Hi all; I've been reading and researching from this forum for about a year - thanks for all the great tips and info. I have a 2007 VX-1 and have finally decided that I need and love it enough to put the money into doing the lithium battery conversion (spurred on by running out of battery a few weeks ago and couldn't find anyone to let me plug in). I ordered 18 Leaf battery modules from Hybrid Auto and since they've arrived, there's no more procrastinating!! although there's a tiny bit of nervous nail biting.
I have a few questions that I need help with - and YES, I've spent hours and hours on this site as well as on Youtube looking at all the info. As great as this site is, it's tough to find the answers to specific questions even with a search function. Many thanks first to Allan Bairstow for the succint summary of the way he did his conversion, and to Matt (antiscab) and Ben Nelson for the Youtube videos. And of course to the guys who make this site work! If you could even point me towards an old posting that might answer my questions I'd greatly appreciate it.
I'm pretty clear on the mechanical part of getting the old batteries out and new ones in. Not so clear on:
CANbus - where exactly is the connector that the USB adapter plugs into the charger? And is there a specific kind of CANbus that needs to be used with the ESD charger? I have a MacBook Pro.
Battery charger - I don't have one to do the initial charging and balancing of individual modules. Any recommendations?
CANbus - anyone in the Bay Area have an adapter that I can rent or borrow?
Based on reading a number of posts, it sounds like I can get by without a BMS, though I might hook up something so that I can check the batteries without disassembling. Does anyone violently disagree and think that a BMS is really needed?