Shopping DooDads

What did you do during your lockdown, hmmm???

Did you binge watch a bunch of series on netflix???

I didn’t. I went shopping. And when I say “went”, I mean I sat on my couch in my pajamas and hit AliExpress, BangGood and Amazon.de. BangGood ships from the Czech Republic, Amazon from Germany, so the prices are final including VAT and any other customs. AliExpress is naturally from China…shop and pray. (Bytheway… the batteries came from AliEpress in Poland so again the extra $$ were included and final)

So what did you shop, you may ask.

First of all a decent multimeter for pete’s sake! I got a Uni-T with an ampmeter clamp which goes up to 1000amps DC. Sweet! It took 2 months from China but no extra charges.

Next…. Battery chargers. Firstly, a cheap one. 1200watt which will be for the full 48volt battery, charging at 20amps.

The 48volt battery consists of 16 cells and the flavor of the day is to use a benchtop power supply so you can get funky with voltage, amps, constant current (cc) and constant voltage (cv) charging. I’ll explain what all that is in another post.

First a Riden! Best bang for your buck. 800W switching power supply and a 18amp controller. I bought it from all over the place, the psu, the controller and its box. And I put it all together without electrocuting myself!

I also got a smaller 300watt one. Smaller, programable and cute! Though it would be a good idea to get a second one to be on the safe side. (to be continued)

Another vitally important component of the battery is the BMS (battery management system). Lithium cells mustn’t be overcharged nor undercharged. Since there are 16 cells in series, the bms is vital. It’s a relay type with bluetooth, known as “smart”. This also shall be exposed more in a later post. Also it’s the only thing I shopped that got held and charged in customs plus VAT….D’oh!

How about a fuel gauge?? Our new fuel is AMPS! So I got a smart shunt by Victron… the good stuff. It pretty much measures amps going in and out of the battery so you know what the hell is going on.

Jeez…. anything else.

Yes! A 15tonne hydraulic crimping tool!

A big ass wire cutter for big ass cables

And something I’ve needed forever…small wire stripper and crimper

So there. When I shop… I shop!! And I’m not done yet…. only for the time being.

Still gotta get distribution bus bars, big ass cables, lugs for said cables… and build the whole thing. The lockdown was fine but now all hell is breaking loose work wise. Insert blasphemy.

Stay tuned…and dig up the jammys…it’s getting chilly!

Capt Pete

ps…..And if anyone owes you money, that big ass wire cutter will be most useful….!

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Dawn of a New Age!

How dramatic!

Well, as you all know, since I married Zoot Allures I’ve been dealing with her 3 times removed stinky cousin. But that’s over. Since there was/is a pandemic and I spent days locked down… I went shopping.

BOOM #1

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Yes ladies and gents…I bought an electrification kit from Kit Elec Shop from France.

This kit is pre-wired. Main components is the 10kw brushless electric motor, the controller with is the “brain”, a bracket that they all attach to and the wiring harness consisting of the on/off key, relay, kill switch, regen pod, throttle control and a small monitor for rpm and amp use.

NICE!

BOOM #2

Yup….electric motors run off of batteries. 48volt … so I got 16 pieces of EVE 280Ah prismatic lithium iron phosphate cells. These shall be connected in series to create a 280Ah 48volt battery. That’s 13440 Watts of power (nominal)

So there, I did it.

Problem solved.

Errr… hold on now. Getting all this installed in ol’ Zoot is gonna take a while but it’s gonna be a groovy project. Lots of other stuff was purchased as well which shall be reveled in other posts.

For now, the weather is cooler and it’s possible to do “boat work”. I’ve been cleaning the machine room and have drained the old fuel. I want to use the 200liter fuel tank for non potable water.

But now, it’s Saturday and once again I’m stuck at work at a orthodontic conference. Dang!

Stay tuned, and wash off the last of fossil fuels from your hands! Halleluiah!

Capt Pete

ps… All this was done before Easter! I’ve got it all hooked up back home and it all seems to work fine. Some hardware is needed to attach the motor bracket to the old engine mounts and build a battery box.

So yeah… fun times ahead!

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Out With the Old

And BOOM! She’s outa here!

Yes, my little snowflakes, it took me by surprise aswell!

It seemed like an eternity. I’ve been stuck at work, since our lockdown is over, and a bunch of conferences have begun….. I even got in an argument with a doctor who wasn’t wearing his mask…! Got a message from Kostas saying they launched a couple of boats and that the old Perkins is out!

W.T.F.!!

So after work I blasted out and found the above sight… a sight for sore eyes.

Then I saw the eye sore….

May the cleaning commence!

So…. this shit is getting real. It actually has been getting real for the past months. During the lockdown I did all my research and did a bunch of shopping. You’d think I would have posted what that is all about…but I’ve gotten so lazy with blogging. Does anyone even write blogs any more.

Anyway… the sailing season is lost, heat waves are coming are going and work is slowing down so I’ll probably get back at it.

For the time being…. does anyone want a piece of shit??

Stay tuned,

Capt Pete

ps….. Not only has work tied me down but also emptying out my parents house in order to renovate and rent out. It’s amazing how many things I’ve found from my childhood. I guess ebay selling my HotWheels from the 60’s will help!

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