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Just spotted these, 10AH NiMH D-cells.

http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp?P ... ProdID=325

Unfortunately it has a maximum discharge current of 50A whereas I think the cells used in the Insight happily cope with 100A.

Still though, $5.56 each means $670 for a pack's worth, and if you bought twice that amount you could possibly run parallel strings for discharge (if there's room).
 

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well... The insight Battery Pack Technology is over 6 years old... and Since they did go with a mass produced D Cell base.... I guess eventually we will see the 80 to 100 Amp charge and discharge rates availible at cheaper prices... Gota love that technology wheel... keep on turning....

Also ... IF they are rated at 50A each then 2 pack in paralell would do 100 Amps total if both 120 cell paralell packs were putting out 50A.

The bad news is fabricating each pack so it can handel 50A and the 80 to 100A combined system.... Not to menchion working with 144+ Volts.... and the worst news of all..... Without a hack to the Insight battery computer the Amp counter wouldn't use the extra capacity even if it where there.
 

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I still think that the "requirement" for a 100A discharge rate is overstated, at least for the hypermileage crowd. How often do you actually use full assist? It might be enough to just put a limit on the assist...
 

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AFAI remember Armin is the only member to have done some direct IMA current measurements and post his results. When the IMA is in its "starter motor" function the drain is 90A+-.

Another "problem" with simply paralleling a double pack to get around the current limitations is that you double the number of cells. And decrease the time before one cell reaches its failure point and begins to pull down the _whole_ array. :(

Reading the fine print on the given page the highest recomended discharge rate is only 30A. With the qualification that service life will be reduced. 40-50A loads are routinely seen with full assist (albiet only for a short time, battery life saving usage).

IMO its not a good candidate for replacement of our IMA batteries.

HTH! :)
 

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Armin did some of the early battery monitoring with the battery test connector, and has been monitoring battery voltage as well.
All of the MIMA users are taking direct current readings whenever they use the system. the MIMA ampmeter is pretty accurate, and with the new PWM display can easily show a 1 or 2 amp change.
The Stock IMA will use 90-100A when doing fast acceleration in first and second gear, but only for 5-10 seconds. MIMA can use it at will. I have ran many 1 minute 100A discharges with my pack with only a 1-2 degree temp change.
The only way you will be able to really know if a cell can handle the current is to get 6 cells and try to make a subpack with them, then test them under load, while measuring current and temp.

Paralleling NiMH is difficult because of the low internal resistance, and the need for independant cell reversal detection on each two of the subpacks in each of the parallel packs. Thats 10 temp and 10 voltage measuring circuits for each 144V parallel pack.
If I am going to go with parallel Prius packs, I would also put in dynamic cell balancing, which would be able to charge weaker subpacks.
not a simple task.
 

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Paralleling would also effectively double the capacity of the batteries, so the IMA would only use have of the capacity it thinks it's using. It would also halve the voltage, so you'd have to have twice as many batteries.

However, there is a big mystery here, because the batteries have to come from somewhere. There is a factory making those batteries and the trick is to figure out a retail supply chain that gets them to us.

Alternatively, the ratings on the retail batteries are listed on the conservative side (unlikely for typical sales brochures), or Honda is using the cells outside their rated range. I suspect the latter.
 

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I remember reading somewhere that the NiMH D cells in the Insight are made by Panasonic... can't recall where I read that off hand right now.

It would make sense though since Panasonic is the same company that make the 15 Minute Rechargeble AA and AAA that Radio Shack sells and they make other 15 Mnute NiMH cells for other companies too...

I think something like that requires extreamly large purchase orders and minimum quantity order numbers... Tracktor Trailer Truck pulls up to loading dock at Honda factory... "Got a order of Batteries here, can you sign for it?" :shock:

I mean 120 cells per car Honda sells what just under 2,000 Insights per year?.... 2,000 x 120 = 240,000 D cells ..... even if you went through alll the red tape to be able to buy them.... that is allot of Money... even at the super cheap rate of $4 per cell that is a million dollar order.
 

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High Res Battery Pics Please.

Mike

Could we have loads more high res photos of the dissasembled battery pack please. I am happy to host them if bandwidth is an issue. PM me

In particular the 6 cell subpacks and the join between cells.

How are the individual cells connected together?

I note the temp sensor strip is in intimate but not electrical contact with the individual cells. What is it made of? What is it's resistance? Does it change according to temp? Can it be bought? Can it's output be simulated?

I have seen these 10ah D cells, they might be a good idea for people who are out of warranty and only use minimal assist.

What does 5 bars of assist equate too in current drain?

Has anyone approached Panasonic to ask about the oem cells? Bulk order?

I certainly would buy some/a set as part of a group purchase.

Anyone have a dead pack I can have for a nominal fee? Any success in replacing the cells will be shared with the group at no cost.

Lot's of questions I know.

Peter
 

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I don't have an Insight subpack that I can take a better photo of. These photos were taken at Armin's place. I have the rest of an Insight pack, but no subpacks.
I did some measurements of the thermal sensing strip, and found that the signal was pulsed, noisy and difficult to read. I choose to add new thermal sensors to the pack for the MIMA fan control. There is also some thermistors on every other subpack. The subpacks are welded together, and are not likely to be repairable.
The battery holder can be cut to allow Prius subpacks to be used, but the mounting , cooling, and connections would all need to be redesigned. When My pack buys the farm, I plan on giving that a shot.
 

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just a thought....

If anyone every needs to actually replace thier battery pack and Honda doesn't pay for it....

You may want to try old fasioned Lead Acid Batteries....

You will need some that will handel up to 100 Amps... but allot can...

and you need a combined nominal Voltage of ~144Volts.... The system will charge them the Amp Meter will not make use of the full capacity of the batteries so just need up to 100 AMPs output or Input from the batteries...

This will be But Heavy.... but should work and will be cheep.

Just my 2 bits.
 
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