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MEXICOWANDERER

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Posted: 02/01/21 02:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have to raise my eyebrows at the cost of being liberated from the power post. Down here, RV campsites are getting out of hand with some unimproved beaches going for $15 U.S per day.
When I was piloting Quicksilver, the object was to find a beautiful palm lined beach and then do the best I could camping out. Solar panels did not exist so running a generator was the hot setup. With no one around masochistic noise limit was the only restriction.
Now Quicksilver is "permanently" ensconced near a beach. The days of free beach loafing are history. Some developed sites near Cancun are getting $100 night.
So leading all this up to an innocent question...

What do thousand dollar batteries buy you?

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Easy answer for me. Expensive batteries give me peace of mind. With Covid, our trailer is parked for 3 seasons on a piece of property we bought (to camp on because campsites were closed last summer and for eventual retirement). With plenty of solar and a big, light battery bank, I can keep a residential fridge running full time with no worries and plenty of power for days if there's no sun - something I can't do with a generator since we're not there full-time. When we get back on the road (who knows when?) we're fully self sufficient and well within weigh limits (something I can't say about my previous battery bank of 3 huge Rolls 210a 12 volters...).


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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:


So leading all this up to an innocent question...

What do thousand dollar batteries buy you?


Hi Mex,

Welcome Back!

In my case I'll go for SiO2 at $500 usd per 100 amp-hours. I want a large bank of 6 divided to 3 and 3. They can be used at -40. The can do 602 discharges to 0 volts, 1500 to 20% state of charge or 2800 cycles to 50%. They don't sulphate and need to be fully recharged once every 30 days @ 14.6 volts. Since I'm no longer full time--for me these batteries come with a lifetime guarantee.

My requirement is enough power to run an O2 concentrator overnight as I refuse to run a generator while sleeping. That is why I want 600 amp-hours of capacity. If I go with 80% then that's about 5 kwh of usable storage.

There is a firm in Lac la Biche that is selling a 100 amp-hour drop in LI with BMS for $313 usd. If I lived in the warm south that would be a good choice I think.


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, soon to have SiO2 batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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Solar with LFP and "faster charging" needs clarification or it is just more Kool-Aid to swallow. You do mostly 75-99s with solar rather than 50-90s as when off-grid and no solar.

The c Rate with solar is low with an off-grid sized bank and say 40 amps charging at noon and less the rest of the day, so the bank stays in Bulk to a high SOC (no tapering) so that removes the usual LFP advantage in the higher SOC range. Only way to speed things up would be a higher amp controller with more panel wattage making more charging amps.

However-- the big thing would be how solar with FLA too often leaves the batts not yet full by dark, so they sulphate over time. With LFP and SiO2 you can go for long periods without fully recharging them. IMO that would be worth something for a full-timer off grid. ( Not worth the money for a part-timer who can get home once in a while to "recover" the batteries using shore power)

PT, My SiO2 G27s are 60 lbs vs about 63 lbs for an ordinary AGM. I charge them at 14.6v regardless of temp under 77F so effectively at less than 14.6 this time of year.

If you have settled on SiO2 from Azimuth, perhaps get a quote now since they do have reduced prices for buying more at once, and they have a bunch now that are not flying off the shelf it looks like. If you don't like their quote, counter-offer. Who knows what prices will be this summer? Are they the only dealer Can/US? What if they go out of business? Worth a try IMO.


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Hi BFL13,

Ty for the information on your charging voltage.

I plan on purchasing 1 starter battery, 8 100 amp-hour, and one for my Yamaha genny. There is the possibility of two more for my brother's Boler. I'll most certainly be getting a price quote!

If Azimuth goes under I'll drive to Eastern Canada and buy direct from Soneil or order from someone else on this list:

https://soneil.com/canada-distributors/

or from one of these USA stores:

https://soneil.com/usa-distributors/

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pianotuna wrote:

Steve,

It is a concern if you store at -40. How do you get the "living space" warm without a usable battery bank?

