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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by DrkAngel » Nov 16 2014 5:04am

DrkAngel wrote:I recently reviewed a video that indicated that one type of battery deterioration was directly related to time spent charging.
It seems that the graphite becomes plated with lithium during the charge cycle.
Reducing the time spent charging, increasing amps, reduces the degree of plating per Ah of charge.

So ...
I will upgrade my 25.9V 5A charger to 10A. (25.9V 25.92Ah battery)
and
I will upgrade my 36V 4.5A charger to 10-15A. (33.3V 31.2Ah battery)
Li-ion (Laptop LiCo) are variously recommended at .5C-.8C charge rate
Looking for a low current disconnect.

Much of the charging time is the low amperage "topping charge".
This, seems to be the most unproductive-damaging portion of the charge cycle.
By charging at 4.20V but disconnecting charger at 4.02V for my Sanyo 18650 packs and at 4.12V for my Lipo packs, I hope to more quickly attain optimal charged voltage while minimizing the reputably damaging, prolonged charge cycle.

By charging once to optimal voltage,
then applying 4.20V charge,
then noting charge amps ...
I can charge at 4.20V and disconnect when charging current diminishes to the predetermined amps.

Added Volt - Amp adjustment and meter to charger ...

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This:
charges faster,
damages battery less-prolongs life
and if not disconnected at optimal time, still limits battery voltage to the "safe" oem recommended voltage!

A "switch" that disconnects charge power as current reduces to a determined amps would be ideal!
In the meantime I have begun manually disconnecting charger as amps reduce to predetermined point.
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Post by teslanv » Nov 16 2014 9:51am

DA, your work with Mean Wells is inspiring.
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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by DrkAngel » Nov 16 2014 10:18am

teslanv wrote:DA, your work with Mean Wells is inspiring.
I adapted S-150-xx Series into Lab type power supplies with metered voltage and amperage settings.

Mega-Mods
S-150-12 ~8 - 14V 0 - 20A Destroyed 1st prototype, waiting on replacement for pics and final results.
S-150-24 15 - 30V 0 - 10A
S-150-48 30 - 54V 0 - 5.4A

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For precise charging or component power regulation.
Most useful when used in series for high wattage charging, will regulate amperage of larger switching power supply.
Genuine MeanWell S-150-xx in series with generic 350w power supply for 500w cv/cc charger
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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by ridethelightning » Nov 17 2014 5:33am

cool charging tips DA!
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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by ridethelightning » Nov 17 2014 5:36am

teslanv wrote:Yes, as far as 18650 cells go, 3400 mAh is the largest you will find that is "authentic", and which is a High-capacity/Low C" rate Panasonic cell. The Ultrafire and other generic name cells, I would not believe any advertised capacity greater than around 2500 mAh.
samsung 25R,good price from EVVA technologies.
my friend just got about 600 cells from them.

http://evva.en.alibaba.com/product/1353 ... tools.html

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by Hillhater » Nov 17 2014 8:35pm

You know, those "alibaba" page links never work !
You will have to give a screen shot or the direct supplier link.
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Post by ridethelightning » Nov 18 2014 3:52am

yeah your right. :D

try google evva technologies...or,

contact Eva Guo there:

eva@evva-tech.com

i think its under 4+usd percell for 25r

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Post by Allex » Nov 18 2014 6:11am

http://evva.en.alibaba.com/product/1353 ... tools.html

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by ipcalit » Nov 21 2014 5:07pm

Anybody using SLA drop-in replacements with good results? There are many LiFePO4 packs from Dakota, Bienno, Stark power, K2, but no real reports of them in active use or comparisons with custom 18650 packs.

DrkAngel previously reported $360 for 4x Dakotas -- this is cheaper than the cells + BMS themselves (assuming their internal BMS is any good). Is it worth taking them apart and reusing the cells in other configurations? Perhaps packing more Wh in the available space or rigging them up in parallel for more Amps?

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by Drokz » Nov 29 2014 3:18pm

hello ,

Ive bought new 80X Panasonic 18650PF cell.
they came yesterday with every cell 3.61V.

I have already 1 cell discharged, and charged first to 4.1 V but there was going 1780mah in, then further charged to 4 .2V, 245mah en charging ended.
so the cell are 2900mah, and 2750mah minimum. really weird that charged till 4.2V only 2025mah in.... :?

come this because they in really long storage time?

normaly i charge never till 4.2V.

the intention is to make a 18S4P pack. So 64.8 V 11.6 Amp
So iam making 3packs with 6S4p, because my chargers cant take more then 6S :P
With these 18650 brackets :
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Renault R1, Hs3540, 45Amp, 18S
Norta ashford, Geared pedelec, 12amp, 7S

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by spinningmagnets » Dec 24 2014 8:34pm

Some handy ideas about DIY soldering 18650's http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewto ... 94#p985797

Connections shown are with flux, pre-soldering...

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Post by Alan B » Dec 24 2014 9:06pm

DrkAngel wrote:...

Quality-voltage reduction of blocking\rectifier\bypass diode, varies widely, by manufacturer. ~.2V to 1V+.
I received a .3V drop, from a unknown brand diode, nice "fit" for my purpose.

