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I had something strange happen, today. I had my GPX 6000 battery fully charged and fresh off the charger.  It had completed its charge cycle and then trickle charged overnight.  I popped it in the detector and started detecting. Within five minutes the battery meter dropped from three bars to two bars.  If I turned off the detector and let it sit for a 5-10 minutes and then turned it back on, it would go back up to three bars for a short period of time before then going back to two bars. Has anyone else noticed this with theirs?

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21 hours ago, Skookum said:

I had something strange happen, today. I had my GPX 6000 battery fully charged and fresh off the charger.  It had completed its charge cycle and then trickle charged overnight.  I popped it in the detector and started detecting. Within five minutes the battery meter dropped from three bars to two bars.  If I turned off the detector and let it sit for a 5-10 minutes and then turned it back on, it would go back up to three bars for a short period of time before then going back to two bars. Has anyone else noticed this with theirs?

It was probably just riding the line between 3 and 2 bars. If you did not let it sit, it probably would have remained at 2 bars for a long time. That's how mine worked as well. It ran at 3 for a while, then remained at 2 for the longest time.  Lithium batteries kind of run that cycle is my guess. I don't believe there is anything wrong with it.

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Thanks for posting the feedback.  I suppose it could be just fine and just an algorithm issue with displaying 2 bars at a higher voltage. I’d like to hear if anyone else that notices something similar since it could also represent a battery issue if the runtime is decreased.

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Today, I kept the freshly charged battery off the detector until reaching the destination.  After plugging it in and powering up, it read 2 bars on the power meter right off the bat.  Tonight, after completing the charge cycle, I removed it and checked the voltage.  It read 8.35 volts.  That sure seems like a fair charge on a new 7.2 volt Li-ion battery.  Perhaps there could be a software issue.  The detector still works, just not reading as expected with the power meter.

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On 10/15/2021 at 10:27 AM, rvpopeye said:

Not all battery meters are created equal.

How many hours does it last ?

For the size of the pack I was VERY impressed with the battery performance/duration of usability. The way they designed it is very well thought out that they can offer a double stack (thicker in height) pack as an option but I ran a full afternoon and hardly noticed it being impacted, new battery tech is incredible. I live 100% off grid running on 16 of the Battle Born 100ah lithium's (they're made in Reno) and am consistently impressed with the new storage technology.

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On 10/11/2021 at 8:04 PM, Skookum said:

Today, I kept the freshly charged battery off the detector until reaching the destination.  After plugging it in and powering up, it read 2 bars on the power meter right off the bat.  Tonight, after completing the charge cycle, I removed it and checked the voltage.  It read 8.35 volts.  That sure seems like a fair charge on a new 7.2 volt Li-ion battery.  Perhaps there could be a software issue.  The detector still works, just not reading as expected with the power meter.

You may want to do a couple full "bottom balances" and "top balances".... the pack is made up of individual cells and if one is lower or higher than the other it can impact the usability of the entire pack. It usually equalizes it out after a few full discharges and full charges but if you run for a short time then charge again or take off charger before full charge reached and it allowed to give a bit of an absorption/balance charge, they (the cells) can get out of balance.. I have to do that now and then with the lithium's in my RV as they're setup in a series configuration to get 48VDC. (note, I know it's a mess, it's a temp install and the RV never moves...lol). https://www.diyelectriccar.com/threads/what-is-top-balancing-what-is-bottom-balancing.169625/

 

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Good idea about the charge cycles.  This last time I used it the meter held at 3 bars for a reasonable amount of time. I haven’t timed a full run, but will do that when I can as it will be good info to post anyways. 

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3 hours ago, Skookum said:

Good idea about the charge cycles.  This last time I used it the meter held at 3 bars for a reasonable amount of time. I haven’t timed a full run, but will do that when I can as it will be good info to post anyways. 

yea give it a chance to get all it's angry pixies in a row, a couple full charges (and then leave on a bit more for absorb) then use till it shuts down then repeat, I bet you'll find it'll all work out...

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