White Paper by Tyler Stapleton and Thomas Tolman – July 2021
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In an effort to ensure the safe use of lithium technology in energy storage, the U.S. government regulates the transport, storage, installation and proper use of lithium energy cells throughout the country. However, in doing this, the government currently regulates all Lithium-ion cells under one definition. In the energy storage industry, there is a broad range of cathode materials and chemistries that all fall under the title ”Lithium-ion.” Each of these various chemistries have significantly different attributes compared to one another in terms of their safety and recyclability. Notably, energy cells using Lithium Iron Phosphate are drastically safer and more recyclable than any other lithium chemistry on the market today. Regulating Lithium Iron Phosphate cells together with other lithium-based chemistries is counterproductive to the goal of the U.S. government in creating safe energy storage practices in the US. Companies using this safer and more environmentally-friendly chemistry are laden with regulations and expenses that make it more difficult to pro- mote Lithium Iron Phosphate in the U.S., while companies using other more dangerous chemistries have no incentive to switch to Lithium Iron Phosphate, thus creating potentially dangerous circumstances for U.S. citizens, increasing waste and enlarging the burden on the government for regulation. This white paper provides evidence for Lithium Iron Phosphate over other lithium-based energy storage chemistries as a significantly safer lithium cell, describes future advances expected in the industry and enumerates the substantial benefits to the U.S. in regulating Lithium Iron Phosphate separately from other chemistries.
There are many Lithium-ion chemistries in use today as battery cathodes. While many chemistries offer significant benefits pertaining to the cost or weight of the battery, they often require government regulation to be shipped, stored or used in a way that ensures that damages from the worst-case scenarios, including thermal run-away, fire or explosion are kept to a minimum. Precautions including specially constructed and marked boxes, as well as shipping procedures requiring extra care being taken, ensure the safe transport of these products, while code requirements including fire-suppression systems, fireproof storage cabinets and emergency shutoff systems protect against a fire spreading to or from an energy storage system in use in a building. For many lithium materials, this is a necessary precaution. However, in the case of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) cells, many of these precautions could be lessened, as the LiFePO4 chemistry has more innate protections against these extreme cases. When compared against other lithium chemistries, these protections reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic failure, and result in a significantly reduced reaction should such a failure occur, making it much safer even in the worst-case scenario. Lithium energy storage is increasing in demand. As Electric Vehicles (EV) become ubiquitous throughout the country, the need for additional energy at each home and commercial buildings will increase substantially. A comparison of LiFePO4 against other cathode materials as well as a description of the reaction of LiFePO4 to extreme cases will be provided here.
2. Lithium Chemistry Comparison
This section gives a brief overview of common Lithium cathode chemistries common in the market today. A comparison of these chemistries and their relative advantages and disadvantages can be seen in table 1.
2.1 Lead-Acid Batteries
While not actually a Lithium-ion battery, the safety of a lead-acid battery should be taken into account here. Lead-Acid is the most common large battery on the market today, generally recognized as a common car battery. Lead-Acid batteries can power most vehicles and even be used as in energy storage systems. However, Lead-Acid has a relatively short lifespan and significantly less use- able specific energy when compared against lithium batteries. The use of Lead in Lead-Acid batteries makes the content of the battery toxic, and lead-acid batteries can vent during use, which limits their viability as an energy storage device.
2.2 Lithium Cobalt Oxide or Lithium Polymer (LiCo02)
Lithium Cobalt Oxide, sometimes called Lithium Polymer batteries, are traditionally the most common option for phone or computer batteries. Their high specific energy (energy-to-weight ratio) makes them a great candidate for small batteries or other applications where weight is a major factor . However, LiCoO2 also has a short lifespan and includes Cobalt, a toxic heavy metal. One of the major components in the cathode of the battery, Cobalt is particularly difficult to recycle, and can produce toxic fumes during both mining and recycling.  LiCoO2 is also the chemistry that has been reported to explode in smartphones. It can explode and burn violently under the right conditions.
