Subnautica 16 Base building part 3 and Battery Charger



Subnautica base building and the battery charger

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Building a Ebike battery box from aluminium to fit 20s 8p battery part3 timelapse



i think i can probably fit 200+ 18650`s in this battery box. i easily fit 168 in

Parts i brought and used in this video are in the previous videos
Links to everything i have ever used in my videos below
HTRC C240 duo
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FHTRC-C240-DUO-AC-150W-DC-240W-Dual-Channel-10A-RC-Balance-lipo-battery-Charger%2F303039205702%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D601975731707%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Kickstand https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FBicycle-MTB-Side-Kickstand-Double-Legs-Kick-Stand-Circle-Parts-For-26-Bike%2F283347367634%3Fepid%3D3025782966%26hash%3Ditem41f8d1b6d2%3Ag%3AMasAAOSwF5VcRaGw
Liquid Flux https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FRF800-Liquid-Soldering-Flux-BGA-SMD-SMT-RMA-Rework-Reflow-Repairs-50ml%2F112705844428%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
SWG wire https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FTinned-copper-wire-18-21-24-25-35-SWG-various-lengths%2F261931936657%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D560756313859%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Battery spacers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F4x5-Cell-18650-Battery-Spacer-Holders-Radiating-Shell-Bracket-Black-New%2F153231844677%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D453094491936%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Liitokala Testers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FLiitoKala-Lii-500-Intelligent-3-7V-Li-ion-1-2V-Ni-MH-Battery-Charger-LCD-D7F2%2F153385332886%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Tyre linners https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F2pcs-MTB-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Tire-Liner-26-27-5-29-700C-Puncture-Proof-Pad-UK%2F254041236115%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D553386790949%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649

Video camera used in new videos https://amzn.to/2XlNJYY
and the picture in picture cam https://amzn.to/2UqJF7M

My video skills aint good so be patient lol
My original ebike kit https://amzn.to/2V2lhNX
Controller i upgraded to this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/36v-48v-60v-72v-40A-BT-PROGRAMMABLE-E-BIKE-ELECTRIC-BRUSHLESS-MOTOR-CONTROLLER/163640494781?hash=item2619bbcabd:g:FQMAAOSwQkNcsLuY&frcectupt=true
Replacment Throttle https://amzn.to/2UXtenO
Already Tested used laptop batteries https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fstr%2Fgrooter

I have decided to do some giveaways things like Battery BMS, ebike battery chargers, 18650 battery chargers, It will be all prizes to do with the DIY ebike enthusiast,
To be in with a chance of winning these please Subscribe. this will start once i reach certain land marks like 100,500,1000 subscribers. and maybe when i have a video reach 1000 watch`s etc. This will be shipped world wide so don`t worry about where you are from. i wish i could ship batteries too but that is too hard to ship outside of europe
Ebike from cheap ebay kit to a hotrod 50mph.
Will be making a series of videos of how i upgraded from a £150 ebay kit to a hotrod capable of 50mph and how i built the batteries.

plus a few rides around on the bike

What inspired me to make my own was watching other ebike/battery channels
Vortex inspired me for more speed
Andy Kirby inspired me to make the lighting
Rohin super genius inspired me to go ahead and use used laptop cells and make a battery

So i am using their ideas of what they have done but doing it on a budget, My total build comes in at less than £500 but i already had the bike frame. hopefully when i have finished making all the videos on how i have built it, You will be riding something similar

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Building a Ebike battery box from aluminium to fit 20s 8p battery part2



putting the side that wil open on and giving it a first coat of paint, i add magnets so hopefully the magnets keep it closed. the link to sheet aluminium in in previous video

Magnets i used
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/N35-3mm-dia-x0-5mm-strong-thin-Neodymium-disk-magnets-DIY-craft-fridge-SMALL-PKS/182181187859?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=483961957592&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

