Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries, a widely used non-rechargeable battery type known for high energy density and exceptional performance at low temperatures. As a result, they are often used in industrial electronics, such as measuring instruments and tracking systems. Read all the details about lithium batteries, as well as Elfa’s range, here.



Lithium batteries explained: what do you need to know?

A lithium (non-rechargeable) battery is a battery type that uses lithium metal or lithium compounds as the anode. Among other things, they are known for a high energy density, which makes them ideal for compact, energy-intensive devices. They also continue to perform well at very low or very high temperatures.


Once lithium batteries are discharged, they are meant to be discarded. They have a higher voltage per cell (usually around 3.6V) than standard alkaline batteries, meaning they can deliver a greater amount of energy.

Elfa’s lithium batteries

To ensure that we always have a suitable battery for our customers, we maintain a wide range of different lithium batteries. We therefore have several brands, including Tadiran and Saft.


Tadiran lithium battery


Tadiran Lithium batterij 3,6V SL760S Xtra AA basis snelstart


An example of a lithium battery from Tadiran, is the 3.6V SL760S Xtra AA base quick start. This Lithium Thionyl Chloride battery has a capacity of 3.6V and 2.2Ah in an AA format.


Tadiran is known as a manufacturer of high-power Li-Thionyl Chloride batteries, which are among the most powerful and reliable on the market. They have proven over 20 years of performance in even the most demanding conditions.


Saft lithium batterij


Saft Lithium battery AA-basic 3.6V LS14500CFG 052


Saft also features high-quality lithium batteries, such as the AA-base 3.6V LS14500CFG. Capable of 3.6V and 2.6Ah, this battery from Saft is known for its efficiency, environmental friendliness and high quality. Saft’s LS 14500 cell is ideally suited for long-term applications (typically from 5 to 20+ years), with low base currents and periodic pulses.

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Why choose lithium batteries? The benefits highlighted

Non-rechargeable lithium batteries have several advantages that may be relevant to your application.


Long life: They can store energy for a long time with a very low self-discharge rate, allowing them to function for years without needing to be replaced.


High energy density: Lithium batteries have a high energy density, meaning they can store more energy in a smaller space compared to other battery types.


Wide temperature range: They operate reliably under a wide range of temperature conditions, from very cold to very hot, making them ideal for use in extreme environments.


Constant voltage: Lithium batteries offer a fairly constant voltage throughout their lifetime, ensuring reliable performance of the devices in which they are used.


Lightweight: They are relatively lightweight, making them ideal for portable devices where weight is an important factor.

Considerations for use: a look at the potential drawbacks

Lithium batteries, like everything else, are not without their flaws. While they certainly have their strengths, we also have to consider the disadvantages. How drastic these disadvantages are, depend on the application the batteries are to be used for.


Costs: Compared to other types of batteries, lithium batteries can be more expensive. This can be a factor, especially in applications that require a large number of batteries.


Environmental issues: Despite being efficient and powerful, lithium batteries contain materials that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Recycling is possible, but requires specialised facilities.


Safety risks: Under certain conditions, such as damage or exposure to high temperatures, lithium batteries can leak dangerous chemicals or even cause fires.


Regulations and transport: Due to their chemical composition, there are strict regulations on the transport and shipping of lithium batteries, which can pose logistical challenges. Indeed, lithium batteries fall under ‘dangerous goods’. The manufacturers of lithium batteries do provide certificates that are in accordance with laws and regulations, although dangerous goods are not accepted by all transporters.


Limited current flow: Although the energy density is high, some lithium batteries are not designed for applications that require high current flow.

The rechargeable battery types

Besides the standard non-rechargeable lithium batteries, there are also rechargeable variants, such as Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) and Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. These rechargeable types offer the flexibility to be used repeatedly, making them more durable and cost-effective for high-energy consumption applications.


Each type has its unique features and benefits, such as higher energy density, longer life and better safety profiles, making them suitable for a wide range of applications.


Frequently asked questions


The ideal solution

All our batteries are suitable for professional applications. We are happy to help you choose the right lithium battery for your application. In fact, our specialists have years of experience and are happy to advise you, including other battery types.


Fill in the contact form and let our team of experts provide you with an energy solution that perfectly suits your business needs.


Unfortunately, Elfa only supplies to business customers. Therefore, we kindly ask you to have your electrical installer contact us. This way, we can still assist you. Thank you for your understanding.

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