|Lithium Iron Phosphate||Lithium Cobalt Oxide||Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide||Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide|
|3.2V, 3.3V nominal||3.6V nominal||3.6V, 3.7V nominal||3.6V nominal|
Specific Energy (Capacity/kg)
|90-120 Wh/kg||150-200 Wh/kg||150-220 Wh/kg||200-260 Wh/kg|
Charge Rate (C-rate)
Discharge Rate (C-rate)
|1C, 25C possible||1C||1C, 2C possible||1C|
|270ºC (518ºF)||150ºC (302ºF)||210ºC (410ºF)||150ºC (302ºF)|
|Portable and stationary energy storage units, Lead-acid replacement||Mobile phones, tablets, laptops||E-bikes, medical devices, EVs, industrial, laptops||Medical devices, industrial, electrical, powertrain (Tesla)|
|Comments||Low capacity. One of the safest chemistries.||Very high specific energy, limited specific power.||High capacity and high power. Favorite chemistry in lightweight applications||Similar to LCO, serves as energy cell . Currently used by Tesla.|
|Elevated self-discharge means better storage.||Cobalt is expensive. Serves as Energy Cell.No longer relevant|
Table. 1: Comparison of common Lithium-Ion Cathode Chemistries 
2.3 Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCo02 or NMC)
NMC is a popular choice today, especially in the electric vehicle (EV) market. Like LiCoO2, it has a high energy density, but NMC can also output more power, is generally safer, and has a longer lifespan than LiCoO2 . These aspects make NMC a popular all-around choice, and is often used in energy storage as well as EV and mobile devices. However, NMC is still capable of exploding and catching fire, though less dramatically than most other chemistries (see section below). NMC also contains both Nickel and Cobalt. Nickel, like Cobalt, is a heavy metal that is toxic, as well as difficult to mine and recycle safely.
2.4 Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (LiNiCoAl02 or NCA)
NCA is extremely similar to NMC. It has gained particular popularity as the chemistry used by Tesla in their vehicles and home batteries. NCA has the highest specific energy of any chemistry considered here, and has reasonable power output and lifespan, but is one of the more expensive and least safe chemistries on the market. It also, like NMC, contains Cobalt and Nickel, and is therefore toxic and hard to recycle.
2.5 Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP)
LiFePO4 cells are primarily chosen for their high safety, power output and low cost. It also has a significantly higher lifespan that most other chemistries, meaning the battery will need replacing much less often leading to less waste produced. LiFePO4 is much less likely to reach thermal run-away than other chemistries commonly found on the market today Even in the cases where it does reach thermal run-away, the LiFePO4 cathode does not react with oxygen as other cobalt-containing molecules will, and the cell will therefore only smoke as the chemistry smolders, rather than producing flames or exploding. Beyond this, LiFePO4 does not contain Nickel, Cobalt or even Lead, all of which are difficult to recycle safely. This makes LiFePO4 one of the safest, eco-friendly and most sustainable chemistries on the market today.
3. Thermal Run-Away
Thermal run-away is the chain reaction that can occur if the lithium-ion material in a cathode of a battery cell is heated past a limit specific to the battery chemistry. Past this point the cathode can undergo an exothermal reaction, producing extremely hot flames, which in turn causes a chain reaction where the lithium molecules in nearby cells will also reach Thermal run-away until the entire battery (or bank of batteries) has burned out the lithium material . This process can also produce gasses and increase the pressure inside the cell, which in some cases can lead to a pressurized explosion, or cause the cell to generate enough thrust to propel itself several feet. Thermal run-away can be caused by short-circuiting the terminals of a battery (most batteries have built-in protections to detect a short-circuit and cut power to avoid this), or by short-circuiting the cathode and anode inside the battery, which can occur if the cell is pierced. For some Lithium Chemistries (though not LiFePO4) the cathode will have an exothermic reaction with oxygen if the cell is pierced, leading to thermal run-away. While thermal run-away is extremely rare and manufacturers generally take steps to minimize the risk, it can happen and is (for most Lithium chemistries) extremely dangerous if it does.
