Hello, sorry for my late reply... was out of office for a few days
- We also noticed improvements on nearly new packs, yes. They accept more charge.
- The biggest improvements are made in the first 3 or 4 cycles.
- We are working on a 4 cell version, but it's difficult to estimate when it will be available. Probably at the end of this year soonest.
Looks like the I.C.C. project will be delayed a bit. Hopefully the first batch will be available around July, but don't hang me on this one
See also the I.C.C. thread here
Regarding cycling your packs, I do not see any real reason to do a full charge and discharge just for cycling it. Just charge it all the way, run it for 5 minutes, then put it on the Battery Manager. Every cycle you do counts and reduces life time!
We have not found any significant better results between discharging a completely charged pack, or discharging the remains after a race.
And yes, due to the Coolflex current (blocks of 35 amps followed by a cooling down period) discharging takes longer than with conventional dischargers.
Yes, most people still tray their packs for equalizing.
We have heard of good results also on the Intellect cells. Anyone can confirm this here?
If you run your packs completely empty, then the Battery Manager can't do much. You can not discharge empty packs
My advise would be to not run your car until dead stop, you risk damaging your cells (reversal).
You discharge your pack as soon as possible after racing. 500 mAh would roughly take 15 minutes or so.
I have not heard of that before, except from Dotman on this page. Also I see no difference in doing a full discharge or only discharging the remains after racing. The process is the same, so why would the results be different? Maybe others can post their findings here?
People are posting mostly results of already raced ('empty') packs, because there is no real reason to discharge a fully charged pack (except for testing and benchmarking).
The best packs I've heard of are close to 500 seconds, the worst are... well below that. Normal packs around 450 I believe.
Good to hear! Hope this one is okay...
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