Nvidia RTX Demos are finally here

Yes at last, some tech demos for the Nvidia RTX series GPU’s.

Something missing from the RTX lineup aside from a list of supported games, which is growing slowly, is a demo of any kind, something that shows off the RTX cards capabilities.

Well here are 3 at last.

 

Elevator: https://images.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/reflections-demo/Reflections_Demo.zip

Atomic Heart: https://storage.mundfish.com/bucket/AH_TechDemo_04032019_212616.exe

Justice: https://images.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/justice-demo/Justice_RTX_Demo.zip

Be warned though they’re huge, reflections is the smallest at 1.4GB, Atomic Heart at 3.7GB and Justice weighs in at a whopping 4GB

The Elevator demo runs at a solid 24fps, the Atomic Heart demo is a near 60fps though there’s a lot of frame drops at the start of a scene.

Elevator: https://images.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/reflections-demo/Reflections_Demo.zip

Atomic Heart: https://storage.mundfish.com/bucket/AH_TechDemo_04032019_212616.exe

Justice: https://images.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/justice-demo/Justice_RTX_Demo.zip

Be warned though they’re huge, reflections is the smallest at 1.4GB, Atomic Heart at 3.7GB and Justice weighs in at a whopping 4GB

 

Source: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/atomic-heart-justice-reflections-nvidia-rtx-tech-demo-downloads/

 

1ˢᵗ Ride of 2019 and Davinci Resolve

I haven’t bought Davinci Resolve, but I’m tempted. I’m also seriously tempted to buy the GoPro Fusion, it looks like one hell of a 360° camera. But both are expensive and in my hands… it’d be like using an canon to kill a fly.

So I’ve taken it upon myself to learn Davinci Resolve as much as possible before I consider buying either, there’s no point in psending money on tools I don’t know how to use, and the free version of resolve works well enough for my purposes.

But wait, there’s more. Last week (10 days ago) I quit smoking. For the most part it’s not been bad as I thought it would be, though I am using an E-Cig, Logic Curv is my weapon of choice, and so far yes, it’s worked. There have been some moments of weakness, my sister smokes and I’ve had a couple off her. The good news is that those two fags really made me want to throw up, tasted absolutely foul and made me cough for about an hour each.

Anywhoo, in this video I’ve done some colour correcting (the hero 6 is excellent but I always record the colour as flat), so yes I’m currently still learning about colour grading, I’ve also accidentally created a hyperlapse (I think) by trying to convert a video to timelapse.

 

Spam Email

I like a good laugh as much as the next person, but this is a shockingly bad attempt at getting to me give you my login details.

The language is bad, really bad. Either it was written by a 9 year old, or someone who used Google Translate and thought… that’ll do.

There is an attempt of login to your account today

So it’s happening right now… right now, right now, right now… present and past tense at the same time. 😀

We need to verify that you who try this attempt to secure your account.

That really is funny, it makes absolutely no sense 😛

Please you should know that you have 24 hours to protect your account..

Please, you should know that I have a spam detector and it found your email wanting. 🙂

http://makikyono.m15.coreserver.jp/wp/

I’m also pretty sure amazon wouldn’t use a domain with a Japanese Country code TLD, I’m also pretty damned sure they would also use a secure site… HTTPS not HTTP, you know, for security reasons.

A quick whois domain search takes me here: https://www.digirock.co.jp/aboutus.html sadly I don’t read or speak Japanese, so I can’t inform them they’ve been hacked.

Bitpanda

Login Attempt 09/01/2019!

Someone try to login to your account..

There is an attempt of login to your account today

Time of attempt: 09.01.2019 12:40 Europe/Vienna
We need to verify that you who try this attempt to secure your account.
Click here to reset your password:

 

Not able to click the button ,please click this link to be secured:

Please you should know that you have 24 hours to protect your account..

EV’s and the future of Energy

I am and always will be open to counter arguments, but trolls will just have their replies deleted and their IP banned. But if you think of a question and I haven’t answered it, then please get in touch. I will always do my best to source material that informs and is accurate.
The ICE (internal combustion engine) cut-off date is 2040, 21 years away.
While it sounds and is a long way off, it gives car makers, home owners, vehicle owners, battery makers and inventors all get up to speed… pardon the pun.

Currently if everyone had an EV today then it’d be chaos, the charging and the entire electricity infrastructure isn’t ready, but in 21 years time it will be, and it had better be.