the company I was writing to has a 100 amp-hour LiFeP04 with BMS drop in for $400 Canadian. Their store is at Lac La Biche Alberta


there is no concern for having a Li battery sitting not being used at -40 it is only charging below 0 that is fround upon and can cause dammage. you can still discharge them much lower. the neet part of the Lit you were showing is you could charge it a fair bit colder but the energy density made them even lighter and smaller than LFP. most list there discharge range from -20C to 70C but for storage it isnt an issue. they use them in powersport (skidoos) much colder and sellers just recomend a short crank to "prewarm" the battery. in a RV you could just turn on the furnace and not use high amp draws like microwave and such untill the interior is warm, or if you had a low draw batery warmer turn that on for a few min then start the furnace. personaly I just wont camp at -20 anymore [emoticon]

ya for someone that can't DIY or just doesnt want to the prices are getting amaxing. My 235AH 6V cost me 300 each so still a bit cheeper upfront but when you looks at 600-800 cycles compared to 4000-7000 cycles depending on the type of cell they are using thats not bad.

right now I can get four 280 ah cells for 280.00 + shipping that will make a 280ah 12v battery, the BMS can be had as low as 20 bucks , but a good quality Daly runs about 140.00 cdn but that will control up to 8 cells and active ballance and such so that is what I would buy for a 560AH 12V battery. their 4 cell one is about 100 bucks.

if you are not going to be pulling high amp loads you just need to tape then togeather and put in a box you can build or buy, if you are going to be running hgh draws then would box must also hold them snug togeather so not alot to them realy. the cells come with bus bars and such. ther only issue is the actual shipping cost of the cells. it varries from 200 to 1000 bucks of a pack of 4. I have found some places that include shipping and I think it was 1600 cdn for 8 of the 280 ah cells. so I figured I would be around 2000 tax in to build a 560AH battery with 90% usable ah, or 1200 to replace my four 6V. I have found one that is 2200 for 16 cells including shipping so that is a option also, I could put a 840AH battery in the 5th wheel and a 280ah in the camper. so for me it is going to be a money desision come spring unless shipping comes down a lot, or with covid happening if I decide to use the camper more than the 5th this year maybe Ill put it off another year and see what prices do.

Steve


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I notice a lot of people trying to compare charging time between the LI, Sio2 and LA, you cannt put Li in that comparason as the limitation 99.9% of people are going to run up against is the size of the charger. there is no adsorption mode on the Li, well maybe a min or two at the verry end it is all bulk other wise at a 1C rate and that is artificial and introduced by the BMS LiphO4 is actualy a 4 to 7C rate but who is every going to use that so why not make them last a little longer. that means if you have a 280AH 12V battery you could have a 280amp charger and charge that bank in about an hour, now I dont know anyone who has a charger that big but with the new 3in1 setups that combine solar and your Dc to Dc charger and ac charger in one it could be possible to have all three going in an emergency, but that is extreem. so lets go with a battery bank of around 200 usable ah, which would be two Li batteries or 4 6VGCor 250ah of Sio2 what ever that is, lets say you have a 75 amp converter, and you have used 150 amps. you could fully charge the Li bank in 2 hours, but I do know you are not charging the others anywhere near that fast to 100% if they would even handle a 75 amp input with out it being reduced.

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Steve,

You missed my point entirely.

Storing at -40 how do you run the furnace with no 12 volt power because you can NOT draw on an LiFePo4 for the 2 to 3 hours the furnace needs to run.

Plus my brothers experience was that storing at -40 killed an li battery. I do not know which Li chemistry it was.

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pianotuna wrote:

Steve,

You missed my point entirely.

Storing at -40 how do you run the furnace with no 12 volt power because you can NOT draw on an LiFePo4 for the 2 to 3 hours the furnace needs to run.

Plus my brothers experience was that storing at -40 killed an li battery. I do not know which Li chemistry it was.


the chemistry is the big thing like I said (I didn't miss the point) you can warm them with low draw at that temp you can use full draw on a LiPhO4 at -20. persoanly if I found a need to go camping at -40 I would have a normal Lead acid battery that I could just put a 12V battery warming blanket on to to prewarm them to the point there above -20 then kick on the furnace, but thats getting a little crazy isnt it?

what kind of camping are you going to do at -40? (Im being serious now) I grew up in Edmonton and area so I know what the cold is about and I dont know anyone who willing went camping that cold, -10 to -20 maybe. we used to go skidooing in the mountians but it was never that cold, Im just having a hard time seeing what your doing for camping at -40 expecialy since no camper that I have seen is rated below about -17. it would be crazy the amount of propane you would burn and still be cold, or do you just use that number because some times it gets that cold and some one could in theory want to go camping?

Steve

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I tune pianos in rural SK. Sometimes that has been at -37 c and without shore power. I will NOT run a generator while sleeping.

My RV is HIGHLY modified and I had 875 amp-hours of battery bank.

Moving Sue and Photo Mike have boondocked at -40, so I'm not a record holder.

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