SOK 12V 206Ah Heated Lithium Battery


Experience Dependable Power Storage with the SOK 12V 206Ah Heated Lithium Battery: It’s the Ideal Battery for RVs, Motorhomes, Caravans, and Off-Grid Systems.

We no longer stock the SK12V206 non-heated battery. We are supplying only heated versions of this battery at the same price as the non-heated version.

Ideal for those very cold environments the SK12V206H has built-in heating elements that heat the battery to a temperature where the battery is able to charge. The BMS ensures that the heating elements will never drain your battery.

When the battery senses a charging current from solar or your DC-DC Charger, the BMS diverts all power to the heating elements. Once the internal temperature probes reach the appropriate temperature, the power is then redirected into charging the battery.


Features of the SOK 12V 206Ah Lithium Battery:

  • 12v – 206ah – 2636Wh
  • Grade A Ganfeng Cells
  • 7-Year Manufacturer-Backed Warranty
  • Built-in Smart Battery Management System (BMS) with Bluetooth
  • 4000~8000 cycle life & maintenance-free
  • Overcharge & over-discharge protection
  • Overcurrent & short circuit protection
  • Detachable cover, user-serviceable BMS and cells
  • High & low-temperature disconnects
  • Powder-coated metal enclosure
  • Can be connected in parallel (up to four units) or series (24v & 48v)


  • Longer lifespan
  • Increased safety
  • High thermal stability
  • Low self-discharge rate
  • Lower maintenance cost
  • High efficiency
  • Faster charging times
  • Higher power density
  • Longer cycle life
  • Lower weight
  • No off gassing
  • No voltage drop or ‘sag’

The LiFePO4 prismatic cells in all SOK batteries are a genuine Grade A product that will provide most users with a usable lifespan of up to and possibly beyond 20 years. Test data here

SOK batteries are renowned for their high-quality construction. The cells, BMS, wiring and busbars are all thoughtfully designed and integrated resulting in a battery that is not only safer, but is more reliable and durable.

Warranty: SOK batteries are manufacturer backed. We have the direct support from the SOK team in China, and with the team in New Zealand, we’ll work get issues and technical queries resolved promptly.



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Powering Your Off-Grid Adventures: The SOK 12v 206Ah Lithium Battery

Experience reliable and long-lasting power with the SOK 12V 206Ah Lithium Battery. It’s designed to exceed expectations and deliver unparalleled performance for all your power needs. Whether you’re embracing the freedom of van life, enjoying the comforts of an RV, or powering your off-grid cabin, this battery is your dependable energy companion. Don’t settle for less when you can have exceptional value with an SOK Battery!

Capacity and Voltage

The SOK 12V 206Ah LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Battery provides ample power capacity with its 206Ah rating, ensuring a reliable energy source for your applications.

Max Discharge and Charge

With a maximum continuous discharge of 100A and maximum charge rate of 50A, this battery is capable of delivering and receiving power efficiently, catering to your power demands.

Certifications and Temperature Range

Rest assured of its quality and safety as the SOK battery holds certifications from UL 1642 and IEC 62133. Its operational temperature range of -4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C) allows it to perform reliably in various environments.

Detachable Cover and Replaceable BMS and Cells

The battery features a convenient detachable cover, enabling easy access to the internal components for maintenance or replacement. Both the Battery Management System (BMS) and individual cells are replaceable, ensuring long-term functionality.

Cycle Life Span and Built-In Smart BMS

Expect exceptional durability from the SOK battery, as it offers an impressive 4000-8000 cycle life span. It is equipped with a built-in Smart BMS, providing intelligent monitoring and protection to optimize performance and prolong battery life.

Low Temperature Charging Protection and Grade A Cells

The battery incorporates low temperature charging protection, ensuring safe and efficient charging even in colder environments. It utilizes Grade A cells, known for their high-quality and reliability, ensuring consistent power output.

User-Serviceable Design and Thick Heat-Sink

Created with user convenience in mind, the SOK battery features a user-serviceable design, allowing for easy maintenance or component replacement. Additionally, its 5mm thick heat-sink aids in heat dissipation, promoting optimal battery performance.

Comprehensive Protection and Auto Balance

Enjoy peace of mind with the SOK battery’s comprehensive protection against overcharging, discharging, and short circuits, safeguarding both the battery and connected devices. The battery cells auto-balance, ensuring consistent performance and longevity.

High and Low Temperature Disconnects

The battery is equipped with high and low temperature disconnects, adding an extra layer of protection in extreme temperature conditions.