and epoxy glue
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Epoxy-Resin-Glue-Extra-Strong-Adhesive-Super-Bond-Hardener-Metal-Plastic-Wood/262806263085?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=561801783518&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
Links to everything i have ever used in my videos below
HTRC C240 duo
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FHTRC-C240-DUO-AC-150W-DC-240W-Dual-Channel-10A-RC-Balance-lipo-battery-Charger%2F303039205702%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D601975731707%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Kickstand https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FBicycle-MTB-Side-Kickstand-Double-Legs-Kick-Stand-Circle-Parts-For-26-Bike%2F283347367634%3Fepid%3D3025782966%26hash%3Ditem41f8d1b6d2%3Ag%3AMasAAOSwF5VcRaGw
Liquid Flux https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FRF800-Liquid-Soldering-Flux-BGA-SMD-SMT-RMA-Rework-Reflow-Repairs-50ml%2F112705844428%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
SWG wire https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FTinned-copper-wire-18-21-24-25-35-SWG-various-lengths%2F261931936657%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D560756313859%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Battery spacers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F4x5-Cell-18650-Battery-Spacer-Holders-Radiating-Shell-Bracket-Black-New%2F153231844677%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D453094491936%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Liitokala Testers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FLiitoKala-Lii-500-Intelligent-3-7V-Li-ion-1-2V-Ni-MH-Battery-Charger-LCD-D7F2%2F153385332886%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Tyre linners https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F2pcs-MTB-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Tire-Liner-26-27-5-29-700C-Puncture-Proof-Pad-UK%2F254041236115%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D553386790949%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649

Video camera used in new videos https://amzn.to/2XlNJYY
and the picture in picture cam https://amzn.to/2UqJF7M

My video skills aint good so be patient lol
My original ebike kit https://amzn.to/2V2lhNX
Controller i upgraded to this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/36v-48v-60v-72v-40A-BT-PROGRAMMABLE-E-BIKE-ELECTRIC-BRUSHLESS-MOTOR-CONTROLLER/163640494781?hash=item2619bbcabd:g:FQMAAOSwQkNcsLuY&frcectupt=true
Replacment Throttle https://amzn.to/2UXtenO
Already Tested used laptop batteries https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fstr%2Fgrooter

I have decided to do some giveaways things like Battery BMS, ebike battery chargers, 18650 battery chargers, It will be all prizes to do with the DIY ebike enthusiast,
To be in with a chance of winning these please Subscribe. this will start once i reach certain land marks like 100,500,1000 subscribers. and maybe when i have a video reach 1000 watch`s etc. This will be shipped world wide so don`t worry about where you are from. i wish i could ship batteries too but that is too hard to ship outside of europe
Ebike from cheap ebay kit to a hotrod 50mph.
Will be making a series of videos of how i upgraded from a £150 ebay kit to a hotrod capable of 50mph and how i built the batteries.

plus a few rides around on the bike

What inspired me to make my own was watching other ebike/battery channels
Vortex inspired me for more speed
Andy Kirby inspired me to make the lighting
Rohin super genius inspired me to go ahead and use used laptop cells and make a battery

So i am using their ideas of what they have done but doing it on a budget, My total build comes in at less than £500 but i already had the bike frame. hopefully when i have finished making all the videos on how i have built it, You will be riding something similar

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Building a Ebike battery box from aluminium to fit 20s 8p battery part1



Building a battery box from aluminium to fit 20s 8p battery part1

2x 1000mm x 250mm x1mm aluminium sheets
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FAluminium-Sheet-1mm-1-2mm-1-5mm-2mm-3mm-4mm-1050H14-S1BH4-Various-Sizes%2F271210657802%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D570160092867%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649

Links to everything i have ever used in my videos below
HTRC C240 duo
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FHTRC-C240-DUO-AC-150W-DC-240W-Dual-Channel-10A-RC-Balance-lipo-battery-Charger%2F303039205702%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D601975731707%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Kickstand https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FBicycle-MTB-Side-Kickstand-Double-Legs-Kick-Stand-Circle-Parts-For-26-Bike%2F283347367634%3Fepid%3D3025782966%26hash%3Ditem41f8d1b6d2%3Ag%3AMasAAOSwF5VcRaGw
Liquid Flux https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FRF800-Liquid-Soldering-Flux-BGA-SMD-SMT-RMA-Rework-Reflow-Repairs-50ml%2F112705844428%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
SWG wire https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FTinned-copper-wire-18-21-24-25-35-SWG-various-lengths%2F261931936657%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D560756313859%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Battery spacers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F4x5-Cell-18650-Battery-Spacer-Holders-Radiating-Shell-Bracket-Black-New%2F153231844677%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D453094491936%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Liitokala Testers https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FLiitoKala-Lii-500-Intelligent-3-7V-Li-ion-1-2V-Ni-MH-Battery-Charger-LCD-D7F2%2F153385332886%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649
Tyre linners https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F2pcs-MTB-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Tire-Liner-26-27-5-29-700C-Puncture-Proof-Pad-UK%2F254041236115%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D553386790949%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649

