I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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I should probably somewhat retract my previous statement. After some more research, I've found that he is very bullish on the technology and is currently running it through its paces on his boat to see if it withstands the rigors of cruising. The batteries were originally designed for use in tanks - they turn their engines off to minimize their heat signature and have to run on batteries for a long time. They then have to recharge them quickly. One of the biggest issues with them at the moment is the charge acceptance rate - they will take anything you throw at them, which could keep your alternator at 100% for a period of time, so that can cause undue wear and tear. On the other hand, you can recharge a 90% depleted 214AH battery in 25 minutes with the appropriate tech (which we won't have). I'd be recharging them using our generator powered Xantrex charger, so I need to talk to them to find out what strain, if any, would be placed on it.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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