I thought I’d let you know that the charger has arrived safe and sound to my house. UPS slapped a new label on it with the correct address, so it all worked out well.
I’d also like to thank you and the crew at Manzanita Micro for making this experience as painless as possible. Great service, super fast turn around for the repair, and very reasonable service fees. I sincerely hope I never have to send it back again. But if I do, I know it will be in good hands. Take care and keep up the good work!
I recently purchased three of your MK3x8s, and installed them in my electric motorcycle. The bike currently has 24 ThunderSky 60AH cells, and I’ve got about 1700 miles on them with no balancing, just using the ThunderSky charger from Elite Power Solutions.
I understand the safety and battery life benefits of using balancers, but what really got my attention was the improvement in performance! Voltage droop under load has decreased noticeably, the bike accelerates more sharply, and (while I haven’t yet tested this fully to the limit) it looks like my range has increased by 10% or more. (Where before I could expect to go 30 miles at 50 to 70 MPH highway and rural road speeds, I just did a 35 mile ride at speed that involved some real elevation changes.) This improvement must be resulting from getting all the battery discharge curves back in sync.
Thank you for building an effective and easy-to-use solution! What initially attracted me was comparing the current your boards can dissipate with the other products on the market, and also seeing that you were involved with fast charging at EV competitions.
Naturally, I’m building a bigger badder and faster bike, and I’ll plan to use your balancers (and a charger, too) in that higher voltage battery string as well.
Manzanita Micro gave us an awesome HUGE charger (PFC50) and provided a great BMS (using MK3x8s) for our battery pack. (The BMS just plugged in and worked perfectly. Nifty color-coded LEDs tell you exactly what is going on. Plug in your laptop if you want the detailed info on a cell level. Plugs right into the charger. Awesome.)
- Eva Håkansson and the Electrocat