling motor and other electrics on a small boat of mine and the idea occurred to me to swap out that lead acid battery in the battery charger with a lifepo4.

Some research seems to indicate that a Lithium Titanate battery would be better suited over lifepo4 if I was doing this exchange for a vehicle, so I am curious if that would also apply in the case of the Stanley battery charger.

As I understand it, the Stanley battery charger and others like it "bleed" off a charge fairly quickly and need to be recharged every few months anyway, but I am not sure if that is due to the nature of the charger's design or because it's a lead acid battery within. I bring this up because lifepo4 do not like to be fully charged and sitting unused for lengthy sums of time.

Any insight/clarification on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for taking the time to read my dilemma.

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    \$\begingroup\$ What charger measurements have you taken? Cell voltage Minimum discharge voltage = 2.5 V Working voltage = 3.0 ~ 3.2 V Maximum charge voltage = 3.65 V \$\endgroup\$ Jan 23, 2022 at 18:43

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I must preface this response by saying that I am NOT expert in this field.

From everything that I have read and confirmed by own measurements, you can safely replace a standard 12V Lead-Acid (6 cells) with a 4-cell LiFePo4 battery.

I am hoping that someone more competent than myself can elaborate on this topic.

  • \$\begingroup\$ was that for SLA or flooded cell? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 23, 2022 at 18:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Flooded cell battery. However, the charging requirements for SLA are so similar that I don't see a problem with substituting a 4-cell LiFePo4 battery for a 6-cell SLA. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 23, 2022 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ SLA's have a temperature compensation curve for charging \$\endgroup\$ Jan 23, 2022 at 19:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Close, but you want to cut off charge current completely where the lead acid charger would switch into float mode. \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Jan 23, 2022 at 19:55

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