The PO4 bond in LiFePO4 is stronger than the CoO2 bond in other cathode materials, resulting in a reduced reaction if an LiFePO4 battery is subjected to abuse. Figure 1 shows the energy spikes produced by five different lithium chemistries during thermal run-away. The spikes in the plot show both the heated temperature at which thermal run-away occurs, as well as the magnitude of the energy released as heat during the reaction. It is important to note that LiFePO4 is stable below 270◦C (518◦F) and that the peak is significantly smaller, compared to the much lower thermal run-away temperatures of other chemistries. This indicates that thermal run-away in LiFePO4 is much less likely to occur, and that the heat that can be generated in the reaction is significantly less than other chemistries as well.
Figure. 1: Thermal run-away Temperatures for Different Cathode Materials 
To illustrate the reaction more plainly, figure 2 demonstrates the results of an experiment in which thermal run-away was induced in the cathode material of several chemistries (cell casing and other common components were not included). The normalized heating rate, or the rate at which temperature increased per Ah of material was recorded. In this plot, LCO and NCA temperatures rise by 470◦C/min (878◦F/min), NMC temperature rises by more than 220◦C/min (428◦F/min), and LiFePO4 temperature only rises by 15◦C/min (59◦F) during this thermal run-away test.
LiFePO4 does not have an exothermic reaction with oxygen as other cathode materials do, and will therefore not cause an explosion or fire if exposed. A pressure release safety mechanism is also built into each cell that will release pressure from the cell in the event of an increase in pressure, which removes the risk of an explosion. LiFePO4 also does not contain cobalt, which is a chemically-unstable element. Batteries that do use Cobalt, including NMC, NCA and LiCoO2 actually heat up during normal use, increasing the risk of thermal run-away. While there is no effective flame retardant for a cobalt fire, if LiFePO4 is ignited it can be extinguished with water. A regular building sprinkler system will be enough . The lack of cobalt also results in a cell with a Negative Temperature coefficient, which results in a self limiting response in the event of a short circuit or other extreme abuse situation.
Figure 2: Normalized Heating Rate for Several Thermal run-away reactions from Different Cathode Materials 
4. Future of LiFePO4
LiFePO4 is a relatively new Lithium material, and so advances continue to be made regularly. Jun Liu, a leading researcher in the field of lithium energy storage, has been working to push the safety of LiFePO4 even further. The development of a phosphate electrolyte that is completely non-flammable (See Figure 3. The result of this would make Thermal run-away essentially a non issue for this chemistry . Beyond this, research is continually underway to improve the energy density, lifespan and other important attributes of LiFePO4.
5. American Benefits for Lesser Regulation for LFP
As electric vehicles become more common, the need for safe and reliable energy storage within the home increases with it. EVs and other home and commercial electronics consume a large amount of energy, which increases strain on the U.S. energy grid. The U.S. grid has to be able to generate enough electricity to cover the peak demand, or the demand during periods when the most individuals demand the most electricity. Increasing the grid energy generation is extremely expensive and increases supply at a rate slower than the rising demand. Part of the solution to this problem is to flatten the peaks and valleys of energy use through safe energy storage within the home.
Figure 3: Development of non-flammable electrolytes will lead to ultimately
safe LFP batteries for energy storage 
These systems allow homeowners to regulate their energy use, consuming at an even rate during low-usage periods to store energy, which they will then use when their energy use spikes. This process creates a ‘Decentralized Grid,’ where energy storage is not the sole responsibility of the government, but instead is shared among individual households, who can store and use energy as they need it, even if access to the grid is interrupted by power outages. The decentralized grid has the potential to increase the efficiency of the grid, unlocking 200% more energy in the grid .
