SimpliPhi Batteries: Everything You Need to Know
SimpliPhi batteries are well known as high quality storage options for both large and small solar energy system installations. The company has a reputation for creating reliable products that not only look great, but are extremely efficient and reliable.
At Shop Solar Kits, our selection of Simpliphi batteries are among the highest rated items we carry. So naturally, we field a lot of questions about the company and their offerings. In this article, we are going to dive deep into the ins and outs of SimpliPhi Power before highlighting some of their best products.
Who is SimpliPhi Battery?
SimpliPhi Power is a lithium iron phosphate battery manufacturer based in the United States. The company was founded by Stuart Lennox who, at the time, was a designer in film and television. With a combination of high quality products and Lennox’s ties within the entertainment industry, early SimpliPhi products were used for many small, off-grid power applications in the equipment and sets for many Hollywood productions.
Notably, SimpliPhi’s batteries are famous for powering the lighted suits in “Tron Legacy” and the three dimensional moon in the background of TBS’s Conan. Today, SimpliPhi is an internationally recognized brand that sells a few different lines of lithium-based electricity storage solutions.
How Long Has SimpliPhi Been in Business?
SimpliPhi has been in business since 2002, originally operating under the name LibertyPak. In 2010, founder Stuart Lennox teamed up with Catherine Von Burg to create the Optimized Energy Storage (OES) product line. The pair rebranded the company to be known as “SimpliPhi,” which references the Greek mathematical symbol “Phi” known for balance, symmetry and simplicity.
Where are SimpliPhi Batteries Made?
Simpliphi’s products are manufactured and shipped from their facilities in Oxnard, California.
Why Should I Buy a SimpliPhi Battery?
For most people, a SimpliPhi battery is a large investment, so it is crucial to understand the benefits of purchasing one. Above all, SimpliPhi batteries are high quality products with great warranties that have been rightfully recognized by some of the industry’s leading names.
High Quality Products
SimpliPhi batteries utilize a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) system, which is a specific type of lithium ion technology. The LFP batteries from SimpliPhi are optimized with proprietary cell architecture, power electronics, BMS and manufacturing methods that allow for lightweight and attractive installations.
In most cases, an old acid battery can easily be replaced with a similarly sized SimpliPhi LFP battery. In doing so, users will enjoy a maintenance-free electricity storage experience that is lighter, more efficient, and offers a higher discharge capacity.
Industry Leading Warranties
If you purchase a SimpliPhi product, you can rest easy, knowing that your battery is guaranteed to last. Although it may differ slightly between their products, most SimpliPhi batteries are warrantied for 10 years at 90% capacity (up to 5,000 cycles) or 80% capacity (up to 10,000 cycles). For specific SimpliPhi product warranties, you can read the downloadable product documents on their website.
Highly Recognized Products and People
Although there are a lot of lithium ion battery manufacturers, few are as well recognized for the quality of their products as SimpliPhi. Solar Power World has awarded SimpliPhi with honors for the “Top Solar Storage Products” in both small and large scale applications. Additionally, the company’s CEO was invited to participate in an exclusive accelerator program for social entrepreneurs, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
What are SimpliPhi Power's Most Popular Products?
Whether you are a first time DIYer tinkering with a few hundred watts of solar energy or you need a full home, utility-grade power system, then there is probably a SimpliPhi battery for you. Below, we will showcase some of the most popular batteries from SimpliPhi’s different product lines.
PHI Core Power Batteries
SimpliPhi’s “PHI” brand batteries are great for storing energy in a 12V, 24V or 48V solar energy system. The batteries do not require ventilation, cooling or thermal regulation and can easily “drop-in” to replace an existing lead acid battery. They are made of non-toxic and non-hazardous recyclable materials and are compatible with all industry standard inverter/charger controllers.
The 2.7kWh “low profile” model PHI battery is an extremely sleek, lightweight, and compact model that is both great for RVs or for stacking multiple in-home units. Both the 24V & 48V models are 17.5 x 14 x 5 inches and weigh only 61 pounds. PHI batteries have an operating efficiency of 98% and can discharge their entire watt hour capacity without damaging the system.
PHI High Output Batteries
For those who need a little bit more power, SimpliPhi also manufactures a line of high output batteries which can discharge at rates over double the amperage as their other batteries. Take for example, this 1.2 kWh battery, which has a continuous output capacity of 160 amps. Combined with the right inverter, this creates an immense amount of power potential. If you have any questions about your particular solar system, feel free to contact us. However, if you plan on utilizing SimpliPhi’s industry leading batteries, we highly recommend using one of their all-in-one systems, such as the AccESS.
AccESS™ Schneider and Sol-Ark
In terms of home power storage and delivery, it doesn’t get much better than the SimpliPhi AcceSS. AccESS systems are housed within an outdoor-friendly casing, filled with everything needed for the best possible home solar experience. The smart system which features either a Scheider or Sol-Ark inverter automatically disconnects from the grid in case of a power outage. Day to day, it can also be programmed to optimize self-consumption of battery power, so as to minimize any dependence on grid-powered energy.
Each AccESS system comes with an easy to use remote monitoring system and can be installed with a built-in MPPT solar charge controller. Because no two homes are the same, we sell AccESS systems with several different capacities and capabilities. Depending on your needs, we can recommend:
- AcceSS with 4 x 3.5 kWh Batteries and Charge Controller
- AccESS with 4 x 3.5 kWh Batteries & 2 Charge Controllers
- AccESS with 4 x 3.5 kWh Batteries (No Charge Controller)
- AccESS with 3 x 3.5 kWh Batteries and Charge Controller
- AccESS with 3 x 3.5 kWh Batteries (No Charge Controller)
Big Genny Batteries
Big Genny Batteries are a portable source of AC power designed to bring a large amount of electricity to a remote location in the event of an emergency or blackout. The portable power station is packed with a 1,240 watt hour battery and a 1000 watt inverter, making it possible to run lights, fans and small appliances for hours simultaneously.
Each Big Genny battery is protected by a hard-shell, weather-resistant case that is designed with a collapsible handle and wheels for easy transportation. The system also has two built-in AC wall plugs as well as two USB ports for powering a variety of devices.
In order to charge a Big Genny, you can plug it into your home’s power outlet, or connect it to a generating source of energy such as wind or solar. If you are looking for an all in one purchase, the Big Genny Emergency Kit comes with a 200W foldable array of solar panels, which makes it possible to use the system continuously.
Little Genny Batteries
As you may expect from the name, a Little Genny Battery is a lot like a Big Genny Battery, just a bit smaller. In fact, it’s a lot smaller. The Little Genny weighs on 12 pounds (5 kg), which is under a third of the weight of the 45 pound Big Genny.
Of course, this does mean that the Little Genny is limited to a storage capacity of just 322 watt hours and a maximum output of just 300W. With that said, in a pinch, the unit can provide nearly 50 hours of cell phone charging, 30 hours of 10W LED lights, or even 7 hours of power for a small refrigerator.
Likewise, the Little Genny Emergency Kit comes with an 80W foldable solar array which weighs a mere 4.8 pounds. With 300W of continuous output capacity andt a total weight of about 16.8 pounds, the Little Genny Emergency Kit is a great solution for a continuous supply of solar power for phones, tablets, fans, and more.
SimpliPhi Batteries Conclusion:
Simpliphi is a leader in high powered solar storage for a reason. They make quality products at affordable prices and are located right in the United States. Simpliphi has built it's reputation on products that look great and are very efficient and reliable. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to reach out!