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by cycle9
Jul 09 2018 6:25pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: My Sun Trip Bike, Back to Back Tandem Trike with Rowing Generator, Pedals, +Solar
Replies: 334
Views: 37711

Re: My Sun Trip Bike, Back to Back Tandem Trike with Rowing Generator, Pedals, +Solar

Justin - this is so awesome! Thanks for providing a continual source of inspiration :) Like you I was skeptical on solar panels with ebikes. However, as you're proving, the efficiency now seems high enough that ebike + solar is a viable possibility. Also, kudos for the human aspect to this: showing ...
by cycle9
Oct 26 2009 10:16am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Hey Joey, Your thoughts echo my own. I have been mulling around what I can do in this regard. I was thinking that E+ also is US made, though their website doesn't actually say that... so maybe not. But I do hope that more of the production moves back here... we need the jobs ... and the quality. Mor...
by cycle9
Oct 26 2009 10:10am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Hey OneWay, The issue with the eZee is that the mfg specified that this controller is capable of dual volt usage 36v/48v. ALL standard LiFePO4 batteries (16-cell) charge up to 58V then discharge down to ~46-48V during use. So if you go out and buy a "48V LiFePO4" and hook it up to your 36v/48v eZee,...
by cycle9
Oct 22 2009 7:54am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Hey, It's great that you've had a good experience and become an enthusiast! It is true that some people are lucky out of the gate and have virtually no problems. I'd say about 60% of the time that is the case, though less so with brand new products. The trouble is the other 40% (not a precise number...
by cycle9
Oct 21 2009 7:16pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

I'm glad to see I'm not alone in being concerned about this. I have a few thoughts: - regarding software and beta testing, I see where you're coming from amberwolf. In my day job, I run a group of 12 software developers who are building next generation tools for analysis of biological data. I agree ...
by cycle9
Oct 21 2009 11:25am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Wow, thanks for the heads up. I don't have time these days to read much of the forums, but I'm glad you pointed out this one about GoldenMotors out to me. I will be exercising some significant caution and diligence. Just yesterday, we ordered a new GoldenMotor "Magic Pie" for initial testing. We'll ...
by cycle9
Oct 21 2009 11:19am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Hi ecowheelz, It is great to see some others out there who value customer service. I agree that it is critical to interact with a smile and just keep trying to fix problems as they arise. That has worked for many of our customers, who ended up being happy despite hiccups along the way. But some just...
by cycle9
Oct 21 2009 11:09am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Re: Beta tests sold as products

Your a very well spoken lady, I wish you all the best repaying the loans for the business. lets hope the manufactures start to give a crap about the quality of their product start testing them rather than releasing them prematurely to get the $$$... KiM Thank you for the nice words. Just yesterday,...
by cycle9
Oct 21 2009 10:43am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Beta tests sold as products
Replies: 42
Views: 4400

Beta tests sold as products

Hey ES people: I popped in here the other day and started reading the BMC 1000W thread, though I didn't get far because something else came up. But I got far enough to confirm what I already thought... that it is a BETA product. Just like many other products that have been pushed out before their ti...
by cycle9
Jul 01 2009 4:22pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

Yes, when I wrote the thing about testing, I almost deleted it for this reason. But here's the thing - those manufacturers don't seem to have effectively communicated to the DOT and others about the differences with these cells. And to my knowledge, they don't post their test results on Youtube or o...
by cycle9
Jul 01 2009 2:55pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

There are a few other things we can do as a community. 1. Join the light electric vehicle associatio n. I have an email from them today, indicating they are going to take this issue on. Individual membership is $25, and I believe that will be money very well spent by representing us and reducing eve...
by cycle9
Jul 01 2009 1:42pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

After re-reading the HMR, I concur with Dave Kois. I have also done further reading since posting. I think there is confusion stemming from the fact that there are multiple rulings with distinct dates. The 2007 ruling seems to be in full effect , and in that ruling, a "large" battery must be shippe...
by cycle9
Jun 30 2009 8:46am
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

