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by doggy
Yesterday, 14:13
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Sumry Inverter-Charger in Caravan
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Sumry Inverter-Charger in Caravan

For those with a Sumry or contemplating same:

I now have my 5kVA unit running two LG split air conditioners. Each is 6,000W and the SUMRY handles both with ease, even on maximum cooling or maximum heating both running together.

The Sumry is driven by 8x AVASS bus cells.

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 14 Oct 2019, 15:41
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: NSW strategy and plan for EVs in NSW
Replies: 0
Views: 26

NSW strategy and plan for EVs in NSW

https://future.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/media/documents/2019/Future%20Transport%20NSW%20Electric%20%26%20Hybrid%20vehicle%20plan.pdf I urge all NSW AEVA members to provide feedback on this (email address contained in the document). It is quite well written and moderately accurate but...
by doggy
Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 13:05
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Sumry Inverter-Charger in Caravan
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Sumry Inverter-Charger in Caravan

Hi Jordan,
I have been able to communicate with the RS232.
Can do some basic stuff and read voltages etc.
Hary has also been able to do this.
But neither of us is actually using it.
I am using the remote control panel and also have a very large DC contactor on the battery side.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 08:01
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 104
Views: 3507

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Not sure you understand my setup. The house is bonded in the normal manner. The grid does NOT connect to the inverter in any way. In other words I am NOT using the grid input (which is not connected) nor the ATS nor the inverter's charger. Things connected to the inverter are totally separate from t...
by doggy
Tue, 24 Sep 2019, 15:27
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 104
Views: 3507

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Hi Jordan,
Yes, the output is totally floating (insulated) from everything else so there is absolutely no problem.
Also, my unit continues to function beautifully.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 24 Sep 2019, 13:27
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 104
Views: 3507

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Hi Jordan,
I added:

a. Neutral link to ground.
b. Ground to existing house ground (copper stake).

Incidentally, Hary who started this thread has successfully used his with his arc welder.

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 16:11
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins
Replies: 9
Views: 323

Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Excellent range figures! A 64kW battery sure makes it all very doable.
Have you noticed how things go with a stiff headwind?
But perhaps it hasn't been very windy?
No wonder you are tired!
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 15 Sep 2019, 12:07
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Non OEM Leaf battery upgrade?
Replies: 40
Views: 5435

Re: Non OEM Leaf battery upgrade?

LG E63 are the same ones used in the Renault Zoe which has the same 96sp2 configuration and the same kWHrs (45, 41 usable, 40 claimed= Z.E.40)
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 15 Sep 2019, 07:22
Forum: Renault
Topic: ZE40 LG-Chem battery
Replies: 0
Views: 184

ZE40 LG-Chem battery

Here is an interesting article about the Z.E.40 battery in terms of battery lifetime, charge and discharge rates, temperature etc. I continue to be pleased about the conservative approach Renault took with the battery even if I do from time to time get frustrated that there is no fast DC charging on...
by doggy
Fri, 13 Sep 2019, 09:35
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: On tow?
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: On tow?

I realise the Q is in the Hyundai forum. However FYI, the Renault Zoe can only be towed if the battery is flat. Else it must be flatbedded or towed front wheels up. Information in the user handbook. So, not all vehicles will be the same.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 07:50
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 46
Views: 1933

Re: I've got my Kona

Hi Peter,
Thanks for the useful info.
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 06:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Route Planning

I had a response from the developer of this excellent route planner. He explained that they set the reference consumption at 10% higher than normal summer settings so that people do not get unpleasant surprises (unexpected headwinds, high temps, low temps, lead feet...) and run out of juice. Regards...
by doggy
Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 12:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Route Planning

D.C.- correct! I have actually considered making a big three phase inverter to work from a DC charger and provide AC charging! Definitely do-able. However, I've got too many other things to do and it would be somewhat costly. After warranty expires, it might be interesting to explore adding DC charg...
by doggy
Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 10:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Route Planning

Hi Chris,
All the trips in this spreadsheet utilised 22kW charging. A mix of 3 phase at showgrounds, ACT 22kW chargers (great scheme with AC and DC chargers) and Tesla DC.
I've never had any problem with 22kW charging (nor do I want to!)
Certainly I do not want your experience!
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 07:57
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Route Planning

I am planning a trip Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne-Sydney. I have a good idea of the Zoe range versus speed and altitude from other trips but would really like something such as the Tesla planner which takes into account altitude at least). In checking out https://abetterrouteplanner.com, I matched it u...
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 09:08
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona

I'm planning a Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne-Sydney trip in our Zoe.

Definitely do-able but not as easy as by Kona with DC charging and 60% bigger battery. Wodonga to Melbourne is the most tricky part. Also 22kW AC charging is fairly sparse South of the border.

Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 09:02
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 46
Views: 1933

Re: I've got my Kona

For you Kona aficionados:

1. Can you get a factory tow bar? Or indeed any tow bar? With electrics? Approx price?

2. Can you get roof bars? As it seems the same as other non-EV Konas, I assume the answer is yes?

Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 08:58
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS Cells capacity
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: AVASS Cells capacity

Hi Chris, I have measured several cells and they are approx half a milliohm. Half an ohm would limit discharge to <6amps a cell. Yes, very happy with the performance AND the price. There are a few AHs difference cell to cell and I could also get about 10AH more if I went to the cell limits- which wo...
by doggy
Sat, 07 Sep 2019, 18:53
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS Cells capacity
Replies: 2
Views: 119

AVASS Cells capacity

For those with the second lot of AVASS cells. I have eight. I have now cycled them about a dozen times. I stop charging at 3.5V and 10amps. I charge at 3-58A (using excess solar and a feedback loop based on power...with voltage and current limits) until any cell reaches 3.48V then I cut back to 10 a...
by doggy
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 08:22
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona

Hi Bryce, very useful- thanks! I am particularly interested in Sydney-Canberra. My 41kWHr Zoe cannot make it at 110km/hr and this is not helped by the fact that I am at sea level a fair way North, so more like 315km. Also, Sydney-Canberra is uphill but reverse is downhill and this is very evident in...
by doggy
Fri, 30 Aug 2019, 17:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 27
Views: 1212

Re: New Tyres

Hi Matt, you are sure knocking up the kilometres. Sad about killing the tyres.

What is your SOH now?

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 29 Aug 2019, 10:00
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: melb-syd-melb (via canberra) in a Kona

Very nice. It must be great to have 64kWhrs under the hood and the option of 70kW charging.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 29 Aug 2019, 09:53
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 1738

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

Sorry, do not know anyone wanting to sell. However, I bought 8 cells (no spares) and fortunately they are going okay so far. I can get about 430AH from them in a 24V system at rated current 0.2C. One of the cells is definitely weaker than the others, but at the price the 30AH or so is no big deal. I...
by doggy
Wed, 21 Aug 2019, 13:11
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Hi Lou, great you have profited by such a huge amount.
Our governments are SO generous and SO encouraging are they not?
Several of us have missed out because of the incompetence of RMS so we'll be coming to you for a share of your new found wealth (just kidding)!
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Sat, 17 Aug 2019, 10:32
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 104
Views: 3507

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Hi Harold, I am very pleased they sent you the new module and that you were able to install it and it WORKS! That is good customer service and you should be able to make a spare power module that you probably will never need. I used 75mm2 wire and also a hydraulic crimping tool. I also used conducti...