Some of the ways we are moving forward are energy storage, such as home storage batteries like the Tesla power wall and large scale like the Australian gigawatt storage.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42190358

Now storage is all well and good, but getting the power distribution right is also as important, Qualcomm are currently working on inductive charging while you drive.

But to be honest, this is probably only a short term issue, once battery technology improves, and it will, then this system will almost certainly become redundant, but still it’s an awesome idea, imagine if you will being stuck at traffic lights, but while you’re there you’re getting a free charge. It may not be much, it might only add a mile or two to the overall distance you can go, but a sequence of these could seriously stack up.

Plus of course there’s the lamppost chargers for those unable to charge at home because they don’t have a driveway.

Yet another way of charging and storing energy is pavegen, you can charge up just by walking around you town centre.

While the current feed-in tarrif is about to end and home electricity generation will no longer be profitable, it doesn’t mean owning photo voltaics is useless, it’s still cheaper than it was 5 years ago, generates more power and along with a power wall of some description will still benefit long term. So then add into the mix an electric car and you could charge it and run it even less than it costs today.

The future will only see more innovation and reduced costs to owning, charging and using an EV. Love them or hate them, EV’s are coming.

And of course if you’re the kind that likes to cycle instead of drive, but you’re getting on a bit… then there’s the option of an e-bike. With up to 60 miles range and a lot easier to ride, faster and possibly safer all round, (you’re not slowing down traffic and causing road rage). I have a Carrera Crossfire-E and it’s amazing. Even in a very hilly town like Halifax I can climb any hill without stopping. Not bad for a near 50 year old with 35 years of smoking congesting my lungs.
https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/2017/03/19/carrera-crossfire-e-electric-bike-review/

Electric Cars The Bullshit and the Truth

I am and always will be open to counter arguments, but trolls will just have their replies deleted and their IP banned. But if you think of a question and I haven’t answered it, then please get in touch. I will always do my best to source material that informs and is accurate.

It’ll be of little or no surprise that this is provided by the newspaper The Daily Fail, I mean Mail.

LOUISE ATKINSON says electric cars are shocking

Louise Atkinson picks the Renault Zoe because it is small, sporty-looking and claims to have a range of 160 miles on one charge (double the Nissan Leaf).

Paragraph 4:

With public charging points cropping up around the country, how hard could owning a purely electric car possibly be? As LOUISE ATKINSON found, very hard indeed . . .

There are a few places in the UK where the electrical infrastructure doesn’t exist, and therefore parts of the UK where it’s impossible to charge a car. That said, these same places are unlikely to have fuel pumps too.

According to Zap Map, there are nearly 20,000 connectors to charge your car with 11060 devices at 6662 locations, with 223 new charge points added in the last 30 days. 1 device can charge 1 or 2 cars at once.

How many charge points are there in the UK 2018

Charge points statistics updated weekly from Zap-Map and shows how many charge points in UK over time, by type, location and more.

How many locations are there to fuel your car? I honestly don’t know, but the number of charge points are increasing at a much faster rate than fuel stations. How do I know this? Common sense mostly, the future is electric with a huge eventual reduction in ICE cars (internal combustion engine). Because of this is makes sense to only add more charge points. Plus some oil companies are installing electric charging at fuel stations… they see the future and what will happen.

June 17, 2018: My car lease is up for renewal and the idea of an electric car excites me. The monthly lease payments are similar (£250) to my old Toyota Aygo, but fuel costs will be quartered — saving up to £2,000 each year.

I’ve marked the date because it’s important and we’ll come back to it later.
Yes the fuel savings can be that good, almost to the point of the car paying for itself in this one example. But the more miles you drive the more you can save.

JULY 16: My electric car is here! It is beautiful! Unfortunately, it’s like a Christmas present without batteries. It sits on our drive, but the battery (which is under the floor of the car and powers the motor under the bonnet) is nearly empty, so I can’t take it for a spin.
There’s a charging cable in the boot, which fits both public and special home charging units, but no three-pin plug adaptor for me to hook it up to the mains.
As I leap in, Jon is sceptical: ‘Do you know how to charge it?’ (No).
Fearing the battery will die any minute, I crawl to the supermarket (six miles away) to find our nearest public charging point. I plug in the cable, but nothing happens.

