Sponsorship Opportunity with Full Spectrum Power

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Reposted with permission. This is a great opportunity!

Full Spectrum Power has always been involved with racing, since we opened our doors in 2009. In fact, I started this business while I was racing my Ducati in the Mid-Atlantic region. So, I have always taken racing very seriously. Over the last four years, we have offered contingency, been the title sponsor of a race class, provided trackside support, and worked with racers and teams at all levels, with the understanding that you take your racing seriously- as seriously as we take building our batteries.

Today, we announced opportunites for racer support. This means that we will work with racers and teams, by offering discounted products and services to licensed racers who are interested in winning.

Here is the press release that went out to all the motorcycle news websites earlier. Feel free to send an email to sponsorship@fullspectrumpower.com

Sterling, Va., December 15, 2012- Full Spectrum Power is now accepting race sponsorship and support applications for the 2013 racing season. All riders and teams that are interested in using the world’s best lightweight batteries in 2013 are encouraged to send their resume and with 2013 racing plans or portfolio via email, to sponsorship@fullspectrumpower.com

Applications will be accepted from December 15, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

Full Spectrum Power works with racers and teams in all motorsports disciplines. From club level roadracing, to FIM World Championship factory teams, we provide lightweight battery products and technical support services that are without equal.

About Full Spectrum Power

Based in Sterling, Virginia, Full Spectrum Power produces the world’s best lightweight batteries. Since 2009, Full Spectrum Power supported riders and teams have won races and championships in every major power-sports race series, from AMA Pro Roadracing, Supercross, Motocross, and Flat Track, to ECTA, MIROCK, ADRL, AHDRA, and the FIM World Championship.

 

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Explaining Capacity of a Lightweight Lithium Battery

This has been reposted with permission. It goes over a lot of the truths and fallacies out there regarding lithium batteries. The author is a friend and owner of a company that produces them. The original article can be found here.

Explaining Capacity of a Lightweight Lithium Battery

Last week I posted some basic thoughts about the use of Battery Tender® chargers on lithium batteries, and gave a few examples showing why this would not be a good idea. I also pointed out that several of our competitors claim that you can use a Battery Tender® on lithium batteries, or that this type of charger isnt ever needed.

I always laugh when I see, “No Battery Tender® needed!” as a selling point. If you don’t need one of these, should we just assume that your version of a lightweight battery simply never gets drained? Have you managed to produce a battery that is actually an unending reservoir of energy? Wow- awesome!

Or not. Yeah, actually not awesome. More like lies and obfuscation to sell product. Thanks guys- you are making everyone who produces lithium batteries look bad by association.

So, back to the Battery Tender® issue. What no one ever talks about is “why” you would would need a Battery Tender®, or maintenance charger. Lets quickly go over that question again, as it needs to be repeated. A good place to start is with an understanding of battery capacity.

Basics: a battery (any battery) is an energy storage device. A battery does not produce energy, it stores energy. In fact, every battery has a specific capacity, which should be easy to understand.

Unfortunately, battery capacity is another one of those areas- like charging of lithium batteries- where other companies are being less than honest about their batteries’ capabilities, and the methods used to rate them. In the case of lithium batteries, we now have every other battery company in the US using “PBeq” or some related term, to describe the capacity of their batteries. And as with the Battery Tender® issue, either these guys simply don’t know the truth, or they are lying to their prospective customers. (We will even supply you with a “PBeq” or “lead acid equivalent” rating for our batteries if you so choose, but we don’t believe it is at all accurate.)

Truth about lightweight battery capacity

We are very clear about our batteries’ capacity. We will even explain the methods which we use to determine capacity. We helped Motorcyclist Magazine to standardize their capacity testing earlier this year in an article about lithium batteries, which you can read here.

Here is how we rate battery capacity:

A 1 amp load/draw x number of hours= capacity (where voltage stays above 12.6v). Pretty complicated, right?

See, if we use this very simple method, everyone can understand it, and replicate the test with a light bulb and some wire. No fancy algorithms; no complicated math; no extrapolation based on lead acid stated capacity; KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.

Further, we specify a 1 amp load because this is something that you are likely to see when you have an alarm or LOJACK on your vehicle, or if you leave your headlights on by mistake.

