I am finally boondocking someplace besides a Walmart parking lot. I'm back in Glendo state Park Wyoming where I stayed on my way to Montana about a month ago. The difference is when I stayed here the first time the campground was almost full, and now so far I'm the only one here. I like that much better.
All of the worry and concern over what batteries to get for the Arctic Fox was settled night before last just before I went to bed. Northern Arizona wind and solar, a company that I bought all my solar panels and my Trojan batteries from was having a Labor Day sale and I wanted to buy some batteries before it was over. So I made a command decision, hopefully that I won't regret, and ordered four 100 amp hour Battle Born lithium iron batteries.
The decision came down to either AGM's or lithium iron. I knew I didn't want to go with regular lead batteries again, partially because of the never-ending watering problems, but it was difficult to choose between the other two. I had spent several days living in Walmart parking lots which gave me plenty of time to do enough Internet research and weighing everyone's recommendations on the good and bad points between the two, that I was approaching information overload and it seemed like the more I read the more confused I became. And I think the only thing that saved me from weeks of research and confusion was the deadline of the holiday sale. I was forced to make a choice.
A source that helped me with my indecision was different boating websites. Now I'm probably the last RVer in the country to discover this but there's a lot of people that live aboard their boats and have the same interests and the same kind of problems that RVers have except a lot of their problems could be the difference between life or death so some of the things they buy for their boats are the same or similar things that RVers buy except the boating stuff is often much higher quality because failure can lead to disaster under some boating conditions.
And I guess because of that boaters have been using various types of lithium batteries before most RVers ever thought about it. It's pretty obvious that electronic equipment on a boat is more than just a dashboard full of pretty lights, that stuff has to work, so I'm sure they want the best batteries that money can buy and it seems like a lot of them are going to lithium iron.
I would have to say that the two main things that kept me leaning towards the lithium iron batteries was the weight savings and the alleged longevity of the batteries. The weight thing speaks for itself. What RVer isn't interested in saving a big hunk of weight? The longevity thing is a bit more iffy. If the batteries works like there supposed to they should be the last house battery I will ever have to buy. There supposed to outlast most any lead acid battery by several times over and unlike lead acid batteries which get weaker and weaker over time, the lithium irons are supposed to maintain most of their strength until near the end of their life expectancy. At least that's what they say.
The batteries are being delivered to my daughter's house and will be here Friday and I should be back at my daughter's house by then also. This has been a big expense and I sure hope it's worth it, but like most other things, only time will tell.
Here's a link to a "Gone with the Wynns" article on lithium batteries I think it explains the economic reasons behind them clearer and more succinctly than I ever could.