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by lithbattboss
Sun, 10 Jan 2010, 17:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 34086

Why get an EV?

Why get an EV?..... For the "EV grin" that is why! Reducing CO2 emissions is only a minor consideration for me. Everyone has their own reasons for having an EV. I plan to do an EV conversion later this year. My main reason is I believe it will save me dollars. My feeling is that world price of oil w...
by lithbattboss
Sun, 03 Jan 2010, 04:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: boat conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

boat conversion

Thanks for the quick reply. heavy displacment 5 Knots is top. But speed is not my bag. Boat currently in Netherlands.Got there really slowly. Please send me a web address for the Li batteries. I am spending this european winter making and testing the bits here, then will ship bits back for fitting....
by lithbattboss
Sun, 03 Jan 2010, 03:17
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: boat conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

boat conversion

alanj you might be interested to know that we are also building a couple of electric patrol boats for Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. The security management of Sanctuary Cove has decided to go electric since by their calculations they will be saving $35,000 per year per boat as a result of no die...
by lithbattboss
Sun, 03 Jan 2010, 03:12
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: boat conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

boat conversion

Hi alanj, The current issue (Jan/Feb 2010) of "Multihull World" boating magazine at your local newsagency features a comprehensive article on electric boating in Australia and explains about the conversion process to electric for a few of these boats which are already in use. One of these boats is t...
by lithbattboss
Sun, 13 Dec 2009, 04:04
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: any transformer experts here ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2096

any transformer experts here ?

Could be some kind of welding transformer by the looks of it. With such heavy windings it is probably a low voltage , high current output transformer which would be typical of a welding transformer.
by lithbattboss
Mon, 07 Dec 2009, 22:50
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Drag racing - have you got what it takes
Replies: 66
Views: 14083

Drag racing - have you got what it takes

The Clubman sure goes like a bat out of hell. I was holding on when I was taken for a spin by the owner a couple of weeks ago. It is a very nice car indeed. From all the EV conversions I have seen it is up amongst the best as far as the overall electrical installation goes. It is always nice to see ...
by lithbattboss
Mon, 30 Nov 2009, 21:56
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: LiFePO4 terminals and straps chemistry
Replies: 27
Views: 9209

LiFePO4 terminals and straps chemistry

Thanks evric Mmmmmmm? Is an Aluminium cable a preferable/possible option. They are lighter. But in the vain of this chemistry thread would Al be better than Cu? Copper is preferable to aluminium cables for several reasons. Copper is more flexible (easier to work) and is more resistant to fatigue fa...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 24 Nov 2009, 04:24
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: QUT electric Bike
Replies: 12
Views: 4300

QUT electric Bike

Nice bike but you could easily double the range per charge if you replaced those heavy lumps of lead with lithium. Image
by lithbattboss
Sat, 21 Nov 2009, 22:56
Forum: AEVA NSW Branch
Topic: Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 10749

Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit

How do you know they are false claims? Why do you say its not a proper plugin lithbattboss? You dont need to reprogram the CAN bus for a Plugin Prius to work. I have often been asked if I know where I can refer Prius owners to so they can buy LiFePO4 batteries so they can have their Prius converted...
by lithbattboss
Sat, 21 Nov 2009, 20:20
Forum: AEVA NSW Branch
Topic: Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 10749

Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit

the batteries are special order so they can lay on there side http://forums.aeva.asn.au/smileys/smiley1.gif http://forums.aeva.asn.au/smileys/smiley17.gif The Toyota Prius already has the programing to except a second battery http://forums.aeva.asn.au/smileys/smiley2.gif Both absolutely false claim...
by lithbattboss
Sat, 21 Nov 2009, 17:23
Forum: AEVA NSW Branch
Topic: Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit
Replies: 19
Views: 10749

Prius Plugin PHEV Conversion Kit

I agree. It looks like either false advertising or maybe they simply don't know what they are talking about (are technically incompetant)? For instance it might be ok to use the kit in the US where there are plenty of professional conversion workshops to do this kind of thing but here in Australia d...
by lithbattboss
Fri, 20 Nov 2009, 20:00
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Beginner Conversion tips?
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Beginner Conversion tips?