The primary purpose of this paper is to illustrate the significant safety advantages LiFePO4 has to other lithium chemistries. The lack of toxic chemicals, unique behavior under thermal run-away and other catastrophic failure criteria and recyclability of LiFePO4 make it distinct from other lithium chemistries. Furthermore, any work on the part of the U.S. government to increase access to LiFePO4 energy storage systems increases the efficiency of the grid, which cuts costs to the U.S. government while improving the ability of each household to power their devices as they need it, even in cases of emergency. The value of regarding LiFePO4 in regulation according to its own attributes, rather than by the behavior of other more volatile chemistries, is significant.
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Lion Energy|Safari ME+2 XP Portable Power Station Bundle
Create a great portable solar generator package. This kit comes with our largest portable generator—the Safari ME—that powers virtually anything you can plug into a standard wall outlet (15A) – power tools, refrigerators, freezers, air compressors, TVs, medical devices, blenders, and so much more!
Combining the ME with the Expansion Pack, you triple your storage capacity!
With our 24V 100W solar panels, you can keep your ME system powered up indefinitely wherever you are.
Include other options, such as a military-spec EMP bag and a 3 LED light string that is great for any outdoor or emergency setting, and you have a great solar power generator kit you can take anywhere.
Included in this kit:
1 Lion Safari ME
- Professional Grade – Power kitchen appliances, communication devices, power tools, and more with 2,000W / 922Wh.
- Multiple Outputs – Power different types of devices with AC, USB-A, USB-C, and 12V ports.
- Faster Charge Time – Can fully charge from the wall in as little as 83 minutes.
- Renewable – Use the sun to recharge in as little as 95 minutes.
- Maintenance Free – Retains charge for up to 1 year.
2 ME Expansion Pack
- More Stored Energy – 3X the stored energy when you connect the ME-XP expansion pack to the Safari ME for nearly 3,000Wh total
- Easy to Connect – Just plug it into the back of the Safari ME
- Maintenance Free – Retains charge for up to 1 year
Optional Add On
1-6 24V 100W Solar Panels
- Safe – Produces zero emissions, no carbon footprint during use.
- Durable – Anti-corrosive, double walled aluminum construction.
- 100 Watts – Each panel is a high-efficient 100W, 24V.
- Expandable – Link up to 6 panels together.
- Portable – Easy carrying handles and neoprene carrying case.
- NOTE: Only compatible with 24V devices such as the Safari ME.
1 Mil-Spec EMP Bag
- Tested and certified MIL-Spec by the US Military.
- Protection Level: EMP, HEMP, or other transient EMI"s.
- MIL-SPEC Standard: MIL-SPEC-461G-R5-105.
- Weight: 5.5 lbs.
- Dimensions: 16" x 20.5" x 26.8" (exterior) 15" x 19.5" x 20" (interior).
1 LED Lightbulb String
- Use for emergencies or off-grid activities when you need light.
- Each USB cord has 15 ft. from the USB connector with an individual on/off switch.
- Each light is 2W.
- 3 lights per string.
The Safari ME™ is an amazing portable solar generator that powers virtually anything you can plug into a standard wall outlet (15A) – power tools, refrigerators, freezers, air compressors, TVs, medical devices, blenders, and so much more! It has an optional expansion battery pack called the Safari ME-XP.
- Profession Grade – Power kitchen appliances, communication devices, power tools, and more with 2,000W / 922Wh
- Multiple Outputs – Power different types of devices with AC, USB, USB-C, and 12V ports
- Faster Charge Time – Can fully charge from the wall in as little as 83 minutes
- Renewable – Use the sun to recharge in as little as 95 minutes
- Maintenance Free – Retains charge for up to 1 year
SAFARI ME AND ME-XP RUN TIMES
Actual run times may vary
SAFARI ME OUTPUTS
Multiple outputs allow you to charge virtually any device.
