Battery woes

Post anything about batteries here. Lead acid, rechargeable, whatever.
salan3
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Re: Battery woes

Post by salan3 » Tue May 12, 2015 8:17 am

So,
We went to a mobility show and looked at scooters.
The result was that We are buying a new scooter. NOT to replace the 'boot scooter' 9the one with the battery problems). This will replace my very old (bought second hand) shopmobility scooter.
The new scooter is an 8mph type. Which means that it will only take me about 40 mins to get to town. It also has a max range of 35 miles. so the ten miles for the return trip to town, plus some around town should be comfortably within it's capability.
The battery problem was discussed and the conclusion was that the MAKE of batteries I have although they say they will do scooters, will NOT!
The batteries are LUCAS and they are known for not lasting in scooters. Interestingly the original batteries were a make called Enduring (Zongshan Enduring power Co ltd). They had a max charging current of 3A. The Lucas have a max charging or 2A. Same capacity.
So I am getting them replaced with another make under warranty. I am also buying the extra capacity batteries from the manufacturer. This is the scooter I use to go on the bus (max size allowed) and when we go anywhere.
So from the point of view of this forum, A lesson learnt about makes of batteries and how they are NOT all equal!
alan

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Re: Battery woes

Post by techman » Wed May 13, 2015 3:31 pm

Very good point. Not all batteries are equal by any means. Thanks for sharing. Hope things work out well for you. 35 miles is not bad at all really.

salan3
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Re: Battery woes

Post by salan3 » Thu May 14, 2015 6:41 am

We are well behind on your vids. (Up to April 2014). The interesting thing is in them you are saying about how the temp affect the battery performance.
On a scooter, it's a killer!
Everyone who lives 'off grid' has there lives revolving around batteries. what do people see as an alternative way of doing things?
Heat? light?
communications?
It's easy to say lighting, well just use oil lamps or such like, but they have problems too.(moisture, smell, particulate matter).
Are there any followers from colder climates?
What is you solution to cold batteries and them loosing capacity big time?
Alan

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Re: Battery woes

Post by techman » Thu May 21, 2015 8:28 am

I can tell you that for one thing you can insulate batteries for winter use and they will stay warmer. But in your situation that will not help. I am not sure if lithium would help you any because my camera battery was always weaker outside this winter.

All I can advise it to keep your scooter or batteries inside until you need to use them.

Michael
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Re: Battery woes

Post by Michael » Fri May 29, 2015 3:07 am

Hi I am only 13 and for me it's really late at night so my spelling/grammar may be bad. I have Ben making a battery for my electric Bike and I have a cheap way of doing so. I go on eBay or amazon and type in Lot of laptop batteries. Then I find a lot of used or new laptop batteries that are about 2$ per battery. Then when they get to your house get out some tools so that you can break them open. For 20 laptop batteries it takes me about 3 hours to brake them all open. Inside you will find some batteries that look like big AA batteries. You will get some that will look like little ice cream bars. You will need the 18650 batteries (The ones that look like large AA batteries.) then you go on eBay and search 18650 charger. You will see hundreds of chargers that come with batteries. DON'T GET THOSE they are rip offs. Just get about 5-10 of the cheapest ones there. Then search IMAX B6 charger. This is a battery charger that has a ability to discharge the 18650s. After you charge all of your batteries then discharge them one by one and record how many mAh they have. From this point on watch this video by my friend. He made an electric bike battery from this method. http://youtu.be/Rjr2LKmhdVw - Michael

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Re: Battery woes

Post by techman » Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:37 pm

13.5 is good for a 12 volt battery.

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