LGES 10H and 16H Prime Battery Review: Decent Batteries at a Great Price

Everything about these batteries is just OK. But the cheaper price makes them worth considering.


LGES 10H and 16H Prime


  • Decent efficiency and performance
  • Cheaper price
  • Can be installed without solar panels
  • Compatible with new and existing solar panel systems

Don't like

  • Lacking modularity
  • Few options for customer support
  • Battery inverter not included (except in the Prime Plus system)

LG Energy Solution, an affiliated company of LG Group, offers two of the most popular home battery backup options on the market: the 10H and 16H Prime. Both batteries are bare-bones and don't offer any unique features. Their energy storage capacity is fine, their performance specs are fine and their warranty is fine. Nothing in particular stands out about these batteries, aside from the price. Both Prime batteries tend to be cheaper than other batteries on the market. You don't need to have solar panels with these batteries either. However, they aren't very modular, making capacity upgrades more difficult and expensive.

"Both the 10H Prime and the 16H Prime were conceptualized around the needs of the average homeowner in North America, and many other global markets," said Steve Myung, a North American residential ESS Team Leader for LG Energy Solution HQ. "These two batteries are built around our cutting-edge battery cells, the JH5, which represents a jump forward from our last generation, in terms of power output and capacity."

Since solar batteries are part of a complex home energy system that heavily depends on an individual home's energy needs and solar panels, it's hard to perform hands-on testing. Instead, we reviewed specs provided by LGES online and asked LGES questions to get the most accurate and up-to-date information about these batteries.

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Here's everything you need to know about the LGES 10H and 16H Prime batteries.

What do I get with an LGES Prime battery?

LGES offers two battery options in its "Prime" lineup: the 10H Prime and the 16H Prime. Both batteries are good options, but the 16H Prime offers more storage capacity and power output. LGES also offers a new battery configuration named Prime Plus, which essentially combines two of either the 10H or 16H Prime batteries and adds an inverter. Both Prime batteries and the new Prime Plus configuration are compatible with and without solar panels, making these batteries great options if you just want the backup but don't want to install solar. They're also compatible with new and existing solar panels. 

LGES Prime battery specs

Category10H Prime16H Prime
Usable capacity 9.6kWh16kWh
How many can I stack? Up to two 10H Primes (19.2kWh)Up to two 16H Primes (32kWh)
Round-trip efficiency >90%>90%
Depth of discharge 100%100%
Peak power output 7kW11kW
Continuous power output 5kW7kW
Battery type Lithium-ionLithium-ion
Price $5,700 - $8,500$7,000 - $11,000

What is LGES Prime Plus?

LGES's Prime Plus isn't a new Prime battery. Rather, it's a new system configuration that offers more capacity flexibility and increases your battery's power output beyond the base level of an individual 10H or 16H Prime battery. 

A Prime Plus configuration connects two 10H or 16H Prime batteries together for a storage capacity of 19.2 or 32kWh. But you can't mix and match between the two batteries, meaning you'll have to choose either two 10H Primes or two 16H Primes. This new setup also includes an inverter, pushing your maximum power output to 9.6kW.

Prime Plus is the first residential energy storage system released by LGES in the US that includes an inverter. Both of LGES's other batteries, the 10H and 16H Prime, don't include inverters. This means you'll have to buy a separate compatible inverter. The new Prime Plus system is also designed for faster installation. 

"What makes Prime Plus unique is that the installation process is faster than ever. It takes less than 10 minutes for full inverter and battery commissioning, substantially lifting the time burden for the installers," Ryan Simpson, sales director of LGES ESS Team in North America, said in a press release.

Prime Plus includes the same warranty as the 10H and 16H Prime batteries, with the addition of a 10-year warranty for the inverter and auto backup device. We'll talk more about warranty details below. 

LGES Prime Plus configuration displayed on the show floor at RE+ 2023.

An LGES Prime Plus configuration displayed on the show floor at RE+ 2023.

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System components 

The 10H and 16H Prime aren't as seemingly complicated as other batteries we've seen, which is nice. However, keep in mind that these batteries don't include an inverter, so you'll also need to purchase one off of LGES's list of compatible inverters. But if you choose the Prime Plus system, your purchase will include an inverter.

SolarEdge and Growatt are two stand out 10H and 16H Prime-compatible inverter brands that ranked highly in CNET's review of the best solar inverters

Here's what comes in the box:

  • Two battery modules: Labeled for front and rear assembly.
  • Battery control unit: Connects on top of the two battery modules and monitors the battery's state of charge, as well as acting as a communication device for the battery.
  • Connect plate: Used for floor mounting.
  • Wall bracket: Attaches to the wall and is used to provide extra stability.