Choose the SOK 12V 206Ah Battery for reliable power, exceptional durability, and a range of intelligent features. Whether it’s for your RV, van life, off-grid cabin, or other applications, trust the SOK battery to deliver outstanding performance and value!

Connecting in 24v or 48v Battery Banks? We recommend this accessory.


How do I connect to the Bluetooth?

This battery now features an updated BMS that puts the Bluetooth function into a deep sleep mode when the battery is not in use. The Bluetooth will be enabled once the battery is charging or discharging.

To connect to the SOK Bluetooth battery, search for ABC-BMS on google or apple store and install on your phone.  When you open the app, it will automatically connect to whichever battery it finds first.  If you have multiple batteries, you can choose which one to connect to by clicking on the top menu and then selecting the battery that has a serial number correlating to the sticker on the top of the battery.

You will notice the SOC and capacity reading, but they are initially incorrect.  In order to make them correct, you have to do 2 discharge/charge cycles.

Does this battery have Low-Temperature protection?

Yes!  The battery will prevent charging below 0°C in order to protect the cells while continuing to allow discharging.  If you need to charge the battery in sub-zero temperatures, we recommend adding a heating pad that can be turned on to warm up the battery prior to charging.

Does this fit into a standard “group size” battery box?

No, these batteries are just a bit too big to fit into your standard battery boxes.  Many of our customers have had great luck installing into tool boxes or similar enclosures that provide protection from the elements.  The metal-cased batteries are not waterproof. The Plastic 206ah battery can be installed in wet environments such as the tongue of trailers, in which case they fit great with the factory battery boxes removed.

Can I use my old Lead-Acid Charger?

This is not a simple “yes” or “no” question.  If your charger has an equalize feature that exceeds 14.6v, then it absolutely cannot be used.  The maximum charge current of a SOK Battery is 50 amps, so your total combined charge current may not exceed 50a * [number of parallel batteries].  You must also check the output voltages of the charger throughout a full charge cycle; if they exceed 14.6v they cannot be used.  It is optimal to have an absorption voltage of 14.6v and a float voltage of 13.8.  The battery isn’t totally picky regarding the float voltage, but we recommend 13.8 for optimal lifespan.  If you are limited on parameters, it is best to be on the lower-voltage side – you may sacrifice a bit of capacity, but longevity will increase significantly.  Additionally, if your batteries get to a very low SOC, then they can draw more power from your charger than it is designed for leading to nuisance blown fuses & circuit breakers.

Can the battery be installed on its side?

Absolutely!  With no acid or venting, this battery can be installed in any configuration except for upside-down (terminals facing down).

Who makes the SOK BMS?

The BMS is custom made by SOK battery, designed by SOK’s in-house engineers and manufactured to their strict quality control standards.

What is the warranty policy, and how do I get any problems with the product fixed?

These batteries have a 7-year manufacturer warranty.  If you ever have any issues with the product, please email us.  Our team is on standby ready to help you.  Our business relies on happy customers with working solutions, so if the battery is not working for you, it is our job to provide the necessary after-sales support to turn a product into a solution.  We have the faith and have done the testing to know these batteries will last a long time, and we are here for you through the entire duration of ownership.

Charger and inverter settings:

General settings that apply to most equipment.

Multiply voltages by 2 for 24v systems and by 4 for 48v systems.

  • Charge Current (Per battery): 0-40a Preferred (50a Maximum)
    Absorption Voltage: 14.6v preferred (14.4 Minimum)
    Float Voltage: 13.8v preferred (13.6 Minimum)
    Equalization: DISABLED
    Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD): 11v

If you can, we recommend setting the equalization voltage to 14.6v. With this set at 14.6, if an equalization is somehow triggered, you will not damage your battery.

  • Victron Settings For SmartShunt & BMV-712 / SOK Battery
  • Battery Capacity: Varies depending on system.
  • Charged Voltage: 13.8 (*2 for 24v & *4 for 48v Systems)
  • Tail Current: 2.00%
  • Charged Detection Time: 3m
  • Peukert Exponent: 1.05
  • Charge Efficiency Factor: 98%
  • Current Threshold: 0.10a
  • Time-to-go averaging Period: 3mp
  • Battery Starts Synchronized: Disabled (NOTE: you will need to fully charge your battery to sync up SOC%)
  • State of Charge: 30% (NOTE: Set this to 30% with brand new, untouched batteries. They ship at 30% SOC%.)

