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by rhills
Sat, 12 Jan 2019, 00:44
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Outlander PHEV Aspire question
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Outlander PHEV Aspire question

Hi Tim, You can operate the climate control via the remote app for heating or cooling. I believe it works whether the vehicle is plugged in or not, though I haven't tested this on mine. Some of the limitations that prevent me from using this feature myself much at all include: The range between your...
by rhills
Sat, 12 Jan 2019, 00:28
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Ah, I'd misunderstood obviously. I'd thought the differential expansion problem was between the metal of the vehicle roof and the plastic base of the panel. I'd assumed that the expansion/contraction rates of the plastics in the panel base and the thermoclear would be similar. As you say, hopefully ...
by rhills
Thu, 10 Jan 2019, 21:57
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Terry, Well, got my Thermoclear, got my Armourflex and have lightly sanded and cleaned down the back of a panel and the Thermoclear, spread around the Armourflex and stuck down the Thermoclear. I've got a plywood panel on it and some weights to hold things together without damaging the cells (the...
by rhills
Mon, 07 Jan 2019, 21:22
Forum: Admin Notices
Topic: Image uploading problem fixed
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Image uploading problem fixed

Many thanks Dave for sorting out something that had had me stumped for a very long time!
by rhills
Fri, 04 Jan 2019, 23:53
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Terry,

Thanks for that, I've emailed Ampelite's Perth office to see if they have someone that sells Thermoclear near us.

Now I just have to see if I can find somewhere in Perth that sells the glue, I gather you recommend Simson 70-03 or Selleys Armourflex.

Cheers,
by rhills
Thu, 03 Jan 2019, 15:36
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

How solid is Thermoclear Terry? The main reason for my home-made frame was to prevent the panels bending too much while being handled (or wind-blown) but also to leave them light enough to make for easy handling. The frame has turned out to be much bulkier than I would like anyway so I'm happy to di...
by rhills
Wed, 02 Jan 2019, 19:07
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Terry, Thanks for your detailed info re mounting and your and others' posts re possible issues. Our panels are from the supplier you mentioned and they actually look very similar to the ones you pictured in your earlier post of the top of a bus (?), except that our panels are nearly square. Ours ...
by rhills
Sat, 22 Dec 2018, 18:24
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Tesla quick top up.
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Tesla quick top up.

Saw that, noticed that eventually someone else was respectful enough to walk up to the person and point out the problem instead of sitting back and laughing at her and filming her. Do you think she is going to be favourably disposed towards EVs when she sees herself ridiculed on FB? I'm sure I've do...
by rhills
Sat, 22 Dec 2018, 00:11
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Terry, thanks for the detailed post. Your test with Halogen lamps sounds like you're replicating what a good MPPT regulator should do. I'm guessing you have a test board set up with halogen bulbs and switches you can use to manipulate the load. I'd imagine trying to do it with bulbs strung togeth...
by rhills
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 23:12
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

https://www.redarc.com.au/solar-faqs How many solar panels do I need? The amount of solar panels you require will be determined by the amount of charge that you need to return to your system during the sunlight hours of each day. For a 12V system, if you need to replace 100A/h of charge to your bat...
by rhills
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 23:05
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Brendon, In the automotive world of panels you normally expect to get 80% of the rated output as a maximum and shading /angles etc degrade the output from there. 60% would be a pass if I was testing it. Thanks for this and for your more detailed subsequent posting. I actually go to a lot of effor...
by rhills
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 22:57
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi Chris, That is pretty bad. I have 12 x 190 W (nameplate rated) panels on my shed - 2280 W as a maximum. In early November after a cool rainy day the sun shone gaily upon the panels. They pushed out 2800 W for a few minutes before they heated up too much. My rooftop system is rated at 5.7KW but ou...
by rhills
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 21:54
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Solar Panel output: Rating versus Reality

Hi All, Last year I bought a couple of lightweight, flexible solar panels that are rated at 134W (vmp 23.1V, imp 5.8A) each for use as additional chargers for our motorhome house battery system. After having had concerns about their output, I've recently had them tested and established that in close...
by rhills
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 17:04
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: ICE alternator current display/logging
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: ICE alternator current display/logging

Hi Terry, thanks for the info. I was aware of the Victron monitor but as I already have a very comprehensive monitor for my house batteries as part of their BMS, the Victron would only provide a little extra functionality for me which doesn't really justify the price for my situation. On the other h...
by rhills
Mon, 17 Dec 2018, 12:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?
Replies: 50
Views: 4306

Re: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?

