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Re: Helping the batteries perfom in the cold.

Hello Max,
  It sounds like you are in for one bad storm, freezing tempertures, snow,
and  possibly ice! Any way I would charge your batteries just before you go
out. Two fold ; first your batteries will be up to snuf ready to do battle
with the cold and secondly when you charge your batteries they will 
heat warming themselves up! Remember during this "equalizing charge" your
batteries will be giving off hydrogen so be careful with any open flame 
to heat your
                                            have fun,

-----Original Message-----
From: Max Hall <maxo iname com>
To: elec-trak discussion list <elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu>
Date: Saturday, January 02, 1999 7:33 PM
Subject: Helping the batteries perfom in the cold.

>Next question to all you battery-powered people:
>To help my E15 work well out there in the cold, does it not make sense to
>keep the thing as warm as toast (ok, say, 65 degrees F) before I put it to
>I imagine that those big bad batteries have huge heat capacity, (I mean,
>specific heat of lead is high) and that they will cool very slowly if they
>come out of the garage at 65. (ANd operation is exothermic; they give off
>some heat as they work, yes?)
>One would, in an unheated garage, want to be very careful about 
>especailly during charging, of course.
>Any thoughts?
>-Max Hall
>- www.maxmatic.com