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Buyer BEWARE! I ordered some BestGo batteries in Feb with 10% down. I paid the remainder of the balance when I was told they were ready to ship in mid March. After I was paid in full, I was informed that they didn't pass quality checks. I'm still waiting for batteries to ship and I have no idea what I will get. All communication with BestGo ends in "so sorry". I am really sorry. $6k sorry. I've gotten every excuse under the sun including that the engineer was hospitalized. This is the most dishonest company I have ever come across. They have strung me along by promising additional Ah units, but now it appears those were all lies.
I also bought a 2000W charger from BestGo, but it came with no markings and no documentation. I was told to install it and check the charge time.
The Electric Car Company has offered to make the battery order right and order HiPower batteries of the same Ah.
I suggest to stay away from BestGo.
 

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Buyer BEWARE! I ordered some BestGo batteries in Feb with 10% down. I paid the remainder of the balance when I was told they were ready to ship in mid March. After I was paid in full, I was informed that they didn't pass quality checks. I'm still waiting for batteries to ship and I have no idea what I will get. All communication with BestGo ends in "so sorry". I am really sorry. $6k sorry. I've gotten every excuse under the sun including that the engineer was hospitalized. This is the most dishonest company I have ever come across. They have strung me along by promising additional Ah units, but now it appears those were all lies.
I also bought a 2000W charger from BestGo, but it came with no markings and no documentation. I was told to install it and check the charge time.
The Electric Car Company has offered to make the battery order right and order HiPower batteries of the same Ah.
I suggest to stay away from BestGo.


Thanks for the reply , Having been burned by EV components on cells has left me fairly cautious. I will pay attention to your warning. Maybe it wiil save some others also.
 

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I talked to Carl at electric car parts co. today. Said he could ship the 100ah batteries asap, but the 200 ah take a while. Free shipping with 2 year warranty he said....etc. Hoped this 77 yr old man wasn't pulling my leg... anyone else deal with them?
 

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I am approaching 70 myself, so sometimes I think I want to baby my Lifepo's to get 10 years out of them. However, there are moments, when I feel the fire of my youth, the whine of my AC35, and I just want to stomp on my pedal and see what that baby will put out.
 

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I am approaching 70 myself, so sometimes I think I want to baby my Lifepo's to get 10 years out of them. However, there are moments, when I feel the fire of my youth, the whine of my AC35, and I just want to stomp on my pedal and see what that baby will put out.
Hope I feel the same way.... pretty sure I will. Nice VW!
 

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Was just thinking today (smoke out the ears), that if lithiums become main stream, China takes the place of big oil. I understand that we will be using American powerplants to charge them (another topic for debate), but ALL these lithiums are coming from .... China! I don't know what everyones reasons were for getting into electric vehicles, but I for one wanted to be free of foreign oil. Now it appears we are inundated with foreign batteries and pther components. What are we doing here in states? Please don't try to sugar coat it or say but the electricity is made here. Listen to what I am saying. Big oil. Big battery. Big Government. We all know that even the oil companies are buying battery patents. It's a shell game, everything gets moved around. I am sure they get a big kick out of us fighting amongst ourselves about lead or lithium, Bms or no Bms, AC or DC. I think we need to put our differrences aside and reconsider the whys and hows instead of the tech battles. This country has stood because people stood together. Look at the two World Wars, people came together, sacrificed, even their lives for us to be where we are today. Fighting each other at times and under the oppression of a big gov't and big oil. Now, big batteries.

Does anyone know how much $ China has lemded us? Trillions?
 

