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Old 02-25-2008, 10:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I dunno really. If the batteries were new (40Ah), I'd hope for about 30 miles. With used batteries, I'm hoping for 20 miles of realistic driving. Honestly though, I really have no idea. I'll do a bunch of laps around the block when I start driving it to determine what my actual range will be before I take it on any outings, grocery runs, or commutes.

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey BigMouse. Glad to see you here. You've made some good progress.

I love watching the vids of your milestones. Brings back memories!
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I love watching the vids of your milestones. Brings back memories!
Thanks! I'm almost done with it. It's very exciting.
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I dunno how long those U/S nicad cells will last you, Mouse, but I guess it's a good (free!) start.

(I work in the aviation industry, and spent a bit less than a year working in a NiCad battery shop... (holy boring job, batman!))

Unfortunately I'm no longer in a position to snag dead cells like that, otherwise I'd probably do the same thing. A friend once got enough cells to build up a small (yet still heavy) pack to power an awesome coilgun he'd built at home. That was fun!
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Well, I've given up on building my own controller. Gone through too many IGBT's and too many little chips and mosfets. As far as I can tell, everything should work, and it does to an extent, but as soon as I apply a load, things fry. I'm finally admitting that it's over my head, and am ordering a controller so I can finally finish my project!

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