Dimensions - Inches (L x W x H)
18.7 x 12.8 x 12.8
16.7 x 9.6 x 9.8
Output - AC
Output - USB
2X USB-A 5V @ 2.4A Each
|2X USB-C 20V @ 3A (60 Watt Max) PD|
Output - 12V
1X 12V @ 15A
Output - 12V Anderson™ Compatible
1X 12V @ 25A
CE, FCC, RoHS
|Safari ME||Safari ME-XP|
Cylindrical Cell LiFePO4
Prismatic Cell LiFePO4
|Lithium Iron Phosphate||Lithium Iron Phosphate|
Battery Capacity - Watt Hours (Wh)
Battery Output - Watts (W)
2,000W Cont / 4,000W Surge
1 + Year
Up to 2 Years
AC - Charge Capacity
Through Base Unit
AC - Min. Charge Time
1 Hour 23 Minutes
+ 3 Hour 4 Min
Solar / DC - Charge Capacity
Through Base Unit
Solar / DC - Min. Charge Time
1 Hour 35 Min
+ 3 Hours 30 Min
Note: Solar panels must be >36V VMP and < 60V VOC
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SAFARI ME BENEFITS
Fast Charge & Lightweight
Can fully charge from the wall in as little as 83 minutes. At just over 45 lbs, you can take it anywhere.
Made with Lithium Iron Phosphate, it's the safest solar generator on the market. You can use it indoors or outdoors.
Long lasting life cycles at 2,500+ using full depth of discharge (DOD). It can hold a charge for over 1 year.
Renewable Solar Generator
Use the power of the sun to fully recharge the ME in as little as 95 mins so you can use power without running out of power.
Power to Spare
Can output 4,000W (surge) for that extra power need and has pass through mode so you can charge and use it at the same time.
Expandable for More Memory
Get the optional expansion pack (ME-XP) for 3X the stored energy of the ME alone.
Pure Sine Wave
Can be used to power medical devices such as CPAP machines.
Plug almost any device into it using AC, USB / USB-C or regulated 12V outputs.
Produces zero emissions or carbon footprint during use. It's good for you and the planet.
HOW THE SAFARI ME STACKS UP TO OTHERS
The Safari ME delivers more continuous watts at 2,000 compared to only 1,500 from most of the competition.
The Safari ME has a 4,000W surge rating compared to 3,000W or less surge rating of others.
Because of our fast charge technology, the Safari ME will charge in only 83 minutes compared to 8-10 hours. That's amazing!
Our life cycles jump to 3,500+ when you add on the expansion pack (ME-XP).
At only 45 pounds – you get more power with less weight.
Expand Your Power SAFARI ME-XP Optional Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Expansion Pack
Sold separately, this expansion gives you 3X the storage capacity of the battery inside the main Lion Safari ME solar generator.
Charge Retention: Up to 2 Years
Minimum Charge Time with Main Unit: 4.5 hours
Cycle Life: 3,500+
Dimensions: 16.7 x 9.6 x 9.8
Weight: 44 lbs
WHY WE USELITHIUM IRON PHOSPHATE
Lithium Iron Phosphate is the safest lithium on the market. It will not explode or catch on fire. It is absent of potentially volatile chemicals that are found in other lithium cells.
Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have up to 6,000+ life cycles without significantly decreasing performance. That means they last for years. By comparison, the average lifetime of lead-acid batteries is just two years.
Lithium Iron Phosphate has 100% of its capacity available for use. It can be quickly charged and discharged again and again, reducing downtime and increasing efficiency. This makes it a great fit for a variety of applications.
No Active Maintenance
It does not require active maintenance to extend its service life. The batteries show no memory effects and can be stored for long periods of time because of the extremely low self-discharge rate (<3% per month).
Because they emit no fumes or require little air flow, you can use them inside or outside. They can be stacked on top of each other or can be used in any position.
Peaks and Valleys Energy Use
Using Lithium Iron Phosphate for energy storage, we can optimize usages and help solve the peaks and valleys that occurs during high and low energy demand usages. This also can help to stabilize the grid from intense demand cycles by allowing you to use the stored energy when you need it.