Richo wrote: Beach chicks Image
Wow....a natural blonde as well!!!
by lithbattboss
Fri, 20 Nov 2009, 04:27
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Dashboard Display Modules and Touchscreens
Replies: 37
Views: 6397

Dashboard Display Modules and Touchscreens

Bit of Engrish there: I think they mean "Maximum" when it says "above" / "Minimum" when it says "Below" You are exactly right Woody. Thanks for pointing that out. Often things get mixed up in the translation from Chinese to English and it would not be the first time I have translated an instruction...
by lithbattboss
Fri, 20 Nov 2009, 04:03
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Dashboard Display Modules and Touchscreens
Replies: 37
Views: 6397

Dashboard Display Modules and Touchscreens

Our latest range of high voltage LiFePO4 batteries designed for the high performance AC motor powered EV market incorporates a LCD UITS (user interface touch screen). The display indicates all major battery operating parameters including maximum, minimum and average readings. There is a slot in the ...
by lithbattboss
Wed, 11 Nov 2009, 20:42
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: What batteries are better for the environment?
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

What batteries are better for the environment?

Yes lithium battery recycling is a much more involved process compared to lead acid recycling. I doubt very much that the complete recycling process would be economical to carry out in Australia. It is much more likely that the spent batteries would be deposited at metal recycling companies which ac...
by lithbattboss
Wed, 11 Nov 2009, 18:48
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: What batteries are better for the environment?
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

What batteries are better for the environment?

Perhaps with the new lithium mine being opened up in WA a metals recycling company could set up business nearby to provide a lithium battery recycling service for worn out lithium batteries from all over Australia?
by lithbattboss
Wed, 11 Nov 2009, 17:53
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: What batteries are better for the environment?
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

What batteries are better for the environment?

Some Lithium sellers offer 3 year warranty and this is a good sign. But then so does Supercharge Batteries ( I just bought a new lead acid for the ICE, the one before lasted 6 years, that has a lot to do with good battery management, never run flat, mounted in cool location, sealed so service stati...
by lithbattboss
Wed, 11 Nov 2009, 15:39
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: What batteries are better for the environment?
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

What batteries are better for the environment?

LiFePO4 is the most environmentally friendly battery option. There are no nasty chemicals which can leach out even if a battery does find its way into landfill. LiFePO4 has the longest cycle life so it takes less energy to recycle a used battery since there are far fewer batteries to recycle due to ...
by lithbattboss
Wed, 11 Nov 2009, 01:57
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging stations
Replies: 4
Views: 1140

Charging stations

louiseobrien wrote:
ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120V 16A to 240V
80A AC charging to future 120kW DC charging, and all US charging stations are SAE


So much for 10A charging limit proposed by acmotor.
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 19:52
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

Squiggles: I've seen some certified house electrician work that scared me! In my mum's old house the ceiling lights were all hooked together with extension cords and power bars! But it is true that most people are stupid, and would just cobble together any old thing. Unfortunately it isn't the inst...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 04:58
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

The proper way to do things would be to fit a charger rated at no more than 10A output into the EV so that you can charge from a regular 10A outlet no matter where you go, at work, etc. You could have another more powerful charger at home for fast charging which is plugged into a dedicated 15A, 20A ...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 04:31
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

given that the power pins are the same, wouldn't it be better to have a 10A plug on the charger (or modified earth pin) rather than adding another set of connections in the circuit with an adapter? I think the original suggestion of a 15A power point for EV charging is the preferred option here :) ...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 04:10
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

If AEVA members were to comply with the law there would be very few if any AEVA members! I think you are missing the point here, I am just stating a fact that anyone that suggests that it is OK to plug a 15amp appliance into a 10 amp outlet is asking people to take a risk that has potentially serio...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 03:55
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

Yes you are correct here and amateur EV'ers aren't in breach with regard to the electrical wiring in an EV for the reasons we have discussed that the law and regulations haven't caught up yet. This is why there is presently a lack of consistancy in the laws. The only breach made by amateur EV'ers is...
by lithbattboss
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 03:44
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Workplace charging
Replies: 53
Views: 5887

Workplace charging

Yes but this is where the regulations haven't caught up. It would be reasonable to assume that a higher level of expertise and regulation should be applied to an electrical EV installation since it is moving and subject to vibration, etc. A fixed electrical installation by its nature does not move. ...