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RE: CREE CRXL-B 3-watt Almost have a winner here...

Subscribed. The narrow range of voltage is just a minor engineering problem. The 800 ma part is what interests me, more battery longevity between recharges while camping, better efficiency. See if you can get a spec on the color of the chips... are they 5000k "sunlight type models?
NinerBikes 04/23/17 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Rough Survey / Who Switched To AGM Last 12 months? HAPPY?

Joined the Telco AGM group about 20 months ago. Will last a looooong time. However, doubt it would power a 300w inverter very well, being just only 150Ah and having very, very thick heavy lead plates so it will last 10+ years in an isolated cell phone site location miles and miles up a dirt road on the mountains in the boonies. Also, my Teleco does NOT like to take much more than a 20Ah recharge rate so far... YMMV, it's a Deka. Highly doubt I will ever again buy FLA battery ever again, would buy an AGM, and when the prices drop a lot, Lithium chemistry may in my future. YMMV.
NinerBikes 04/17/17 12:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Use

OP should ask themselves if they want to budget for nightly RV park fees with hookups, instead of budgeting for generator hour run times. Either way, one needs to inevitably budget for both, or be shocked at the bills at the end of the trip.
NinerBikes 04/13/17 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance or not

Take a look at your photo on the left side, near the top. See that clear vent hose? Stop and ask your self, what does it mean? Your existing battery is a non AGM battery. Your battery is strong because you use it frequently enough to keep it nearly fully charged, and infrequently enough that it doesn't go through a lot of charge /discharge cycles. It also helps that your diesel probably starts up first time, every time, very, very quickly, due to low mileage on the motor. Nothing is easier on a battery than starting up once in the morning cold with glow plugs, and then going 200-300 miles before the next diesel refuel at the end of the day, then shutting down for the night, to repeat the process the next day. Only one major glow plug running discharge session and one cold start per 200 or 300 miles is easy, peasy life on a starting battery. Do that 2 to 4 times a year, between sitting there stored, fully charged, and it's an easy life.
NinerBikes 04/13/17 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance or not

I am showing that that 2008 sprinter takes a GRoup 49 AGM battery, so please double check before buying or ordering Deka Intimidator Group 49 AGM I have a 5 year old VARTA AGM sitting under the drivers seat of my 2012 VW Touareg TDI Sport, May 2012 build. Without question, I equalize charge it 1x per year, whether it needs it or not. I KNOW, for a fact, that doing this and desulphating the cells 1x per year will help with the longevity of the battery in that car. VARTA, when treated properly, makes great batteries. That said, I run a used DEKA Telecom Surplus AGM in my Travel Trailer. If the utilities company like Verizon at their cell phone sites in remote locations is using DEKA, on contract, all I can say is that you know THAT model of battery is good. I would trust DEKA in my MB Sprinter, as I would VARTA. I do drive all german cars, and I do use all german brand filters and oils in them too, with good reason. East Penn /DEKA makes nothing but batteries. You can bet they are very good at it. The battery in your Sprinter was made in the 33rd week of 2008, FYI.
NinerBikes 04/12/17 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Alternative Megawatt Shutoff Timer (link)

My 30 amp MegaWatt came with the pigtail and plug to attach. I tinned the 3 wires first before attaching to power in screws on the far right of the terminal block. Is it not still the same? This was 3 or 4 years ago?
NinerBikes 04/12/17 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: What are your hobbies

Fly fish, tie flies, drink IPA's, beer tours, mineral shows, ham radio, mtn bike ride, make new friends around campfires, tell stories, hear even BETTER stories, see natural wonders of nature in all forms, make campfires, and smell like campfires, BBQ good meat, monitor my solar panels and SOC on the AGM battery, help fellow campers, and drive to and from new sights to see, trailer in tow, while travelling slowly. Sometimes dump, add water and propane. Compared to a 2 person tent, I don't care if others call it "Glamping". I like a warm comfortable bed, OTA TV weather reports from the Batwing, a hot shower in the morning, and a cold beer in the evening.
NinerBikes 04/10/17 10:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck stops

Small rv in huge space is kinda selfish, unless most of the parking lot is empty. my pet peeves is when gas rigs park in front of the only diesel pump, when there are other gas pumps available. People are so self centered they don't even consider how their actions affect others. Ding, ding, ding! My pet peeve. Which is why I wish there were just separate diesel pump locations, period.
NinerBikes 04/09/17 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

Hence in my original post my protocol for an exaggerated drawn-out recharging event. You can bet I was thermal scanning all six accumulators during the process. The 11.2 volt pack was perfect for checking 800ma LED chips prior to assembly. Now I have (another) lab power supply so I do not need the pack as much. But using the pack in conjunction with a 347 nm UV 800 ma LED chip for portable night-time scorpion hunting has me intrigued. The price of the chip howver is daunting. 9.5 watt 347 nm chips are pricey. 365nm scorpion flashlight
NinerBikes 04/08/17 12:13am Tech Issues
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

Everything from them needs to be taken with copious amounts of salt They went from the bus to a new RV, to now in a Sail boat Iirc Sponsors paid for everything RV, batteries, solar,etc.. Any links on their new motor home, and then their boat?
NinerBikes 04/06/17 10:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Android overtakes Windows as most used operating system

I've been running a Samsung Chromebook for what seems like 3 or 4 years now. I am by no means a techie. The last HP laptop I bought came with Windows 7. It was terrible compared to Windows XP. I absolutely hate it now, now that it has been "upgraded" to Windows 10. Windows 10 is junk, complete junk. I found Windows 98 and Windows XP Pro to be the most useful for my day in and day out needs. Now, a little 4 year old Chromebook does almost all of it. And I am perfectly happy with it. Also happy with my outdated Samsung Galaxy Note 4. So far, so good.
NinerBikes 04/04/17 05:37pm Technology Corner
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

