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RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Well it’s encouraging to know that in the ‘real-world’ LiFePO4’s batteries are proving their worthiness above the 50th parallel :) 3 tons
3 tons 05/08/21 07:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

The PD Lithium specific model is extremely flawed...Why??... Because it continues to charge the battery long after the battery is fully charged (eventually shortening battery life) and cannot be shut off without entirely disabling the 12v converter only function.....This is why their regular model is better, while it’ll deliver the necessary 14.4v when using the Charge Wizard set to Boost, and the 13.6v Absorption will be of no consequence...However, Equalization mode will need to be defeated.... 3 tonsThe Progressive Dynamic EQ mode only applies 14.4v for 15 min every 21 hours before dropping back down to 13.2v or 13.6v. Battleborn only expressed concern about floating their LifePo4's at 14.6v 24/7, weeks/months at a time. Very significant difference. IMO, anyone with a LifePo4 who has the need to leave their rig unattended for weeks, months at a time should simply disconnect them--ideally with a 40-50% SOC, regardless what kind of converter/charger they have. With a parasitic discharge rate of only 1-2% a month, they'll be fine for a very, very long time---at least a year or more. Even 13.6v will quickly float LifePo4's to 97-98% SOC. Unless I'm missing something here, what's the point? Is it possible this is the reason Progressive Dynamic designed a single-stage 14.6v converter to begin with? They saw no urgent need to float a LifePo4? Agreed, I disconnect mine while in longer term storage...Charging a LiFePO4 is slightly different than FWC’s, but once one gets past the keyboard mythology (lol :) ) it is in no way difficult.... 3 tons
3 tons 05/03/21 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

The PD Lithium specific model is extremely flawed...Why??... Because it continues to charge the battery long after the battery is fully charged (eventually shortening battery life) and cannot be shut off without entirely disabling the 12v converter only function.....This is why their regular model is better, while it’ll deliver the necessary 14.4v when using the Charge Wizard set to Boost, and the 13.6v Absorption will be of no consequence...However, Equalization mode will need to be defeated.... 3 tons
3 tons 05/03/21 09:56am Tech Issues
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

This device has been on the aftermarket for quite some time - just a computer dongle that correlates already existing OBD II drivetrain data, however it won’t know if you do a suspension mod...Ford simply made it a pricy option integrated into center screen... Mfg by Curt, available at etrailer 3 tons
3 tons 05/02/21 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: SiO2, Lead Crystal, Soneil Batteries

Well, the OP’s information is a bit sketchy, I’m still confused by the reference of amp/hrs capacity vs amps current - some clarity is lacking... 3 Tons, fully harvested in sunny (ugg!) Las Vegas
3 tons 05/01/21 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: SiO2, Lead Crystal, Soneil Batteries

BFL13 and any other SiO2 owners: We also have a Victron BMV-712 battery monitor, that we purchased when our first set of Crown 6v AGM batteries failed. Two years later (January 2021) our second set failed, so we purchased the Soneil batteries from Azmuth. I would be curious as to what caused two sets of Crown’s to fail, and if you were able to correct the situation?? 3 tons
3 tons 04/29/21 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Help! Water under the skin, delamination and damage.

“I forgot to mention, 100% of the info you get on this web site is opinion” .... Huh??.... I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that opinions was what the OP was seeking - lol 3 tons
3 tons 04/27/21 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

Is a camper better than a tent??...For some folks a tent can make more sense... 3 tons
3 tons 04/26/21 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Installation FIT DISCREPENCIES On Amish Built Cooling Unit

What is this?? A compressor conversion, or absorbtion replacement?? ...Lost in the woods... 3 tons
3 tons 04/26/21 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Help! Water under the skin, delamination and damage.

Done a bunch of home remodels myself...If it were me, I would fix it myself, and soend the savings on a camping trip!!...I see this as maybe butt ugly but I don’t see this as terminal...I would make a east to west very shallow cut (no greater than 1/8” to avoid the aluminum stringers) just aft of the front cap radius (on the under-cab), remove the entire panel (which is filon atop of cheap luan plywood), eliminate the filon and replace with new luan say atop conventional 4’x8’ vinyl sheet material from a big box store then permanently cover the cut seam with a caulked trim strip ...The damage likely extends down to the vertical section beneath the cabover as well, but the process is still the same...I see no reason why this can’t be addressed by a semi-experienced DIY’er.. 3 tons
3 tons 04/25/21 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

