How To

Lithium Ion Batteries

Does your van have a power system with Lithium Ion batteries? Follow these steps for how to best maintain them for a long and happy lifespan!

If you have any questions about the procedures covered in this video, please reach out to our service and warranty department at See you on the outside!

Lithium Ion batteries are ideal for running heavy loads for long periods and have short charge times. They’re much smaller and lighter weight than other types of batteries, which makes them a great option if you’re trying to reduce weight in your van build.

Though lithium ion batteries have a much higher initial cost than other types, they have around 3000-5000 charge cycles in their lifespan, and, depending on use, lithium ion batteries should last around 10 years — that’s about 2-3 times the lifespan of other types batteries.

Lithium ion batteries have nearly full usable capacity. That means if a lithium ion battery is 200 amp hours, almost all 200 of those hours are usable. They also have low resistance when charging, which means they have the ability to charge very quickly.

It’s important to note that although they can still perform in low temperatures, most lithium ion batteries cannot accept a charge at temperatures below 32 Fahrenheit. So, if you live in a climate that sees these temperatures often, Lithium Ion may not be the right choice for you.

To use shore power to charge your power system installed by Outside Van, open the hood and you’ll find the charging socket on the right hand side. Plug the 15 Amp locking shore power cord into the socket and then into the outlet you are drawing power. Then drape the cord out the side and close your hood. These shore power cords are issued by Outside Van and can be plugged in almost everywhere. As good practice, your battery should be charged for about 2 days every 21 days, and for 1 full day before you plan to use your van to ensure they’re charged up and ready for off-grid adventures.

Otherwise, your van’s alternator will directly charge the battery while idle or in motion, and if you’ve installed a secondary alternator, that power will go directly to your batteries.