Looks similar to “The Battery Mooch” testing. Folks that actually TEST batteries and their published ratings. Most of us know there are fakes, re-wraps etc. out there, and lithium batteries can be dangerous. While in many cases these BOGUS batteries are just a money rip off, in rare cases they can injure and harm you. Read up on ECig manual mods, were it’s up to the user to monitor the battery, no electronic battery safety protocols. This is one scenario you see on the news, when they become pipe bombs. I always read the test results from Mooch, then pay FULL price from the few trusted vendors that make an effort to NOT sell clones and rewraps. Or you could save a few bucks, and risk blowing your face off, or just a nice fire you can’t put out with the SPECIAL fire extinguisher, nobody has.....This is a great resource for checking battery performance.
Batteries are tested by pulse discharge (5 second pulse at 30 second intervals) down to 3.2v and continuous current at 60A do...www.torchythebatteryboy.com
The graphs are all Torchy's personal testing rather than manufacturers claimed performance.
Yes, I have such a unit that will test capacity of such cells as well as an IR meter. (IR readings are only useful if you can find the spec sheets for them, otherwise you results are “in house” only)
I can build one with no LEDs or anything in between, just tell me what you want in an email (email@example.com) when you place your order. Yes, the plastic insert can be omitted, or it can be retained and you can omit the LED inside it. I can also omit the LEDs under the coil if you'd like.What is the most subdued led option?
Can the acrylic trim ring on the flix be removed?
Yes, you can do that. Use an extension with the thickest gauge wire you can find, as thinner wire will add resistance and generate heat. 5' or so is probably the limit - you will need to see how well it performs.I have a question for the experts. The cord from the AC/DC adapter to plug into the back of the Flix is about 3.5' long. Can I get a mini plug extension cord to run from that to the back plug in on the Flix? We keep it in our den and it'd be nice to move it from the end table to the coffee table for accessibility without dragging the huge adapter along. That thing is seriously big.
Thanks. I'm just trying to give a little back since I've got some experience with your fine creations. Your descriptions on your website are pretty accurate, middle-of-the-road fits the 16mm very well.
You are correct as usual, @TommyDee , a 3D printed version could be really great. There are 3D printed docks for this battery (eBay example) - but they're about $15, which is kinda pricey. I think the PCB version I came up with should also work pretty well. I'll know more when the boards get hereI bet a 3D printed "connector" could be the bomb!
Thats how I power my mobile TS100 soldering iron, except I needed the 18 volt packs. These came with a Dewalt drill. After market battery packs, “may” contain “mystery” 18650’s, be advised....Flix battery packs - one idea
Several people have asked me about using the Flix with a battery pack, and I want to share a solution I am developing to make this easy to do.
There are a lot of ways to make a 12V battery pack, and most will work well for powering the Flix as long as they are 10A capable, so if this solution isn't your cup of tea, no big deal, there are other solutions out there. I'd rather not re-invent the wheel, however, and this battery pack is easy to pull off, which what I think makes it appealing.
I looked over what's already available, and discovered that DeWalt Tools makes a series of sturdy, self-contained 12V lithium-ion battery packs that are excellent for our needs, in sizes from 2000mAh to 7000mAh! Third party companies also make replacement batteries in this size, so there are a lot of good, cheap battery packs available with this same connector. This connector is easy to repurpose for our needs, and I think that's also a big plus for this.
The batteries on question are the Dewalt DB120 series. A two-pack of 3000mAh batteries that are DB120-compatible are available on Amazon for around $30:
2-Pack 3000mAh 12V Replace for Dewalt Battery, Lithioum-ion Battery for Dewalt DCB120, DCB127, DCB123
by VANON Direct: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KW1JFZR/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_vtEfFb2GHPMM8
The appropriate battery chargers are ~$26:
DCB112 12V 20V MAX Lithium Ion Battery Charger for Dewalt DCB206 DCB205 DCB204 DCB203 DCB201 DCB120 DCB127, Replace for DCB107 DCB105 DCB101 DCB115 by Girapow-NA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZQ69TLF/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ABEfFbMH2VEE5
So for around $60, you get two 3000mAh battery packs and a charger. That's about $10 more than you'd pay for six bare 18650 batteries and a NiteCore charger, but it isn't too bad.
The connection to the battery pack for testing and proof-of-concept purposes is clear and easy, and only requires a 2.5mm x 5.5mm DC pigtail and two male spade connectors. This is the proof of concept, which works great by the way:
That's fine as a proof-of-concept, but it's DIY is showing, so I have something better in mind for Flix owners.
This is a paper mock-up of the consumer-friendly version, which will take the above idea and package it as a dock for the battery pack, allowing you to use a male-to-male cable to connect the two:
The breakout boards have four parts in total and should be no more than $5 each.
I've ordered some first drafts of the breakout board/battery dock and expect those here within a week. It may take a second revision to get the placement of the tabs and holes "just exactly perfect", but I'm pretty happy with this as a robust solution for Flix portability, and think it will give people who want to take their Flix on the road a drama-free option for doing that.
That's all for now - back to making Flix.
3D printing is the bomb in general. Anything you can think up can be made in a few hours.I bet a 3D printed "connector" could be the bomb!