matchstc wrote: »
I'm having some custom cables made. If I' setting up 16 L16 in series then in parallel how long should the interconnect cables be about 7 inches?
niel wrote: »
normally for batteries in series the individual lengths of interconnecting cables would not be critical. it is a series circuit so all is by totality and the limiting factor there is resistive losses bumping up the voltage drop so one does not want this to be too long for that reason, but one interconnect can be 6in and the next 7in and so on. when you are dealing with the paralleling of batteries it gets critical as you want power to go to and from each battery equally so as to not stress any batteries while underutilizing others. this applies to series strings that are paralleled together as well so whatever is done to one needs done equally to the other(s) too. you do want to mount the cables so as to be as easy as possible to work with without sacrificing the best functionality you can get.
BilljustBill wrote: »
Before I can be concerned with cable lengths, bar connectors, buss bars or other electrical issues, I have to get passed the high cost of eight L-16's... ;>)
With so many large batteries, I was wondering if there is a special business that one could get good prices? Or, is there is a special approach you use to get a supplier to give a price break for eight to sixteen L-16's ?
How did you offset the core charges?
Thanks for the insights,
Photowhit wrote: »
Don't know where you are BilljustB... but Staab batteries in mid west, St. Louis and Springfield Il and Chicago, has pretty dang good prices on L16's - $225 for Trojan L16E-AC's. Generics are a bit cheaper but for a $15 difference...
wish I could find those prices around here.
mikeo wrote: »
I think you can with Trojan batteries, just order through a general distributor and have them drop shipped to the local dealer for pickup. Check on several local retailers, as many run delivery routes and will deliver to designated pickup points at no charge. I can order from Missouri, and they will deliver them to Lesley Arkansas which is about a 30 mile drive for me. An L16 400 amp battery runs around 230.00 and they will pick up any cores.
BilljustBill wrote: »
That's a good idea about checking with a Distributor. I looked up the Distributor and it turns out to also be the nearest approved dealer...
I'll call this week to see what the actual bottom line would be,