|The sun rising over mainland Thailand.|
|4 of the 8 dead Trojans|
|Glad we are not having to replace his battery bank|
|Singha Battery shop|
|One of our new 3K batteries on the shop floor.|
|Nai Harn at Sunset - hard to leave. Matilda is at the back of the pack.|
- Cost of one 3K T105 battery is 5600 Baht
- Delivery for all 8 was 800 Baht
- Refund for each dead Trojan was 300 Baht, which included taking them away
We bought deep cycle, lead acid, 225ah 6 volt when combined giving us 12 volt, 900 amp hour battery bank. Installed in series parallel.
So how do 8 batteries weigh 3 tonne? Easy, this was the sequence of removal and install whilst being at anchor.
Old Battery removal:
- 8 batteries lifted out of their battery box and onto the cabin sole (floor)
- 8 batteries lift up the companion way and out into the cockpit
- 8 batteries then lifted up out of the cockpit and down into the tender
- 8 batteries driven over to the dock and lifted out, then onto the dock
- 8 batteries lifted from the dock and into a dock trolley, 2 at time due to the tide and angle of the walkway
- 8 batteries lifted out of the trolley and onto the loading bay dock
- 8 batteries lifted on to the back of Mr Trong's ute.
|Loading up the poor old tender with 8 dead batteries.|
Each battery weighs 28 kilo. The above meant Bruce lifted the 8 batteries 56 times. Moving 1568KG.
|And in come the new batteries, one by one.|
|Down they come, inside Matilda - sorry the photo is a bit blurry.|
- 8 batteries lifted out of Mr Trong's ute and into trolleys
- 8 batteries lifted out of the trolleys and onto the dock
- 8 batteries lifted into the tender
- 8 batteries lifted from the tender and into the cockpit
- 8 batteries lifted from the cockpit, down the companion way steps to the cabin sole
- 8 batteries lifted from the sole into their box
- 2 of the batteries we put in around the wrong way so we had to pick up and swivel them
|The new batteries in the tender - the tender got a work out today.|
Again, Bruce moved the 8 batteries 50 times, totaling a movable weight of 1400 kg.
All up he lifted 2968 kilo. Include a little shuffling around in the cockpit, I would give him 3 tonnes!
|Bruce explaining to me that the joiners we had on the old batteries are now either too long,or too short meaning they would stick up too high and would hold the battery box lids open.|
|The pink joiners are too tall, we can not lay them down. We had to put on some longer ones so we could shut them in properly.|
|This is what lifting 3 tonnes of batteries looks like after 9 hours of work.|
Details of the shop:
|There is no website as such. Please note the mobile number should read '535' (not 525).|
https://web.facebook.com/Singha-Battery-589520317915303/ is their Facebook page link.