Video camera used in new videos https://amzn.to/2XlNJYY
and the picture in picture cam https://amzn.to/2UqJF7M

My video skills aint good so be patient lol
My original ebike kit https://amzn.to/2V2lhNX
Controller i upgraded to this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/36v-48v-60v-72v-40A-BT-PROGRAMMABLE-E-BIKE-ELECTRIC-BRUSHLESS-MOTOR-CONTROLLER/163640494781?hash=item2619bbcabd:g:FQMAAOSwQkNcsLuY&frcectupt=true
Replacment Throttle https://amzn.to/2UXtenO
Already Tested used laptop batteries https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338525751&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fstr%2Fgrooter

I have decided to do some giveaways things like Battery BMS, ebike battery chargers, 18650 battery chargers, It will be all prizes to do with the DIY ebike enthusiast,
To be in with a chance of winning these please Subscribe. this will start once i reach certain land marks like 100,500,1000 subscribers. and maybe when i have a video reach 1000 watch`s etc. This will be shipped world wide so don`t worry about where you are from. i wish i could ship batteries too but that is too hard to ship outside of europe
Ebike from cheap ebay kit to a hotrod 50mph.
Will be making a series of videos of how i upgraded from a £150 ebay kit to a hotrod capable of 50mph and how i built the batteries.

plus a few rides around on the bike

What inspired me to make my own was watching other ebike/battery channels
Vortex inspired me for more speed
Andy Kirby inspired me to make the lighting
Rohin super genius inspired me to go ahead and use used laptop cells and make a battery

So i am using their ideas of what they have done but doing it on a budget, My total build comes in at less than £500 but i already had the bike frame. hopefully when i have finished making all the videos on how i have built it, You will be riding something similar

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Building a Modular 18650 7s Power Wall



I’ll make another video in a week or two of time lapse step by step building the power wall. this video is more of how I came to developing this final design. It took over a year of planning, design, test and failure to arrive at this stage. It was not easy and many parts were not available when i started building in Sept. 2017.

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Hello! I’m Andy and this is my video log of designing and building the cheapest most modular and easy to fix, diagnose and build power wall. Watch my latest videos for updates and ask any questions if you’re not sure. It’s a lot of information.

Thanks!

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Banggood referral link: https://bit.ly/2VQrrP5

12v QC3.0 Dual USB 5-29.4vdc (best USB phone charger)
https://ebay.to/2SSAqgP

29.4V 5A Lithium Battery Charger for 24V Li-ion Ebike Car Power with C13 Plug
https://ebay.to/2SQVsfx
XLR female connector:
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KGGvhEUBbW
https://ebay.to/2D8J5G8

20A dc breaker: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/DGDmEEMeqK
30A dc breaker: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3K3KRYU0zR
40A dc breaker: https://ebay.to/2TPWLM2
Cable lugs: https://ebay.to/2ssDGUd or https://ebay.to/2RrLuVp

Fuse wire 30 AWG Tinned Copper 100′ 0.0100″ Dia:
https://amzn.to/2RPHld2
https://ebay.to/2FsSBWq

18650 Battery holder With 8Pin Soldering Connection:
https://bit.ly/2SR2m4A
https://ebay.to/2QHwP3f

25$ 100A diy spot welder: https://bit.ly/2B1duoG

tp4056: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/Gv3KhEM6Ni
mini volt meter: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/Dm3myyz0AL
lii-500 charger: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KvvDEyMgng
4$ battery mAh tester: https://ebay.to/2For9db

12vdc desktop computer ATX power supply: https://ebay.to/2VT1bTZ
buck to 12vdc converter: https://ebay.to/2sqBg8Y
200W 8A buck converter: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/v3GGhY20CS
300W 20A Buck Converter 6-40V to 1.2-36V: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3DDDdR2B0Z
18$ 6A buck boost 10-40 to 0-38v: https://ebay.to/2QLUpvJ
7$ 15A 400w boost converter: https://ebay.to/2Rp82WK
15$ 5A MPPT CC/CV buck converter 6-36v to 1.25-32v
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/G33mhyzB0N
mpt-7210A mppt boost: https://ebay.to/2Fu7Y0M
pwm 20A solar charge controller: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/GKKmydMeNb