Hopefully it will all be a passing phase, made redundant by driverless vehicles in the next decade or two!
by rhills
Sun, 16 Dec 2018, 22:03
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?
Replies: 50
Views: 4306

Re: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?

Sounds just like our current Government, sitting on their hands when it comes to legislating useful car stuff that would make a big difference to the planet like emission and fuel consumption standards, but let's hit these fledgling EV things with everything we've got!
by rhills
Sun, 16 Dec 2018, 22:01
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: ICE alternator current display/logging
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: ICE alternator current display/logging

I mainly want to log them, so I can track what is being supplied to the vehicle battery and thence (via a DC-DC Charger) to the house batteries, as well as all the peripherals like lights, instruments etc. I figured if I was logging them, it would be useful to have a display so I can see what's goin...
by rhills
Sun, 16 Dec 2018, 00:49
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: ICE alternator current display/logging
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: ICE alternator current display/logging

Current clamp. So much easier. Chris, I'd considered those, but had concerns about how robust the setup would be in a motorhome that regularly travels on corrugated roads, eg the clamp bouncing around and wearing the insulation on the encircled wire. Also I was concerned about possible inaccuracies...
by rhills
Sat, 15 Dec 2018, 18:05
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: ICE alternator current display/logging
Replies: 8
Views: 703

ICE alternator current display/logging

Hi All, One of our vehicles is an ICE motorhome and for various reasons, I'd like to display the current going into/out of the vehicle battery as well as the current being produced by the Alternator. Ideally I'd also like to log both of these. As our Alternator is rated at 80A (no indication if that...
by rhills
Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 17:07
Forum: Jaguar
Topic: Jaguar I-Pace Forum
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Jaguar I-Pace Forum

mikedufty wrote:
Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 11:05
I thought they were already offering an E type electric conversion.
Only if you're a prince I think.

Hmmm, maybe we ordinary folk can get one too: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-shows/ ... roduction/
by rhills
Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 17:02
Forum: Jaguar
Topic: Jaguar I-Pace Forum
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Jaguar I-Pace Forum

jonescg wrote:
Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 11:50
Invariably we'll move this thread to the new sub-forum :)
No doubt ;-)

And someone will probably put it in alphabetical order too :-D
by rhills
Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 09:34
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS - 2011 imiev - $17k - Perth WA
Replies: 13
Views: 2429

Re: FS - 2011 imiev - $17k - Perth WA

mikedufty wrote:
Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 09:24
... I suspect you are too far away for Joseph to help now his Tesla is out of action.
Even if Joseph still had his Tesla, it would take him a few days to get there, I see Tony is in Sydney!
by rhills
Sun, 09 Dec 2018, 00:30
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Prelude conversion project - some questions
Replies: 309
Views: 20622

Re: Prelude conversion project - some questions

Well, they look pretty professional IMHO.

How do you think those screws into perspex will hold up against vibration?
by rhills
Mon, 03 Dec 2018, 00:14
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 159
Views: 13819

Re: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery

I'll ask again whether I can keep the failed charger when picking it up (if they even still have it). Mike, are you paying for the repair or is it being done under warranty? If you're paying, then the failed part belongs to you and they can't take it from you. When my Outlander PHEV traction batter...
by rhills
Sun, 25 Nov 2018, 21:11
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: PHEV Loss of Km Range with Battery.
Replies: 42
Views: 4046

Re: PHEV Loss of Km Range with Battery.

Don't forget there are a number of internet archival sites around too, for example https://archive.org/web/.