For the first time, green energy can be created and effectively stored and used as needed. You can harness the power of the sun and use it over and over again.
Lightweight and Portable
Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are relatively small and light weight. Compared to lead-acid batteries, lithium provides great energy density at about half the mass and weight.
Energy storage allows you to be independent of the grid so you can have energy where and when you want it. So no worries about black outs, brown outs, or when the grid goes down.
SafetyThe Lion Safari ME is made from Lithium Iron Phosphate and is the safest solar generator on the market
Because it does not emit any toxic fumes or gases, you can use it inside your home, tent, RV or any other confined area. Lithium Iron Phosphate is the highest grade, safest battery composition available and has no potentially volatile chemistry. The ME goes through extensive testing from initial design through production and before it ever leaves Lion Energy.
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Lion Energy Safari ME Frequently Asked Questions
Lion Energy Safari ME Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Safari ME?
The Safari ME is the latest in Lithium battery technology for portable power needs. It replaces traditional noisy gas generators with the safest Lithium batteries on the market today. It is light weight for the amount of power it has. Think of it as a safe, silent, renewable generator and without the need for gas, pollution or all that weight.
What does the Safari ME power?
You can use it to power a wide variety of devices like cell phones, laptops, tablets refrigerators, freezers, TVs, lights, hot plates or grills, power tools, and the list goes on. Virtually any device you can plug into a standard wall outlet, the Safari ME can power it.
How can you figure out how long the Safari ME will power specific devices?
The ME has a continuous 2,000W of power output (watts of power output) and over 900Wh (922 watt hours) of stored energy. That means you can power devices that require up to 2,000W of power for various periods of time. To calculate how long the ME can power a device, use this formula: Wh / W = Estimated Run Time. For example, if the device requires 50W of power and the ME has 922Wh then the device can be powered for approximately 18.5 hours (922 / 50 = 18.44)
How long can the Safari ME hold a charge?
It will maintain its charge for up to a year without having to charge it. This is known as shelf life or storage life. Each month is will lose a little bit of the charge, more in the first month and less each month thereafter. Over a year it will average about 2-3% a month. Just plug it in and recharge it anytime. We recommend using frequently – in the house, outside, on adventures and ready for emergencies.
Can the Safari ME power an A/C unit?
The Safari ME can power some AC units depending upon the brand and the watts each AC unit requires. Like with most devices, the power consumption varies from brand to brand and model to model. The ME can output 2,000W continuously. Check out our videos tab for a detailed review on the ME.
How can I connect the Safari ME to my house?
You would need a home integration kit, which is generally found at home improvement/electrical supply/hardware stores.
Can the Safari ME be used to store solar power or solar energy?
The Safari ME is a great energy storage unit for solar power from solar panels. It can store 922Wh (watt hrs) of energy.
Why should I buy the Safari ME?
The Safari ME is made from the highest quality and longest lasting battery technology – Lithium Iron Phosphate. The Safari ME is safe, silent and renewable, unlike gas-powered generators. The ME gives your power anywhere, anytime.
Will the Safari ME work with power tools?
Yes, most power tools will work just fine with the ME. Some require more energy at startup (a surge) and may need to have a "soft start" component added to the ME that can be found at home improvement, electric supply, or hardware stores.
Whati s the Safari ME-XP?
The Safari ME-XP is an optional expansion battery for the Safari ME. It plugs into the back of the ME and gives you 3x the stored energy than the ME alone (922Wh for the ME + 2048Wh for the XP = 2970Wh). The XP must be used with the ME. The XP gives you more stored energy that works with the ME.
What is the Safari MEs rated capacity in terms of Watts (how much energy it can output) and Watt Hour (how long it could output)?
It is a 24V, 922Wh (watt hours or how much energy it can store), 2,000W continuous (watts or how much power it can output at a time) and a 4,000W surge (at startup).
How does it perform in various weather conditions? Is it Water resistant?
