The Three Bears Loop
I hooked up regen this morning, and made up a 22S 8AH pack of Zippy Lipo. Then I readjusted the Cycle Analyst beta3 to 2 milliohm shunt.
I tested the regen as I rolled out. No dice. I guess the programming is not set for it. This 12 FET is still on factory settings.
With this battery pack and facing a 23 mile ride with plenty of climbing I decided to take it easy and pedal a lot.
22S was a bit over 90 volts to start. Running high voltage makes many changes to the system. It not only goes faster, it dumps more power and the throttle is more sensitive. It is more difficult and tiring to manage the throttle.
But it does dump lots of power. I saw peaks of about 5-6kw. Nothing popped. I tried to keep it down as I needed economy on this run. My average speed was 16 mph, and that included some fast downhill runs. The CA indicates my top speed to be well over 100 mph, but I only remember getting to about 40 mph on a big downhill. The handling at speed was sure-footed and smooth.
This ride is a bit rough in spots, this is very rural pavement. The suspension and cloud9 seat soaked it up and made a comfy ride. A thin layer of gravel on the pavement didn't bother the traction, the tires just felt planted. Very nice feeling. Not like the sketchy feeling one gets with bicycle tires in gravel.
Beautiful day for a nice ride. I noticed that the young cyclists are interested in the ebike and start talking about how they could use one, where the older cyclists say you are cheating. The younger folks are embracing technology to a larger degree and they don't see it in quite the purist way. The electric bicycle is a different vehicle than the road bikes they were enjoying today. And commuting is a different purpose than a Sunday ride. I did enjoy blowing by them at 20 mph on a long uphill, though, and they didn't seem to mind at all.
This Cromotor is really something. It wanted to leap ahead, speed up. I felt as though I was holding it back the whole time. And I was, to make the power budget, which I did make but the voltage was starting to drop at the end, so I think it was close. The CA claims only 6 amp hours were used of 8, but the voltage tells a different story. I suspect the shunt is not calibrated well enough yet.
I checked controller and motor temperatures a few times with the bare hand test. The motor never got above barely warm. The controller got quite warm on the long uphill climbs. Not hot, but almost hot. You could hold your hand on it without discomfort. Based on that I think the 12 FET is okay for a backup but not the best choice for a totally reliable primary controller for the Cromotor at 22s. The 24 FET never got warm, and it felt stronger as it was dialed to higher current.
I didn't try a full speed run, but with 22S it wanted to zip right up to 30mph and was still pulling when I backed off.
All in all it was a great ride. Happy Father's Day! Time to BBQ!