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- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publisher: Toll Publishing (March 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 20, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XRKD15B
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I have been reading up on lithium batteries for years and this book is filling in a lot of the gaps of knowledge that I missed.
Every book on a complex subject should be this easy to read and understand.
In my professional network, I know a lot of EV experts who are building custom performance electric cars and motorcycles for the past 25 years (or longer) and they absolutely loved this book!
I always have two copies here in my workshop that I lend to people and bought another two (one for my father and one for my brother) as they're both electronics engineers.
Micah the author is a very genuine guy and a fantastic educator, he also has an AWESOME YouTube channel called "ebikeschool.com" with great videos helping thousands of people all over the world. Micah is also one of the guys behind the Vruzend kit, a no-solder and no spot weld DIY battery kit super easy to build just like Lego.
Biggest 5 STARS review... ohh yeaahh!!!
I was surprised how simple-yet-professional it is.
I have no knowledge in this matter and yet I can say everything is clear and simple,
Trouble is they tend to address the how and spend little time on the why. This book is different. It's broadly split into two sections, one discussing batteries and what works best. Call this the "why". The writing is simple and there is NO jargon. That said, the knowledge is very detailed and is essential to building an effective, safe battety.
The second section is the typical "how". I found it a bit simplistic for a typical hobbyist but anyone can build a Lipo using these instructions.
What the book summary says is what you get. You also get useful information on the feeding, exercise and care of your pet Lipo battery
Ideally, people would learn the basics about the cells. This concerns proper charging and then matching cells and cell configuration to the discharge needs of a specific bike. If you know how to do this, the next hurdle is to assemble a pack from cells. I keep hoping there will be what I call the “insta-pack”. The Instapack is something you could use to assemble the pack without a spot welder. The author has a version of this, there is the BatteryBlocs system, and there is an Indian version similar to the Blocs system. I really hope something like this catches on. I don’t see the general public wanting to spot weld packs. This book lays out the dangers in minute detail. You could almost say this book discourages assembling a pack with a welder.
Ideally we will end up in a world where people can DIY an ebike battery. The first place to stop would be this book. I’m hoping people won’t need spot welders. If people could buy cells from reliable vendors, at good prices, and assemble them in a couple of hours, it would change the ebike world. DIY is the only way to go for a good ebike at a decent price. I’ve built three and they are very reliable. The problems I run into are the stresses of going quite a bit faster. You need suspensions and you need to get ergonomic bars. I’m not locked into a design. I change stuff all the time.
This is a serious book about ebikes. If you think you are interested in ebikes, buy this book. It will tell you what ebikes really are about, even if you never touch a spot welder. It’s a march of technology and the limited needs of an ebike match the cells that are out there. So ebikes are kind of the cutting edge, and the tech works. But it’s not simple and it’s worth understanding, just for the nuances of charging and life cycles of packs.