L&B sets up Specialist Lithium Team to meet fast-growing demand

Date: 04-Oct-2021

Lusty and Blundell, New Zealand’s leading distributor of quality marine products and systems, has established a new Specialist Lithium Team to meet the fast-growing demand for lithium batteries in marine, RV and solar installations.

Unlike other batteries, lithium has many advantages over traditional lead-based batteries, including weighing far less and boasting a much longer cycle life. It is also one of the most cost-effective types of battery per cycle.

“Lithium batteries are now considered the ‘gold standard’ for many applications and it is easy to see why,” says L&B managing director, Mark Milburn. “There comes a time where the novelty of replacing batteries on a boat or motorhome wears off and many ask: ‘Is there a better way?’ The short answer is: ‘Yes, lithium” and, because it can last up to 10 times longer, it can really be considered a battery for life.”

Because the entire capacity of a lithium battery can be used if needed, lithium offers owners the option to either downsize their bank size or have extended runtime, compared to a traditional lead-based battery.

With constant voltage throughout its capacity, lithium is a perfect choice for inverters, pumps, electronics and other electrical loads. Lithium batteries can also be operated in a partial state of charge and fast charged when needed, making them one of the most efficient batteries on the market.

“We often get asked about the safety of lithium batteries,” says Mark Milburn. “The reality is that the lithium batteries we sell, LiFePO4, is one of the most stable forms of lithium on the market. And, with the correct Battery Management System (BMS) in place, it is far, far safer than any lead based battery.

“With the BMS doing all the hard work, the next thing is to ensure all the other systems are in place so owners get the full benefit of their lithium batteries.

“With so many different types of chargers and batteries on the market, our Specialist Lithium Team can offer expert advice about choosing and then integrating these together to produce best possible solutions for our customers.

“Using our knowledge of these systems and our experience in the variety of applications where lithium can be used, we have assembled a range of Sterling, Victron and MasterVolt lithium batteries and all the supporting products needed to help specify and design the best system for any application.”

Members of Lusty and Blundell’s Lithium team can be found at any of the three branches in Whangarei, Auckland or Tauranga or for more information contact them on or call 09 415 8303