Safari ME performs great in most weather conditions. Operating it in extreme
conditions (freezing or excessive heat) is not advised. It is water resistant
How can the Safari ME be charged?
It can be charged using regular AC power (a wall outlet) or by solar through solar panels.
How long will it take to charge the Safari ME?
If you are using normal AC or wall outlet charging and the ME is empty, it will take as little as 85 mins to fully charge. If you are using a 24V, 100W solar panel(s) to charge the ME, in good sunlight it will take 4-5 hours or if you use multiple panels, it will charge in as little as 90 mins (using 6, 24V, 100W solar panels).
What are all the outputs on the Safari ME?
The Safari ME comes with 2 standard AC outputs that you can plug anything into that you can plug into a standard wall outlet; 2 USB outputs (5V, 2.4A); 2 USB-C output (20V, 3A).
How safe is the Safari ME?
The Lion Safari ME produces no emissions - none. It has no carbon footprint during use, emits no greenhouse gases and causes no damage to the environment. It’s safe to use indoors. The Battery Management System (BMS) adds safety controls.
CanI take this on a passenger airplane?
No. The Safari ME needs to be transported on the ground or on a cargo plane.
What is a BMS or Battery Management System?
A BMS regulates the energy usage in the battery and protects it from over usage. The Safari ME has a top-line BMS.
Is the Safari ME renewable?
The Lion Safari ME is part of Lion Energy’s pride of products that creates clean, limitless, renewable energy sources to power your life. It’s designed to be recharged through traditional AC power or renewable sources—the SUN. And you’ll get a virtually unlimited supply of power.
Is the Safari ME noisy?
No, it is silent when running. Occasionally a tiny noise may come from the internal fan.
DoI have to maintain the Safari ME?
The Safari ME is virtually maintenance free — no gas or fluids to put in it, no messy oil changes or parts to change. It can even sit without using it for up to a year. However, we recommend using it more frequent than that (at least every 6 months) so you get all the benefits of using portable power every day, around the house, the yard, outdoor, and on adventures.
What are the Safari ME and XP?
The Safari ME and XP are the latest in Lithium battery technology for portable power needs. They replace traditional noisy gas generators with the safest Lithium batteries on the market today. They are light weight for the amount of power and stored energy they have. Think of it as a safe, silent, renewable generator and extra energy storage without the need for gas, pollution or all that weight.
What does the Safari ME power?
You can use it to power a wide variety of devices like cell phones, laptops, tablets refrigerators, freezers, TVs, lights, hot plates or grills, power tools, and the list goes on. Virtually any device you can plug into a standard wall outlet, the Safari ME can power it. And with the optional ME-XP expansion battery, you can power all that for longer.
How can you figure out how long the Safari ME and XP will power specific devices?
The ME has a continuous 2,000W of power output (watts of power output) and over 900Wh (922 watt hours) of stored energy. The ME-XP adds nearly another 2,050Wh more when connected to the ME. That means you can power devices that require up to 2000W of power for various periods of time. To calculate how long the ME can power a device, use this formula: Wh / W = Estimated Run Time. For example, if the device requires 50W of power and the ME has 922Wh then the device can be powered for approximately 18.5 hours (922 / 50 = 18.44) If you use that same device but now with the XP connected to the ME, you'll have 2,970Wh to use in this formula (2,970 / 50 = 59.4).
How long can the Safari ME and XP hold a charge?
They will maintain their charge for up to a year (ME) or two (ME-XP) without having to charge them. This is known as shelf life or storage life. They will lose about 2-3% charge on average each month (more in the first month and less in subsequent months), assuming the unit is fully charge to begin with. However, we recommend using the ME and XP frequently, in the house, outside, on adventures and for emergencies.
Can the Safari ME and XP power an A/C unit?
The Safari ME outputs 2,000W and can power some AC units depending upon the brand and the watts each AC unit requires. Like with most devices, the power consumption varies from brand to brand and model to model. So you'll need to determine if the AC unit is less than 2,000W.Check out our videos tab for a detailed review on the ME. Remember, if you connect the XP to the ME then you get an extra 2,048Wh of stored energy to power things longer.
