• Greg F
    154
    The look new. Alibaba? That is really cheap. The cells in the Lion battery look a lot like Shenzen Lithium co. cells. I see they have a 100ah/3.2v for 54 bucks. That would be 100ah for $216. Shipping doesn't seem included though and that can add up. I paid $550/100ah. Prices have been falling as more Chinese manufacturing ramps up it seems.
    https://advancelithium.en.alibaba.com
  • Jetlag
    11
    Good deal, seems really cheap, even for raw cells, are they used? I'm just asking because I notice at the bottom of the spec sheet they listed appearance.Ray
    They are new and they all came matched.

    The look new. Alibaba? That is really cheap.Greg F
    aliexpress sells them cheap but shop around because they always go on specials and they will also offer free shipping.
    Important thing to check is the attachment bolts size. Always message seller and ask whats the largest bolt size you can get because some of the large AH have tiny little screw to attach 4/0 wires :s
    CALB have large bolts but cost more.
  • Greg F
    154
    I have CALB cells now and am very happy with them. They are less than 2 years old so I suspect they will be replaced by way of desire over necessity if a better tech comes along that can charge faster, has better capacity for less weight and space. We should be good with our levels of discharging for 3000+ days of normal use. I don't even see myself using the same RV in 3000 days. Hopefully I will still be kicking around myself then. Dry cell Lithium should be interesting or maybe something else that isn't even on the radar right now. I am also interested in some of the hybrid battery super capacitor systems that could be possible.

    There is a pretty big incentive to improve battery tech worldwide. I suspect that my current lithium bank arrangement will be considered somewhat a boat anchor in the next few years. :)
  • Ray
    402
    In this video, I conclude my initial review of my new Lion Energy Safari UT 1200 lithium batteries.
    See full blog post and review Information - https://www.loveyourrv.com/battery-review-lion-energy-safari-ut/

  • Greg F
    154
    I enjoyed all of your Lion battery review videos. Well done, complete, unbiased and interesting. I think these are a great option for people looking for a drop in lithium battery. Looking forward to the follow up video on your next road trip.

    Heck even a plane landing on water in this video. :D
  • Ray
    402
    Thanks. :) That reminds me I had some footage of a floatplane coming in really close to our RV site. Kind of freaky the first time it happened.

  • Greg F
    154
    lol. We stayed at a Harvest Host up against a crop last year. They really should have told us that they crop dusted at night. :o These guys operate with some pretty close tolerances.
  • Dale
    8
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    Fun to watch
  • Steve S
    31
    Even at Saddle Mountain, a crop duster flew right over my RV … on the way back, I could actually see the pilot and waved … he dipped the wings in response.
  • Steve S
    31
    Hi Ray, I watched the series and really liked thevideos … especially when you opened it up to take a look inside.

    Question for you; did you ever try running the batteries right down to see if the BMS would restart the batteries?

    I've read that some BMS' need a special procedure to get the batteries activated. The brand I use don't need any User intervention should they drop down to 0.
  • Ray
    402
    Question for you; did you ever try running the batteries right down to see if the BMS would restart the batteries?Steve S

    Yes, during some tests I ran them all the way down till the BMS low voltage cut off kicked in. I found to get them going again I had to charge with just 5-10 amps for a bit until they recovered, if I tried to throw say 50 amps at them they kept shutting down and cycling on and off
  • Greg F
    154
    I think the pilot enjoys buzzing the campers. I probably would. :) Thankfully there are some power lines that limited how close he could get to us. Hopefully whatever he was spraying wasn't too unhealthy. Harvest Host at a cauliflower and cabbage farm.

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  • Steve S
    31
    Thanks Ray … that's not a big deal even if boondocking. Solar, generator or going to an RV park would all get them going again.
  • Logan X
    69
    Ray, thanks so much for doing an extremely detailed review of those batteries. I found the videos to be very well done, entertaining, and informative- as usual.
  • Rush and Lola
    104
    Ray, Another job well done. Thanks for the info. Guess I'm still on the ole Handy Bob band wagon.
  • Annie and Alfie
    8
    Lion Safari install 3tfsfpxfsr7mz10j.jpeg
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    Stand alone lithium install with factory Winnebago system intact. Basically two separate systems.

    Photo shows 150a draw bc I have plugged shore power cable to inverter, started and running a soft start 15000 btu ac.
  • Annie and Alfie
    8
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    340w on roof with a 140w Suitcase
  • Ray
    402
    Nice job at fitting all the gear into a small space. Looks like a great system. :) You don't see many Winnebago fifth wheels.
  • Annie and Alfie
    8
    Thx Ray... it helps when your business partner is a union master electrician. He used half the space I thought we would need and it seems to be working fabulously.

    I looked at most lithium options. Almost when with 2 Dakota 170ah same size as a T105 but saw these Safari group24 size batteries and ordered three exactly one week before your YouTube video.

    The little Micro Mini now has almost 400 usable ah between the Trojans (front) and Safari (side) r0g51v7yfzkqiurd.jpeg

    Will update with a post after I use them for awhile.
  • Ray
    402
    Will update with a post after I use them for awhile.Annie and Alfie

    Please do. Also, how do you like the Samlex inverter? I was considering one of those if my old inverter bites the dust.
  • Annie and Alfie
    8
    Samlex seems solid so far. Needs a good pull to get the fans going... in fact I became worried not hearing them after running it on medium loads. It wasn’t hot enough I guess. So I ran electric water heater for 15 minutes at about 130A !!! They kicked in after 5 min.

    Having the components mounted on unistrut exposing all sides may improve heat dissipation also.

    I’ve been told they don’t inflate the advertised numbers it will produce like most Chinese inverters.

    I think I gave $500 u.s. during a deal of some sort but seen as high as 8 or so.
  • Jetlag
    11
    That reminds me I had some footage of a floatplane coming in really close to our RV site. Kind of freaky the first time it happened.Ray

    Like watching them but not working on them. They flew us over to do a inspection to the engine.
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  • Jetlag
    11
    Lion Safari installAnnie and Alfie

    I have the same solar controller but I use the bluetooth adapter & app. Works great
  • Annie and Alfie
    8
    I struggled through the obsolete info provided like the rar file but finally got it. EpEver needs to update website lol other than that it’s a awesome controller
  • Ray
    402
    They are a lot bigger! close up, looks like lots of climbing up and down. :)
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