Here's a reply to a customer who had an SMd that would only run for 6 hours on lithium batteries.
There have been four problems with the SMd battery setup. Here's the problems:
All of these are considered to be our design fault and come under the extended "we blew it" warranty and will be fixed at no charge or automatically upgraded if a unit comes in for other things. Also, these fixes have been in the units for some time. However, not all were done at once since we didn't find them all at once and they didn't fail on most units.
As far as battery life, the lower capacity "Advanced" lithium batteries run an SMd for 12.7 hours. We will have the "Ultimate" lithium numbers in a day or so but they should be around the 15 hour number.