How can I connect the Safari ME and XP to my house?
You would need a home integration kit, which is generally found at home improvement/electrical supply/hardware stores.
Can the Safari ME and XP be used to store solar power or solar energy?
The Safari ME and XP are a great energy storage combo unit for solar power from solar panels. Together they can store 2,970Wh (watt hrs) of energy.
Why should I buy the Safari ME and XP?
The Safari ME and XP are made from the highest quality and longest lasting battery technology – Lithium Iron Phosphate. The Safari ME and XP are safe, silent and renewable, unlike gas-powered generators. The ME gives your power anywhere, anytime. The ME-XP gives you more time to power those devices.
Will the Safari ME and XP work with power tools?
Yes, most power tools will work just fine with the ME and XP. Some require more energy at startup (a surge) and may need to have a "soft start" component added to the ME that can be found at home improvement, electric supply, or hardware stores.
Lion Energy Policy
Lion Energy Return, Cancellation & Refund Policy
Our return policy lasts 30 days from your purchase date. If 30 days have passed since your purchase, unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging or in packaging sent to you through Lion Energy’s Customer Service department.
To complete your return, we need a receipt or proof of purchase.
There are certain situations where only partial refunds may be granted (if applicable):
- Any item not in its original condition,
- is damaged,
- is missing parts (for reasons that are not the fault of Lion Energy),
- is returned more than 30 days after the purchase date.
Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected (and approved) your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a reasonable number of days minus 5% processing fee.
Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund, first check your bank account. Then, contact your credit card company or financial institution, as it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at email@example.com
Exchanges (if applicable)
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange your item, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a receipt or proof of purchase, a serial number, and any pictures of damage (if applicable).
Once your original unit is delivered back to Lion Energy and received into our computer system, the replacement unit will be cleared to be sent out from our warehouse. The time it may take for an exchanged product to reach you will vary depending on where you live.
To return your product, you should contact us at email@example.com and request a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) through our Customer Service department.
You will be responsible for paying your own shipping costs for returning your item, unless otherwise specified by a Lion Energy Customer Service representative. Shipping costs are non-refundable.
If you are shipping an item over $75.00 in value, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or buying shipping insurance. We can’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
(Updated July 27, 2022)
All orders cancelled after 48 hours and before shipping are subject to 5% processing fees. Orders purchased after 30 days will not be canceled.
Lion Energy 5-Year Warranty
This Warranty Disclaimer ("Disclaimer") sets forth the terms and conditions governing the warranty coverage provided by Lion Energy ("we," "our," or "us") for designated products sold or distributed by us.
- Warranty Coverage:
We provide a limited warranty that covers factory defects in materials and workmanship ("Defects") for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase ("Warranty Period"). This warranty is applicable only to the original purchaser of the product ("Buyer").
This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear resulting from regular use of the product. Normal wear and tear include, but are not limited to, scratches, dents, fading, discoloration, or any other deterioration that occurs through customary use of the product. Additionally, this warranty does not cover damages caused by improper handling, misuse, neglect, accidents, modifications, or any unauthorized repairs or alterations made to the product.
- Warranty Claims and Remedies:
If the product exhibits a Defect during the Warranty Period, the Buyer must promptly notify us and provide proof of purchase. We, at our discretion, will either repair or replace the defective product, subject to the terms and conditions of this Disclaimer. Any repaired or replaced product shall be covered by this warranty for the remaining Warranty Period or thirty (30) days, whichever is longer.
- Limitations of Liability:
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFITS, LOST REVENUE, LOSS OF USE, OR COSTS OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
- Governing Law:
This Disclaimer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Utah, USA. Any disputes arising under or in connection with this Disclaimer shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Utah, USA.
By purchasing or using our product, the Buyer acknowledges and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Warranty Disclaimer.