Bioenno Battery for emegencies


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Accessed on 08 May 2019, 0245 UTC, Post 963.

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What follows in a most interesting exchange between Glenn (AH6IO) and Chris (AH6BI) concerning the use of Bioenno Batteries for emergency communications.  Here is the complete set of messages, with the latest one listed first then followed by Glenn’s original message.

Re: [BIARC] Bioenno Battery for emergencies

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Glenn via BIARC biarc@mailman.qth.net

2:20 PM (2 hours ago)

to sitnslidebiarc
Yup exactly what I told others – charge the battery (ies) in a car aux socket with an inverter – I have a Tripplite 350w one.Thanks for sharing and glad our thinking coincides.  I don’t plan to use the Powerwerx box, but that’s a good idea.Seems like you folks are pretty well equipped. 73,Glenn

—–Original Message—–
From: Chris Gray <sitnslide@gmail.com>
To: khaleio <khaleio@aol.com>
Cc: biarc <biarc@mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tue, May 7, 2019 12:06 pm
Subject: Re: [BIARC] Bioenno Battery for emergencies

Yeah, shipping is a problem most places since can’t use “usual” air carrier methods.  Bioenno shipped FedEx freight – $390 total.  We put ours in PowerWerx boxes that have Power Pole outlets, cig-lighter jack, dual USB, voltage meter.  Cheaper than making our own go-box.  Room in the box for battery, charger, radio (PowerWerx DB-750X since Part 90 cert).  Grab and go.  We got 300 watt pure sinewave inverters with cig-lighter plug for charging in the car using AC charger.  The battery box cig-lighter jack lets us use the inverter to get AC power in the field as well.  Pretty slick, and super portable.
–Chris AH6BI
On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 10:44 AM <khaleio@aol.com> wrote:

Tks Chris.  Also I see Batt Bill as a dealer so support should be avail locally.I have an inquiry to Dan at Batt Bill for price – and I see that the ground shipping requirement is OK – HRO is supposed to be a dealer, but they told me they could not ship the larger ones.  Thanks for reply and good to know others using these – and we can compare notes…  I think they will be worth it – I cannot comfortably carry the Optima Blue top with my bad back…
73,Glenn, AH6IO

—–Original Message—–
From: Chris Gray <sitnslide@gmail.com>
To: khaleio <khaleio@aol.com>
Cc: biarc <biarc@mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tue, May 7, 2019 9:38 am
Subject: Re: [BIARC] Bioenno Battery for emergencies

HPP Neighborhood Watch bought 7 30amp LiFePO4 batteries direct from Bioenno for our Emergency Radio Team portable/mobile boxes.  7.6 pounds and have Anderson PP’s.  They dealt on price.  About $320 each (including AC charger), shipped.  If a group of folks got together to bundle an order, they might deal.  I don’t think B-Bill’s will keep them in stock, but it’s nice to have someone local who will order.
–Chris AH6BI
On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 8:21 AM Glenn via BIARC <biarc@mailman.qth.net> wrote:

FYI Battery Bill in Hilo is planning to carry Bioenno Batteries.  They are Lithium Iron Phosphate.  Not Lithium Ion.  Very light and can provide the 12+volts way longer than other batteries.  They are also very light (5.8 lb) for a 20 Ah which can give a 40 amp draw will stay at higher voltage than even Optimas .  Drawback is higher cost.  However, their projected life span is quite a bit longer than the AGM or lead acid types.  They do not have a charge memory so do not need to be drawn down before recharging.
I am considering 2 – 20 Ah and one charger – use one battery and be charging the other – some what near 3 hrs depending on how far down it is.  There are batt up to 40 Ah but they will take longer to charge – wt is still low at a little over 10 lb.  At 4-5 amp for charging the 20 Ah one, you should be able to use an inverter (300w) plugged into a car aux socket with enging idling.  Or one could run both down and charge the two at the same time on a generator – 3 hrs instead of 5-6 or more hours for 1 40 Ah battery.
The issue with the connectors has been cleared up – photos were wrong I think – go on this website – Bioennopower.com
Regular screw on the top and charger has alligator clips.  The Bioenno charger is highly recommended.  Do not use a regular batt charger or direct from solar system, etc.
Ask for Dan at Battery Bill Hilo – you will see on the website that Battery Bill is a authorized dealer.  ph 498 0698.
73,Glenn,  AH6IO
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