So you ordered the car a month ago? Hmm, we’ll come back to that later.
So instead of having the car delivered to a dealer, who would have charged the car for you, you opted to have the car delivered directly to your home. Is this because you’re too lazy to drive to a dealer? Did no one person ever ask how you intend to charge the car when you ordered the lease? Surely to God is would have been brought up at some point in conversation, or would have been mentioned somewhere in the paperwork or lease website. I suppose at some point this could have been overlooked or missed or never even considered by the dealer, or they assumed you knew what you were doing.
Yes sometimes the chargers don’t work, though I’ve only ever heard that they don’t and I’ve never experienced a failure myself. Zap-Map.com will tell you in advance if there’s a reported/detected fault.

I wiggle the cable, unplug it and replug it. Still nothing. Instructions on the charger inform me to download an app and input MY credit card details. Still nothing.
I draw quite a crowd. Electric cars are clearly a novelty here and everyone wants to know how I’m getting on. Not well.
I phone the charge point helpline. ‘What’s the name?’ they ask. I give them my name. ‘No, the name of the charging point.’
It turns out many have cheerful names, rather than serial numbers, and I am currently in dispute with ‘Fred-Geoff’. They run the checks and tell me, sadly, Fred-Geoff is out of order, but not to worry as ‘Laura-Clare’ is fighting fit and only . . . 25 miles away.By driving very slowly and free-wheeling down hills (which works like a dynamo to boost the battery), I make it to my gym car park and plug in. Stressful? Immensely.

So you’ve so far driven 30+ miles, obviously the battery wasn’t that flat then. Again a little knowledge goes a long way. Were you not aware of the charge point at your gym? I take it you don’t go that often then, or drive around the carpark with your eyes shut. If you did know it was there then did you not once think about how you’d charge the car so far from home?
I’ve never once drawn a crowd when charging my car, not once. Though I was approached by a guy once in Birch Services (M62 between Leeds and Manchester) who asked a couple of questions.

JULY 20: I love my electric car! It drives like a dream. I love the futuristic ‘tron’ noise it makes at low speeds (to warn unsuspecting pedestrians, as the engine is silent), the touchscreen controls, the massive pull (experts call it ‘torque’) when you overtake, the ‘eco’ mode option (which conserves energy by slowing acceleration and capping your speed at around 60mph).

But the charging situation is a nightmare. Without a plug at home, I am reliant on public points, but these — it turns out — are scarce and notoriously glitchy.
With an electric car, you have to meticulously plan every journey. There’s an app (Zap Map) of UK charging points, but you have to dig deep through user comments to see if your chosen point is public or private, which company owns it and how to pay.
There’s no joined-up thinking. Some public charging points require you to download an app and input credit card details, some ask you to apply for a payment card (which can take up to ten days).

I’ve never heard a “tron” like noise from mine, only the very quiet whirring noise from the electric motor, and yes to a pedestrian they’re very quiet. The only sign that a car is near is the road noise from the tyres.
With an electric car, you have to meticulously plan every journey
Utter BULLSHIT. No, I DO NOT HAVE TO PLAN MY JOURNEY to my local town, even Leeds and Bradford are close enough that I don’t even have to consider where to charge. You only have to plan ahead when you know you’re reaching or extending beyond the range of the batteries.
There’s no joined-up thinking. Some public charging points require you to download an app and input credit card details, some ask you to apply for a payment card (which can take up to ten days)
This sadly is true, though most charge-points you just use an app and have already created an account to use the service. This however will change, the government brought in legislation in 2018 that negates the use of special fobs. So in future you’ll just need a credit/debit card to charge, and maybe an app.

There is a mystifying variety of plug and socket types and no consistency in power delivery — so ‘superfast’ isn’t necessarily quicker than ‘supercharge’ or ‘rapid charge’ — and the time it takes to ‘fill’ your car depends on the power of the charger and of your battery, and whether the plug sockets fit.
Sometimes you have to pay (around £6 for a full charge), sometimes you don’t — and there’s never any guarantee any public charger will be working anyway.

If you’re in any doubt about the socket, just take a look at the input connector on your car and especially as it’s a new car – THE FUCKING USER MANUAL THAT BY LAW HAS TO COME WITH NEW CARS. Basically there are 3 socket types, CHAdeMO that can charge a 30KWH battery in less than an hour. The leaf has both CHAdeMO and IEC 62196 type 1. Domestic charging is 3.7KWH or 7KWH. Anything more requires a MASSIVE increase in voltage that domestic electrical supplies don’t have. Don’t worry about the numbers and letters, just look at the socket types and you’ll see one does not fit the other. Only really old EV’s have one domestic socket, and all new cars have at least 2 sockets, one for home charging and one for fast DC charging on the road.
Only Tesla have their own proprietary socket for 150KWH charging at their own stations.

