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RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Gjac, Thanks. If I were younger, I would be planning on Edison Cells which last 30 years. At that point, the electrolyte is changed out--and 30 years more! They are even more expensive than Li. I have been reading a lot on solid state laitly, still a ways off but looking better. Steve
StirCrazy 05/11/21 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

Steve, The 40 amp has a jumper that may be removed to allow it to work at 20 amps. I would go with the 40 because of that feature. thats good to know, I do have the 220 amp alt so I can handle the 40, but if I ever transfer it to somthing new that might be a good feature to have. Steve
StirCrazy 05/11/21 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

PT says 1/3 for running so 220/3 = 73 amps and the 60 will pull 90, so the 40 pulling 60 seems right. But that needs a wire upgrade from the 7-pin's. I put an on /off switch on the "ignition" wire that goes to a 12v source in the camper, not the truck. I have the 20 amp DC-DC with 7-pin input. It does great with constant 20 amps, and pulls maybe 30 amps which the 7-pin can handle ok, and also the alternator at 1/3. ya I am planing on runing a couple of 2 or 4ga wires to a special plug in with a signal wire hooked to my upfitter switch so I can turn it off or on from the cab of the truck. what I am trying to figure out is if I can just buy one and mount it un the truck and use it for both the 5th wheel and camper or if I have to buy two. I know it should be as simple as going to a larger wire size to reduce voltage drop. if I go 2ga that should be less than a 1% voltage drop over 20 feet if I am dealing with the 40 amp output rather than the 60 amp input. I am trying to find a voltage drop chart that shows less than 1% but having a hard time. Steve
StirCrazy 05/11/21 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

-The base alternator is still a 157A single unit on the 6.7L. -Extra Heavy Duty Alternator (220A single unit) is the first possible upgrade: Required on any truck with the snowplow package Required on any Lariat and up trim truck with the upfitter switches OR 110v outlet Required on any XL or XLT truck with the upfitter switches and 110v outlet ordered together https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1503981-2017-alternator-questions-dual-single-extra-heavy-duty-soo-on.html AFAIK, if your LFPs want more amps than what the 7-pin can supply it will just blow the fuse on the pin # 4 wire. Not clear what you really want for a set-up here. Once that is clear , there will be a number of ways to do it. BFL13, which altanator did you have and how do you like the preformace of your DC to DC? I am trying to decide what one to get. I have the 220A alt and I want to wire it to the upfitter switch so I only have it on when I want it to be on, but not sure of I should go with the 40 or the 60Amp Steve
StirCrazy 05/10/21 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

If you get an adequate solar system you’ll never look back. That’s all you need. thats not always true, I have a solar system that normaly had my batteries at 100% by noon. last fall I was camping and it was cold, cloudy and overcast for 3 days and I got down to about 50% on my deep cycle GC batteries. a DC to DC charger would have been handy to top up my bateries in thoes types of conditions. I dont like using the factory wiring as there is voltage drop and so on , but a nice DC to DC that you can turn on or off (I am going to put it on one of the upfitter switches in my truck) seams like a nice back up power supply just for situations like I have quite ofter in spring and fall. Steve
StirCrazy 05/10/21 08:06am Tech Issues
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Roughly what would it cost to get the equivalent of 2 6v GC batteries say about 230 ah's? I am getting 16 280AH cells for 2000.00 cdn. so 500 bucks for the cells for a 280AH 12V battery. you can get a good BMS for 100 cdn, and say 30 bucks for a box and the asociated wiring. then you'll need a different charger section for your rv unless it is already Li compatable, and same if you have solar. so for me a good quality 235AH GC is 350 each so very simular in price but over twice the usable ah. if you want the best price, find a few people to go in on it with as the more cells you order at once the cheeper they are. for my self I am putting one battery in my camper and three in my 5th wheel, but I am going to make it so I can remove one from the 5th and put it in the camper for lait fall/early winter camping when I want to be able to run the furnace a lot and worry about the amount of light for the solar panel. Steve
StirCrazy 05/09/21 02:17pm Tech Issues
RE: water heater works fine - IF- I leave door open

what color is the flame when you have the door open. I was having this issue also because I had it adjusted to lean and when I closed the door it would go out. then some one told me to adjust it so it was just flickering yellow when the door was open and its has been good since. but pinching a wire would do it also if there are any wires that can be pinched when you close the door. there isnt in mine. Steve
StirCrazy 05/09/21 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Ion Batteries...Yikes

