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Old 11-22-2019, 04:53 PM   #21
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For Jackearnest’s Elite Batteries, same ones that I have in my trailer, here is what Rick Sutter at EPS sent me. This is only for EPS cells. Please get exact specs for the cells that you run and don’t accept general statements as the truth for your setup.

-4F (-20C) is the lowest temperature you can discharge or store batteries in. Anything lower will freeze the electrolyte and damage the battery.

On Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 6:19 PM Squarespace <no-reply@squarespace.info> wrote:

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Message: I understand that the Elite batteries should not be discharged/supply power below -4 F. What is the negative temperature where batteries in storage, not being used and circuits turned off, will sustain damage from sustained negative temperatures?
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Geez, even my 12V Interstates have survived the last 3 winters where temps have been -35+ for days, and even weeks, at a time and have never froze. I just charge them fully and disconnect for 6-7 months at a time.
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:29 AM   #22
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Look into carbonic heating film if you have access to AC powers, wrap the batteries or at least place it below the batteries. There are even versions that will run on 12V, if you have enough charge capacity to offset the load.
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:03 AM   #23
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warming battery blanket

I saw in one of my many YT videos that I have watched about the LiFePO batteries that there is a warming blanket that was wrapped around the batteries in an extreme cold environment that when plugged in, only uses about 40 watts and keeps the batteries nice and warm. I am thinking that would be a great solution. I am going to start with wrapping mine with some of those inexpensive moving blankets I just bought from Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:24 AM   #24
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40W is getting you up above 3A of drain. If they run all the time (like when it’s cold out) that’s moving pretty close to 100AH a day..... yikes .....

Unheated blankets will just slow down the rate at which the batteries cool off. Since a lot of the heat loss is through the floor, they may not do a whole lot of good ....

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Up yonder in the frigid north, we used to put a light bulb in with the well pump or the propane regulator. The advanced trick was to put two - one in a photo-cell activated socket in case the first one burned out. Of course, they were evil incandescent bulbs. And, you'd have to limit the air exchange if you are seeking protection in -40. But for a small tight space, it was very effective, even in prolonged cold.
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Up yonder in the frigid north, we used to put a light bulb in with the well pump or the propane regulator. The advanced trick was to put two - one in a photo-cell activated socket in case the first one burned out. Of course, they were evil incandescent bulbs. And, you'd have to limit the air exchange if you are seeking protection in -40. But for a small tight space, it was very effective, even in prolonged cold.
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The cheaper advanced trick was to put two identical bulbs in series. They then run at lower power and last a *long* time .....

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