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Old 04-17-2008, 10:18 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I have been doing a little "pulse-and-gliding" on the electric cycle.

As long as I am not turning the throttle, the motor isn't using any power. It is suprising how far I can just coast.

I have noticed that it takes more juice now because of the 36V contactor. I think those things were never designed to be more efficient, because the forklifts had such huge battery packs. I might eventually want to swap out for a better contactor.

Also, I would like to convert to LED lighting, it's just time and money that prevents it. Plus, the cycle works just fine the way it is, and is fairly efficient, so I find it hard to justify the expense right now.
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