7s 60A dis, 30A charge, 60mA balance: https://bit.ly/2B1Ficn
7S 18650 Charger BMS Protection Board: https://ebay.to/2RN7ZU7
160$ SBMS0 200mA bms: electrodacus.com
kickstarter.com/projects/electrodacus/solar-bms-and-digital-mppt-for-pv-electricty-and-h

3$ terrible 66mA Balancer board: https://ebay.to/2Fql8gc
20A BMS 7s 80mA balance: (fake only does 50mA): https://ebay.to/2RN7ZU7
50A 7s BMS no balancing circuit: https://ebay.to/2Ft77hR
100A 7s 60mA bms: https://ebay.to/2VL5Ffz
Switch Male Power Socket 10A 250V 3Pin IEC320 C14 Inlet: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KmKvRYqNY8
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random parts:
MJ2955 transistor: https://ebay.to/2AMLTax
photo resistor kit: https://ebay.to/2TPY1yK
5x 5K Potentiometer 15mm ON OFF Switch: https://ebay.to/2RuLHaf
10x DPDT On-Off-On: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/mvDmRdk4eW

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24v LED light system:
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12-24vdc LED lights: https://ebay.to/2THFfcK
dpdt switch: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/GmmGhh20Cp
Pots var pack: https://ebay.to/2VPOwBp
pot knob: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KDmDYEU0JV
200W 8A buck converter: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/v3GGhY20CS
diodes: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/vKmmdRzgC6
terminal connectors: https://ebay.to/2Cfjny4
resistor set: https://ebay.to/2QKAGMM
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60 cell panels pickup only BC, Canada: https://bit.ly/2R5fn8Z

urethane @ lowes: https://bit.ly/2RcHL9n
45v 10A Schottky Diode 10SQ045: https://bit.ly/2S9BwYs or https://bit.ly/2WbuNfv
15$ 5A MPPT CC/CV buck converter 6-36v to 1.25-32v:
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/G33mhyzB0N

0.37w 78x26mm: https://bit.ly/2sI7LiX
0.43w 52x52mm https://bit.ly/2CFQ87P
0.66w 78x52mm https://bit.ly/2FO2lM3
1.75w 156mmx62.4mm: https://bit.ly/2RHDMGE
2.55w 156x104MM: https://bit.ly/2UiqAFl
4.38w 156×156mm: https://bit.ly/2FJy7d0

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Building DIY Solar Battery Charger/Maintainer For Keeping Battery Charged on Car, Truck and Tractor!



In today’s video, i hook up a solar charge controller in my garage to keep my car, truck and garden tractor battery charged when sitting for periods of non-use. A free to operate battery tender! It’s also nice to have a way to keep my phone charged if the power goes out. It floats the battery at around 13.7 volts, during peak sunlight hours, so it helps the battery to last longer.

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NEW 36v Circular Saw (C3607DA) from HiKoki



Check out this new brushless circular saw from Hikoki (previously Hitachi) The C3607DA is powered by the new multivolt batteries. Both a 36v and an 18v battery in one and backwards compatible with existing Hitachi and Hikoki 18v tools and chargers.

For more info:
Skin only – https://sydneytools.com.au/product/hikoki-c3607dah4z-36v-liion-cordless-brushless-multivolt-185mm-7-circular-saw-skin-only?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2d6fpJKA3gIVTa6WCh0dlwSjEAkYASABEgIByvD_BwE

Combo Kit – https://sydneytools.com.au/product/hikoki-c3607dahrz-36v-50ah25ah-liion-cordless-brushless-multivolt-185mm-7-circular-saw-combo-kit?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2d6fpJKA3gIVTa6WCh0dlwSjEAkYAiABEgJfzfD_BwE

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Cut Your Energy Bills in Half by Building an Energy Efficient Home!

Energy! This 6 letter word has easily become one of the most popular words in the world as oil prices, gas prices and energy prices have sky-rocketed! As I write this, oil is over $ 140 a barrel, gas prices where I live are hovering at $ 4.00 a gallon and electricity rates are rough $ 19. kwh. Now more than ever people are looking for ways to cut or slash their energy costs!