Basically, you cannot confuse the sockets, they are different shapes and sized and one cannot be plugged into the other.

The Nissan leaf has 2 sockets, 50KW for High speed charging and 3.7kw-7kw for at home charging.

JULY 25: I ask my lease company, DriveElectric, for advice about installing a home charging point on the side of our house. It gives me a list of 50 companies to contact.
Charging points come in all sizes and colours and vary in cost from £150 to £850. I pick the cheapest and book an installation on August 9.

Wait whut? So you ordered the car nearly 6 weeks ago and not once did you ever think about how you can charge the car at home? No one asked you how you plan to charge it? You didn’t look at the Internet and ask the same question? You fucking waited nearly 6 weeks after ordering the car and 2 weeks after is was delivered before you stopped to think… hmm, can I charge an electric car at home? Surely the leasing company asked you this? Plus they SHOULD have told you about the government incentive to install a charger at home, I mean after all it’s FUCKING FREE! By all means buy/lease an EV and then bury your head in the sand, because you know, everyone else can do the thinking for you. And then you write an article for which you are paid, that goes on about how difficult it is to charge an EV! ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID?

In all honesty probably not that stupid, it is after all the usual retarded click-bait you get from a failing newspaper (or should that be toilet paper) called The Daily Mail.
The problem is that some people (only stupid people) will read it and take it as gospel.
Yes there are wrinkles that need to be ironed out, it’s the same with any new technology, legislation will loosen charging restrictions, charging connections will be reduced to 2 or 3 to make is simple (how do people now confuse diesel with petrol pumps… oh wait), more places will support charging, and if a wind turbine can be effective and erected along with some batteries, then even hard to reach places can have EV charging, like this place:

Electric cars are here to stay, the legislation will change and each new model will improve on previous models. This is not something that you can say about ICE cars.

Questions I get asked about my EV

I am and always will be open to counter arguments, but trolls will just have their replies deleted and their IP banned. But if you think of a question and I haven’t answered it, then please get in touch. I will always do my best to source material that informs and is accurate.
I’ve had a Nissan Leaf since March 31st 2017, and aside from getting planning permission troubles from my landlord (for fitting the home charger at 3.7kw), it’s been a dream to use and run.

My car is a Nissan Leaf Accenta 30KWH battery.

I don’t actually own it, I care for my severely disabled uncle and we lease the car from Motability. In 12 months time I’ll need to look for an alternative car, and I’ll tell you now, I’ll be getting another EV.

So what questions do I get asked?
1. How far will it go?
Usually if the weather is fine and I don’t need the heater, around 100 – 130 miles per charge, and that’s not bad. I live in Halifax West Yorkshire and it’s bloody hilly around here. If Halifax were a little flatter like London, then no doubt I’d hit roughly 140-150 miles, not bad for a car that is listed to have a range of 120 miles. It’s also down to the way you drive, take things steady and plan your stopping/starting as your driving instructor taught you and you’ll get a really good range. If you drive like a drug dealer evading the police… well you’re mileage will drop.
There’s a menu on my car, and all EV’s I think, that tells you how many miles you’re averaging per kilowatt hour. I get around 4.5 in summer, and like I said, Halifax is very hilly, so not bad at all. 30KWH battery x 4.5 = 135 miles.

2. How much does it cost per charge?
This depends on your tariff from your electricity supplier, mine’s around 13p per kilowatt hour. So 30 kilowatt hours x 13p = £3.90 per 100 miles. Less than a gallon of diesel/petrol and WAY more mileage. My previous car was a fiesta diesel and it managed 40mpg, so miles to miles less than half the cost. Petrol may be cheaper than diesel but you don’t go as far. So the savings can be even better. Plus fuel prices will never go down in any meaningful way or long term.

3. How do I charge it?
I charge it at home. Occasionally I charge it on the road, usually with ecotricity as I get an EV discount as they also supply my home electricity too. They have 50kw chargers, and are even fitting 100kw and 150kw chargers as we speak, so charging only takes a few minutes. Just enough time to grab a bite to eat, a coffee and take a short rest break. I’ve NEVER had an issue charging on the road. The ecotricity app warns you if a charge point is out of action. There are usually 2 or more points at the same location, so it’s usually just a matter of plugging into a different charger without moving the car.

4. What’s it like to drive?
To be honest, aside from the slightly poor acceleration going uphill (it’s a damned heavy car), it’s by far the best car I’ve ever owned and driven. Going downhill is a different matter, that weight is giving you a helping hand then it can really fly, and I’ve left Audi’s, BMW’s and Merc’s in my dust.
EV’s also don’t have a “torque band”, all the power is available instantly. This makes overtaking a breeze, no changing gears at all.

