Car Battery Types: Lithium Ion Batteries

Car Battery Types: Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium ion batteries are one of the more expensive car battery types but are generally inexpensive in everyday electronics such as mobile phones, tablets, cameras and of course, vehicles. There are a number of car battery types available, but this post will be looking at lithium ion batteries, commonly used in the Porsche’s 911 GT3, GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder.

A lightweight option for the Porsche 911 GT3, GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder was made available in 2009 as the first starter battery with lithium ion technology.
While the length and width dimensions remained the same of a regular battery it was around 2.8” lower.

These batteries generally come at high expense but the weight is the largest benefit here, providing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Problems which can occur in Lithium Batteries

While there are a number of benefits to these lightweight batteries, they have a risk of exploding as evidenced in a number of products.

Many laptop manufacturers have been forced to recall a number of laptop batteries because they all pose a risk of fire.

This video by PC Pitstop Video shows how volatile a lithium battery can be under certain circumstances. After years of research, there is little evidence to show that these batteries are any safer.

You can see from the above video what can happen to these batteries under dangerous circumstances.
With these batteries being used in Porsche 911 vehicles, it makes one wonder why such potentially dangerous batteries are being used in vehicles such as the Porsche 911.

While these lithium ion batteries pose a potential risk, it is dependent on maintenance and circumstances. There is currently little evidence to show that these batteries have increased in safety since their conception.

Car battery types can vary, it’s why at Battery Guys we have a range of batteries available for a number of vehicles makes and models. Use our Battery Finder located on the home page to find the battery for your vehicle.