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Old 07-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #999 (permalink)
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pack snapshot

What is this terribly fuzzy picture? It's a cell phone photo I took a week or so ago of the battery pack gauge/monitor while driving up a hill -- that is, with the pack under load.

What does it tell me? The batteries are more or less doing OK. Relative to one another, there isn't a huge amount of difference in the voltage (amount of sag) between them.

Yes, I purposely installed the batts in order of strongest to weakest going from left to right on the gauge. So I mostly keep an eye on #8 over there on the right to make sure I don't extinguish the bottom LED on its scale -- that would be battricide territory (volts less than 5.25).

And, no, I still haven't mounted the gauge in the instrument panel. It's still sitting on top of the dashboard like it was oh, about 5 years ago. Nothing as permanent as a temporary solution!
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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