A check with the PHMSA Regulations show that the $50,000 Fine is factually incorrect. There are two ways Federal Officials can proceed against a violator. blah blah blah deleted GTA, you're conflating the other thread with this one. In the other thread, we are talking about risks to passengers on p...
by cycle9
Jun 29 2009 8:06am
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

It's not people taking battery on planes that is the concern, it's shipping from sellers to buyers! How will you or anyone get batteries? There is plenty of demand for lithium batteries, so I think the shipping companies need to work this out, so they follow safe procedures. Looks like I may be sti...
by cycle9
Jun 28 2009 6:09pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

I do wish Dave were to be right. But the fact that I know someone who is being fined over this tells me he may not be. The DOT seem serious about enforcing it, at least as far as any air transport goes (into or out of US). I haven't yet heard of any enforcement related to ground shipping. I did read...
by cycle9
Jun 28 2009 2:15pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

Wow. Someone you know of got 'caught' shipping a battery ? That is serious. What were the rough circumstances that would cause a fine and more? The worst I imagined would be ' I'm sorry sir, your electric bike has a battery that isn't allowed on the plane due to the new rules '. Now if the dude :wi...
by cycle9
Jun 28 2009 9:58am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

They type of exchange in the last few posts is exactly what I am fearing the tone would be like at the airport when I attempt to bring the battery aboard ! :? I don't often take the tone of my last few posts except when the matter is quite serious. This one is. While you can probably get away with ...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 5:13pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

I'm just restating their information. I never said anything about a battery with more than the allowed 300 Wh. Just above you said the limit was 300wh, and I clarified exactly what that limit came from and how it is technically defined. The limit is not actually 300wh, as I stated before (but for m...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 4:33pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Opinions on Nicads and NIMH.......
Replies: 8
Views: 887

Re: Opinions on Nicads and NIMH.......

I know what you mean. In fact, I only like Lipo (hazardous, though they are) for the energy storage and power issues as well as no self discharge problems. NIMH can discharge a boat load of current, you just pay for it with voltage drop and heat build-up. Also, they need to be fully discharged afte...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 4:28pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

Hi, The intended tone was of panic because that original letter was written to a group of other e-bike dealers and battery sellers I know. They tend to be an individualistic lot who don't like working together towards any common goal. But tackling the issue is going to take concerted effort. The fir...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 4:11pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

@ cycle9: I'm not sure where you get the idea that I'm trying to "pick a fight". I have a vested interest in getting the correct information about batteries and airline travel. I think you are contradicting yourself and spreading bogus information. For airline travel, the subject of this thread, 25...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 3:30pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

I don't know why you're trying to pick a fight by saying things like "You don't get it." From the same government link you posted, it states Lithium Ion Batteries with over 25 grams ELC are forbidden in air travel. 25 grams ELC is equal to a 10Ah 24V battery (8 cells of 10Ah) maximum, as I posted in...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 1:41pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4
Replies: 51
Views: 5066

Re: What are rules for international flight + Ebike Lifepo4

I understand the frustration of the airlines. After that idiot tried to ignite his "shoe bomb" everybody now has to take off their shoes and run them through the scanner. If he had gone to the restroom to set it off...(although I have thought those womens wedge-clogs have very thick soles, good for...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 1:29pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

I'm just trying to clarify the regulations. This might mean that industry would want to package the batteries as 30V 10AH or as modules <300Wh to be hooked together after transportation. How many cars carrying gasoline have the same placards that tanker trucks do? Hi Thanks for clarifying. Yes, I h...
by cycle9
Jun 27 2009 1:22pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Lithium Batteries Shipping Rules Discussions
Replies: 290
Views: 55044

Re: Fines up to $50,000 for shipping lithium ion batteries!

At what point during manufacture do the lithium batteries have to be charged? Is that a potential way around the overall problem by shipping them in an uncharged state like nicad? DOT's rules about shipping make a lot of sense considering the amount of energy contained in our lithium packs. In the ...