I'm starting an experiment to test the effects of using lithium LiFePO4 cells in parallel with cheapo lead acid batteries.
Lithiums are 40 AH Calbs, and they'll be boosting 29HMs (formerly known as 29DC) and GC8s. My current frankenpack consists of 3 29HMs and 11 GC8s.
Phase 1 of FLHE will put 8 calbs in parallel with 2 29HMs with a JLD404 to monitor AH usage and control charging. The calbs will be charged in parallel with the floodies until approx entering gassing phase where the JLD will cut the lithium contactor while the floodies finish their cycle. 1 29HM will remain unboosted as a control.
Phase 2 will add 8 calbs in parallel with 3 GC8s and tested as above.
The experiment will try to gain info about how the current sharing works out as well as how lead cycle life can be prolonged with the aid of a lithium booster.
A successful experiment would demonstrate an increase in lead cycle life sufficient to justify the cost of the lithium booster.
as much as i would like to see this; I'm thinking it might be a disaster for the calbs's because the chemistry's of the different batteries just don't match up. perhaps a series string of fla then calb pack then fla and parallel those strings.
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