Anyway, a lot of mess but no human damage (except to the nerves). This is just to let everyone know that Lithium Ion batteries are extremely dangerous - I had no idea they could spontaneously combust. I'll try and follow up after a complete investigation by the repair facility and the insurance company but, be careful gang. good thing no one got hurth and you managed to put it out. This is why the prefered chemistry for us is LiFePo4, it isnt suseptable to thermal runaway like nickle metal hydride or other chemistries. Steve
StirCrazy 05/09/21 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: 24 V Solar Panel(s)

With more watts on the roof, and 24v to gather sun longer in the morning and evening, a 24v panel makes more sense to me than a 12v split cell design. YMMV. Our panels (two 24v 200w and one 12v 170w) would be situated in the front, middle, and rear of the camper. Location on the roof also helps with shading. Enjoy, Perry um the split cells I am talking about are 24V, I didnt even know they made a 12 volt split cells. Steve
StirCrazy 05/08/21 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 24 V Solar Panel(s)

Are you listening? I specifically gave the panel. That's what I'm interested in. Is it a good idea or not. I never asked for opinions of other panels and don't feel like getting into a minutiae of everything solar discussion. ........................................... Perry maybe instead of getting ignorant you should have worded the question a bit more clear, I read "I am thinking", not "I am getting" so for your original question, go with the 200's instead of the 100's also if your not going to jump down my throat I would also sugest you look for a split cell design panel as you said your going to be camping in the shade and they are the most efficient in shading. Steve
StirCrazy 05/07/21 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: 24 V Solar Panel(s)

30 watts for an upgrade almost seems like a waist of effort these days with the price of solar panels. look at split cell 24V panels and I would go 325 or 350watts. I am running one 325 watt 24V split cell on my camper with a renogy MPPT controler and it out preforms the three 160 watt 12V pannels on a PWM in my 5th wheel, so thoes will be gerring switched out soon. if you can chage it out for one 325 or 350 watt then add a second one. then you only running two panels which most people should have room for. SteveAh........ I would be removing the single 170 watt panel and installing two (or three) 200 watt 24v panels. That was clearly stated in my original post you just quoted, and would be an increase of 230 watts with two panels or 430 watts with three panels. Enjoy, Perry no thats what I mean though, if you can fit two or three pannels on there why stop at a 200 watt? a 350 isnt much bigger and two of them would be better than three 200watt panels then if you need a third you can add it later. down in the staits whats the difference between a 200 and 325 -350 down there 30 bucks? its only about 50 bucks up here. bang for your buck it just seams a better option. Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging LFP battery from AC-DC unit

IMO it is important to call tech support and get balancing clarified as to how to tell it did that. You need to do balancing every so often. if you get a battery that doesnt have active balancing in the BMS I would take it right back. most people want a drop in and forget battery and a proper LiFePo4 will be this once you get a proper charger as the BMS will be ballancing every time you are charging. some people like doing the balancing them selves but for me when I can have a computer chip do it why should I go through the time for that. and why wouldent you use AH to decide your state of charge on a LFP ? they do have meters that read that to and it does work.... Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: advisability to turn off battery periodically

After 4 days, the WFCO was still hitting the BRAND NEW battery with 13.68 volts and there was evidence of gassing. thats the key sentence. WFCO is junk, the first thing I do is replace it witha proper 3 or 4 stage charger. then check electralites 4 times a year and you'll never have a problem. Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

This has been covered already. BMS is there (or should be) as a last line of protection not the first. "Float" if used in a daily cycling of the batteries won't hurt it but if your going to float them at storage for long periods of time then it could shorten the battery life. I dont think I would have a issue using a BMS to control the upper limit if it only shut down the charging but I dont know for sure if thats how the bigger ones work. I would rather use somthing like a smart shunt and capacity counter to shut off the charger automaticly when the battery is full and reconect when power is available if capacity is less than say 80%. hmmm... could be another project in the making... Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 08:13am Tech Issues
RE: Charging LFP battery from AC-DC unit

