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Tuesday, October 24th 2017, 1:20pm

Battery - Discover EV Traction

Good day!
I am replacing my Dual Battery as it’s had a good few years of service and we are heading off to Etosha and prob a trip or 2 to Kgalagadi aswell.

I have been looking at the the Discover EV Traction battery and the specs seem great...but price is steep.
Anyone with one that has feedback.

I only use my dual battery for my 80l Engel fridge / freezer combo ( which is an amazing unit I must say ).
When in the bush.... I normally start my vehicle before we go sleep to ensure the batteries are fully charged( which is early ) and then first thing in the morning. We don’t lie in ever. We are always out and about.

Many thanks.

Rory Ouwerkerk
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Tuesday, October 24th 2017, 5:59pm

This will depend on what charger set up you have.
Do you have a DC to DC charger, are you charging solar and alternator?

If no DC to DC charger and only charging via alternator then a deep cycle battery is not the way to go.
Get a cranking battery but don't discharge the battery to below 80% of its capacity as this will damage the battery and reduce the number of useful cycles you could expect from it.

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Tuesday, October 24th 2017, 6:34pm

I am using a C-Tek and my alternator.
No solar.

So what is the recommendation battery wise?

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Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 6:38am

I don't know the C-Tek equipment. If it is a D.C. to D.C. charger and steps up the alternator voltage to around 14.5V whilst charging then a deep cycle battery would be a good choice.

Have a look at http://www.bushpower.co.za/products.asp?pc=4
Good information there.

I bought the Energizer/Enertec 105Ah deep cycle battery which is about half the price of Discover EV Traction battery.

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Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 6:53am

The Ctek system is DC to DC.
I have been inclined to go for the Discover EV Traction unit as I get more usable power out...80%.
The standard battery is around 50? ( or there about?)

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Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 8:01am

I'm not sure of the 80% DOD or the effect of life cycles at this discharge depth.
If that's what will make the difference to you then you will need to get the traction battery.

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Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 7:04am

Update

Follow Up-

Pic 1 is the New Discover Traction Battery, with my C-Tek D250S
Pic 2 is the new Duracell Battery ( 30 month Warranty ) attached with the Ctek management cords for the MXS5.0
Pic 3 is the MXS 5.0 attached on garage wall ( bought the extra 2,5 meter cable so no reach problems )
Pic 4 RACOR Pre Filter, great peace of mind when traveling across the border and no guarantee of fuel quality
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Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 7:47am

Very nice - well done.

You can now take out your motor and fit an electric one.
You've got enough battery capacity!.

I'd appreciate some info on the fuel filter.
I bought the Donaldson one - very similar looking.
Could you post a photo showing more clearly where you mounted it please?

I presume it's installed before the OEM filter.
Did you have to fit additional fuel hose or did you just cut the existing fuel hose?
How did to bleed the system afterwards?
Did you just use the hand pump on the existing fuel filter?

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Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 10:49am

Rory... very nice setup you got there, going to wait for your reply to PRA. I want to get a additional fuel filter too, deciding on the Donaldson or Raco - which is better? What filter has the better/smallest micron filtration?

P.S. PRA thax for the info on the Madman issue. ;-)

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Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 4:15pm

I’m using this filter as a ‘pre filter’ and it is mounted where my ‘hooter’ goes, made a new bracket to accommodate the hooter and the filter. RandD in Brackenfell do all the work on my vehicle and they are solid.

The original hose was removed ( I keep that with me for long trips just incase) and they made up new hoses to run from the ‘in-line’ to the Racor / Parker filter then back to the STD filter.

I use the normal top pump on the filter to prime once filter is changed or I have bled the catch tank.

Super easy to use gives me total peace of mind regarding fuel quality. I personally think that anyone who goes across the border into the ‘wild’ should have a pre filter. Just makes sense, and they relatively inexpensive.

Have travelled a fair amount in Bots ( Moremi...South Gate through to the North..., Savuti, Kasane, Khwai Area, Nxai Pans ), Zimbabwe ( Mana Pools, Chitake, Hwange ) Kruger Park a few times, Transkei...all from Cape Town and it’s reassuring knowing that if I get compromised fuel ( especially as I use Jerry’s to fill up in the middle of nowhere ) my engine stands the best chance of being ok.

I always travel with a spare Racor / Parker Filter, Air Filter and STD Toyota Fuel Filter.
Another great add on is Wurth Diesel Cure.
I normally add a bit to every time I fill up across the border and the Jerries too. The Wurth product is great and it’s concentrated so one can goes a long way so no need to carry loads of extras.

The attached filter is 10 micron. There are also 20 and 30 micron options available.

I work Offshore in the Oil and Gas industry and Racor / Parker systems are used on a lot of our equipment, I know they are industry tested and really tough. That was why I chose this system and I have no reservations recommending what I have.
I can’t comment on the other options out there as I have not had first hand experience.


https://www.parker.com/literature/Racor/…S_-_RSL0161.pdf
http://www.wurth.co.za/products/diesel-cure-330ml/4850


I am currently on assignment in Angola but if anyone needs more detailed images just let me know and I will send as soon as I can.

Hope I have answered some of your questions regarding the system.

Rory
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