A 12v 100ah lead-acid battery with a 50% DoD limit will run an appliance that requires 3000W for about 10 minutes. But, it’s not recommended to discharge your 100ah lead-acid battery at this much higher rate, it can permanently damage your battery
The calculation is not that simple! there are some “ Shortcomings ” Of All These Methods which I’ll explain at the end of this post
Use the calculator below to find out how long your 100ah battery will last on a 3000-watt appliance.
100ah Battery runtime Calculator
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- Inverter Efficiency: 90%
- Lead-acid battery: 50% depth of discharge limit
- Lithium (LiFePO4): 100% depth of discharge limit
Battery Depth of discharge DoD: is the percentage of the battery that has been discharged relative to the total battery capacity. The recommended depth of discharge limit for lead-acid, AGM, and gel batteries is about 50%. Only lithium (LiFePO4) batteries can be fully discharged to 100%.
How To Use The Calculator
- Enter the battery capacity in amp-hours (Ah): in this case, it’ll be 100
- Enter the battery voltage: is this a 12, 24, or 48-volt battery?
- Select the battery type: Select “Lead-acid” if you’re using a flooded or sealed (AGM or gel) lead acid battery. Select “Lithium (LiFePO4)” if you use a lithium-iron-phosphate battery.
- load Connected with inverter?: Are you using an inverter to run the load or is the load connected directly through the battery?
- Enter total load in watts: Enter the total load in watts (e.g 3000 for 3000 watts of output load)
After entering the information, click “Calculate” button to find out how long the battery last running a load.
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Steps To Calculate 100ah Battery Runtime On 3000-Watt Appliance
Follow these steps to calculate the 100ah battery life/runtime while running a 3000w load.
1- Converter battery ah into watt-hours (Wh). to calculate the battery capacity in watt-hours use this formula
Battery capacity in watt-hours = Battery amp-hours (Ah) * Battery Volts
let’s say you have a 12v 100ah battery
100ah battery in watts = 100 * 12 = 1200 watt-hours
2- Multiply the battery watt-hours by the battery depth of discharge limit. ( Default battery depth of discharge limit, Lead-acid battery: 50% DoD limit; Lithium: 100% DoD limit ). Let’s say you have a lead-acid type battery
Battery capacity in wh after DoD limit = 1200 * 50% = 3000wh
3- Multiply the battery capacity after the DoD limit with the inverter efficiency rate to calculate the AC watt-hours ( Most of the inverters are about 90% efficient)
Battery AC watts = 3000 * 90% = 540 AC watt-hours
4- Divide the battery AC watt-hours by the total load connected. Let’s say 3000-watt appliance is connected to your 100ah battery
100ah battery runtime on 3000w appliance = 540 / 3000 = 0.18 hours
How Long Will A 100ah Battery Run An Appliance That Requires 3000W
Here’s a chart on how long will a 100ah battery will last on a 3000-watt load.
|Battery Capacity||Battery Type||100ah Battery Runtime on 3000w|
|12v 100ah||Lead-acid||0.9 hours|
|24v 100ah||Lead-acid||1.8 hour|
|48v 100ah||Lead-acid||3.6 hours|
|12v 100ah||Lithium (LiFePO4)||1.8 hour|
|24v 100ah||Lithium (LiFePO4)||3.6 hours|
|48v 100ah||Lithium (LiFePO4)||7.2 hours|
- A 12v 100ah lithium battery will run an appliance that requires 3000W for about 1.8 hours
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Assumptions & Shortcomings Of All These Methods
Here are some extra yet essential points to keep in mind when figuring out how long your 100ah battery will last running a load
Battery Life Cycle Count:
- The battery’s storage capacity will decrease with every cycle ( a cycle is when you charge and discharge the battery to its DoD limit ).
- if you have used your battery for a few hundred cycles then the result will be different. ( this factor isn’t included in my above-given methods )
100ah Lead-Acid Batteries Are Rated For 5 Amps Over 20 Hours Of Time:
- Especially lead-acid type batteries are designed to be discharged at 20 hours. ( means 100ah lead-acid batteries are recommended to be discharged @ 5 amps in order to maintain the battery health and reduce the discharge efficiency ).
- on the other hand, AGM and lithium (LiFePO4) can be discharged at 50% of their capacity.
- Discharging your battery at a higher rate will increase heat in the battery’s internal cells which will cause power loss. (this factor isn’t included in my above-given methods).
- For example, if you discharge your lead-acid battery with 100 amps then it’s will not last 30 minutes ( keep in mind the 50% DoD limit ). but it may last about 15-20 minutes.
- Check the battery discharge rate on the specs sheet of your battery or it’ll be mentioned on the battery (1h → 1C, 2h → 0.5C, 5h → 0.2C, etc.)
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