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I-MIEV Battery Pack Air Cooling

May 5, 2013

Since I’ve been shooting a number of YouTube videos about the flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MIEV, I’ve starting getting REQUESTS from viewers. Things like “Hey, can you show us how the Fast Charge port works?” A commenter yesterday was asking about the location of the cooling fan for the battery pack. I could have just written a […]

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i-MIEV: Charging Lithium

April 30, 2013

Since I got the rest of the lithium cells out of the Mitsubishi battery pack, it gives me a chance to start charging and testing them. Of course, I have to pound some juice in there first! The main problem I’m running into so far is that the cells are at ZERO volts! They are […]

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i-MIEV: Stripping Lithium Cells & Gettin’ Soapy

April 29, 2013

This weekend was finally the first nice weekend of spring. Sure, last week it was snowing, this weekend was 65 degrees and sunny, and now we’ll have rain for the next ten days. Well, that’s spring in Wisconsin for you… So, it was time for a little spring cleaning, mostly to make some room so […]

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How-It’s-Made Video: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

February 27, 2013

Since I’ve been working on taking apart the flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MiEV and posting videos on it, a YouTube subscriber sent me a link to a great video on how the car is made! This video is in two parts, for about 45 minutes total, and is extremely well produced. My favorite are shots from the […]

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A Close Look at the BMS board

February 26, 2013

So far, as part of the Mitsubishi i-Miev project, I’ve been able to drop the battery pack from the bottom of the car, open it up, and remove two blocks of cells from it to start testing. I washed and scrubbed the one in the bathtub, and then took it apart into the individual components […]

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Tearing out and Testing a Lithium Cell

February 22, 2013

Yesterday, I got one lithium module out of the car. Here’s the video showing the removal. The main battery pack is built from 22 units of 4 cells, built together with a BMS board. Each one then is basically a 12V battery. I got the cell block out, washed it in the bathtub (second time […]

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Bathtub o’ Lithium!

February 20, 2013

Yesterday, I was able to pull a block of cells from the Mitsubishi i-Miev battery pack. The entire battery pack is comprised of 22 blocks of 4 lithium cells. (At first glance, it looked like they were blocks of 8 cells. It’s only after removing a 4-cell block that I realized they are all the […]

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Working on the Flooded i-Miev

February 20, 2013

Here’s what I’ve been doing the last couple days on the car. I was able to disconnect the power cables, but the water that leaked out certainly didn’t make me feel very good about the project. I was able to remove the battery pack from the car, and drag it out into the driveway, where […]

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