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Reviews Categories | Batteries & Chargers for amateur radios. | Bioenno LiFePO4 Batteries with PCM and charger Help

Reviews Summary for Bioenno LiFePO4 Batteries with PCM and charger
Bioenno LiFePO4 Batteries with PCM and charger Reviews: 15 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $58.00
Description: Bioenno Power offer a wide range of batteries (LiFePO4 and LiPO) with chargers plus other related items. Their LiFePO4 12V battery comes in various capacities, 3Ah, 6Ah, 10Ah and more. All of them have a PCM integrated that protects against over- and underdischarge, allows balancing, and more. They also offer a very inexpensive charger together with the batteries, or you can buy battery or charger separately. Both the battery and the charger have Anderson power poles already installed. The battery pack is nicely encased not only with a shrink tube but also with a thin PVC box, so it is all enclosed. For more details and specifications see their website.
Prices are very reasonable and their aftermarket support is excellent. The price below is for the 12V/3Ah with charger.
Product is in production.
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VO1AU Rating: 4/5 Jul 25, 2019 15:42 Send this review to a friend
Performs as expected, but the case is deficient  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought a BLA-1209A (12Vdc 9Ah) battery and charger in May 2019. It performed exactly as expected. I use it for low-power portable operations.

My only concern is with the physical packaging of the battery. The blue PVC cover split along two seams at the top of the battery within a couple of weeks of using it. I am concerned that if more splits develop, the blue PVC cover will fall off and the battery will become compromised.

I have handled the battery gently. I store it is a Pelican-style case with soft foam cutouts that fit the battery perfectly.

I have written to the manufacturer and I await their response.
K9RJ Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2019 20:37 Send this review to a friend
Pinnacle of portable power performance!  Time owned: more than 12 months
They are light weight, able to hold voltage more or less constant and deliver far higher percentage of power than a lead acid deep cycle or any other heavy battery. They donít leak acid if tipped over. They also rapidly recharge. Safe and light weight means portable perfection! :-;
AD0AR Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2019 13:07 Send this review to a friend
Pinnacle of portable power!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Over 2 years ago I made my first purchase from Bioenno Power.
For years I have been trying to find a decent portable battery that would give at least 2 solid hours of reliable power for my emergency communications go kit.
A lead acid Optima D31 battery would barely cover my needs and that was hardly portable at almost 80 pounds of dead weight. I explored other power solution avenues but to no avail.
All possible solutions suggested going lithium ion.
I had inquired with 3 of my main choices to source a lithium ion power source, of these 3, Bioenno Power was the only company that understood my needs and other competitor products did not have the same quality nor the price point, for Bioenno's products are actually better quality and capacity too.
After consulting their staff on some technical specifications and longevity of their battery products, I was able to justify purchasing the largest lithium ion battery that could fit in my emergency go kit.
I settled on a 50Ah battery.