5. So there’s no gear lever?
Nope, its not really an automatic either, there’s just one gear. Though I have 2 choices, D for drive and B (for brake assist). Both give me full power at all times.

6. Brake assist?
Brake assist engages the regenerative braking. So when you go downhill or even lift your foot from the accelerator brake assist kicks in and actually generates electricity, adding miles to the range. Generally it’s around 25% of the energy required to climb the same hill. So not 100%, but then again… does petrol or diesel put FREE fuel back in the tank when you go downhill? I thought not.

7. It’s a heavy car, doesn’t it mean you wear out your brakes faster, leaving dangerous brake dust in the air?
No, because I use B (brake assist) all the time, I actually hardly touch my brake pedal. This is one of the reasons newer EV’s have ONE foot driving. There’s still a brake pedal, but the brake assist is tuned to be even stronger so there’s little need to even touch the brake pedal, and they generate even more FREE electricity.

8. But wait, no gears, no brakes, how does it drive in the snow?
LOL, actually it drives REALLY REALLY well, this is probably down to Nissan’s traction control, but last years beast from the east didn’t leave me stuck even once, and you should see the hill I had to climb to get back home. It’s so steep nothing heavier than a van is allowed on the road.

9. What about the electricity infrastructure, won’t it fail?
Yes, but only if the number of EV’s currently out there got multiplyed by 10, and then only if they all charged at the same time, in the same area and then, maybe just maybe there’ll be a failover.
Newer (or should that be future) cars and home chargers will take this into account and will use your car’s battery as a buffer at peak times, this will take some charge out of the car’s battery at peak times, but hopefully with the correct algorithms it’ll be utterly transparent. Right now there’s plenty of overhead for all the cars currently on the road, spread out as we are, and add plenty more before it might become an issue. Also consider home charging is only 3.7KW, an electric shower is 9KW, and you don’t hear about everyone taking a shower at the same time causing issues. Plus you set a time in the car and charge during economy 7 hours, one for even cheaper charging and another it reduces the load at peak times.

10. What if I can’t charge at home?
This is a bit of a problem right now for some people, you could always charge at a public charge point, but that will drastically reduce the amount you’ll save (they charge more than the 13p per kilowatt hour I pay at home). But if that’s an issue, then I can only assure you that there are companies working on charging from lampposts. Yes lampposts. Think about it, they already have high usage infrastructure built in, and there are working charge points out there that do this already, though they’re in the testing phase. Now all you have to do is park near a lamppost, plug in and charge, though still not as cheap as charging at home. Also all cars (mine at least) come with a 3 pin home charger, but be warned, DO NOT USE ANY OTHER DEVICE on the same ring network. These will pull electricity at the maximum rate (15amps) for a socket and could blow a fuse if anything else is on the same ring.

11. But the battery life is poor right?
WRONG! The battery management systems in EV’s is nothing short of amazing. There’s a taxi company in London that has several Nissan leafs and they’ve all done well over 500,000 miles on the same battery pack. Lithium batteries last longer if they’re charged to only 80% and discharge no lower than 20%. So manufacturers put in extra capacity and HIDE it from you, so you’re 100% charge is actually 80% of the total capacity, and a 100% discharge leaves 20% in the tank. But don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of warning that the battery is getting low. Plus I think most if not all EV’s will tell you via the inbuilt GPS where the nearest charge point is, and if you really let the charge drop low, it switches to eco more and limits the speed to around 30mph to make sure you get there.

A simple question I keep meaning to ask the Internet:
Q. What is regenerative braking?

A. The electric motor in your sucks up electrons and spits out the forces that propels the car forward (or reverse).
But if you spin the motor backwards it can then act as a generator. So if you’re slowing down or going downhill, the motor takes the driving force of the car and forces the electric motor to spin in reverse. Like any electric motor, it will resist the kinetic force of the car’s movement and slow you down.

Take an electric drill and move the bit/chuck by hand, it’s quite hard to move, but if you could get enough speed and momentum, it would charge the battery if a protection circuit isn’t employed.

This is the very over simplified version, for a much more complete version then read how stuff works.com

https://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/regenerative-braking.htm

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Things have also dramatically changed in the 20 months I’ve had this car. You can now get cars that will do 250 miles per charge, go faster, are bigger, smaller, more energy efficient and all round better than this car. These are still early days and with each model that hits the market things only get better.
That sums up pretty much all the questions I have been asked over the last 18+ months.

