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by mettleramiel
Feb 13, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Resources & EV Related Parts and Services
Topic: Thrift Stores for Parts
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Thrift Stores for Parts

Sometimes the motors are ok, but they are always brushed Not for quite a while now--there are some pretty good brushless hubmotors on some of them now (look up my Powerchair BLDC motor thread for one example). :) They are still predominantly brushed. In fact, Invacare, one of the biggest powerchair...
by mettleramiel
Feb 06, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Lightweight AWD Sportscar
Replies: 20
Views: 590

Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

I'm really looking forward to this thread!
by mettleramiel
Feb 06, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Resources & EV Related Parts and Services
Topic: Thrift Stores for Parts
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Thrift Stores for Parts

THRIFT STORES What's worth it? Anything in particular to keep an eye out for? Yesterday I saw a Razor electric scooter for $15 but it had a SLA battery so I decided against it. I know those diabetes, err I mean mobility scooters generally run SLA too. I figured the motor and related components were...
by mettleramiel
Oct 08, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: I was given a Currie iZip 1000 series. Need help fixing.
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: I was given a Currie iZip 1000 series. Need help fixing.

Going to have to change the controller and charger and batteries to jump up to 48volts. For that amount of money you can just buy a better scooter.
by mettleramiel
Sep 10, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Shared electric cars on the horizon
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Shared electric cars on the horizon

My point is that sharing assets is not a sign of anything good, it's not a goal for society to aspire to. It's a sign of poverty and a way to get by on less money. Most of the people who use a laundromat do so because they can't afford a new washer and a big enough house to put it in. Woah there! C...
by mettleramiel
Nov 02, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: DIY Electric Assist Wheelchair
Replies: 7
Views: 3550

Re: DIY Electric Assist Wheelchair

I will tell you as someone in the industry, these systems are pretty much universally hated. They seem like a good idea because you can still use your chair manually when you want to, but switch to assist when needed. The problem is that the wheels add so much weight to the chair, that you end up us...
by mettleramiel
Aug 04, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Electric Hub Motor WIpe Hard Drive?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Electric Hub Motor WIpe Hard Drive?

This hasn't been a problem for years. You are probably worried because you are tinking back to floppy discs. Hard drives are not like floppy disks which used magnetic discs to record making them susceptible to magnets. Your laptop will be fine.
by mettleramiel
Feb 02, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?

Deafcat wrote:I don't believe Fedex trucks do cross-pacific service, so probably Sydney on the island ;)
Right, but he did say Sydney, but the one on the island is spelled Sidney
by mettleramiel
Jan 27, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?

Wait, do you mean Sydney Austrailia or Sidney, BC?
by mettleramiel
Jan 27, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Anbody in Canada with a Fedex Account Number?

Just call fedex and set up a pickup and delivery. You don't need an account. Or ask someone on Usedvictoria, travel between Sydney and Victoria is so common, I'm sure someone will be willing to pick it up for you
by mettleramiel
Jan 04, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: New Electric ATV Battery Post Difference
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: New Electric ATV Battery Post Difference

Thanks Simon, That appears easy enough. If I'm understanding you correctly , I believe it would look something like this (sorry for crude drawing) battery.gif For the wire I've colored in yellow, what type of wire would I be asking/looking for in the store? Or would I have to purchase a "full" batt...
by mettleramiel
Jan 04, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: New Electric ATV Battery Post Difference
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: New Electric ATV Battery Post Difference

Thanks Simon, That appears easy enough. If I'm understanding you correctly , I believe it would look something like this (sorry for crude drawing) battery.gif For the wire I've colored in yellow, what type of wire would I be asking/looking for in the store? Or would I have to purchase a "full" batt...
by mettleramiel
Jan 04, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: Gio PB710 60 volt controller where to buy?
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: Gio PB710 60 volt controller where to buy?

http://www.eaebikes.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/180x/1048c9746252d3fae59d8344b2b3b779/5/0/500w_pb710_electric_scooter_brain_control_module_g3000043.jpg #1 This is the PB 710 controller, it is $120 by the way. Is there a controller that is 60volt, that a monkey can install. Similar...
by mettleramiel
Jan 04, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: HOUSTON (AP) 5000 Y.O. TESLA driver killed
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: HOUSTON (AP) 5000 Y.O. TESLA driver killed

