Originally Posted by 1der
Just some musings for a Saturday morning. I am interested in how others are solving this low temperature constraint.
I mounted two BattleBorn batteries (200Ah total usable) under the goucho a little over a year ago. I selected this location because it was an unused cubic foot-ish which was where the original lintellipower charger was. I removed the charger years ago after installing an inverter charger elsewhere thus making the charger redundant. Before purchasing I tested various lithium battery sizes with cardboard mock ups. Discovered the BattleBorn GC2 (golf cart size) fit with such perfect clearance it looked as if the goucho was fabricated around them. I can install or remove them without disturbing the goucho frame. My decision to go to lithium was contingent on weather I could mount them inside. For me, the idea of hanging this amount of money in batteries under the van in the original location just wasn't palatable. Now into my second Colorado winter with them I'm very glad they are inside the heated van. Lots more to talk about but just wanted to share a suggestion to the packaging challenge for a lithium retrofit. There are a few more pictures in my album if interested.
Also, I don't believe lithium is the end all be all solution for energy storage. Lithium has lots of advantages but in some cases lead may still be the best choice. Cost still being a big one but that may continue to change.
Cardboard mock up
Batteries in there final location.