182: Sunday 27th March 2011

I have now had the results of the tests of batteries from the supplier and they say they are "cycled out", that's worn out to the rest of us. ---- They still have some life, so I have asked them to send them back and I will run them as long as possible. ---- Now I have the Zivan charger set to keep the batteries topped up after the charge cycle has completed. This should help. ---- I have entered my car conversion into the "Ford take charge competition", so please go to the link and click the "+1 vote" button next to my name. ---- http://apps.facebook.com/take-charge/submissions/votes/ ---- I shall get my batteries back on Tuesday and I expect to be back on the road shortly after I get them fitted.

181: Saturday 19th March 2011

Last Sunday I took out the 10 lead acid batteries and put them into my neighbours garage. They were going back to the supplier for testing. My range was down to 10 miles and I believe that it is not due to just one battery. However the battery supplier said they could not do anything until they have tested the batteries to determine their capacity and that means they will need to be cycled through charge and discharge. They also said it will take them about a week to test them, so the Probatron is now off the road. I shall call them again on Monday to see if they have the tests completed yet. Last week was not too much of a problem, as I road my bike to work on Monday (saddle sores, ouch) and got a lift on Tuesday. I was picked up on Wednesday for a drive to Germany for my work and we came back on Thursday. I borrowed my wife's Toyota Previa ("ruby") on Friday as she does not work on Fridays. I have a lift arranged again for Monday and beyond if necessary. I am looking forward to getting my batteries back and hopefully they will send me a new set soon to replace them. However my wife is not looking forward to helping put them back in the car at 50kg each.