B & B battery dealers
I emailed B & B Batteries asking if there are any retailers in the Philadelphia area, and I was contacted by zbattery.com in Michigan. Does any body else know of any B&B dealers in or near Philadelphia? Does anybody have experience with zbattery.com? I believe their price is the lowest I have come across, but I want to make sure I get fresh batteries.
You can try the "Batteries Plus" chain. There is a store in Lancaster and York. I bought some from my local Pittsburgh store but they had to special order them, and even that took some cajoling - they couldn't figure why I wouldn't be happy with a cheaper brand. So, I also had to pay shipping from California.
For your 4-battery application - the HR22-12's would probably be the ones to get.
I have dealt with zbattery.com several times with good experience.
According to a B&B tech I contacted, the HR series will not survive as many cycles. I think they said somewhere around 150 full cycles but it was a few years ago so I'm not sure exactly.
Personally I'd go with the EVP, EB, EP, or BP series. Preferably the EB series as that was designed specifically for EVs, but the BP (general purpose) appears to usually be the cheapest.
I was thinking the HR series because in this particular application - a 70 amp e-max running on just a 20AH pack, instead of the usual 40ah, the discharge rate is very high - up to 3.33C.
Zbattery does have very good prices considering the current market. I don't see the EB20-12 or the EVP20-12 on their web site list. I wouldn't get the BP17-12; you don't have much capacity as it is.
I have dealt with Electric Rider for my B&B Batteries. They have reasonable prices and I have had good service from both them and the batteries.
Grandpa Chas S.
I accidentally posted that to the wrong thread. e-commuter posted:
Well, zbattery tells me they can sell me EB 20-12 batteries. I've spoken with two sales reps and they both said the same thing.
Andrew, just wanted to let you know that I did contact B&B tech support and while the guy did not specifically give me the number of 100% DOD cycles for the HR 22-12, he recommended the EB 20-12 saying that while the HR 22-12 would give me a little longer run time, that I would probably find that the performance would decline over 3-6 months.
Anyway, good luck with the batteries.
I bought a set of three B&B HR22's from zbattery.com and the shipping was really quick and the batteries were good to go. These batteries are about as good as it gets in the world of AGM's.