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Old 02-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #555 (permalink)
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The (yet another) one that got away

A used 36/48v 400A Curtis popped up on eBay this morning for a buy-it-now price of $75. That would have been quite the upgrade from our 225A controller.

But it was an "as-is" sale, and the seller said he had no way to test it. Before he could answer a couple of questions I sent to help me decide if I should pull the trigger, someone else snapped it up. Not surprisingly, perhaps, but it's still a $75 gamble ($100 with shipping).

But the biggest fish that got away remains the 48-72v promised-to-be-working unit that went for $200 last year. So about every 3-6 months, by my estimate, a deal comes up on eBay that would suit the ForkenSwift.

Of course, we can still jury rig a controller bypass circuit to give us higer voltage and current on demand, but a more powerful controller is so much easier - plug ' n' play.
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
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