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DIY LiFePO4 battery goes to work


It’s been some time since I constructed my DIY LiFePO4 battery and began my bench testing. After finishing the construct I’d deliberate to press the battery into service however hadn’t discovered the perfect software for it. As soon as I completed the battery I knew I needed to check it in a real-world state of affairs, but in addition one the place troubles wouldn’t knock the home system of my boats or RV offline. Properly, I believe I’ve discovered the proper place to get that real-world utilization testing whereas additionally with the ability to tolerate bother.

Sure, the again of my van does look just a little like a messy Milwaukee showroom

In regards to the time I completed up the DIY battery I additionally purchased a well-loved Mercedes Metris work van to make use of for cell installs. It’s a glamorous life I lead, driving round in a Mercedes. Or so that you would possibly assume till you see the within of my explicit Mercedes.

It’s been nice to gather most of my set up instruments right into a single spot and outfit the van with every thing I (ought to) want to finish an set up. I’ve discovered it invaluable not only for finishing work by myself boats and RV, but in addition whereas finishing the set up portion of consulting engagements.

I’m dedicated to utilizing cordless instruments at any time when doable and that’s labored very well for me. However, a few of these instruments, like my warmth gun, vacuum, and saws, can drain batteries in a rush. So, I carry fairly just a few additional charged batteries. However, I’d prefer to recharge those I’ve used within the van. And, so long as I’m charging my instruments, it could even be good to energy my laptop computer and anything that may come up.

The DIY battery on the bench earlier than transferring it to a battery enclosure

This appeared like the proper workload for the DIY battery. It can give me the chance to check the battery below actual workloads and below some less-than-perfect circumstances. The Metris could be ordered from Mercedes with all types of advanced electrical choices to help unfitting (changing to van campers, and so forth). However, mine was ordered as a bottom-of-the-barrel work van and got here with not one of the fancy choices like second batteries, bigger alternators, excessive amperage wiring to the rear, and so forth. So, I’ll be charging the DIY battery utilizing a comparatively small DC to DC charger.

The earlier proprietor of my van put in shelving down the left aspect of the cargo space. The entrance finish of the shelving ends earlier than it meets the partition and left an space practically completely sized for the battery. I’d put in the battery in a Group 31 battery field that protects it properly. So, I put in the securing strap to the ground and slid the battery in place.

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