Bear with me, while I explain my background in business for a few paragraphs before we get on to buying the last set of batteries you will most likely ever buy.
I have worked in pre-insolvency for over ten years now, and boy have I seen some interesting things! If you don’t know what pre-insolvency is, let me explain it like this. I normally get a call from a business when it's about to implode on itself. If business owners called me the first time they had the thought that things were not going too well, they would get better results and have fewer grey hairs. Most of the time when they call me there is legal action. Everything is very time sensitive, and there's just not a good energy about the whole situation as the business’ employee livelihoods are on the line. They expect that I can perform miracles and stop the Titanic from sinking. What I do is make sure they have a life raft to keep them afloat until they build their next Titanic.
Having this background I can see the reasons that so many businesses fail, and the reasons that our financial system is just a bunch of numbers on a screen that gets changed all the time.
One of the key lessons I have learnt in my time from doing this that I would like to share with you, is businesses want to embed a product in your life that you can’t live without, making it necessary that you stay a part of their business forever. This is not the intention of every business, the majority of them want long-term customers to build a relationship with that lasts forever so that you continue to support the cash flow of that business. When a business wants a long term relationship, it really means long-term cash flow or taking your money.
Now let's get to my point with battery cells.
I have desired for a long time to live a self-reliant life, and have a home energy system that would power my home from solar. I have installed and played around a lot with 12 volt solar systems for cars, and I saw customers, friends and myself replacing very expensive good quality lead-acid batteries all the time. This was something I didn’t want to do on my home energy system as a set of batteries for the home could be $6000-10,000 every time I replace them. Think of all that waste, not only money but the product as well, every time you do it.
I just knew there was something else out there that was better and when I found it, I also found the reasons that the technology has been hidden and companies don’t like to talk about it.
I am talking about the Edison cell, Nickel Iron Battery, NiFe Cells whatever you would like to call them. Do your own research on them. Just like everything else on the internet you will find good and bad stuff about them, search and you shall find.
There is 1 bad thing about them, when you compare them to lead acid and lithium in my opinion. They take more to charge them, you can charge the other two types of batteries faster. So the solution is a few more solar panels or a better charge controller. It's a very simple problem to get around. I started a Facebook page called 24hoursolarpower to do research on these cells, go on there for yourself and ask the question of how many years people have had their NiFe Cells for- some have had them for over 50 years!
I went to the Australian Energy and Storage Conference and I spent the whole day talking with business owners and battery salesmen. The one question, after getting through the banter of 'mine is bigger or better than yours', I asked this question. "Businessman to businessman, what is the true reason you don’t push the NiFe Cell technology?" Every single one of 12 people I spoke with had an almost identical answer which was, "We can’t keep selling them to you."
It is sad that products are made these days to break so that you require to replace them. I remember my parents and grandparents always saying they just don’t make things to last anymore. It's not because they can’t, it’s because they won’t- they want you as a returning customer forever!
NiFe cells have so many benefits, what if your charge controller dies and you can’t get a new one? Well, you just run your panels straight into the cells as they do not get affected by overcharging, unlike all other battery cells. You can also discharge these cells very very low with no impact to the cells, unlike a lead-acid cell, you go below the recommended depth of discharge (DOD) a few times and the cells are no good.
The largest problem you will have with NiFe cells is who to leave them to when you're not around anymore! They truly could be an asset you pass on to the next generation.