Larger-large capacity, blocking diodes, require an electrically isolated heatsink!
Note that diodes do not have constant voltage drops. The actual forward voltage drop of a diode is a function of current, temperature and junction type/materials. As the charge current drops at the end of charge, the voltage drop across the diode will fall also. At very low currents the voltage drop is diminishingly small (square law). Depending on a diode for a constant voltage drop requires constant current and temperature conditions which are not present in the end-of-charge scenario. Schottky diodes can have 0.1V drops at considerable currents, the commonly quoted 0.7V drop is for silicon diodes at moderate currents. It is not a "Quality" issue.

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by DrkAngel » Dec 25 2014 6:45am

Drokz wrote:hello ,

Ive bought new 80X Panasonic 18650PF cell.
they came yesterday with every cell 3.61V.

I have already 1 cell discharged, and charged first to 4.1 V but there was going 1780mah in, then further charged to 4 .2V, 245mah en charging ended.
so the cell are 2900mah, and 2750mah minimum. really weird that charged till 4.2V only 2025mah in.... :?

come this because they in really long storage time?

normaly i charge never till 4.2V.
Recommend you charge 1st.
Do not discharge 1st.
Do not deeply discharge!
1st charge - discharge cycles are critical for "breaking-in" new cells!
"New cells are very impressionable" - susceptible to damage

≤ .5C charges and ≤ 1C discharges recommended for initial cycles.
Recommend >3.5V - <4.2V for preliminary test cycles
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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by DrkAngel » Dec 25 2014 7:12am

ipcalit wrote:Anybody using SLA drop-in replacements with good results? There are many LiFePO4 packs from Dakota, Bienno, Stark power, K2, but no real reports of them in active use or comparisons with custom 18650 packs.

DrkAngel previously reported $360 for 4x Dakotas -- this is cheaper than the cells + BMS themselves (assuming their internal BMS is any good). Is it worth taking them apart and reusing the cells in other configurations? Perhaps packing more Wh in the available space or rigging them up in parallel for more Amps?
See - Dakota drop-in replacement for eZip
Dakota - Amazon Reviews
Clean Republic eBay feedback = 99.7% positive
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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by Cashew » Dec 31 2014 11:45am

Many things are to easy and wrong in this text sorry. I tryed to explane it better in this thread:
Spot Welding Battery Packs.

I found something interesting, on the german pedelec-forum.
Is this new in this forum?
Looks easy, and I think it is, but keep in mind they are working with a few hundreds(thousand?) Amps, “only 2-3 ms” enough for some serious damage of your eyes fingers...
So don't do it. !!! DANGER !
I do not recumment it !!
If you do:
Wear safety glasses and gloves.
Do not try to “modify” something.
For example if you try thin electrodes 2mm /wires they will explode, with liquid metal flying around.
Wrong polarity on the capacitor explosion?
I am not an expert.
The idea is to charge an big capacitor 1F, to about 10-16V, and use this energy to make spot welding points with Hiluminband.
Cables from the capacitor are? look at the video. Electrodes are 10mm copper!!!(because of resistance heat)

This is one of their plans.
http://www.pedelecforum.de/forum/index. ... jpg.54403/

Video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... g2YMafJDYA

This example seams to work good.
He ended up with an 2F capacitor, 8 IRF1404, and adjust the welding power by adjusting the charging voltage from 0-16V.
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Post by riba2233 » Dec 31 2014 11:52am

This isn't new, use search next time:

http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewto ... 14&t=59383

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by Cashew » Dec 31 2014 12:29pm

Thank you. I poste it there again with more informations. I think they like it it.

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Post by kje » Jan 02 2015 9:35am

DrkAngel wrote: Deans (T Plugs) are reputed to be 100A capable.
100A continuous?

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Post by Alan B » Jan 02 2015 9:50am

How much airflow is required for that rating? RC ratings often require 100 mph or some considerable airflow.

Does this rating continue after dozens to hundreds of insertion cycles?

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Re: Homemade Battery Packs

Post by kje » Jan 08 2015 10:30am

Is it safe to use Deans plug on 55A continuous?

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Post by Allex » Jan 08 2015 11:58am

Who uses Deans today? Use bullet type connectors, like xt60, t90 or xt150 and you don't have to worry about current.

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Post by madin88 » Jan 08 2015 12:18pm

i also would prefer slotted bullet connectors (not lamella types). the original deans have silver coated contacts and they corrode pretty quick..
the current handling depends also on wire gauge.
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Post by kje » Jan 08 2015 2:19pm

Okey. Will EC5 Connectors be fine with 55A continuous?

I had some problems with my Anderson Power Poles 45A. They actually melted...

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Post by Alan B » Jan 08 2015 2:25pm

Another option is to use two Anderson PowerPoles per circuit, 25A is okay for one circuit but 45A is a bit much. The contacts must be free to move and properly align or hotspots can be created.

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Post by Allex » Jan 08 2015 2:43pm

In high power applications I would not trust that much on bullets with lamell springs attaches to their core, like EC5. Go for something more heavy duty.
XT connectors make a direct contact, that is why they are the one and only for hig power drain, like big Helis or ebikes.

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