Comment on Discharge floor:
Let’s say you setting this at 10%; when you get to 10%, the Smartshunt will indicate 10% remaining and 0 minutes until empty. If you choose to fully discharge your battery (not recommended) then set this to 0%. If you want to be more conservative on your time remaining, then set this to 20%

Settings for Victron MPPT Charge Controllers:

  • Battery Voltage: Set depending on the system, normally 12v.
  • Max Charge Current: OK to set as high as desired, but no more than 50a per battery
  • Charger: Enabled
  • Battery Preset: User Defined
  • Expert Mode: ON
  • Absorption Voltage: 14.6v
  • Float Voltage: 13.8v
  • Equalization Voltage: 14.6v
  • Rebulk Voltage Offset: 0.40v
  • Absorption Duration: Fixed
  • Absorption Time: 15 Minutes (This allows for proper cell balancing)
  • Tail Current: Disabled
  • Equalize Current: 0% (For safety we don’t want equalization at all.)
  • Automatic Equalization: Disabled
  • Equalize Stop Mode: Automatic (On voltage)
  • Maximum Equalize duration: 0 Minutes
  • Manual equalization: DO NOT CLICK START
  • Temperature Compensation: Disabled
  • Low Temperature Cutoff: Disabled (unless you add a temp sensor, the BMS has this protection built in)
Settings for Victron Blue Smart chargers:

Victron’s Li-Ion profile is NOT sufficient for non-Victron LiFePO4 batteries. Enter configuration and turn on “ADVANCED” switch, then select “Custom” charge preset. Then click “Advanced Battery Settings”.

The battery preset should be set to “User Defined”. Turn on “Expert Mode” switch.

Charge Voltage Settings:

  • Absorption Voltage: 14.6v
  • Float Voltage: 13.8v
  • Storage Voltage: 13.6v
  • Recondition Voltage: Disabled
  • BatterySafe: Disabled
  • Voltage Compensation:
  • Temperature Compensation: Disabled


  • Bulk Time Limit: 24 Hours
  • Re-bulk Current: Enabled, set to full output current of charger, typically 25A


  • Absorption Duration: Fixed
  • Absorption Time: 1 Hr
  • Repeated Absorption: Every 7 days

Recondition Stop Mode: Fixed time
Recondition Duration: 15M (This is the minimum allowed setting. It is already disabled in charge voltage settings, but set to this as a safety precaution)

Setting for EPever Charge controllers

Please note that a remote display unit or comms cable with EPever charge controller software is required to make changes to the charge controllers

  • Over Voltage Disconnect 14.7 V
  • Charging Limit Voltage 14.6 V
  • Over Voltage Reconnect 14.6 V
  • Equalize Charging Voltage shut off or 14.4 V
  • Boost Charging Voltage 14.6 V
  • Float Charging Voltage 13.6 V
  • Boost Reconnect 13.3 V
  • Low Voltage Reconnect 10
  • Under Voltage Warning Reconnect Voltage 11.5
  • Under Voltage Warning 11.5
  • Low Voltage Disconnect 11.0
  • Discharging Limit Voltage 10.5
  • Equalize Duration 0
  • Boost Duration 180 minutes

Lead Batteries vs Lithium
Why replace lead acid batteries with lithium?

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Depth of Discharge
Depth of Discharge, or DoD, is how much of your battery bank’s stored energy can actually be used without dramatically reducing its life. For example, a 100Ah (amp hour) lead acid battery rated for 25% DoD means you need to plan to use only ¼ of its rated capacity (so 25Ah), leaving the other ¾ in the battery, unused.

DoD for lead acid batteries – both flooded (which you have to add water to periodically) and sealed (“maintenance-free”) – is typically in the 25% – 50% range. Your battery will last at least twice as long if you regularly discharge it 25% than if you regularly discharge it 50%. Keep in mind that if you don’t have a sunny day to recharge your batteries after a day of use, the DoD will go down again the next day – so planning to use 25% per day will allow you to use less than the 50% maximum after two days of use.

On the other hand, DoD for lithium ion batteries is 80% or more, allowing you to use most or even all of the battery’s stored energy. That means a 100Ah lithium battery rated for 80% DoD can safely provide you with 80Ah without being harmed.
As a result, a lithium battery bank can be much smaller than a lead acid battery bank to provide the same amount of usable energy. For example, if you need 100Ah of energy a day, you would need a 400Ah lead acid battery bank to stay at 25% DoD, but would only need 125Ah of lithium at 80% DoD. That is a significantly smaller battery bank with lithium batteries.

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Cycle Count
Cycling a battery means discharging it to any amount and recharging it to a fully charged state. If you cycle your battery bank every day for a year, that’s 365 cycles. If you only use it on the weekends, and keep the bank topped off the rest of the time, that’s 104 cycles a year.