Back in late 2004 when I was designing (14) semi custom patio homes, I felt very strongly about energy efficiency and I knew that one day real soon, everyone would be concerned about energy efficiency! During this time, way before it was popular, I was building my homes with radiant barriers, energy efficient cooling systems and managed water systems. At that time these technologies were viewed as expensive alternatives to the standard construction procedures and products generally offered by builders, but the sentiment has now changed. These once overlooked technologies are quickly becoming the standard.

With this increased attention on energy efficiency, the real question is how can you build an energy efficient home without busting your budget! Most builders and contractors are charging premiums for outfitting homes with energy efficient products and it seems that overnight a whole new cottage industry has been created offering a host of high dollar energy saving solutions! Despite the glossy brochures, impressive sales presentations and overly accommodating sales representatives I think some of these products are overkill and their claims of costs savings in many cases are exaggerated at best!

So what is an Owner Builder to do? For starters, the first step in properly planning the construction of an energy efficient home is to consider what your overall budget is for the home you are building and within that budget how much (as a percentage) are you willing to invest in reducing your energy costs. In many cases, this figure could be as high as 10% however the average is anywhere from 5-8.5% of the overall cost of the home.

The first thing you want to consider is the climate for the area you are building in and the building envelope materials. Most homes through the United States consist of brick, Hardi-plank © siding and / or concrete. Concrete is green and energy efficient however it can be costly and there are several additional factors to consider such as lead times, renting pump trucks and higher labor costs. With that said, in places like Florida due to hurricanes concrete homes are the standard in many cases so there are exceptions. Brick on the other hand is a low maintenance product that offers several energy saving benefits when installed properly. Ideally you want an exterior product that will insulate your home from the forces of nature and contribute to your overall plan of lower energy costs.

The next step in building an energy efficient home is outfitting your home with the proper sized heating & cooling system AND choosing a qualified reputable contractor to install it. To ensure you have the rightized system, I suggest you invest in a Manual J analysis on your home plans. This analysis will give detailed suggestions on the type and size of heating & cooling system for your home based on its size and location. The small investment you make in performing this analysis will produce huge dividends in energy savings and reduced maintenance expenses.

Another important thing during this stage of planning is to have an Electrical Technician design an electrical plan for your home. This electrical plan will insure that you have the proper amount of outlets through the home and it will insure they have the proper voltage to ensure that you never overload a circuit or exert unnecessary pressure on any part of your electrical system. These (2) steps by themselves will produce a home that will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on your electrical bill and produce a more enjoyable living experience for you and the other occupants of your Dream Home.

The next energy saving feature to consider is the insulation system you will use. Recently there have been several foam based products that have grown increasingly popular due to their ability to create an air tight building envelope. This is great for those climates that have extremely fiercely winters and moderate summers but for humid climates like Houston, Texas where I live, these products can create HUGE problems because of mold issues! If you live in the Midwest or Upper East coast then these foam products will work great and by themselves they will cut your heating & cooling costs in half!

However if you are like me and live in the Southwest, I suggest using a battled fiberglass solution in most cases with facing on the side that faces the sheetrock and a blown-in insulation for your attic applications. I usually suggest that you use a razor and cut lines in the facing before covering them up with sheetrock to allow the walls to breathe. This one minor step prevents mold growth as it allows air to freely move through the walls prohibiting moisture.

My next recommendation has become commonplace in the homes of the finer custom homebuilders and in many cases is offered as an upgrade by the tract homebuilders and that is radiant barriers! Quite simply, a radiant barrier is the foil like surface that is on the underside of the plywood-like material that you see in your attic that your roof is nailed to. The purpose of the radiant barrier is to prevent the heat from the sun from coming into the home via the roof.

Usually a radiant barrier blocks as much as 50% of the suns ultraviolet rays theseby reducing your attic temperature by as much as 30% or more in some applications. This feature is not very expensive and usually costs $ 30.00 – $ 35.00 per 4×8 sheet in comparison to the non radiant barrier sheets which generally cost $ 23.00 – $ 28.00 per 4×8 sheet. Again, this small investment will produce huge gains via the lower energy bills and increased comfort and quality of lifestyle it will afford you and your family.