The cars of the future are only getting better

https://mess-hall.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=892

 

Stranger Things Theme Remixes

I’ve had these on my desktop PC for a while so I thought I’d share them.

Enjoy

 

 

 

  • Tyler Whitfield Mashup

 

  • Machete Cut

 

  • C418 Season 2

 

  • Stranger Things Remix

 

  • The Kids Remix

 

  • Fall of ’84

 

  • Main Theme – Extended

 

 

At LAST! A Spare Battery, and my old one is a donor for experimenting.

In my last post I considered a new battery because mine is getting a little weak, and this week I ordered a new battery and have just had it delivered.

With the battery came a leaflet from the manufacturer, Phylion in China. Jinshajiang Road, New District, Suzhou, P.R. China. Postcode 215153

Tel +86-512-6832-0283

Model Number: JCEB360-11

36v 11.6AH

So that’s the company and battery details, my question is… are you someone who knows about electronics and BMS, do you know how to read and reprogramme said systems?
Can it go faster than 16mph? Can the cells be replaced with bigger amp hour cells?  Can a barrel connector be made to charge the battery on the fly (while cycling)?

JCEB360-11

JCEB360-11

JCEB360-11

JCEB360-11

JCEB360-11

JCEB360-11

 

Ebike Range Anxiety

My bike and battery are now well over 2 years old, and my battery is begining to lose its capacity. I didn’t follow my own instructions on battery care and left it charged to 100% for a few months, and on more than one occasion. Plus when I did my 45 mile ride I dropped the charge all the way down to 2%… VERY NAUGHTY I know.

So as a result I’m now developing range anxiety, and instead of riding 25-30 miles in one go, I’m dropping this to 15 miles. So I’m worried and I need a new battery, but Halfords are currently out of stock of spare batteries. Then I started wondering if it’s possible to charge the battery with a power bank phone charger.
I’ve fired off an email to SR-Suntour to see if they can help, this is the email.

Hello to who ever reads this email.

Just over 2 years ago I bought the Carrera Crossfire-E from Halfords, and it’s been a blast riding this bike, your battery and motor make this bike awesome. I even made a website to share my thoughts and opinions https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk

Lately I’ve had a reduction in battery life, probably because I left it fully charged for too long, but hey this is England and the weather is totally unpredictable. The reduction is only around 10%, so even though I’ve not charged it the stated 500 times, I understand how Li-Ion batteries work and their limitations.

This brings me onto a couple of ways you the manufacturer could fix this in future.

1. Have the USB output stay on even when the LCD is off, this way I could easily discharge the battery and keep it around the 30%-40% mark for long term storage. Dendrites are the enemy after all.

2. The ability to charge the battery on the go, without mains power…. Wait whut? Yes, there’s now a metric tonne of power banks, some with 3, 4, 5, or even upto 20 18650 batteries installed. Sure they’re a little heavy, but so is a spare battery. So why not add another USB port that allows a rider to charge the battery while on the road. I realise there are limitations on powerbanks, mainly that they run only at 5v and a maximum of 5 amps. But a trickle charge still adds a few miles to a ride. Or you could manufacture a powerbank that outputs 36v and a socket to the main battery and charge a little faster.

The benefit of number 2 is simple, you could sell your own rechargeable power bank just for your battery packs (watch out for the input socket, it could get damaged, you could then have the spare power bank charged by another power bank… and so on,) and they would work with all your batteries out there now. It’s lighter than a spare battery and it should be a lot cheaper too. An extra 5-10 miles is still miles ahead of the competition.

The alternative is to add a USB INPUT to future products, but this leaves all current and future batteries limited to their initial state.

Personally I prefer number option 2, it’s flexible and adds a little more distance to all past present and future batteries.

Now on to a couple of questions I’d like an answer to please.

1. Where do I buy a new battery from? Halfords haven’t had the stock in a long time and mine is now giving me a huge amount of range anxiety.

2. Do you have a publicly available schematic for the battery? If I bought a new one then I’d like to teardown the old one and replace the 18650’s with improved new ones… thus giving me 2 batteries and preserving the old one to make it last another 2 years or more.

Please let me know what you think, personally I like the idea of charging on the fly, and I’m amazed that no one has yet thought of it. But if I’m wrong and it cannot be done or it would be impractical then just a quick reply will do.

 

What do you think, do the ideas have merit?