A cycle is a cycle regardless of how deep the discharge is, but the depth of discharge directly affects how many cycles you can expect your battery to last. A battery’s specs will tell you how many cycles to expect from it when discharging to its rated DoD.

A standard flooded lead acid battery can have about 2500 cycles at 25% DoD
A standard sealed lead acid battery can have about 1200 cycles at 25% DoD
A good quality lithium iron phosphate battery can have 4000 + cycles at up to 100% DoD.

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Charge/Discharge Rate
In addition to how much of a battery’s capacity you use, it also matters how fast you use it. Again using the 100Ah battery example, if you have a 10 amp (A) load, that can drain the battery completely in 10 hours (100Ah ÷ 10A = 10 hours). That is considered a C/10 rate. Likewise, if you have a 50A load on the same battery, that would drain it in 2 hours (100Ah ÷ 50A = 2 hours). That is a C/2 rate. Most batteries are rated at their C/20 rate, emptying the battery in 20 hours.

If you have a high-current load in your system, or are charging it very quickly with a high current, such as your alternator or shore power, you need to consider the charge/discharge rate of the battery bank. If you need a higher rate than the batteries can handle, you would need to increase the battery bank by adding more batteries in parallel so that the batteries can share the current between themselves. This may result in needing a battery bank that has a higher Ah capacity than you need to power your loads, just to handle the high current.

Likewise, too slow of a charge of lead acid batteries can cause premature sulphation, shortening their life. This is not a problem with lithium.

Lead acid batteries tend to perform best between C/8 and C/12 rates. So our 100Ah battery would want to be charged or discharged at between 8A and 12A. Wiring three batteries in parallel would permit three times the rate, as it shares the current between the three, so 24A to 36A.

Some lithium batteries can generally handle a C/1 rate, or even higher for short periods depending on the battery. This means a 100Ah lithium battery can handle 100A (or more) of charge/discharge current. Most manufacturers recommend no more than a C/2 rate on a regular basis for best battery life, but it is good to know the extra power is there with lithium batteries if you need it.
You may be familiar with the voltage of your boat or RV’s battery bank sagging, or dropping to 11V or lower when trying to run a high-power load such as your winch, windlass, or air conditioner. When running a heavy AC load off the inverter, the voltage could drop below the low voltage cutoff, causing the inverter to turn off when you need it most. Likewise, if you are running a DC load like a pump directly off the battery bank, you need it to maintain a high enough voltage for it to work when you really need it to work. Due to lithium batteries’ voltage curve and ability to handle high current, loads like these will not cause the voltage to drop dramatically, eliminating the problem of voltage sag.

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Size and Weight
With a higher DoD, higher cycle count, and higher charge/discharge rate, it’s easy to see how using lithium batteries in your RV or boat saves space by requiring a physically smaller battery bank…and I don’t need to explain the advantages of saving space in an already tight spot. But there’s yet another physical benefit of replacing lead acid batteries with lithium for RV and marine applications: Lithium batteries also don’t have the crazy weight from being made with lead! Lighter weight means higher fuel efficiency, saving you additional money in gas or diesel costs.

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Safety
Safety is always a primary consideration when designing a solar system. Different battery chemistries have different risk factors. Obviously, abusing any type of battery can create a dangerous situation. But with normal, and perhaps even a bit of rough treatment, the different batteries have different safety concerns that need to be addressed.

Flooded lead acid batteries have an acid and water electrolyte in the battery that has to be checked on a regular basis. During normal charging cycles, this mixture turns into a gas that needs to be vented outside. A buildup of the gas inside a vehicle or vessel can be explosive. Proper ventilation mitigates this concern. The outgassing of the battery is normal, but requires owners to regularly check to see when the electrolyte level gets low from the outgassing. If low, it needs to have more distilled water added. This runs the risk of acid spills if overfilled or overcharged. This requires you to be prepared with proper safety equipment including gloves, safety glasses, and baking soda to neutralize the acid if needed.
Sealed lead acid batteries do not have outgassing or electrolyte levels to check, as they do not outgas. Normal battery safety measures should be followed, like checking for tight cable connections, corrosion, and preventing physical damage to the battery itself.
Lithium batteries also do not outgas, but certain types (the ones with cobalt, known as lithium cobalt oxide or LCO) can experience thermal runaway – a condition where the battery starts to get hot, which causes it to react to the heat and get hotter and hotter until it catches on fire. LCO batteries are most commonly used in cell phones, hoverboards, and electric cars, and are generally not recommended for mobile applications.

