Archive for May, 2009

Help Stop the National Energy Tax!

Posted in Problems, Recession on May 19, 2009 by wizbandit

The Obama Democrats’ Cap and Trade bill will raise taxes on American families by nearly $3,100 a year and is the height of irresponsibility in the middle of a recession. Republicans can stop this massive tax hike, but we need the support of every Republican grassroots leader to do it. Please help Republicans stop this job-killing, bigger government, higher taxes legislation by making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the RNC today. Thank you.



PHEV Prius gets a new POWER SOURCE

Posted in PHEV on May 18, 2009 by wizbandit

I finally have Prototype 1.0 of my DC-2-DC converter installed.  This converters runs off 12VDC nominal which allows use of conventional battery charging with inexpensive off-the-shelf chargers.  It’s a basic, simple 1000 watt converter I came up with using inexpensive parts.  The most expensive part is the 1000 watt Toroidal Transformer seen in the picture.  So far testing is going well, the converter only supplies 4-5 amps into the OEM Traction Battery so it does not function the same as the setup I had using 20 small 20Ah Pb batteries. The main thing is it IS transferring power from the added battery pack to the car assisting the ICE using electricity which is the main reason for the PHEV conversion.


I still have some more tweaking but it works using the CAN-View system that was installed with the 20 battery setup.  For testing I’m using two DEKA 55Ah AGM batteries.  The final setup will have six of these.

LG Fridge repaired but still a big POS

Posted in Problems on May 10, 2009 by wizbandit

The LG repairman that finally came out to fix our melted light housing, he said the LG “Legal Department” sent him out.  All he did was to replace the melted lamp holder with a new one that has a thermo-switch on it.  The lights are working with the door switch again.  I’m thinking what happened is the lights are controlled by a Microprocessor and it got hung up and kept the lights on until someone discovered everything melted.  Power-cycling the unit, i.e. unplugging it probably resets the MPU.  With our house totally solar powered and the LG fridge on the solar inverter setup the power never gets removed from it.  I put two Lights of America “40” LED lamps in it, they use 1.5 watts each and run cool but they too are disappointing as they are quickly falling into my POS basket.