About Ana

Ana is a research chemist and our solar batteries expert. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has a strong background in environmental chemistry.

As a solar energy enthusiast, she is deeply interested in how chemistry can be applied in the development and improvement of solar technologies, especially when it comes to batteries.

During her studies, her research topics included the use of amines and other technologies for carbon capture and storage, peptide synthesis, and in silico prediction of peptide activity.

After graduating, she moved abroad and worked for a biotechnology company. As a chemist, she worked in the research and development department and has experience with the optimization of organic reactions and the development and validation of purification methods for scale-up production.

Currently, Ana’s main fields of interest are electrochemistry and solar technologies. She’s passionate about learning the different alternatives for solar energy storage – the ones already available and the ones currently being developed – and loves sharing her knowledge on this topic with our readers.

You can find most of her articles in the solar battery and solar generator sections. She occasionally writes articles related to electric vehicles and solar panels.

Education

2019
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at UnB - Universidade de Brasília
2015
A.S. Degree in Environmental Studies at IFRJ

User Posts: Ana Lejtman

If you're looking for a sustainable way to prepare hot meals in remote or off-grid locations, a DIY solar oven is the solution you're looking for.It ...

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Lithium titanate batteries have become an increasingly popular rechargeable battery, offering numerous advantages over other lithium technologies....

A 300-watt solar panel is a popular choice for residential solar power systems — it can generate a relatively high amount of energy, enough to run many of ...

An inverter is a crucial component of any solar power system. But before you jump into purchasing one, you need to ensure you size it correctly. If you ...

When planning your first solar energy setup, the first question you may ask yourself is, "how much energy does one solar panel produce?".The answer to ...

One of the most frequently asked questions you may ask yourself before purchasing a Tesla (or any EV) is, "how long does it take to charge?".That's ...

Are you struggling with the number of solar panels you need to install on your boat? We'll help you find the answer!Installing solar panels on your boat ...

Figuring out what's the right inverter size for your RV can be a difficult step when setting up your RV power system. But don't worry, we're here to help!...

A 200-watt solar panel is a must-have for RV owners looking to run their vehicle's appliances. They're relatively affordable, small, and easy to find — ...

Over the past two decades, advancements in solar technology have allowed manufacturers to cater to homeowners' needs by providing them with panels of various ...

"I have a swollen lithium battery; what should I do?"Nowadays, lithium batteries are the most popular type of rechargeable battery. This is largely thanks ...

Browsing All Comments By: Ana Lejtman
  1. Hi Valentin,
    Thanks for the compliment! We really appreciate your comment :)

    Regarding your question: As you can see, I didn’t write specific numbers for each battery, I used a relatively wide range for their life cycle.
    And that’s because I didn’t use one single source to find the data I used to build the chart. I gathered information from several sources/studies. As you know, different sources/studies will show you different information regarding cycle life (while one study can show that a NMC battery performs 1500 cycles, another one can say it performs 2000 cycles, for example). That’s normal, because cycle life depends on several factors (internal and external), so these numbers can vary greatly.
    With that said, I’ll leave you a few links that I used while doing research for the article. Hope it helps!

    Types of lithium batteries
    NMC battery
    Li-ion battery degradation
    LCO degradation
    LTO info
    Lithium batteries

  2. Hi James,
    Thanks for the comment!

    We’re sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your supplier, but we hope your problems will be solved shortly. Good things take time!

  3. Hey Josh, 
    Thanks for reaching out to us!

    You’re right, depending on your power needs, a 60A BMS can be small for a 200 Ah LiFePO4 battery. 

    With your current BMS, the maximum continuous discharge current is 60 A (0.3 C rate) before the short circuit protection kicks in and cuts off power, which is done to protect your battery.

    However, LiFePO4 can be discharged at currents of up to 3C (although in most cases, a discharge current of up to 1C is recommended for prolonged use). 

    Therefore, if you’re planning on drawing more than 60A (768W) from your battery, or planning on charging it at a rate higher than 0.3C, then you’ll need a bigger BMS. 

    For your case, considering a discharge rate of up to 1C, a 200 A BMS would be recommended, such as the DALY Smart BMS 4S 12V 200A LiFePO4 or the RadioB Smart BMS 4S 12V 200A LiFePO4 BMS (both come with Bluetooth).

    We hope this helps!

  4. Hi Mark,
    Thanks for you comment.
    You’re right, the Fe in LiFePO4 stands for Iron. However, ‘Lithium Ion‘ refers to a type of rechargeable battery composed of cells in which lithium ions (ions are electrically charged atoms/ molecules) move between the electrodes. You can find Lithium Ion Batteries in several different chemistries. One of the most common chemistries of lithium ion batteries is the LiFePO4, in which one of the electrodes is made of lithium iron phosphate. Other examples of Lithium ion batteries are Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LiCoO2) and Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2). If you’re interested in learning more about lithium ion batteries, here are two interesting articles:
    Types of lithium ion
    Lithium ion batteries

  5. Hi Dalton,

    We completely agree. NOCO offers some of the safest and most advanced battery chargers on the market, especially when it comes to starting or charging a dead battery.

    Thank you for your comment!

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