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Was just thinking today (smoke out the ears), that if lithiums become main stream, China takes the place of big oil. I understand that we will be using American powerplants to charge them (another topic for debate), but ALL these lithiums are coming from .... China! I don't know what everyones reasons were for getting into electric vehicles, but I for one wanted to be free of foreign oil. Now it appears we are inundated with foreign batteries and pther components. What are we doing here in states? Please don't try to sugar coat it or say but the electricity is made here. Listen to what I am saying. Big oil. Big battery. Big Government. We all know that even the oil companies are buying battery patents. It's a shell game, everything gets moved around. I am sure they get a big kick out of us fighting amongst ourselves about lead or lithium, Bms or no Bms, AC or DC. I think we need to put our differrences aside and reconsider the whys and hows instead of the tech battles. This country has stood because people stood together. Look at the two World Wars, people came together, sacrificed, even their lives for us to be where we are today. Fighting each other at times and under the oppression of a big gov't and big oil. Now, big batteries.

Does anyone know how much $ China has lemded us? Trillions?
Good point. Trying to save too much money is killing us. Maybe, selling our souls to save a buck. If manufacturing is outsourced to other countries where labor is cheaper, we "save money" on an individual consumer level, but on a larger scale, a good portion of the money has left US hands, we sent it to another country. This might be understanable if there were some balance or reciprocity of manufacturing between nations, but we outsource too much. And all this seems to be unregulated. So, following this back to batteries, does A123 (US company) make anything comparable to BestGo or HiPower?
 

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So, following this back to batteries, does A123 (US company) make anything comparable to BestGo or HiPower?
Sure...they have factories in China or Korea making cylindrical or pouch cells...

Their primary customer was Fisker Automotive (US company) with their Karma (Finland). Both have had enough recalls that no one is sure of their future.
 

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It is kind of hard to "Buy American" cells when the only American companies that are making LiFePO4 cells refuse to sell, and won't even TALK to individuals who want to buy.
Very true, which still leaves us, and many companies, buying from China. There is the battery for the volt, which is going into an American car, but we've paid for that and then some; Gov't Motors. Btw-Nice ST1100 build!
 

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It is kind of hard to "Buy American" cells when the only American companies that are making LiFePO4 cells refuse to sell, and won't even TALK to individuals who want to buy.
Which explains why I can't find any, and then why I threw in the question here. How hard could it be to start an American LiFePO4 company that sells to individuals? Anyone want to try?
 

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Which explains why I can't find any, and then why I threw in the question here. How hard could it be to start an American LiFePO4 company that sells to individuals? Anyone want to try?
It could be done, but it ain't gonna be cheap. First, find someone that will license you the patents needed. Second, find a US source for components... most of the powdered material the Chinese manufacturers use apparently comes from Taiwan. Third find labor cheap enough to manufacture the cells so that you can sell them at no more than double the price the Chinese are selling.
 

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Looking through the DIY garage the majority of the cars I see are foreign. Even the Fords and S10’s have foreign parts in them. There are also quite a few Zivan chargers as well as other foreign makes. It is a good bet that the guts of the American made chargers and controllers for that matter come from good old China. So we are going just have to say our foreign made vehicles have foreign made full tanks that at this time in history we fill with American made electricity.
 

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That works if you keep your car coal fired...if it's running on wind or solar it's probably Chinese made :p

I think it's really a losing battle. All I can say is my EV was assembled in America...that's more than I can say for my wife's Canadian Dodge Grand Caravan.
 

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The fact is we are in a globally based economy, but I feel very proud when I buy something that says, and is(mostly) made in America. I'm all for foreign and domestic merchandise, but lets face it we have allowed it to reach an unbalanced level. Look what this country accomplished in the last 100 years, and yes a lot of it was immigrants, and still is! Don't ever just give up, that's the reason most of us are here; we have a great vision for the future of our country. Proud to be American, still.

Sorry to have hijacked the thread back to the Bestgo battery; $1.25 per ah? Free shipping on 100ah and over? Free bus bars? Two year warranty? too good to be true, but I am really torn on these Bestgo batteries. Part of me wants to take that risk, then there is my bank account. lol. I just can't find enough reviews to justify the risk at this point. Anybody up for hijacking some Volt batteries? lol.
 
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