Capacity and modularity

The 10H and 16H Prime both offer solid capacity, but are lacking in modularity. What you see is what you get. One 10H Prime battery has 9.6kWh, with one 16H Prime battery offering a bit more capacity at 16kWh. You can install one additional 10H or 16H Prime for an additional 19.2kWh to 32kWh. Keep in mind that you can't mix and match sizes. You can either install two 10H Primes or two 16H Primes. 

One of the biggest downsides with the LGES Prime batteries is how difficult and expensive it is to upgrade your capacity. Let's say you bought a 10H Prime battery that holds 9.6kWh of energy and meets your household's current energy needs. But in the future, you might buy an EV or add an expansion to your home. Now you're thinking about upgrading your battery capacity to account for these new energy needs. Since you bought a 10H Prime, your only option is to buy another 10H Prime for an additional 9.6kWh, which is quite a significant jump in capacity. And you likely won't even need that much. This same situation also applies to the 16H Prime. If you need more than 16kWh, you'll need another large 16kWh battery.

LGES Prime battery capacity breakdown

Battery configurationUsable capacity
10H Prime 9.6kWh
16H Prime 16kWh
Two 10H Primes 19.2kWh
Two 16H Primes 32kWh

Performance and efficiency 

Both the 10H and 16H Prime are fine in their performance specs. Both batteries have a round-trip efficiency rating of about 90%, which is the norm for lithium-ion batteries. 

What stands out is the depth of discharge rating on the 10H and 16H Prime. A depth of discharge rating is a limit set by the manufacturer on how much energy you can safely discharge (drain) from your battery all at once without compromising its lifespan. Both batteries have a depth of discharge rating of 100%. This means you'll be able to safely use all the energy in your battery before needing to recharge, but manufacturers recommend you don't do so. Prolonged use of any battery will naturally bring about wear and tear. 

Power output ratings for both batteries look good too. Peak power output tells you how much power your battery is able to put out all at once and continuous power output tells you how much power your battery outputs at all times. The 10H Prime has a peak power output of 7kW and a continuous output rating of 5kW. This is pretty typical for a battery of this size. The 16H Prime's power output is much higher, which makes sense for a larger battery. It has a peak power output rating of 11kW and 7kW of continuous power. This is higher than similar batteries we've reviewed.   

If you choose to install an LGES Prime Plus system, the system's inverter will push your maximum continuous power output even higher to 9.6kW.

Performance and efficiency details

BatteryRound-trip efficiencyDepth of dischargePeak power outputContinuous power output
10H Prime 90%100%7 kW5 kW
16H Prime 90%100%11 kW7 kW
Prime Plus 90%100%N/A9.6 kW


The warranties on the LGES Prime batteries are pretty standard as far as solar batteries go. Nothing stands out in particular, and that's fine. Here's a breakdown of the details.

Warranty details

Category10H Prime16H Prime
Years covered 1010
Aggregate energy throughput 32MWh54MWh
End-of-warranty capacity guarantee 70%70%

Years covered: The number of years your battery is covered under warranty. After the specified number of years pass, your warranty expires.

Aggregate energy throughput: This is a specific amount of energy (usually labeled in megawatt-hours, or MWh) that the manufacturer expects the battery will deliver throughout its lifespan. In most cases, once your battery hits its listed throughput, your warranty expires, regardless of how many years you might have left on your warranty. Always make sure to check the fine print for throughput or cycle clauses when shopping for batteries. 

End-of-warranty capacity guarantee: The manufacturer's guarantee that your battery will retain a certain percentage of its original capacity by the time your warranty period expires.

Customer support

Having issues with your battery? The first person you should reach out to is your installer, they'll be able to physically visit your property to diagnose the problem. Your battery's manufacturer will likely point you in the direction of your installer anyway. But if you can't contact your installer, then it's nice to know you can reach out to the manufacturer for assistance. LGES doesn't provide much in the way of customer support for its whole home backup products. The company has an online support inquiry form that you fill out. There's also a phone number you can call, but you'll have to dig to find it at the bottom of a contact page.

LG RESU Monitor

With the purchase of an LGES Prime battery, you'll also gain access to the LG RESU Monitor app. This app is used during the installation of the battery and acts as a way for you to monitor your battery's state of charge. In comparison to other battery companion apps, the LG RESU Monitor app isn't anything special. You won't find any smart features, time-of-use calculators or various power modes. User reviews on the Google and Apple app stores aren't so great either, with an average review score of about 1.3 out of five stars on both app stores.   

How much does an LGES Prime battery cost?

LGES did not give us a price estimate, but we can still get a good idea of how much the 10H and 16H Prime batteries cost by looking at listings from third-party solar equipment retailers online. In comparison to other similar batteries, LGES Prime batteries are much cheaper and are among the more affordable battery options we've come across. 

