A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:47 am

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D42TYFC/re ... B002X6VXL4
https://www.amazon.com/Cigarette-Lighte ... AAZ91GHANJ needed for FARO car charger

I purchased the DBPOWER jump charger and female Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Adaptor (links above) and will test it soon. Out of the box, I'm impressed with the overall build quality, clear instructions, and nice compact case. It also has a built-in flashlight/flasher -and it will jump a car battery in a pinch. I found it on sale for (US) $70 shipped, including the Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Adaptor. I'll probably make a harness that will hang it all from the GITZO tripod column hook.

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:37 pm

I wouldn't hold your breath for this innovative battery to be made available anytime soon, but wouldn't it be nice:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... Ag_8iCLIIw[/youtube]
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-16/tesla-killer

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:28 am

I found a battery builder on the West Coast willing to take a (dead) FARO Focus battery apart, examine it, and perhaps rebuild it. Mine are still working (not a fan of vivisection) -perhaps another good soul in the USA has a dead one willing to donate to the cause? Estimated rebuild cost: $250-$300. Shipping Li-ion batteries is tricky -something I still have to research. If this sounds of interest to anyone, let me know by PM, and we can figure this out. Afterwards, I would suggest shipping the battery to the rebuild shop, and deal with them directly.

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:12 pm

Scott wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:47 am
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D42TYFC/re ... B002X6VXL4
https://www.amazon.com/Cigarette-Lighte ... AAZ91GHANJ needed for FARO car charger

I purchased the DBPOWER 600A jump charger and female Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Adaptor (links above) and will test it soon. Out of the box, I'm impressed with the overall build quality, clear instructions, and nice compact case. It also has a built-in flashlight/flasher -and it will jump a car battery in a pinch. I found it on sale for (US) $70 shipped, including the Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Adaptor. I'll probably make a harness that will hang it all from the GITZO tripod column hook.
Attached are some photos of the DBPOWER 600A & FARO car charger strapped to the tripod leg and plugged into the scanner (without the internal battery) which booted up successfully. I still need to test it in the field to see how many scans it can support.
Both bricks were securely fastened to the tripod leg with a TetherTools 'StrapMoore' and a pair of Thinktank 'Red Whip' cord elastics. It looks a little clumsy, but it is actually not heavy, easy to set up, and secure. The DBPower battery, female adapter, 'StrapMoore', and 'Red Whips' total: $99 US. The FARO car charger is around $250 US. Once connected, the 'male' plug from the FARO car charger would benefit from a few turns of electrical tape to ensure a secure connection.
https://www.tethertools.com/product/strapmoore/ ~$19 US
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Think-Tank-Pho ... 0854.m4779 $7.50 US
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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by 3DForensics » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 pm

Do you have an estimate of how much scanning time you can get out of this setup? Looks simple and easy.

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:34 pm

3DForensics wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Do you have an estimate of how much scanning time you can get out of this setup? Looks simple and easy.
I'm going to test it in the next few weeks, looking at: the charge duration, connection & mobility issues. If it passes the test, it's a good extra battery kit to have on hand for not much money. TetherTool's 'StapMoore' (link below) could be used for a number of different tasks. These items fit in the case lid, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkfF5k48IRA

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by Scott » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:52 pm

Scott wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:34 pm
3DForensics wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Do you have an estimate of how much scanning time you can get out of this setup? Looks simple and easy.
I'm going to test it in the next few weeks, looking at: the charge duration, connection & mobility issues. If it passes the test, it's a good extra battery kit to have on hand for not much money. TetherTool's 'StapMoore' (link below) could be used for a number of different tasks. These items fit in the case lid, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkfF5k48IRA
One can easily get over 50 scans from a fully charged DB Power battery using the set-up shown above. I ran it only to the 30% remaining charge level recommended by DB Power. One doesn't want to totally drain this battery. It feels the same as any typical scan session except that there are a few extra pounds of electronics and dangling wires strapped to a tripod leg. I hardly noticed much difference. My scanner warranty is up already -the scanner is six years old, so I thought it would be a good test for when the original batteries begin to fail, as any battery will do with time. It's an extra battery & option to have in the kit, for a reasonable price. I'd prefer to find a way to rebuild the original FARO batteries (up to ~$300 each).

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by brian715 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:29 pm

I have an 8 AH tracer pack that we use for our Istar. I never thought of plugging it into the car charger of the Faro. Thanks for the Idea. Unfortunately this would not work on the S350 as the plug is inside the battery door, so cord would be turning with the scanner if I am not mistaken. Not like the x330 where the plug is on the scanner base and is stationary during scanning.

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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by LPaulCook » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:56 am

My FARO X330 just turned 3 years old.

One of my original batteries won't take a charge any more. It worked fine then pop... it didn't. No warning at all. Red lite on both the car charger and wall charger.

The other one worked fine.. so far.

I bought 2 new ones from FARO who said they were backordered 4 to 6 weeks! I borrowed 2 from HTS-3D which was extremely generous of them! Thank you again!!

The new batteries arrived from FARO in about 1 week.

So, I do have 1 bad FARO battery to attempt rebuilding. I will PM the above.... well see.

Total cost for 2 FARO batteries was $1,800 +tax and shipping. Say $2k total...

They are fantastic batteries though. I get 4 hours out of each and can car charge one in about 1.5 to 2 hrs.... never without a charged battery, unless it goes dead....

I'll post how the rebuilding of my bad one goes...
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Re: A money saving alternative for Faro batteries

Post by WWilford » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:33 pm

Check your charger to make sure that one of the pins is not stuck and not contacting the battery. Clean all of the contacts on the battery and charger. If the battery charges when plugging in the scanner it can tell you if you have a charger problem and not a battery problem.

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