I would suggest you contact Don Gillis. He is in San Jose and can help you
with this process. Also, he recycles batteries for the EAA. All of my old
batteries from my pack went to him. He looks over each battery and saves
the better ones. I expect it would be fine to swap out the few problem
batteries and extend your need to replace the pack. However, going through
the battery change involves a lot of disassembly though I find it much
easier than my Blazer was. Using new batteries to do this is very hard on
the new batteries unless you have a very good equalizer. The complete pack
is just under $2K from Jim Ramos (+1 (510) 881-5122) and I recently received
a message from a battery distributor on the East Coast that offered a
delivered price below Jim.
From: david kettler [ <mailto:davidalankettler@...
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 3:12 PM
Subject: gel batteries
I just received this note today! Please let me know if
you have already gotten your 13 8G27 gel batteries. We
have them in stock, the price is $127 each and we
deliver to Palo Alto every Wednesday so there is no
additional charge for delivery. We also can pick up
the old ones at the same time.
Please call me if you want them this Wed seeing I will
be out of town on business until next Thursday 4-25-02
David Kettler, MK Battery Co.
Supervisor, Corporate Legal IT
The New Hewlett-Packard Co.
3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto, CA 94304
additional contact information (https://ecardfile.com/id/will_beckett
From: Andrew Foss [mailto:afoss@...
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 8:08 AM
Subject: [force_ev] Evaluating lead acid battery packs...
My force has a little over 20K miles on it. I have unfortunately driven
it right down to the limits(had to turn it off and come back an hour
later to get the last 1/2 mile home...) a couple of times.
The battery pack is showing some age, I hit limp home mode around 40
miles now. My commute is now very short and I have charging at work, so
my usability is still fine.
In Tom's posting he mentions replacing a couple of battery cells before
he did the NiCd upgrade. How does one go about determining if any cells
ought to be replaced, before the whole pack?
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