I thought I'd chime in here, and let you know how things stand as I see them.
First, the cells are 10C rated, 12C max as I understand it it. 3C charge is correct.
Second, I talked to the powers that be, and we can do $30/cell with a minimum 30 cell order. $35/cell is to cut down on onesy-twosy orders, which are a pain, almost more trouble than they're worth. Hopefully this will also eliminate the logistic trouble of coordinating the buy, the money, etc.
Third, we don't have a huge number of cells yet; we've got a few test packs and some loose. If any are going to be ordered, it should be this week, as we're going to be out of pocket for the next two weeks. It was said earlier that Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and this may delay things, I don't know. At least you know we're not sitting on some old inventory.
Fourth, I am expecting about 3 weeks shipping time to San Francisco (leaving any complication of the New Year aside). Frankly, I expect it faster, but would rather give an outside quote than disappoint people.
Fifth, there is the issue of testing. We can certainly put some on a CBA and give discharge curves. I can also send one to somebody on the board for independent analysis. My thought was DoctorBass if he is amenable, but I am open to suggestion. Fechter works in the neighborhood, and I could just drop one off to him - much faster if he has the time.
Lastly, what I am expecting in response. What I am looking for is a sense of commitment. If you want delivery in the next 30-45 days, you need to speak up and state your interest (you can certainly PM me, that might be more comfortable for everyone), so that we can get an idea of what to do. Let's say Tuesday (midnight PST) cutoff. No deposit required - it's the honor system. Remember the honor system works both ways - if you are unrealistic that might affect any future dealings. You can state this in any way you want:
I definitely want xx cells!
Think I want yy cells, but want to see the test results.
I'm sort of interested in zz cells, but not really sure . .
Obviously, the more commitment, the higher priority for your order. I can't say fairer than that.
Have a great weekend!
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