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Lithium: Tear it down, bolt it back

Batteries get locked up

In this installment of the lithium build I will install threaded rod. Use the sawzall. Get a little, er, nutty. All to bolt the lithium batteries back together.

Fancy high tech threaded rod assembly routine.
Fancy high tech threaded rod assembly routine.

What to do? When you take the packs apart they expand. The top cap holds the top of the battery together, but the bottom spreads.

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Morningstar solar controller test begins

TriStar MPPT test begins

The Volt battery pack build has been predicated on the idea that I could use a custom charge profile for my twin Morningstar MPPT-60-150s. Research shows a variety of experiences. Huh?

Test #1. Here's the controller showing the voltage of the battery. And tomorrow morning we'll see how the new programming works.
Test #1. Here’s the controller showing the voltage of the battery. And tomorrow morning we’ll see how the new programming works.

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Lithium landings

The start of a beautiful relationship, I hope

I’ve been talking about lithium for some time now. Its just a better battery. Did it come time to put my money where my mouth is?

Or did I decide to bravely go where few have gone before?

Either way: I’ve taken a calculated gamble. I found a 2014 chevy volt battery from a wrecking yard. Untested. And I bought it.

The nitty gritty?

The wrecking yard in far far far north Quebec was nice enough to deliver the pack 1/2 way to my house. They drove for 3.5 hours south. I drove 3.25 hours north. We met. Slid a pallet between two truck beds.

The eagle has landed. The pack is in the back.
The eagle has landed. The pack is in the back.

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Cool cladding for the Chalet

Bargains galore as the fall work season begins

Well. I’ve been a lazy lazy boy this summer. As always. Living off grid is great. Now here’s Gisele, the french dominatrix cracking her whip. I’m back to work. Sort of.

This is as far as I've gotten so far. I have to say it's going pretty slow. Part trickier than I thought. Part getting back into the work groove.
This is as far as I’ve gotten so far. I have to say it’s going pretty slow. Part trickier than I thought. Part getting back into the work groove.
Three, three, three kinds of siding, ah ah ahhhhh

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