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Re: [EVDL] Zener regs: Can I get use 'em & still get a full charge?

So it's even worse! Thanks for the real life data point.

From: Evan Tuer <[email protected]>
To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <[email protected]>
Sent: Tue, November 2, 2010 3:36:04 AM
Subject: Re: [EVDL] Zener regs: Can I get use 'em & still get a full charge?

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 11:16 PM, David Dymaxion
<[email protected]> wrote:
> Careful, Lee's Zener regs lessen charging current through the battery by up to
> 0.5 A, not limit it to 0.5 A. It makes overcharge less likely, but it can
> occur. If you are blasting the batteries with 30 A, these regs will limit it
> 29.5 A through the batteries.

No, what will actually happen is that the bulbs will burn out within seconds!
I found this out my accident when the current limit stopped working on
my PFC charger...

If your batteries are badly out of balance I wouldn't rely on zener
regs to fix it, they are best used with the pack "from new" starting
in a matched condition.

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