The OP link says it is 12.8v nominal, so AFAIK that means it has four cells? taking a look at this it is just another bad advertising issue. it doesnt say nominal, your reading that into it, to me it looks like the 12.8 is refuring to the adverage voltage level over the range, which I could understand but its still useless for any factors. it starts up at 13.6 and finishes below 12 which I guess you could say adverages out to 12.8. when your talking voltage for assembling the battery your alway taking the full capacity of the cells to figure out how many you need cell construction for prismatic takes 4 cells, if they use the little round ones like battleborn then you could have around 100 cells in banks. Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: 24 V Solar Panel(s)

Rich Solar makes a 200 watt 24 volt solar panel. I would remove my rear mounted 170 watt 12 v panel and purchase two of these Rich Solar 200 watt panels, with room to add a third if needed. One would be on the front and one on the rear of the camper. The 200 watt can be mounted in the same mounts as the existing 170 watt. I want to run parallel since we will be traveling where shade is often on either the front or rear of the camper. I have a Victron 100/30 smart controller already for this setup. Smart move or a waste of money? Enjoy, Perry 30 watts for an upgrade almost seems like a waist of effort these days with the price of solar panels. look at split cell 24V panels and I would go 325 or 350watts. I am running one 325 watt 24V split cell on my camper with a renogy MPPT controler and it out preforms the three 160 watt 12V pannels on a PWM in my 5th wheel, so thoes will be gerring switched out soon. if you can chage it out for one 325 or 350 watt then add a second one. then you only running two panels which most people should have room for. Steve
StirCrazy 05/06/21 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Lets try it this way....

Keremeos to Princeton area? Looks sorta familiar. :) dont think there is CP tracks with slide covers down there, could be wrong but the only places I have seen them is fraser canyon and along the #1 Steve The run up the canyon is now shared...north side up down...south, up....the tunnels in the shots are down traffic. Gary ya it was when I woked for cp as a conductor. kamloops heading east they go back to there own sides. so many beautiful spots along there to bad they let the train companies wreck both sides of the valley. Steve
StirCrazy 05/03/21 05:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: SiO2, Lead Crystal, Soneil Batteries

I just hate seeing people spend more money than they have to , I would make a horabile company owner haha I did not want to make my own lithium bank, and now Battleborn sells a 270 ah lithium for only $2,800. Our 260 ah Soneils cost $1,000 delivered to our door. There is no way I'm spending an extra $1,800 for nearly the same ah's, especially when Battleborn was hesitant on recommending their batteries for our situation. Enjoy, Perry I didn't say to build one anywhere in your thread, I just replied to a statment you made that didnt make any sence at all as to why not to pick LFP, it confused a few other people also, then PT got in and things went from there haha, I apoligize. I still don't see how your situation justifies SiO2 over LFP and ya Battleborn is the most overpriced there is most other companies are selling for way less now, but like I said on the last post its a moot point you already bought them. Steve
StirCrazy 05/03/21 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Starting Over - Heart Attack

Thanks for the responses. I was afraid I’d get the response to just forget RVing in Europe. It’s been a dream of mine to go back by boat or RV for decades. I’d like to live there for a couple years with a movable home, like I do here in the USA. it might change things if you are concidering going to europ for a couple years. I have been looking at renting an RV in europ for a couple months for a vacation. there are campgrounds all over the place and while they might not be downtown pairis, there just outside of the central ring and its a short transit ride to atractions. I am not sure on the cost of shipping, but it might be worth it. for me it was going to be slightly cheeper than staying in hotels but way more freedom. Maybe there are places that lease for a couple years.... sounds like you need to do some internet hunting and phone calls to see what shipping it would be vs leasing or maybe even buying one second hand and selling it when you leave.... Steve
StirCrazy 05/03/21 04:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lets try it this way....

Keremeos to Princeton area? Looks sorta familiar. :) dont think there is CP tracks with slide covers down there, could be wrong but the only places I have seen them is fraser canyon and along the #1 Steve
StirCrazy 05/03/21 08:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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