I’m in complete agreement Mex, know that your constructive input is greatly appreciated... 3 tons, nowadays a man kinda of a different world...
3 tons 04/24/21 05:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Mex, understand no BS was intended from me, and thanks for jogging my feeble memory and correcting the historic record...Either way, my point had more to do with discernment and decision making, which I believe (admittedly contrary to some) with a bit research is not beyond the grasp of most mortal techies or DIY’ers...I would easily consult an engineer (having first exhausted my own innate resourcefulness) where matters are beyond my own scope or skill-set... However, the wholesale dismissal (by a devout non-user group...) surrounding the findings and information provided here by actual LFP users in my view seems often misleading, of relative low value (trolling?) and subjective - openly unsolicited opinions typically offered by folks that have absolutely no interest whatsoever in transitioning to LFP are overrated... It seems that nearly any discussion about LFP’s ends up ripe with a surplus of off-hand misstatements and conjecture from these few topic lurkers...Maybe it’s merely a cry-out for media attention, or maybe in some way they feel their own battery option du jour threatened? - Folks are free to draw their own conclusions, but I find this psychology odd, though it can often be entertaining :) 3 tons
3 tons 04/24/21 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

As per my previous: Outta respect for PT and others I’ll appropriately temper my previous response - for the record I believe PT is a ‘Good Guy’ merely making his way with a point of view to share, so in full humility I’ll offer a redaction - my own self-awareness tells me that I sometimes can come off a bit too dang harsh.... (unnecessarily milspec direct...). 3 tons,
3 tons 04/24/21 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

In the interest of harmony, Self-Redacted :) 3 tons, searching for Diogenes in the high desert....
3 tons 04/24/21 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Per PT: “ Nice list, but I won't put any "house" battery inside my living quarters.” So do you keep your computer outside?? :) (lol!)...Note too, when considering danger, what is more dangerous, a non-venting LFP battery (non-hazardous’ during shipment), or multiple interior housed propane appliances subject to the duress of road vibration?? Truth is we cannot escape our very dangerous world...JMHO 3 tons I guess you have joined the obfustication group. A "house" battery is not what is in a laptop. Laptop batteries are typically between 2 and 6 amp-hours. "House" batteries for serious boondocking are between 200 and 875 amp-hours. In short (deliberate pun) a house bank failure is going to release one heck of a lot more energy than a laptop--and you can throw the laptop out the door, if need be. As far as propane goes, I'd prefer to not use it. Well, with that dang much energy potentially on the let-loose, I doubt anyone could find safe harbor in the presence of an RV’s sub-floor!! (but that’s just me...) 3 tons, peacefully co-existing with other paradigms...
3 tons 04/24/21 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Though it’s taken a bit effort, I think this and other Lithium threads continue to be productive in flushing out subjective FLP mythologies from informed user experiences :) , This, where ‘little guy’ making his on cogent assessment trumps the elitism of the pseudo-specialist... 3 tons, rapidly harvesting in the high Desert...
3 tons 04/24/21 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Per PT: “ Nice list, but I won't put any "house" battery inside my living quarters.” So do you keep your computer outside?? :) (lol!)...Note too, when considering danger, what is more dangerous, a non-venting LFP battery (non-hazardous’ during shipment), or multiple interior housed propane appliances subject to the duress of road vibration?? Truth is we cannot escape our very dangerous world...JMHO 3 tons
3 tons 04/24/21 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

I find being a Cynic works because in this way I’m never disappointed... 3 tons
3 tons 04/24/21 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

“ Trying to convince a weekend warrior that a lithium bank is justified is like trying to convince a deer hunter an RPG is indispensable. Remember a pessimists glass is half empty N optimist's glass is half full. AN ENGINEER figures out the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.” Battery choice (Uh, choice is good right??) should be a cogent determination best made by ‘thinking individuals’ rather than non-sentient zombies (e.g. your referenced Moo-cows...)...Admittedly, this culls the herd considerably - and those remaining are often a minority of individuals who choose to plan ahead and possess the ability to see beyond the trendy slogans of bumper stickers... I would also note the ‘perceived infallibility’ of those poor Morton-Thiokol ‘engineer-experts’ who made the failed O-ring selection, and final launch call for the Challenger shuttle...This example highlights why one should avoid the temptation of outsourcing their own *critical thinking’ skills... *(e.g. discounting the vagaries of non-user ‘opinion polls’...) 3 tons, in the High NV Desert
3 tons 04/24/21 08:24am Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Small thermostatically controlled pad heater can easily keep your battery at 5c or better. Not at -30 to -40. Question: So to be intellectually honest, -30 to -40 (though possible) should be viewed by most as an outlier scenario - Are we now suddenly to believe that as thinking beings we’re devoid of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness, else we perish of malfeasance ??...To overcome the dreaded contagion of mental paralysis, how about this just for starters: a) insulated battery box b) electric heating strip c) interior mounting (beneath dinette seat??...worries gone!!) d) be sensible and migrate to a warmer climate e) SiO2 as an alternative to counter (uninsulated) extreme WX?? F) demand that the nanny-state tax your neighbor to subsidize your battery requirements (a standard fair green subsidy thingy - lol ) The point is, where there’s a will there’s a way, eh?? Geeze!!...time now to take some personal responsibility, “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” your issues... 3 tons
3 tons 04/23/21 10:59pm Tech Issues
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