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LiFePO4 mounted on there sides

Post by GRMarks » Tue, 27 Apr 2010, 01:04

I have seen a number of conversions with, what seems like Thunder Sky, LiFePO4 batteries mounted on there sides.
This seems to atract comments that you shouldn't do it. But the owners say it works OK.
Does anyone know officialy what the case is with Sky Energey LiFePO4 Batteries ? If it does "hurt" the batteries, by how much and in what way ?
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Post by coulomb » Tue, 27 Apr 2010, 02:37

GRMarks wrote: Does anyone know officially what the case is with Sky Energy LiFePO4 Batteries ?

Tritium James was saying that his Civic customer actually emailed Thunder Sky [edit: was it Sky Energy?] about this, and they replied that it was now officially allowed.

It's not clear whether the cells have changed in some way (e.g. different vents), or whether the earlier disallowing of mounting on their sides was too conservative.

In any case, it would seem to be safe to mount new Thunder Sky [edit: was CALB/Sky Energy] cells on their side.
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Post by Tritium_James » Tue, 27 Apr 2010, 03:11

He emailed ThunderSky. Not sure about the SE cells.

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Post by photomac » Fri, 30 Apr 2010, 16:15

There is good info on this thread
viewtopic.php?keywords=Battery%2BOrient ... 612#p20142

I personally emailed Thundersky, and they recommend special order of batteries. There is a "vent" on the top between the terminals. This would be relocated for special orders. Another member was quoted an extra A$10 per battery some time ago.

There is a chance the battery may ooze if over charged or discharged but no-one has commented on having this experience.

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Post by antiscab » Fri, 30 Apr 2010, 18:29

ive had one ooze before...but that was when it was upright.
orientation didn't have much to do with the oozing though.

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Post by GRMarks » Sat, 01 May 2010, 03:03

so then if I get Thunder Sky (which should have been Sky Energy) that was realy Thunder Sky and mount them upright or on there side they might ooze and thats bad but someone said it ok (Thunder Sky or Sky Energy) so it seems to me I should mount them upside down because no one said anything about that being bad. Correct !
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Post by Tritium_James » Sat, 01 May 2010, 03:28

Correct!

Our client emailed Thundersky within the last 3 months and they specifically told him that no special venting was required on their current production batteries if you want to use them sideways.

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Post by procrastination inc » Wed, 05 May 2010, 07:25

I'll be repowering my vectrix in a month or so with SE40 cells on their sides.

I'll keep you posted

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Post by GRMarks » Fri, 07 May 2010, 01:25

procrastination inc wrote: I'll be repowering my vectrix in a month or so with SE40 cells on their sides.

I'll keep you posted


I had a test ride on a Vectrix when they first came into Australia. I thought is was fantastic but the range was to short, the top speed to slow and the price to high.
If it could go 10 Kph faster, had 100 Km range at top speed and was the price it is now I would have traded my scooter in on one.

So thats why I am building my own. It should do all of the above except price. Looks like it will cost me about $9000

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Post by procrastination inc » Fri, 07 May 2010, 07:05

that'll be about my total after the conversion.

I've heard rumour of a "VIP chip" upgrade that shifter the top speed to 110km/hr. Maybe a 14" rear rim might be the go if that isn't ever available

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