Monday, July 03, 2017

Charging

Day 54

Battery Challenged


9am - Reader Nick Gatel commented a couple of days ago:
"I recommend you have the battery "load tested."

The Scampy Team was heading over to Fountain Park in order to put Scampy's Deep Cycle battery on charge again [The Park has live electric power outlets]. On the way [Strangely enough], we were passing "Battery Xchange" [A place that sells and services batteries]. Remembering Nick's advice, we pulled in.

The guy there first checked Scampy's battery with a hydrometer. The hydrometer check showed the battery to be about 75% charged. Then he hooked up the battery to a load tester. Without me asking for a load test!! Would you believe! 

The guy reported that the battery has good load capacity. And then he advised, "Put the battery on charge for 24-hours at a 3-amps charge rate. If you charge at high amperage, the plates in deep cycle batteries may get warped!

I've been RVing since 2003 and have always had deep cycle batteries. I never knew about this 3-amp charge rate thing!

Charging up in Beaverton's Fountain Park

3:30pm - Sorted Tránsito out
We just finished putting away the big jumble of stuff that was tossed into
Tránsito's storage. 

Guess what happened then? We found that the wood cabinet drawers that we were going to install into Tránsito are not needed!

Note: A few readers figured this out awhile ago and emailed that this would happen!

Everything sorted out!

Out with the wood cabinet drawers!


Yesterday - Mexican food with Rowena
A few days ago, I invited my friend Rowena [Weng] out for supper. We went to a very nice place named, "Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant" in downtown Portland.

I first met Rowena in Aticama, Mexico. That was 2009. Now, we are very good friends!

Rowena!

PS: I am enjoying my leftover Mexican food right now for supper! [10pm]









Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 204 feet




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24 comments:

  1. George, There's a good reason you have not heard about that 3-amps charge rate "thing" (it's utter baloney). Now may I ask (fully aware I may have missed something) but is there a reason you do not use Scampy's AC converter to charge the battery? That works very well on my small trailer, and I can also charge all my devices at the same time (from the 120V AC outlets in the trailer). Regards, Drew

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    1. Hi Drew,

      Did you read in my Blog that when Tránsito's hitch was installed the circuit to Scampy's Deep Cycle Battery was NOT connected?

      That caused Scampy's battery to receive no charge for several days. That meant from Tuesday, June 27th to Saturday, July 1st, that battery received NO charging! Five days Scampy's battery was being used. And received no charging.

      This abuse, caused Scampy's battery to discharge close to 50%. The Progressive converter, even with the Charge Wizard, did not bring the charge level up hardly at all. And that was over about 10-hours.

      This morning, I put the battery on a 3-amp charge rate. In only 4-hours, the specific gravity has risen from 1.220 [72%]
      to 1.240 [81%].

      When this battery rises to a 100% charge [1.277 Specific Gravity], I believe that I will be able to keep it there using a combination of power from Tránsito while driving and my Renogy solar panels.

      I have an appointment with U-Haul to get the charging circuit hooked up properly.

      George

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  2. I believe there is a beautiful Mrs. Lithina Iona waiting to join the Team! :)

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    1. Like all extremely beautiful ladies, you might not be able to afford her! hahaha :)

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    2. Hi Point,

      I am enjoying your rich imagination about Mrs. Lithina Iona!

      It appears at this time, that Tránsito's lead-acid battery has plenty of life.

      George


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    3. Just for fun...

      Ms. Lithina Iona is slender. She only weighs 1/4th the other ladies! She will never cheat on you or let you down. She goes to 24/hr fitness to stay in shape. She is the very beautiful Ms.Lithina Iona!

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  3. Honestly everyone, this is a great topic. I'm about to embark an a huge journey to Alaska, and I am re-thinking everything we know about "energy" for an off-grid RV. All the issues above are solved with a lithium-ion battery, plus they are light as a box of cereal. They are selling them as intelligent "power generators" with integrated EVERYTHING. Solar port, 120ac, jump starter,..just everything. All sizes too. $200-up to $2000. I am sure I can use this as my battery bank. I got a 500kwh one coming to me. I also got a smart solar panel! What you say?? YES! No need for a controller anymore. Hook all this new tech together...and you have a mini power station easily recharged by the sun or a car charger. Impervious to over charging, bad plates, low voltage...all gone. Its very exciting for my planning. Thanks for listening :)

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    1. I have purchased the following:
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    2. Hi Point,

      I understand completely why you are sooooo excited about your Alaska journey.

      The electric equipment that you linked to sound perfect for going to Alaska!!

      George

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    3. Thank you. I'm still learning this blog stuff. Feel free to mess up my blog...haha :)

      http://pointtozero.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Barney.

      Miracles are coming at us from the future. At a furious pace too!

      I am sooooo fortunate to have lived during my lifetime from the days when a long necked telephone stood on a table in our hallway and party lines were common......

      ..... to today, when I carry a fantastically enormous computer in my pocket which is an iPhone.

      George

      PS: Barney, Lithium Ion batteries are not a dream. They are real. They are here now. And soon the price will plunge sooooo low, that every RVer will have them. Bye-bye lead acid!


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  5. I thought Fit was a perfect fit. That said, Transito is pretty cool! Always great to have a storage without taking up living space.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      Well, let me say this about Little Honda Fit:
      I proved that the Fit could tow Scampy, when everybody told me I was nuts to do it.

      Now that I have Tránsito as my tow vehicle I may share the truth with you!

      Tránsito is 100x the tow vehicle that Little Honda was! Maybe more!!

      George

      PS: Transito is extremely delighted with you "pretty cool" compliment!

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  6. What's with all the fires and explosions we hear about with lithium ion?

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    1. Hi Bill,

      The following is from "The Economist", published since 1843:

      "Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, has pointed out that with some 30,000 Tesla cars now on the road, fires have affected one in 10,000 vehicles—which sounds bad.

      But the equivalent statistic for gas-powered cars is one in 1,300.

      It is not just lithium batteries that cause fires. Old-fashioned lead-acid batteries can explode too. Nevertheless, lithium batteries, now almost ubiquitous in any portable electronic device, need to be treated with caution."


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  7. George just want you to know that I enjoy reading your blogs and thank you for taking the time to keep connected with your readers.

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    1. Hi Shiela,

      Blogging is one of my big joys!! And thank you for your comment/compliment! 😍

      George

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  8. Ha ha I thought there was something wrong with trailer hook up...glad everything is working out.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      You should be assured that I very much appreciate the time and effort you put out to help me!

      You are such a nice person! ♥️

      George

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  9. It was nice to see Rowena's picture on your blog. I wish she would blog again
    ~Betty

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    1. Hi Betty,

      Yes, it may be good for you to eventually read Rowena's Blog again.

      George

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  10. You seem to be the happy George that you were a few years ago when you travel around and explore. I am so happy that you are feeling better after your surgery. Now concerning that new to you vehicle you have, it seems that there is even room to have a little workshop out of the sun and other elements. Congratulations.

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