12.6 volts also makes sense as a threshold; while we could claim a much higher rating if we allowed the battery to go down to 3 volts, it wouldn’t do much good since your motorcycle, car, ATV, plane, whatever, isn’t going to work at 3 volts…so why bother with providing that rating?

Using this very simple method for rating battery capacity- which actually makes sense to people who actually use our products- we find that our numbers work. In the Motorcyclist Magazine article mentioned earlier, we sent them a battery that was rated at 4.6 amp hour. It was delivered to them at roughly 60% state of charge. When they tested all of the batteries using our method, they found that our battery provided 3.7 amp hours, and that was right in line with all of the rest of the batteries from other companies. Since we don’t ship our batteries fully charged- to comply with shipping regulations- the 3.7 amp hour figure is pretty close.

“Right in line”- even with the ones that claimed 15, 18, 21 amp hour ratings. The Chinese battery with the Prismatic cells which claimed to be 18 amp hour, tested to be less than our claimed 4.6 amp hour. How can this possibly be the case? Well, I have feeling that they are lying, in order to sell more batteries. Either that, or their battery does not perform as advertised, and didn’t live up to its stated capacity. I included a short discussion of these phony “PBeq” or “lead acid equivalent” ratings that other companies are using to lie about their batteries capabilities in our Pulse manual. You can download and read it here.

Back to “why” you would need a maintenance charger. If you leave your battery connected to your vehicle, there is a very good chance that your vehicle will eventually drain the battery, as I mentioned in last weeks blog post. Think about what happens when you leave the dome light on in your car for a few days- even with that massive lead acid battery which might claim to be 40 amp hour, it gets drained by one little bulb, and you need someone with jumper cables to start your car. Makes a little more sense now, right?

So, you need a maintenance charger for a battery for those reasons. It is fairly simple to understand when you lay out the numbers in a way that relates to the vehicles that actually use these batteries, isn’t it? So, while not every vehicle places the same load on a battery when it is turned off, many of them do, including all of the cars and motorcycles that I own personally.

YMMV.

I should point out that there are other ways to charge a lithium battery for use in a performance vehicle, besides a maintenance charge like the one we have discussed here. Many drag racers, land speed racers, and even some road racers, have vehicles without charging systems. For those people, a rapid recharge is required, and we have a solution with our CV1 charger.

Balance charging is also something that should be done with lithium batteries occasionally, or as needed, depending on the condition of the battery.

I am working on a post where we will discuss both of these options for charging a lightweight lithium battery.

Have a good week!

Last week I posted some basic thoughts about the use of Battery Tender® chargers on lithium batteries, and gave a few examples showing why this would not be a good idea. I also pointed out that several of our competitors claim that you can use a Battery Tender® on lithium batteries, or that this type of charger isn’t ever needed.
I always laugh when I see, “No Battery Tender® needed!” as a selling point. If you don’t need one of these, should we just assume that your version of a lightweight battery simply never gets drained? Have you managed to produce a battery that is actually an unending reservoir of energy? Wow- awesome!
Or not. Yeah, actually not awesome. More like lies and obfuscation to sell product. Thanks guys- you are making everyone who produces lithium batteries look bad by association.
So, back to the Battery Tender® issue. What no one ever talks about is “why” you would would need a Battery Tender®, or maintenance charger. Lets quickly go over that question again, as it needs to be repeated. A good place to start is with an understanding of battery capacity.
Basics: a battery (any battery) is an energy storage device. A battery does not produce energy, it stores energy. In fact, every battery has a specific capacity, which should be easy to understand.
Unfortunately, battery capacity is another one of those areas- like charging of lithium batteries- where other companies are being less than honest about their batteries’ capabilities, and the methods used to rate them. In the case of lithium batteries, we now have every other battery company in the US using “PBeq” or some related term, to describe the capacity of their batteries. And as with the Battery Tender® issue, either these guys simply don’t know the truth, or they are lying to their prospective customers. (We will even supply you with a “PBeq” or “lead acid equivalent” rating for our batteries if you so choose, but we don’t believe it is at all accurate.)