I work in the mobility aids field and I often install hand controls. The manufacturers have been lobbying for years to make gas pedals cut off as soon as the brake is applied to limit accidents due to poor installs and user errors. I have had many close calls with fresh installs where the customer w...
by mettleramiel
Oct 04, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: Any ideas on how to convert a regular wheelchair to electric
Replies: 14
Views: 1129

Re: Any ideas on how to convert a regular wheelchair to elec

I work in the mobility field and there are already a few options available to you, but they are not cheap. http://www.invacare.ca/cgi-bin/imhqprd/inv_catalog/prod_cat.jsp?s=0&catOID=-536886177 this is an idea that companies throw around every couple of years to ad power to a manual wheelchair. The w...
by mettleramiel
Jul 23, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: is there a simple controller?
Replies: 28
Views: 2345

Re: is there a simple controller?

As has been stated, this would only work with a brushed motor, not a brushless one. The problem you are going to run into is finding a switch that can handle to current that the motor draws. If you want to use that 450watt motor, you would need a switch able to handle at least 10amps.
by mettleramiel
Jul 22, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: Solar panel charging
Replies: 12
Views: 863

Re: Solar panel charging

This kind of questions gets asked a lot and really, it's like asking "how long is a board?" To know how much solar you need, you need to know how much power you use and how much sun you have available. You could only need 300watts a day and have 100watts of solar available, but if you have nowhere b...
by mettleramiel
Jul 22, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: electric recliner
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: electric recliner

We did this a couple of times here at the shop. All you need to do is get a broken down powerchair and replace the seat with your recliner. It is easy and cheap to get a power wheelchair with dead batteries.
by mettleramiel
Jul 21, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Zinger - world's lightest [production] electric wheelchair?
Replies: 3
Views: 720

Re: Zinger - world's lightest [production] electric wheelcha

Although this may be the lightest powerchair out there, there are plenty of folding lightweight powerchairs already on the market. The problem with all of them, including this one, is that they are for light use only. They are really only good as a second chair or for someone who is not in a chair a...
by mettleramiel
May 14, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: best chargers - help with 12V SLA scooter batteries
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: best chargers - help with 12V SLA scooter batteries

Hi, thanks for the reply. Yes, I may run a new line out from the battery, good idea. I don't trust the existing charger is doing its job. The guy who sold it to me said to put it on a timer "just in case" it's not accurate, to prevent overcharging. So it's possible the charger may be contributing t...
by mettleramiel
May 13, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: E-Scooter and Motorcycle General Discussion
Topic: best chargers - help with 12V SLA scooter batteries
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: best chargers - help with 12V SLA scooter batteries

Well first off, let me just tell you that you will not get much life out of those batteries. My personal experience and the countless customers I have seen use SLA in scooters and powerchairs leave me with the pessimistic view that no matter how you charge them, with regular use you may get a year. ...
by mettleramiel
May 07, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Portable Solar Panels
Replies: 27
Views: 2471

Re: Portable Solar Panels

Thats exactly what I was looking for! :mrgreen: Thanks for the links, this is great. I will be putting in an order soon. I also want to say thanks to everybody who helped me out in this thread , I have learned a lot 8) I will plan on putting up a new thread in a couple of weeks to show off the new ...
by mettleramiel
May 06, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Portable Solar Panels
Replies: 27
Views: 2471

Re: Portable Solar Panels

Hwy89 wrote:
Yeah, that should work. The "12V" panels that I have seen are usually around 17V peak.
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Low quality panels output 17v-18v but higher quality ones will put out around 21v
by mettleramiel
May 06, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Portable Solar Panels
Replies: 27
Views: 2471

Re: Portable Solar Panels

Thanks for the informative break down. Interesting I used a Brunton Solar panel (solaris 26 watt) a couple years ago to charge electronics while camping. It must have been similar design to the first panels I linked as it had a little inverter box with a usb port and a wall outlet that you plugged ...