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  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    I think you are planning on the Hydromax 150, which is strikingly similar to the Aquigen 180, wonder who really makes it? From the specs, both have a 3 selector switch and advertise the "gel" position will automatically cycle between...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    That's a very efficient boat! I use more than that per hour. Theoretically you can go 4-5 days on a full charge. Based on that, the target numbers I mentioned before should be fine. If there is no penalty for...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Hi Jack, One of the biggest challenges I've had is translating data from the electric vehicle user base to marine storage applications. It's got some common ground, but there are differences. The data you quoted is absolutely consistent with what...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Sebastian, Here is what I know: Testing Forzatec, Calb (blue cells), and GBS all show that at about a C/3 charge rate, 30A on 100Ah cells, are 95% full upon reaching 3.39V to 3.44V per cell or rounded, 13.6 to...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Jack, Thank you for your candid reply. Not too many folks would make an investment in these batteries to have them sit around. We didn't initially, but now back at work for awhile want to make sure they are ready...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Jack, Thanks for the information. The comments on operating temperature range is really good news. However, in number 1 above, you mentioned a 15% capacity loss from one year in storage. I have 2 follow up questions to that: 1)...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Hi Jack, Thanks for commenting! 2000 cycles is enough to make the case for LiFePO4 in many cases. That's all I assumed for my installation. More than that would increase the adoption rate, especially as we learn more about them...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    As I understand the LiFePO4 chemistry, the reason it's labeled the safest version of Lithium in general is it will not "self heat" chemically. That's not true of any other variant in widespread use. I posed my two safety concerns...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    So what to we think 2 years later? A bit more detail than I provided Ben in the email he quoted above. The operational characteristics for live aboard at anchor are nothing short of phenomenal. No more worries about full...
  • Commented on Vessel Vanguard, world's largest boat systems database?
    John, Thanks! If you know, do you have any idea how the rates compare with Boat US? In the FL market, that is sort of a benchmark, usually the best value coverage. We had to switch to Seaworthy Insurance to...
  • Commented on Vessel Vanguard, world's largest boat systems database?
    Has anyone seen the insurance savings mentioned on the website? Especially with an "old", >20 year old vessel that insurance companies are not fond of? This would be a possible way to reduce the cost....
  • Commented on NautiCloud, 2 Ubiquiti Bullets = high power WiFi contender?
    I assume the second Bullet is used for the "ships" local network. I'm not clear on if it shares the antenna? We use the commercial Bullet, but I understand the market for companies that make it easier to use. We...
  • Commented on Em-Trak I100 Identifier, will AIS "be a victim of its own popularity"?
    We see many 40 to 50 footers with AIS transmitters here in the Caribbean. We have found that sometimes we don't see them until the are a couple of miles away, and have already spotted them visually. The class A...
  • Commented on Nordwind 1939, gearing up for the Northwest Passage!
    I hope you are right on the Cuba expedition...we would really like to meet up somewhere, but will be coming from the south. We are one of the 100 plus names on his mailing list....
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Luis, The solution I implemented does not require a firewall. The connection used by OnSatMail is direct and does not open an Internet connection usable by the PC. I probably should have called it a direct point to point data...
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Jens-Uwe, That was exactly what I was looking for but could not find at the time. FTP works, go there in Safari, and it prompts you to open in WeatherTrack. It seems satellite data has to have a robust buffer...
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Olivier, Thanks. That would not be a huge drawback for me. There is no way I'd want my normal volume of email over the satellite link. I'm way too cheap for that. In contrast, OnSatMail if its important to you...
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Olivier, That's pretty cool. I sent your link to some friends with an Iridium phone looking at weather options. Nice write up thanks! Does Iridium charge a monthly fee for the email account used by Axcess Point?...
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Marcus, Whoops...I should have caught that too. No Iridium to test with. But why do you think it's the most attractive choice? I'm sure it's a fine product, but as of when I purchased my IsatPhone Pro, an Iridium phone...
  • Commented on Beam Oceana 800, and weather via sat phone
    Dean, What do you get for a background map on PocketGrib without Internet access? It looks like it uses Google Maps normally. WeatherTrack's background map is less detailed than Google, but it is one of the most detailed "outline" maps...
  • Commented on Inmarsat, boxed in by attacks from all sides?
    In reference to the iridium vs Isatphone grib downloads, I'm seeing 22K grib files download in well under 2 minutes using UUPlus on the Isatphone. I haven't yet, but saildocs grib service advertises a subscription option that will send one...
  • Commented on GMN's wXa-102 satellite router, but Inmarsat rate increases too?
    I have a Beam Oceana on loan for a review. It's basically an Isatphone set up as a fixed install. Via Onsatmail (UUPlus), it took right at 2 minutes to download a 22K grib file. About 1/2 of that is...
  • Commented on The N2K WiFi gateway issue, is NMEA stifling innovation?
    Ben asked "is NMEA stifling innovation"? Undoubtably so for small upstarts and small products. If you want to offer a certified product for 100 bucks, you better sell a bunch to a micro market to make it worthwhile. Is there...
  • Commented on Vessel Vanguard, world's largest boat systems database?
    Don, I'm happy to see someone else doing this. I seriously considered Wheelhouse, but the price kept me away. So I downloaded a freeware app called Maintenance Assitant CMMS (designed for plant equipment maintenance) and determined it would work. However,...
  • Commented on Android Tablets and Navionics
    OK...I ended up with an IPad Wifi, Dual GPS, and Navionics...so far it works. Used Jeff Siegals Drag Queen for an anchor alarm and it does the trick at night. But the course and speed display on the basic Navoinics...
  • Commented on BriarTek Cerberus, the DeLorme inReach alternative?
    Thats better pricing plans. But the iSatPhone (outside of the US) has no monthly charge. Its pay as you go. It is a few more dollars to purchase. I use the position reporting by text message on passages to the...
  • Commented on BriarTek Cerberus, the DeLorme inReach alternative?
    I only looked at the Cerberus pricing and assume that inReach is similar. What advantage is there to this over my IsatPhonePro at essentially the same cost for text messages. And if I have to, I can still call someone....
  • Commented on Costa Concordia: "Vada a bordo, cazzo!"
    Can you imagine the feeling he had to have when they struck the reef and his entire career flashed in front of him? It could break even an otherwise good captain that under different circumstances would have acted differently during...
  • Commented on Android Tablets and Navionics
    Thanks to Ben and GPSNavX. For what it's worth, I ended up buying an Ipad and the Dual GPS Ben suggested. In the end, the Ipad has the best applications at present. That's impossible to overlook. I thought the Bluetooth...
  • Commented on Android Tablets and Navionics
    Yea...The good part about Apple is things usually work...the bad part is they lock you into "Apple Approved" devices. An internet search indicates there are drivers out there for a standard SPP BT GPS if you jail break the Ipad....
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