The 10H Prime typically costs somewhere between $5,700 and $8,500 before installation and the 16H Prime is about $7,000 to $11,000 before installation. These price ranges reflect the cheapest and most expensive listings we found. Every battery is different, but you can generally expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 for battery installation. Since the Prime Plus configuration is much newer, reliable pricing information is currently unavailable. 

Keep in mind that if you don't choose to go with the Prime Plus configuration, you'll have to purchase an additional inverter for your battery. Your installer will take care of this. However, it will cost more.  Purchasing an inverter for your battery will likely cost thousands of dollars.

As a rule of thumb regarding battery pricing, you can usually expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 per kWh of storage, but there are exceptions. The 10H and 16H Prime are a good example of being an exception here, since both batteries cost less per kilowatt-hour. Other factors affecting battery pricing are location, the installer and how many solar panels you have.

However, these price ranges should be taken with a grain of salt. For the most accurate pricing, you'll need to speak with an LGES Prime-certified installer in your area. We also recommend shopping around for a few solar estimates from national and local installers to see who's willing to give you the lowest price.

Is an LGES Prime battery my best choice?

It could be, depending on your home's energy needs and your budget. Both the 10H and 16H Prime offer solid performance specs and a fairly standard warranty. And it's offered at a lower price than similar batteries on the market. The LGES Prime batteries are a bit lackluster in terms of cool features, and capacity upgrades can get a bit difficult. And by difficult, we mean having to buy another new battery. But if your budget is a bit tighter and you don't have big energy plans and don't care about fancy battery bells and whistles, then this might be one of your best options. You can also get this battery without needing to install solar panels.

If you plan on buying two 10H or 16H Prime batteries, consider going with the Prime Plus configuration. Prime Plus includes the system's inverter, so you won't have to buy it separately. And the inverter offers a pretty good power output rating (9.6kW). 

How we evaluated the best solar batteries 

First let's be clear: Not every solar battery is right for every home. Solar is a very site-specific and personalized decision process, so it's a little tricky to pinpoint exactly which solar battery is the "best" battery for your home's energy needs without doing an on-site consultation. 

It should also be said that we didn't have any form of hands-on testing with any of the batteries we scored. This methodology also assumes you're purchasing a battery for the main purpose of using it for energy backup. If you mainly plan to use your battery for energy offset or to take part in a virtual power plant, there are likely better options than what we have featured in our reviews and rankings. We strongly encourage you to do your own research, as well as to speak with installers in your area. An installer will be able to get a better understanding of your home's energy use and what sort of system you might need. 

We used a few ways to evaluate and compare these batteries to find the stand-outs. Here's how we developed our list of top solar batteries.

First, we determined which categories would be used to evaluate each battery's performance, capacity and value. We also weighted each category. The weight of each category reflects the importance we felt was relevant to the average consumer: 

  • Modularity: 20%
  • Warranty: 20%
  • Round-trip efficiency: 15%
  • Power output: 15%
  • Depth of discharge: 10%
  • Price: 5%
  • Price transparency: 5% 
  • Customer support options: 10%

We looked at more than 15 of the most widely available batteries on the market and collected the data for each category to compare the numbers. Each category (for every battery) was given a rating (from 1 to 5) to evaluate which aspects of each battery were above average (among our list), just average or below average. 

Frequently asked questions

Are the LGES Prime batteries eligible for the federal solar tax credit?

Yes, the 10H, 16H Prime and Prime Plus are all eligible for the federal solar tax credit. Solar batteries qualify for the federal solar tax credit as long as they can hold at least three kilowatt-hours (3kWh) and are installed in 2023 or later.

How do I install an LGES Prime battery?

LGES doesn't do direct installs. Instead, you'll need to use their search tool to find a certified installer in your area. 

Myung said if there isn't an LGES-certified installer in your area, then you can request an LGES Prime battery be shipped to a local solar installer from a local distributor. LGES will then get the installer certified and trained before installing the battery on your home.

Correction, Aug. 7, 2023: An earlier version of this article misstated the connection between LG Energy Solutions and LG Electronics. LG Energy Solutions is an affiliated company of LG group, not a subsidiary of LG Electronics.

Article updated on April 5, 2024 at 9:30 AM PDT

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Sarah Drolet is an associate writer at CNET covering home energy, residential solar power and whole-home backup technology. She previously wrote about home and moving-related topics for MYMOVE. Sarah is a self-identifying home battery nerd, often seen combing through battery spec sheets and warranties. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in communications. In her spare time, you can find her chilling on the couch with her PlayStation and cat.
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