You may have been wondering if there is a way you can power an LED strip that is both portable and reliable. Maybe you want to install it on your bike, vest for jogging/riding, or light panels and you want something that is light and easy to install.
It could also be that you just want the full capability to move around from place to place without having the hassle of cables connected to the wall for your LED suit for shows, concerts and things alike.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to use a battery as a substitute for a power strip on our High Quality LED Strips.
Different Kinds of Batteries
There are different types of batteries available, including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Lead-Acid, Lithium Polymer (Lipo), Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFeP0), and Nickel Metal Hydrate (NiMh).
The best ones to use may stay on for up to an hour and they can be used to substitute a power supply. You can use your batteries with an RF controller, DMX controller, or dimmer and still have the full capability of changing colors that you would have with a power supply
The Lithium Polymer (Lipo) batteries are the bestfor use with LEDsare because LEDs require a lot of current draw. .
Voltage & Amperage for an LED Application
Batteries come in a lot of different kinds of amperage and voltage as well as different sizes and shapes and they come with different cells.
Each cell is the voltage of the battery. For example, a 2S battery will have two cells, 3.7 volts per cell equals to 7.4 Volts when added up. Therefore a 3S battery will have 11.1 Volts at nominal voltage.
When the battery packs are fully charged, the voltage rises up to 12.6 volts for a 3 cell battery, which is plenty of power to adequately power up an LED strip which is rated at 12 V DC.
You’re probably wondering how long the battery will power the strip. There are a lot of variables such as the amount of LED strip you are using, type of LED, and milliamp hours of the battery pack.
A rough estimate is that every 250 mAh (Milliamp Hour) will power up a 16.4 Ft strip for 5-7 minutes, for a single density strip, and 3-4 minutes for adouble density strip. Based on that estimate you can calculate which battery will work best for your application. Lithium polymer (Lipo) batteries can go anywhere from 250 mAh to 8000+ mAh.
The way to use a Lithium Polymer (Lipo) battery with your LED strips is completely up to you. There are many different applications that will work for using a battery instead of a power strip.
It’s best suited for a mobile set up where you don’t have room for wires or there’s no power source. The possibilities are endless when you use a battery with your LED strips; you can do anything from making it easy to move around a room without tripping over wires to riding your bike at night in style.
One of the applications I think is really cool is an LED suite for night club shows where the dancer wears an LED suit. It really adds something special to the show and the dancer look incredible!
Batteries are a great solution when you want to put some light in your concerts and don’t really have the time to connect everything. Another use for them is if you need to make some light panels for work and have full portable capability.
Whether you want to do it for fun, or for work the possibilities are endless when you power your LED strips with batteries.