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How long does a 200Ah battery last – what can it power?
As a general rule, the run time of a 200Ah battery depends on the battery chemistry and the size of the load connected to it. Battery temperature and discharge rate also impacts how long a battery will last, but it’s the load that drives it all.
The two major types of batteries in this size range are lead acid and lithium phosphate. Each type has different characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.
A 200Ah lead-acid deep-cycle battery running a 400 watt DC load with 50% recommended Depth of Discharge will last for approximately 3 hours. A 200Ah deep-cycle lead-acid battery will power a 400W rated refrigerator for about 25 hours at a rate of 40 watts per hour.
- Are 200Ah lithium batteries better than lead-acid?
- How long will a 200ah battery run an appliance that requires 400w?
- What can a 200ah battery run?
- How long can a 200ah battery run a fridge
- How long will a 200ah battery run an appliance that requires 200w?
- How long will a 200ah battery last taking 20A continuous current?
- How many solar panels does it take to charge a 200AH battery?
- How many amps does a 200 watt solar panel produce?
- How many watts is a 200Ah battery?
Are 200Ah lithium batteries better than lead-acid?
Lithium phosphate batteries are more expensive, but they have several advantages, the biggest being that they are intrinsically deep-cycle.
They can be discharged to a much greater depth than lead-acid deep-cycle. This means that you can get more power out of it for the same rated capacity.
Most LiFeP04 batteries can be discharged 95%, but 80% is recommended to maximize battery life.
A 200Ah lithium phosphate (LiFeP04) batteryconnected to a 400 watt DC load with 80% Depth of Discharge will last for almost 5 hours. A 200Ah lithium phosphate (LiFeP04) will run a 400W rated fridge for about 55 hours at a rate of 40 watts per hour.
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How long will a 200ah battery run an appliance that requires 400w?
There are two basic types of loads:
DC, such as supplied by solar panels and batteries
AC, such as the power supplied by utility companies
In general, a 200Ah battery will run an AC load for less time than a DC load, simply because an inverter is needed to convert DC to AC.
The best quality inverters are about 95% efficient, so you lose 5% running time as extra power is needed to power the inverter electronics.
A 200Ah lead-acid deep-cycle battery should only be discharged 50% in order to maximize battery life, so only 100Ah is available for use. (80% can be used now and again.)
100Ah converts to 1200 watt-hours. Dividing this by 400 watts load gives us the answer:
A 200Ah lead-acid deep-cycle battery with 50% Depth of Discharge will run a 400W AC appliance for about 3 hours.
What can a 200ah battery run?
Unless using the battery for marine or RV purposes, 200Ah battery run questions normally have AC home appliances in mind.
Such a battery will run a variety of home appliances with different power ratings but the run time will decrease as the wattage increases.
This is fairly linear, unless dealing with large motors that cycle on and off, such as found in fridge compressors. (Read about running compressors here.)
The table below shows approximate run times for home appliances running from a 200Ah lead-acid deep-cycle battery with 50% discharge, compensated for inverter losses:
Table – 200Ah battery home appliance run-times
200Ah 12V deep-cycle lead-acid battery (50% discharge) with inverter fed AC loads.
Rated Load (watts)
Portable Air Conditioner
500 watt rated load (70 watts average per hour)
Water Filter and Cooler
How long can a 200ah battery run a fridge
A typical fridge power rating as read on the name-plate might be about 400 watts. However, this doesn’t represent the power taken at any instant in time.
This is because the compressor motor starts and stops, so it’s difficult to assess instantaneous load at any instant in time.
The fridge draws almost no current when it’s cold enough i.e. the motor doesn’t run, it draws a lot when the motor starts (inrush current) and a smaller amount for continuous running.
This why the amount of energy used over time is more important when considering battery run-time. A 400 watt fridge will pull about 40 watts per hour.
A 200Ah lead-acid deep-cycle battery will run a 400W rated fridge for about 25 hours at a rate of 40 watts per hour.
200Ah battery run-time calculator
Use the calculator below to find a realistic run-time for any AC home appliance running from a 200Ah battery through an inverter.
This calculator assumes an inverter efficiency of 85%, which is a bit low, but ensures that the run-time will be of practical use and not just theory.
How long will a 200ah battery run an appliance that requires 200w?
If the load is DC, such as might be found on boats or RVs, then the calculation is pretty straight-forward:
200Ah = 200 x 12 volt = 2400 watt-hours
However, only 1200 watt-hours is available at the recommended 50% discharge so:
Run time for 200Ah battery running 200 watts DC = 1200 watt-hours/200 = 6 hours
For an AC load, it’s a little bit different. Let’s assume it’s a constant load and not a fridge, heat pump or air conditioner with compressor motors on board.
AC appliances use inverters which also need power to run i.e. they have losses. If running at full rated capacity, an inverter may have an efficiency of 95%, if it’s high quality.
The calculation becomes:
Run time for AC load = 1200 watt-hours/200 x 0.95 = 5.7 hours
How long will a 200ah battery last taking 20A continuous current?
Logic tells us that it should be 10 hours, by dividing 200 amp-hours by 20 amps.
This is not the case. You can see from the specification for a 200Ah AGM lead-acid battery below that if 18 amps is drawn from the battery, it’s capacity is only 180Ah. That’s the first thing.
Also, batteries should only be discharged to 50% of their rated capacity in order to maximize battery life, so the real available capacity is nearer 100Ah.
All of the above means that you should only draw 20 amps from a 200Ah battery for 5 hours, if you don’t want to have a very short battery life.
How many solar panels does it take to charge a 200AH battery?
Assuming that the battery is a deep-cycle lead-acid depleted 50%, then it needs 100Ah or 1200 watt-hours to recharge it.
100 watts of solar panel rating generates about 400 watt-hours per day on average, so a 300 watt panel should charge the battery during a day.
A 400 watt solar panel using an MPPT solar charge controller will charge a 50% depleted 200Ah battery in about 5 hours with irradiance of 4 peak-sun-hours.
How many amps does a 200 watt solar panel produce?
A typical 200 watt solar panel can have different numbers of cells, which changes the voltage delivered by the panel.
The Renogy compact 200W solar panel has 40 cells, giving Open Circuit Voltage (Voc) of 27 volts and maximum working current of 8.85 amps.
The Sunpower SPR-200-BLK-U 200 watt panel has 72 solar cells – Voc is 47.8 volts and current is 5 amps.
Amso Solar AS200M-36 200 watt solar panels have 36 cells – Voc is 24.1 and current is 10.1 amps.
How many watts is a 200Ah battery?
You need to think in terms of watt-hours (energy), not watts. Watts can change at any time.
For example, if a battery delivers 10 amps at 12 volts, then power in watts is found by:
10 amps x 12 volts = 120 watts (instantaneous load)
In general, if you double the amps then the power in watts doubles.
On the other hand, the energy capacity of a battery takes into account time, just like amp-hours. It’s measured in watt-hours.
200Ah x 12 volts = 2400 watt-hours
I often find it convenient to use watt-hours for battery capacity for sizing batteries to loads, and also to solar panels for solar charging purposes.
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