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Hollis H-160 DPV Upgrade

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by jvanostrand, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. mogden

    mogden Garibaldi

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    Jvanostrand, thanks for posting. I like yourself have an H160 and would like to upgrade to LiFePo4 batteries. If you could please send me the drawings, programming and any other information you may have.
    Thanks
    Mark Ogden
     
  2. jvanostrand

    jvanostrand Angel Fish

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  3. Rvbcave

    Rvbcave Angel Fish

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    Can anyone give me the specific charger used on the H160? Need to help find a replacement.

    Best Regards,
     
  4. jvanostrand

    jvanostrand Angel Fish

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    A friend bought two used H160s and two chargers had problems. He found that the best solution was to fix the broken chargers. He tok them to an electronics expert.

    If you choose to buy a new charger you should know a little about chargers. First, chargers are made to work with certain battery chemistries. For example you shouldn't use a lead-acid charger (like for your car) on a NiMH battery pack (like your DPV) even if the voltages are the same. Second, voltage matters. Each chemistry has their own voltage ratings which applies to one cell. If the battery is made up of several cells that are wired in series you have a higher voltage which equals the cell voltage times the number of cells in series. The H160 uses NiMH chemistry cells and has 23 in series so it has a nominal voltage of about 28V and charging voltage of around 32V to 36V. Finally the energy capacity of cells matters a somewhat. Chargers are designed to provide a certain amount of power, usually rated in amps. If you choose one with lower amperage it will take a long time to charge the battery. You can roughly estimate the number of hours to charge by dividing the battery's amp-hour rating by the charger's amperage. For he H160 a 3A to 4A charger works.

    So you need a charger suitable for a 16 amp-hour, NiMH, 23 series cell battery pack. That's what you'd as a vendor for.

    Some vendors sell chargers that they can easily reconfigure for a battery count. So if you find a vendor that has a 24 cell charger, ask if they can configure it for 23 cells.
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @Rvbcave, since you are in the US, I would call Rabbit Tool West and ask if they have any chargers for 23s battery packs. I believe they were the ones who made the packs for that scooter to begin with. If they weren't, they are still the go-to for NiMH DPV batteries so would be a good resource.
     
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  6. Rvbcave

    Rvbcave Angel Fish

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  7. SHADOW/LAFD

    SHADOW/LAFD Angel Fish

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    Hi,
    Could you please send your controler upgrade schematic? I want to upgrade my Hollis H160 with A123 20ah batteries.
    Thanks in advance!!!!
    shadowamplification@yahoo.com
    Best,
    Shadow
     
  8. jvanostrand

    jvanostrand Angel Fish

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  9. SHADOW/LAFD

    SHADOW/LAFD Angel Fish

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    Thank you very much for sharing all of your knowledge on this. My stock controller is my primary issue with mine. I wish I had access to one of your PCB’s. If you have any extras I am happy to donate. Will mouser part number DRV1093ZPWPR work for a stock board replacement driver with 8 A123 20ah batteries?
     
  10. jvanostrand

    jvanostrand Angel Fish

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    I'm only an electronics amateur but that part looks like it's for controlling brushless DC motors. The motor on the H-160 isn't a brushless motor. All it needs is voltage. For different speeds the stock controller simply adjusts the voltage given to the motor to 18V, 24V and 30V using PWM for efficiency. On speed three there is no PWM, it's just feeding battery voltage directly to the motor. If you rigged a switch up between the battery and motor you could eliminate the controller. The controller also did two other things which were kind of important. First it checks battery voltage and when it dropped to a certain level it would put the scooter in what I called "limp mode". This saved the batteries from damage due to over-discharge. Second it would detect high amperage and cut out temporarily. I think the idea was to prevent the fuse from blowing, because a blown fuse means swimming back.

    The PCB schematic can be given to any of the on-line PCB manufacturers and they'd mask and etch it. I etched them myself using gloss printer paper, a laser printer, a plastic laminator (although I've used a clothes iron before) and etching fluid available from your local electronics parts store. Start to finish can be as quick as an hour.
     

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