2+ years of weekend use- charging the battery at least once a month (more like topping it off)- I use it with my Icom IC-7100 to check into the weekend vhf nets without a hiccup.
I use a coulomb counter battery level gauge that monitors charging and discharging for high accuracy and I found that the battery still meets and exceeds the rated 50Ah capacity by about 7Ah before the battery goes into shutdown. Amazing!
One of the features of the coulomb counter is a option to preset the capacity of the battery. When enabled, the counter will provide a running time meter indicating in hours and minutes how long the battery will last before hitting the theoretical "wall". This is amazingly great allowing you to adjust transmit output power to how long you want to operate away from civilization.
Observations using the fore mentioned 50AH battery solution and Icom IC-7100:
70+ hours of squelched standby time.
60+ hours of un squelched rx time.
Running full power of 100W HF and transmitting at about 20% transmit/rx cycle, I was able to achieve 10+ hours of operation and over 30+ hours at 25W HF setting.
I also thought I'd try a heavy duty load on the battery. I connected it to a friend's Ten Tec Hercules II 550 watt solid stated HF amplifier.
If you are not familiar with this amp, it likes electricity with a power need near 100 peak amps. @ 12v.
The battery performed flawlessly.
Yes, the lithium ion battery solutions provided by Bioenno are more expensive than the typical lead acid batteries, but they will last many times longer than those same lead acid batteries and if you compare how many lead acid batteries you will need to buy over the lifetime of a lithium battery, it becomes a no brainer decision to purchase a lithium battery as in the end it weighs less, performs better, takes up much less room, and is more cost effective over the lifetime of the product.
I am sure others who have purchased Bioenno power products echo my sentiments that you will not go back to any other power solution when given a choice.
KQ4MM Rating: 5/5 Sep 17, 2018 14:37 Send this review to a friend
Awesome batteries  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have 3, a 4.5, 15, and 30Ah ... the 15 and 30Ah are charged via a 100w solar panel.. the 15Ah runs my 2M rig and the 30Ah my ICOM 7300.. haven't turned on my power supply except for a long string of cloudy days.... Great product and very good and responsive support.
W1TXT Rating: 5/5 Jun 18, 2018 06:36 Send this review to a friend
Works well  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have the BLF-1205W (4.5Ah) and BLF-1220A (20Ah) batteries. I use the 4.5Ah with a KX-3 and the 20Ah is used for up to 100W transceivers. Build and performance are very good and no issues. I'm considering purchasing up a set of solar panels from Bioenno next.
W9DJ Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2017 15:14 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding Product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have the Bioenno 12 volt 20 ah battery in the plastic case. My normal portable rig is a Ten Tec Eagle. What a huge improvement over the Pb based batteries I have used in the past! The battery puts out over 13 volts with no load, and the discharge curve is really flat. Not only it is much smaller and lighter than a conventional battery, but I can leave the battery booster at home, as the Bioenno does not need compensation for dropping voltage. Wish I had bought one of these sooner. Definitely worth the price premium.
WX4TV Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2017 09:09 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Products!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Our kids are all licensed amateur radio operators and for the last two years, they have been experimenting with solar power for field operations. Their battery choices have run the gamut from wet cell PbSO4, to AGM, to LiFePO4. Hands down, the Bioenno Power LiFePO4 batteries have been the top performers.

They are lightweight, hold their voltage until close to the end of the discharge cycle, and they simply work perfectly.

One of my colleagues is heading to Puerto Rico to deploy for post Hurricane Maria relief efforts. He contacted me this morning looking for a power solution and I immediately put him in touch with Bioenno Power. He won't be disappointed.
N0EVH Rating: 5/5 Jun 27, 2017 13:13 Send this review to a friend
Great battery for solar ham radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Purchased the 20 amp hour Bioenno unit in the plastic enclosure. Use this at home connected to 100 watts of solar and in the field with 50 watts of solar. I am never without ham radio power!

Very efficient battery and I love the light weight and no acid issues compared to the lead acid batteries I have used for so many decades. For Field Day 2017 I ran Class 1B battery/solar with the KX3 camped at our favorite state park.

I have their wall charger, but normally use a solar regulator. Purchased a 100 watt buck DC to DC convertor and set the output to 14.60 volts. Works like a champ.
WA6KYR Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2017 17:34 Send this review to a friend
great company  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I agree this is a great option for batteries. This company even answers questions.
WU0I Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2017 12:33 Send this review to a friend
Nice option as a complete power supply with battery backup  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the Bioenno 'BLF-1209A' 12-volt, 9-Ah battery with the matching 2-Amp charger to serve as the power supply and battery backup for the XYL's Kenwood TM-V70 VHF/UHF rig in the kitchen. The XYL is also a ham, and she likes to monitor the local ARES repeater, as well as do some other scanning. We needed a basic power supply for the rig, but we also wanted some battery backup capability, in case of emergencies and to support our local ARES group should the power go out.

All we had to do was plug the rig in to the battery, which conveniently already had an Anderson PowerPole connector, and the 2-Amp charger in to its separate battery connector, and voila! -- complete battery-backed-up power supply! When the rig is off, the power supply quickly gets to 'green' mode where it equalizes the charge on the cells. When the rig is on, the power supply is always in 'red' mode. The Bioenno people said this would be ok. So far, this power supply arrangement is running flawlessly!

I only had one issue: the battery protection circuitry will go open-circuit if I transmit 50 watts on the V70. Rated at 12 Amps continuous, I thought I would be just able to get away with this, but apparently not. It's no problem, as we never transmit 50 watts, but still, were I to procure again, I might go one size up to increase the continuous amperage a bit.

I also plan to mooch this battery on occasion for KX-3 portable operation. For its capacity, its much lighter than any lead-acid technology, and the voltage stays much higher until right before the battery quits. It's a much better fit for portable operation!

Bottom line: this new battery technology is a great fit for amateur radio, and Bioenno is doing a great job!
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