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Old 11-25-2007, 10:21 PM   #136 (permalink)
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07-24-2006, 08:10 Pm

I may have a lead (pardon the pun) on a cheap ForkenSwift battery pack.

A friend of my neighbour works as a contractor for the local cable company. He said they recently ordered new 12v batteries for all their remote power supplies (grey boxes on phone poles), and then decided to change to a different power supply... which uses a different battery.

So, if you can believe it, they have already taken over 100 of these brand new, unused batteries to the recyclers. $160 new ... couple of bucks as scrap.

They are almost certainly the wrong type of battery for an electric vehicle, but for a first pack, they'll be great, even if they don't last very long. He says they're a gel electrolyte, and about the same size as a standard car battery.

I told him I'd like at least 8 (for a 48V pack), and possibly more... for the car, boat & other stuff.

Fingers crossed...
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