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    The goal can also be to free up space for other things. This was just a test fit but should be installed, eventually. By repositioning the battery from how it is sitting here, I will also be able to fit a pre-luber in there.


    Keep in mind that the lightweight IMG_0848.JPGbattery will drain more quickly when playing the radio or using other accessories when parked, and because of this it would be wise to take along a jumper battery pack such as the mini-max or it's kind. You may also want to shorten the radio play time after key off adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsurfer View Post
    The goal can also be to free up space for other things. This was just a test fit but should be installed, eventually. By repositioning the battery from how it is sitting here, I will also be able to fit a pre-luber in there.
    Any suggestion of other things for an electric 500e? (subject of this thread a pre-luber isn't relevant)

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    Sorry, missed it was the E thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsurfer View Post
    The goal can also be to free up space for other things. This was just a test fit but should be installed, eventually. By repositioning the battery from how it is sitting here, I will also be able to fit a pre-luber in there.


    Keep in mind that the lightweight IMG_0848.JPGbattery will drain more quickly when playing the radio or using other accessories when parked, and because of this it would be wise to take along a jumper battery pack such as the mini-max or it's kind. You may also want to shorten the radio play time after key off adjustment.
    What battery are you running? I'm thinking about doing a trial with a 16ah motorcycle battery at about $50 with adapters. That would lose close to 35 pounds. It is a 500e, so I'm not worried about CCA, but the original battery is 60ah, so I guess I'll just give it a shot and see. There are some 16ah lithium batteries that are <2lbs, but those are much more expensive. Not sure I'm ready to risk $250 for something that may leave me stranded. I have a jump-box, so I'll carry that until I know whether or not 16ah will keep the car alive between starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkw View Post
    Any suggestion of other things for an electric 500e? (subject of this thread — a pre-luber isn't relevant)

    Maybe a capacitor bank with a button on the steering wheel that says "boost"! Or a Mr. Fusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjlong View Post
    What battery are you running?
    It's the braille 9 lb. 12 ah

    http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=25

    Specs are listed on the braille site, not tire rack's

    https://www.braillebattery.com/index...batteries/b129
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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsurfer View Post
    It's the braille 9 lb. 12 ah

    http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=25

    Specs are listed on the braille site, not tire rack's

    https://www.braillebattery.com/index...batteries/b129
    Great, thanks. In keeping with my "try it and see" method (as far as I can tell, this will be a first for an e), I chose an Adventure Power YTZ14S for $35. It's AGM, so no spills to worry about. Rated for 15ah and 6 lbs. Also got a set of XS Power 580 short adapters for $10. Both from eBay with free shipping, so I should have it for next week.

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    Please do keep the rest of us updated on this. New 500e owner here, changed the wheels/tires after only a few weeks and lost a little bit of range, love to mod and wouldn't mind doing other stuff for some efficiency recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilicoke View Post
    Please do keep the rest of us updated on this. New 500e owner here, changed the wheels/tires after only a few weeks and lost a little bit of range, love to mod and wouldn't mind doing other stuff for some efficiency recovery.
    Absolutely, I'll keep you posted. The battery arrived today, and it's heavier than advertised. 9 lbs rather than 6. But, if it works, then a larger investment for a lithium battery will be justified. Hoping the adapters arrive tomorrow so I can get this experiment underway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilicoke View Post
    Please do keep the rest of us updated on this. New 500e owner here, changed the wheels/tires after only a few weeks and lost a little bit of range, love to mod and wouldn't mind doing other stuff for some efficiency recovery.
    By the way, what do you have planned for your stock wheels?

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