Truth about lightweight battery capacity

We are very clear about our batteries’ capacity. We will even explain the methods which we use to determine capacity. We helped Motorcyclist Magazine to standardize their capacity testing earlier this year in an article about lithium batteries, which you can read here.
Here is how we rate battery capacity:
A 1 amp load/draw x number of hours= capacity (where voltage stays above 12.6v). Pretty complicated, right?
See, if we use this very simple method, everyone can understand it, and replicate the test with a light bulb and some wire. No fancy algorithms; no complicated math; no extrapolation based on lead acid stated capacity; KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.
Further, we specify a 1 amp load because this is something that you are likely to see when you have an alarm or LOJACK on your vehicle, or if you leave your headlights on by mistake.
12.6 volts also makes sense as a threshold; while we could claim a much higher rating if we allowed the battery to go down to 3 volts, it wouldn’t do much good since your motorcycle, car, ATV, plane, whatever, isn’t going to work at 3 volts…so why bother with providing that rating?
Using this very simple method for rating battery capacity- which actually makes sense to people who actually use our products- we find that our numbers work. In the Motorcyclist Magazine article mentioned earlier, we sent them a battery that was rated at 4.6 amp hour. It was delivered to them at roughly 60% state of charge. When they tested all of the batteries using our method, they found that our battery provided 3.7 amp hours, and that was right in line with all of the rest of the batteries from other companies. Since we don’t ship our batteries fully charged- to comply with shipping regulations- the 3.7 amp hour figure is pretty close.
“Right in line”- even with the ones that claimed 15, 18, 21 amp hour ratings. The Chinese battery with the Prismatic cells which claimed to be 18 amp hour, tested to be less than our claimed 4.6 amp hour. How can this possibly be the case? Well, I have feeling that they are lying, in order to sell more batteries. Either that, or their battery does not perform as advertised, and didn’t live up to its stated capacity. I included a short discussion of these phony “PBeq” or “lead acid equivalent” ratings that other companies are using to lie about their batteries capabilities in our Pulse manual. You can download and read it here.
Back to “why” you would need a maintenance charger. If you leave your battery connected to your vehicle, there is a very good chance that your vehicle will eventually drain the battery, as I mentioned in last weeks blog post. Think about what happens when you leave the dome light on in your car for a few days- even with that massive lead acid battery which might claim to be 40 amp hour, it gets drained by one little bulb, and you need someone with jumper cables to start your car. Makes a little more sense now, right?
So, you need a maintenance charger for a battery for those reasons. It is fairly simple to understand when you lay out the numbers in a way that relates to the vehicles that actually use these batteries, isn’t it? So, while not every vehicle places the same load on a battery when it is turned off, many of them do, including all of the cars and motorcycles that I own personally.
YMMV.
I should point out that there are other ways to charge a lithium battery for use in a performance vehicle, besides a maintenance charge like the one we have discussed here. Many drag racers, land speed racers, and even some road racers, have vehicles without charging systems. For those people, a rapid recharge is required, and we have a solution with our CV1 charger.
Balance charging is also something that should be done with lithium batteries occasionally, or as needed, depending on the condition of the battery.
I am working on a post where we will discuss both of these options for charging a lightweight lithium battery.
Have a good week!

CCS @ CMP

CCS at CMP 2011, Saturday,Middleweight GP, Turn 2

CCS at CMP 2011, Saturday,Middleweight GP, Turn 2

I know it says proof but I actually typed my info in MotoHD’s website and it posted it here automatically. I think it is a great pic and thought I would share it. Go to www.motohd.net and look at the rest of the pics from this last weekends racing. The dude took some great pics. Darcie and I had a great time. It was our first time back on the track since last year so we didn’t go as fast as we would have liked but we know which direction we need to go to go faster next round at VIR. I would like to thank Full Spectrum Power, Pitbull, Digital Decals, and my wife for helping me this weekend. She drove all night after staying up for a 19 hour shift the day before to be at the races with me. She then was the 33Pitboss and ran everything the way it is supposed to be run.

FULL SPECTRUM POWER Lightweight Batteries

Full Spectrum Poweris owned by Jason Levitt. Here he talks with Fred from OTTabout the benefits of running a lightweight battery.

Full Spectrum Power produces the worlds smallest, lightest, and most powerful motorcycle batteries. Full Spectrum Power’s award winningPulseandGenesislightweight motorcycle batteries are hand built in the US, one at a time, using the highest quality components.Full Spectrum Powerequipped machines have won more AMA Roadracing and AMA Drag Bike races than all other lightweight motorcycle batteries combined.