This next energy saving feature is one of my favorite of all features and that is the tank-less water heater! Can you believe it, a water heater the size of a shoe box! These have got to be one of the coolest products on the market and besides the energy savings they provide, you will also like that they produce an endless flow of hot water! Tank-less water heaters are rapidly gaining steam (pun intended) in the custom home market despite being reasonably higher than your standard water heater, but it's a worthy investment to say the least!

Our last energy saving product is a Mana-Bloc © managed plumbing system. This plumbing system will save you money on your water bill as it will reduce the amount of water waste and it allows you to manage every single water feature in your home. So if you have a hot water leak in your half bath, you can cut off the hot water in that area without affecting the cold water or any other water feature in the home. In addition to that you do not have to worry about water leaking until you get the leak repaired which causes water damage and mold!

These managed systems really represent the future of home efficiency products with their ability to customize and manage every aspect of your water consumption and provide a better overall quality of lifestyle for the end user!

I can assure you that if you follow the steps outlined here and consistently considering the products and procedures outlined you will cut your energy costs by half (or more) in your Custom Dream Home! As energy prices continue to rise, this strategic energy planning and thinking regarding building a home will become a standard procedure for Owner Builders and home buyers alike.

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Let’s Build: Small-ish Airship, Part 2 – From the Depths



What was I thinking…

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Outro Music: Different Heaven: OMG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tua4SVV-GSE

Other music used:
Frank Rawel: Up_and_Down
Bastion OST
Transistor OST
Sang Froid OST
Age of Mythology OST
Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers
Doug Maxwell – Baroque Coffee House
Dan Bodan – Bike Sharing to Paradise
TheFatRat – Fly Away (Instrumental)

ABOUT THIS GAME
Summary:
In From the Depths you can build and take first-person command of battleships, planes, submarines, space ships, hot air balloons and more! The game is currently in alpha and contains a wide range of single player content including:
A creative mode allowing you to push your designs to the limit and ensure the total annihilation of your opponents.
A campaign waged over hundreds of islands against eight unique factions.
A Story Mode where you can (eventually!) play 15 missions as each of the eight factions – a fantastic mixture of strategy, design and wild battles! Defend your fleet against waves of enemy forces in a series of extremely tough challenges that unlock new components.
An expansive multiplayer and co-op element is planned for the coming months!

Key Features:
Design and build your fleet, fortresses and structures however you want. The alpha currently has over 400 unique components blocks, not including 29 different components for making missiles, torpedoes, depth charges and bombs.
The sky’s the limit, you can equip your vehicle with – cannons, lasers, mines, bombs, missiles, torpedoes, propellers, rudders, jet engines, wings, hydrofoils, hot air balloons, anchors, fire control computers, blueprint spawners, repair bots, air pumps, automated control blocks and many, many more!
Realistic physics – every block destroyed or added affects the vehicle’s functionality, physics and control. Drag, inertia tensors, buoyancy and sealed compartments are all updated based on the design of your vehicle and the damage sustained.
Be part of a fantastic community: (http://www.fromthedepthsgame.com/forum), with new releases made on average once a week. Community organised challenges and blueprint sharing make it an extremely friendly place to hang out!

Customisable Components:
The customisable components in From the Depths allow a unique level of engineering customisation:
– Design custom missiles, bombs, depth charges and torpedoes by combining various warheads types, fuse types, IR seekers, laser beam riders, laser designators, thrusters, navigation algorithms, fuel pods, sonar seekers, buoyancy compartments and propellers, to deliver a truly bespoke weapon.
– Design custom cannons by combining four different barrel types and lengths with autoloaders, warhead types, ammo boxes and auxiliary components to create everything from AA cannons to howitzers.
– Design custom AI by combing an AI mainframe with ‘AI cards’ slotted into motherboard blocks. Add radar detection, laser detection and tracking and local weapon controllers to give partial or full control to AI. Create anything from a fully AI controlled aircraft carrier to a battery powered drone.
– Design custom engines using crank shafts, cylinders, carburetors, super chargers, exhausts and fuel injectors. Electric engines, generators and chargers are also available for backup power supplies and drones.
– Similar systems exist for the creation of anti-vehicle and anti-missile lasers, as well as drills that can cut even the largest of battleships in half.

I had nothing to do with the development of this game. All rights to From the Depths belong to Brilliant Skies Limited. Please do not upload this video elsewhere without my permission.

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Building a low cost, high power Lithium battery charger



In this video I show you how to build a super powerful lithium battery charger for a reasonable cost.

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