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by crustovich
Mon, 07 Mar 2016, 17:09
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RFID Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 940

RFID Cards

Hi Gabz,

Appreciate the offer, and understand the sentiment re nostalgia.

I will keep your offer in mind, but would prefer someone who has one they don't need or want any more.

Cheers

Adrian
by crustovich
Fri, 04 Mar 2016, 22:34
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RFID Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 940

RFID Cards

Yes, we still have a few blink chargers in Melbourne , and they will only take the old Australian Blink cards, not the US ones.
by crustovich
Fri, 04 Mar 2016, 14:24
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RFID Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 940

RFID Cards

At the risk of invoking the sound of crickets...

Does anyone have a Blink Aus and/or a Better place RFID card/s they no longer need?

Thanks

Adrian
by crustovich
Fri, 13 Nov 2015, 19:38
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Melbourne Airport Charge Station
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Melbourne Airport Charge Station

Thanks Gabz, I have ordered a card from Blink a few weeks ago, but it hasn't materialized yet, hope they are still supplying cards to Aus inspite of them pulling out of the country. Does anyone know if the charge stations at the airport still work with a blink card? The Melbourne Airport Corp might ...
by crustovich
Thu, 12 Nov 2015, 17:51
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Melbourne Airport Charge Station
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Melbourne Airport Charge Station

Does anyone know who operates the 2 charge stations in the short term car park at Melbourne Airport?
They have Blink signage on them, but Blink claim they no longer operate them.
by crustovich
Wed, 12 Aug 2015, 14:19
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Thanks Matt,
There are 5 lithium titanate batteries in all, about $A800 worth, so don't bother with the BMS?
by crustovich
Tue, 11 Aug 2015, 23:24
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Well Finally in the process of ordering the batteries from China. For an extra US$100 I can get them in a pack with a 12v BMS, is the BMS required/advisable or does the Dingo handle that part of it as well?
by crustovich
Sat, 27 Jun 2015, 23:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: My Family's new favourite song!
Replies: 2
Views: 791

My Family's new favourite song!

New family favorite song from a band in the US "They Might Be Giants" , catchy tune and its about our cars!

https://youtu.be/4BPU5mKipNo

by crustovich
Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 01:59
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

I now have one of the lighter/smaller 3000/6000w inverters. When I attach it to the car charging system it cycles as before. When I attach it to a 2000w heat gun, it will operate the gun on low (1000w I assume) but starts cycling when I put it on high. I notice when it's cycling, the battery voltage...
by crustovich
Sat, 14 Feb 2015, 02:06
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

The plan is to have the whole system external to the car. 1.The car is new and under warranty which would be void if I start cutting holes in it for cabling. 2. 25kg is a lot to permanently lug around, and would take up a not insignificant portion of the boot area. From a previous post: "The plan is...
by crustovich
Fri, 13 Feb 2015, 23:20
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Terry, the Inverter arrived today and it's huge and weighs 25kg, so is not suitable for lifting in and out of the car. Will one of electronic lightweight units like this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Pure-Sine-Wave-3000W-6000W-Max-12V-240V-Power-Inverter-Camping-Boat-Caravan-/281229412785?pt=LH_Defaul...
by crustovich
Thu, 12 Feb 2015, 01:19
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

I do take your point Adverse Effects, Although the Parking lot has monitored security cameras, and being at an airport, has staff entering and leaving 24/7, and staff bus every 15 minutes, I plan to have the panels locked to the frame (possibly using sliding window bolt locks) which in turn is locke...
by crustovich
Wed, 11 Feb 2015, 21:49
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Yes Terry I have got the panels, the ones I got fit nicely into the boot when dismantled, as I mentioned, I plan for the array to stay on the roof for the shorter trips to work, but with the option to remove it and stow it in the back for longer "higher speed" trips, and these 100w panels were the o...
by crustovich
Wed, 11 Feb 2015, 21:01
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Yes Richo's right, the car will be parked in the sun for 4 days at a stretch and the panels will stay on the roof most of the time (folding over to cover the windscreen when parked) so the chiro won't get a look in. Yes from a purely financial/comfort viewpoint, it doesn't make sense, but you could ...
by crustovich
Wed, 11 Feb 2015, 17:30
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

So the general consensus is the 3000w/9000w inverter will do the job?
Also I notice the one you linked, Richo has a built in 40A charger, would that mean I don't need the Dingo? I already have the 3-32 relay.
by crustovich
Wed, 11 Feb 2015, 01:27
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Ok, have got the 1000/2000w Pure Sine Inverter. When I hook it up to a fully charged battery (12V17AH showing around 14V) It will run a 17w Flouro Light fine, but if I hook it up to the car charger, the car charge controller will go through its boot up sequence, then charge for about 20sec then the ...
by crustovich
Mon, 26 Jan 2015, 23:51
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Thanks for the info and links, makes it very easy to see what you are talking about. Bit confused with the solid state relay, why do I need to switch solar input up to 80 amps? The plan is to put all this (Dingo, Inverter, relay and battery/s) into a ventilated steel box (like a tool box or ATX comp...
by crustovich
Sat, 24 Jan 2015, 00:13
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Thanks Terry, the Dingo looks good, I can't see anything in the specs that specifies battery chemistry, so I assume I can use it for my test Lead Acid and later reprogram it for the LTO's when I get them? Also you mention the solid state inverters from Jaycar, are they the Pure sine or the standard ...
by crustovich
Thu, 22 Jan 2015, 16:04
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

in 30 sec i found out that 99% of them i looked at where simply not even able to carry 500watt and a lot of them failed the first time plugged in Thanks Adverse effects, this is why I defer to the superior collective intellect of the group. I spent a couple of hours searching this and without knowi...
by crustovich
Wed, 21 Jan 2015, 19:20
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

That's good news, as I have 4 of them! (knew they would come in handy one day...) Now between the panels and the batteries, is a 20A one of these what I need? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5-10-15-20A-MPPT-Solar-Panel-Regulator-Charge-Controller-12V-24V-Auto-Switch-BOC-/261392830593?pt=AU_Solar&var=&ha...
by crustovich
Wed, 21 Jan 2015, 16:54
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

It will be 600w of solar panels, and a normal charge (from flat) seems to be around 10kwh for the car.
I have some lead acid 12v17ah batteries left over from my electric scooter would they work for testing purposes?
by crustovich
Tue, 20 Jan 2015, 20:48
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Considering I am at the testing/viability stage of this project, and LTO battery assembly (if I can get them) is going to be north of $500, what is the cheapest battery setup I can get that will last me 2 to 3 months (100 cycles)? Or will it require a different inverter and/or give different results...
by crustovich
Sat, 17 Jan 2015, 02:59
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Just to explore all options, If I can access the BMS for the drive battery, is there a chance I can plug the panels directly into the DC side of this ,avoiding the Battery/Inverter setup all-together or is my electrical ignorance showing? Image
by crustovich
Sat, 17 Jan 2015, 02:55
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

They do look good, would it be feasible to mount them under one of the panels or would the heat be a problem?
Also has anyone purchased stuff through Alibaba? What''s the process, (I notice the second link requires a minimum purchase of 50)?
by crustovich
Thu, 15 Jan 2015, 13:12
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar car cover
Replies: 79
Views: 6309

Solar car cover

Thanks Richo,
The Toshiba unit looks good, with it's size, shape and ability to withstand temperature, it may be able to fit under one of the solar panels?
The technology looks like a real step forward in batteries.
Be interested to see what price they come up with when it's released.