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    • #18336
      Shawn Bryan
      Participant

      Great article on LiPo batteries. Perhaps they have solved all the issues with LiPo batteries for the camper but my experience with a series of LiPo batteries in motorcycles was quite different, primarily in cold weather. As soon as temperatures dropped below 30 degrees the battery performance degraded very significantly, to the point where the motor would not turn over and I could barely light the headlight. Perhaps the cold weather issues have all been solved now – my experience was some years ago – but I’d be interested in any response to the cold temperature performance. I did note the comment that you shouldn’t charge them in cold weather, an issue here where we have been below zero for 10 days straight. We do camp in subfreezing temps regularly so it is a concern and the battery box does get chilly.

    • #18387
      Jefe4x4
      Moderator

      Shawn, Good to read a “not-a-salesman’s” view of the LiPo’s under different circumstances. The whole thing is a non-starter (no pun here) for me at the price they are touting. My tried and true; everything works; old Lance complete with 200 Watts of solar, one group 27 battery (the same model and size as the pair ganged as 3 under the hood of the truck), and new electronics is worth less than the set up of LiPo’s as in Mike’s photo. Maybe in my next life.
      Since the install of solar, we still use power in a conservative manner, and the whole power system has never let us down. It has simply been plug and play. We have no rooftop AC, no microwave oven, and use the heater only in the morning upon arising.
      jefe

      2020 Ford F-350 XLT FX4 4WD SRW SB SC 7.3L Godzilla Gas TorqShift 10R140 397 amps dual Alt dual batts Frnt Dana 60; Rr Dana M275 E-locker 4.30's 4580/4320/4066# payload 7243# curb wt. 11,300# GVWR 5-er prepped. 2020 Northstar Laredo SC, 12v compressor fridge, cassette, 320w Solar sub zero insulation.

    • #18397
      Shawn Bryan
      Participant

      Hi Jefe,
      It is possible they have resolved the cold temp issues but I suspect not from the comment about charging in cold weather. The batteries certainly are lighter but the price is prohibitive for me. I have 2 Group 27 AGM batteries with 160 watts on the roof, a Zamp controller and have yet to have an issue with not enough electrons to power what I need.

      Shawn

    • #18411
      ardvark
      Participant

      Whenever I consider a purchase I try to ask myself whether the degree of happiness I will experience is proportion to the cost of whatever I am considering and in the case of Lithium batteries, they are not even on the radar screen. Using solar and reasonable consumption is still a winner in my book!

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #18619
      Shellie
      Participant

      My experience in regards to lithium batteries in aircraft, they will explode anytime unannounced for no reason. For me only, I’ll definitely pass. THhankyou

      • #18620
        Shawn Bryan
        Participant

        Good point – no sense burning up a perfectly good truck and camper! 🙂

      • #18728
        Mello Mike
        Keymaster

        This topic was addressed during the interview. The LifePO4 type of lithium ion battery is far less volatile than those used in cell phones.

    • #22149
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Whenever I consider a purchase I try to ask myself whether the degree of happiness I will experience is proportion to the cost of whatever I am considering and in the case of Lithium batteries, they are not even on the radar screen. Using solar and reasonable consumption is still a winner in my book!

      I well concur! Since installing solar (440w), and after swapping out a power sucking 30kbtu single speed furnace with a uber thrifty 15/22kbtu two speed atwood, haven’t had even a hint of a battery capacity problem since…In fact (incentivized mostly by an attractive $85 price) I ended up switching to two Costco 6v GC’s and (now 3+ years in) to my astonishment they have preformed 100% flawlessly, even fully powering the 11.5kbtu air cond (via ProSine 2.0) during brief roadside lunch stops (up to 1.5 hrs, to 50-60% SOC)… Needless to say, I’ve been most impressed with these old school FWC GC’s…No going back!!

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