Thank you for your interesting reply. So basically, I would have to:fechter wrote:I'm sure there are ways to keep the cells from getting knocked out of position, like zip ties. I think the main drawback is the contacts will tend to develop high resistance over time. With enough pressure on the contacts, you can exclude oxygen and have a reliable long term connection, but the required force is typically more than it takes to dent in the end of the cell. Point contacts don't need as much force, but you are then limited in how much current you can pass.
Current rating might be another reason. With thick enough contact material, this should not be a limitation, but many of the cheaper ones use thin nickel plated steel, which will start heating up before you reach the cell's actual rating.
For low current applications, like a laptop or small electronic gadget, these seem to work out fine. For higher current like a bike, not so good.
Check out this topic:
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 31&t=87434
You can get a good idea for the limitations. So far the Vruzend units seem to be working out for most people.
Awesome! Do you have pictures of the pack ?robb wrote:I am using a 13s 52 cell battery using these. So far no problems. It is for a xiongda 2 speed motor so draws around 10 to 12 amps. Have only done about 600 miles so far but it all seems good. I have simply used a couple of wraps of insulating tape to keep batteries secure red on positive end and black on other. Then held the 13 blocks together with insulating tape and slid the pack into a plywood box.
Love your thread. Very informative, and good tone!Hillhater wrote:This thread is for you..
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 14&t=76013
Very smart idea, especially if if can source some adhesive copper. You're right: it ain't gonna be pretty, but it would save me the trouble of re-doing all the springs. Now all I'm missing is some sort of standardized box where one could slide the 4-cell racks next to each other.spinningmagnets wrote:That style is much better than the similar style that has coil-springs as the conductor and also as the contact-compression provider (IMHO). The "springs" do double duty in the stock configuration. The kind you linked to have a "leaf spring", and I like those much better because you can overlay a strip of 0.20mm thick copper foil to use as the conductor. I suppose this could be done to the coil-spring type also, but...since they are the same size and price, I am certain the leaf-spring will work better.
0.20mm-0.25mm thick copper sheet is cheap, readily available, and can be easily cut by scissors.
In this way, the steel leaf spring is doing the job it is best suited for (long-term repeatable compression pressure), and 99% of the current will flow through the path of least resistance...which would then be the copper ribbon that is in-between the cell and steel leaf-spring. It may not look very professional, but inserting a separate copper conductor will suddenly convert this type of cell-holder into a very viable solution for some jobs.
Lol: chinesium - the 119th element of the periodic table. Yes, that's the plan, though I would rather stick with 10s3p and 480W max power to save 500g weight, which means 4.4A per cell during acceleration, and only 2.5A during cruising. But honestly, I'm still weighting whether or not it's cheaper to build a pack myself, or just buy some ready made in china. If the vendor guaranties the use of high quality cells, It certainly is difficult to beat chinese prices while building something stable. The only real advantage I see in DIY packs is the possibility to easily replace cells in no-weld packs, either with this setup, or using nbi magnets. But this comes at the cost of lower stability, and a lot of trouble!spinningmagnets wrote:I should have mentioned that I searched your posts (you are new, so there were not many to scan). You want a 500W geared hub (36V X 14A)? and at 4P, the pack will draw less than 4A per cell during acceleration. For this application I would recommend one of the high-capacity cells, like the MJ1 and GA cells. Both are factory rated at 3500-mAh per cell.
Either one will run cool at occasional 4A, but...I agree with the poster above, that...anyone reading this thread should know that the plastic used in these cell-holders is made from Chinesium, and does not tolerate much heat before deforming.
We won't flame you for that.Pyrotrons wrote:This could get me flamed, but, I've been soldering 18650's for years with no trouble.