I thought I saw 100 ah batteries somewhere near Ontario or the San Gabriel Valley in CA for about $500 each, from China. do a search to find them, save yourself a bunch of money.
NinerBikes 04/02/17 02:08pm Tech Issues
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

Going on two years now added four 200amp/hr LiFeMnPO4 Prismatic cells They have been wonderful to say the very least Contrary to popular belief they are not difficult to charge properly Suggest you look at the Prismatic cells as compared to the "Drop In Replacements" which are made of dozens of smaller cells in a series / parallel configuration Check out the Boating forums lots of good hands on info available Tell us more about your prismatic cells. I believe my VW e-Golf has the exact same battery chemistry as what you are mentioning, with prismatic cells. 24.2 kwh of capacity, about 22kwh usable.
NinerBikes 04/02/17 01:48pm Tech Issues
RE: April Fools Day Calfornia Battery Prices

Through out history, the poorest members of the population have been the ones with the most hazardous jobs mining etc..and the poorest health I can not condone that.. And nobody should The higher the birth rate, the higher the population count. The higher the population count, the greater the burden on the government to educate and provide for all of them. The larger the population, the smaller the slice of the pie every one of them gets, due to limited resources land can provide. Unfortunately, the leaders in China see them as a renewable resource that is expendable, human rights be damned. War, atrocities, poor health and a higher death rate due to risky job operations all help to keep the overall population manageable and in check. Death rates need to exceed birth rates, no other way around it, for everyone to live better. We can all condone, or not condone whatever we want, but few of us will have any effect overall on the grand scheme of things.
NinerBikes 04/02/17 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Tent Cot Camping

I've owned a TenCot since about 2002 or 2003, I believe. Got a lot of years service out of mine. Here's something I posted about mine on FaceBook a while back. TentCot Service
NinerBikes 04/02/17 10:35am Tent Camping
RE: 70 amp charger cooking 12v LEDs?

I have a QRP ham radio that while listening pulls about 180 to 190 mAh. It runs at from 15.0 to 10.0V From 15 to 14V at about 3000 mah, it will transmit at 15w under voltage sag. From 14.0V to 12.0V, it will transmit at 10w. Under 12.0V, it will automatically drop down to 5w. Since I do remote field operations, I've bought a 4S Li Poly battery that starts out at 16.8V, drops down and runs at 14.8V for a long time, then the V drops off and under 12.0v I will be at 5w. I want a set of diodes in series that will handle 3 to 4 amps, with enough diodes in series that it will drop the V down from 16.8 to 15.3V or slightly less, as there is also a protection reverse current diode in the radio that drops input voltage another 0.3V. I want to be able to run at 15 watts as long as possible when doing activations while remote.
NinerBikes 03/29/17 10:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Tech Tip: Megawatt / Tiny Generator

The 'ranch' owner needed a battery charged His 300w 2 cycle generator bogged and died every time they tried to used the 10 amp charger, even died on the 2 amp setting Mex connected the megawatt turned the voltage down load Started the generator dialed the voltage up until the generator struggled Backed it off until running smooth As the load lessen he would turn the voltage up just hair Kept doing this until the battery was charged The Ranchero ask sell? And Mex sold it to him and also got a 4 pound cheese wheel as a bonus Moral of the story even an itty bitty 300w generator can charge a battery, using the right charger and technique Another moral is that the stock pot on the Mega Watt wont take much twisting and adjusting before failure, and that the Megawatt should not be exposed to ranching dirt, dust, etc, getting inside the electronics on the components and fan also. It's really designed for an indoor, static location. Just a FYI
NinerBikes 03/29/17 04:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Tech Tip: Megawatt / Tiny Generator

Which model Megawatt are your referring to, and which model 300 watt chinese generator?
NinerBikes 03/29/17 03:12pm Tech Issues
RE: The ANTENNA Thread with measured signal strengths by brand

SO to cut to the chase..... As has been known Winegard Crank up amplified antenna with 'wing' WINS! Yes, but this thread above quantifies it in measurable terms, via a scope reading. So there is no question as to "how much better" is a Wineguard with gen 4 wing.
NinerBikes 03/29/17 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Television Antenna Options

In HF ham radios, 3dBm is worth 1/2 an "S" in signal strength,and I believe a doubling of the amount of watts transmitted. See "dBm as a power level" chart, and look up 1w vs 2w, vs 4w. transmitting power Of course, how good your propagation is of those watts vs antenna selection is important in ham radios, but in our case here, we are looking at efficiency in receiving the signal strength strong enough to saturate the TV's receiver to get full audio and picture strength on the screen. The stronger the signal, the better the chance you'll still get reception in cloud cover and during rain storms. Rain will dilute your TV signal strength considerably, causing all kinds of picture problems during heavy down pours. I don't watch too much TV while out in the Travel Trailer, but it's very nice to put up my batwing in Quartzsite after a long day at the gem and mineral show, and pull in 4 or 5 stations 50 miles south of us that serve Yuma, from Plomosa Road. Last time I was there, everyone was telling me my antenna was aimed the wrong direction, they were all pointed north. I was pointed about 195 to 200 degrees, at some Yuma based stations from mountains on the other side of the Colorado River in CA and getting great reception on my little 1080p 22" Samsung LED TV, only pulling 19w off the battery. YMMV... Just sharing with you what worked for me that trip to "Q". I had a lot of disbelievers, until they came inside and saw what was on my TV. I may have a cr*ppy little 21 ft travel trailer, but it has a good surplus telecom AGM battery, a great TV and a great antenna for pulling in TV signals.
NinerBikes 03/29/17 10:34am Tech Issues
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