So are lithium batteries any safer than other batteries? Yes – when they don’t contain cobalt. Lithium iron phosphate (LFP or LiFePO4) chemistry has become the standard lithium battery for marine, RV, and general solar PV use because they have no thermal runaway issues. They are very safe, can be installed indoors, and are a perfect solution for mobile living and recreation. Just as with sealed lead acid batteries, making sure the cables haven’t shaken loose with vibration from travel, and a visual inspection to ensure all is well is all that is needed.

Lead Acid vs. Lithium: Lifetime Cost
If you compare lithium batteries to lead acid batteries Ah to Ah, lithium batteries cost more, but step back and look at the bigger picture – taking into account everything we’ve covered so far – and you can see how lithium batteries can actually save you money, time, and hassle in the long run.

By choosing lithium batteries as a lead acid battery alternative, you will need fewer batteries, and those batteries will last longer, cycle deeper, deliver more power, and weigh less.

Considerations when replacing lead acid batteries with LiFePO4.
Now that you’re convinced lithium is the best way to go, you need to be aware of a few things when replacing a lead acid battery with lithium. The term “drop-in replacement” has become popular, but the reality is there are a few other things you’ll need to do to safely upgrade from lead acid to lithium batteries in your boat or RV.

Charge Controller/Charging Profile
If you are currently charging your lead acid batteries with solar, your alternator, and/or shore power, you may be able to keep your existing charge controller or inverter/charger. The charging and low voltage cutoff profiles for lithium batteries are a little different from lead acid, so you need chargers that have adjustable charge rates. Different batteries will have different preferences, so be sure to see the manufacturer’s recommendations when configuring your charger. They will often recommend a Bulk and Absorb rate of around 14V, with an Absorption time of as little as 2 minutes, significantly less than the standard for lead acid. With a Float voltage of just below 14V, you can maintain the charge without overcharging it. Because lithium has a very narrow voltage window, 12V is generally the lowest voltage you want before you shut off your loads.

Note: Unlike lead acid batteries, lithium batteries do not always need to be recharged to their full 100% capacity. They actually prefer being in a partial state of charge. If you are going to be leaving your boat or RV for a season of storage, it is recommended that you leave the battery bank at around 90% state of charge. This leaves plenty of energy for small loads like the bilge pump or CO2 alarm, but helps maintain a healthy battery bank until you can get back to normal use.

Cranking Amps / Starter Battery
With lead acid batteries, we are used to seeing a rating of CCA (cold crank amps) to show how many amps can be used to start an engine in the cold weather. Lithium batteries do not have the CCA rating. If you intend to replace a lead acid battery with lithium for your starting battery, make sure the new lithium battery is rated to handle enough current to do so. Not all of them are. We see a lot of people continue to use a lead acid battery as the starter, with lithium used only for the house/service battery. This also gives you a bit of a backup, so that if everything goes wrong with your house/service battery, you still have the starter battery available.

Unlike lead acid batteries, lithium batteries have very little internal resistance and can take as much charging current from the alternator as needed. But since alternators are not designed to run at full speed for long periods, this can result in the alternator working too hard, overheating, and damaging itself. There are a few ways to prevent this from happening.

Use a DC/DC Converter
By installing a DC-to-DC converter between the alternator and the lithium battery bank, you can limit the amount of current the battery draws from the alternator. It is recommended that you only draw from the alternator at half its rating, so for a 60A alternator, a 30A DC/DC converter like the Bluetooth-enabled Victron Energy Orion-Tr Smart 12/12-30A charger is a good option. You can use multiple DC/DC converters in parallel to increase the rate for larger alternators.

Replace the Alternator
You can replace the alternator with one designed for higher amperage charging and temperature control. Balmar makes great alternators and external regulators for this. They monitor the temperature and will wind down to appropriate amperage if the alternator gets too hot. If you currently have a V-belt, you may need to modify the engine for a serpentine belt before you can use the larger Balmar alternator.

Battery/Bank Monitoring
The Victron Energy Smart Battery Monitor BVM-712 gives you a local display for convenient viewing of battery voltage, current, power, amp-hours consumed, and state of charge (SoC). It can also be viewed via Bluetooth.

Go Lithium with SOK
Whether you are looking for a new battery bank for your RV or you are considering replacing your aging lead acid batteries, deep-cycle lithium iron phosphate batteries – specifically SOK LiFePO4 batteries – are an excellent solution. Compared to lead acid batteries, SOK LiFePO4 batteries offer more power, higher current, a longer life, smaller footprint, lower weight and they offer safe and maintenance-free operation.


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