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After the launch of the Chimera™ "CBS," we received a good deal of emails
from people who wanted a specific type of variant of the CBS... and we
listened.

Without further ado, I present:



The Chimera™ "Race Battery System”!


Here is the quick and dirty (like last time) —The Chimera™ RBS is EXACTLY
the same as the CBS with a few differences. The same research and
development has gone in to it.

It still weighs a chunk less than eight pounds (and is actually a bit
lighter than the CBS!) and is the equivalent* to a 48 amp hour lead
acid battery.

It is the same battery that, in one test, started a supercharged Elise 95
times
in a row with the lights, high-beams, radio, etc. on.


The Similarities

1) Automotive-Grade Internals:

There is a dirty little secret that some competitors share… The cells they use
in their batteries are actually the same cells used in lithium ion power tools.
While these cells might be cheap, they are not designed to start a car; they
are intended to release energy continuously over time, not to release all of
their energy at once. Starting a four cylinder car draws 100 amps or more!

This is one of the reasons you have heard about their batteries literally
exploding—they are being used in the wrong way. Our cells, on the other
hand, were designed for automobiles and are therefore safe for the
automotive environment. In fact, they can be pierced and crushed without
catching on fire or exploding.

Is this why our competitors offer only one year of warranty… and we offer up
to five years?

2) Gold-Plated Aluminum Posts:

You can’t tell from the picture above, but those battery posts are actually
extremely light—they only weigh three hundredths of a pound.
However, they are twice as conductive as “high-performance” brass posts
and eight times as conductive as standard lead posts.

The posts are machined on a CNC lathe out of a solid piece of aluminum,
put through a five-stage hand-polishing process, and then plated with
multiple layers of gold. The end result is a battery post that weighs close to
nothing, has maximum contact with the battery cables, and never oxidizes.

3) Trussed Endcaps:

When you first see the endcaps on either side of the battery, you might
wonder why they are so ornate… in fact, their form follows their function.

The endcaps were designed not only to be as light as possible, but also
strong enough to deal with the forces of tightening the battery cables. (It
would have been easier and cheaper-- and heavier-- to leave them flat.)


The Differences

1) NO Efficiency Auditing System (EAS):

One of the unique points about our other battery, the CBS, is that it has
an "Efficiency Auditing System" that disconnects the battery if it is drawn
too low (among other things that it does)...

We received many emails from people saying that they are perfectly capable
of disconnecting the battery themselves via a cutoff switch if they won't be
driving the car for more than two to three weeks, and don't really need the
safety of the EAS.

The "Race Battery System" does not have the EAS for this reason.

2) Unidirectional Carbon Fiber Case:

We also received a good deal of comments saying that while the 2x2 twill
case of the CBS looks gorgeous, in a race setting it doesn't really matter.

Because of that, the RBS uses a unidirectional carbon fiber case-- it is a bit
lighter and a bit stronger. They are finished in a race-black, since uni carbon
isn't going to win any beauty contests.

Personally, I love how the case looks-- almost like it was cut out of a single
piece of obsidian!

3) The Warranty:

Before we get in to this, I want to clarify...

The RBS uses the EXACT same internals as the CBS.

If it is treated well (in particular, not drawn too low), it will last
JUST as long as the CBS.

However, since there is no low voltage cutoff, we have no way of
guaranteeing that someone won't be leaving their battery connected and
going on vacation for months at a time, or leaving all their lights on overnight
multiple times a week.

There is just no way for us to "look after" the battery once it is in someone's
car...

Because of that, the RBS comes with a one year warranty.

This is the same length warranty that the other companies give for their
$1500 batteries... but ours is a legitimate warranty.

It is NOT a "pro-rated" warranty, and we don't require "Not for street use"
and follow it up with "We will void your warranty if you use it off-road" like
some others do!

*******


With all of that said:

The Investment:

A battery from another company would run you approximately $1300 - $1500
+ shipping… and would come with 1 year of pro-rated warranty. :no:

The Chimera™ Race Battery System is only $597.

The electronics and cases of the CBS were major costs, so the RBS happens
to be much less of an investment as well! :up:

That’s almost one thousand dollars less than the competition, and this
battery doesn't use the same internals as a drill from the Home Depot! :D

Like we said last time-- That is still an investment, and this battery is NOT
for everyone. It is for people who are looking to get extra weight off their
car and improve performance but are not willing to sacrifice reliability. If a
person isn’t looking for that, then our system is obviously not a good fit for
them.

If you are willing to disconnect the battery yourself if you're going to be
gone for a few weeks, if you trust yourself not to leave your windshield
wipers on when you go to bed, and if you're ok with the unidirectional CF
case instead of the twill, you will LOVE this battery.

Again, comparing our battery system to a "lightweight" AGM battery is not
effective. Those batteries are not actually meant for cars. That is why
you constantly hear about batteries going flat and why you need to
maintain them-- they are nowhere near as powerful as ours. On top of that,
not only do they only last a couple of years (versus our up to 10+ years if
properly maintained), but they still weigh about twice as much as our
battery!

To Recap:

*No LVC.
*Unidirectional CF case, finished in race black, instead of 2x2 twill.
*1 year of real warranty (But it will last as long as a CBS if you treat it well!)
*Only $597.

Any questions?

:coolnana:

[Edit: updated website: http://chimerabatteries.com/ ]
 

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Another perk is that the new RBS makes the technology more accessible financially. We look forward to taking pre-orders beginning tomorrow at noon EST.
 

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Not a bad deal. Unfortunately I've probably spent $300-400 in batteries and brackets over the course of the last 5 years of Lotus ownership, so you could consider this a one time expense.
 

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Probably won't fit in my engine compartment (BOE tilting clam) where my Braille 2015 currently sits, eh?
You have a PM-- I'm 80% sure that it will. It's about 1 inch "thicker" than your Braille.
 

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Another perk is that the new RBS makes the technology more accessible financially. We look forward to taking pre-orders beginning tomorrow at noon EST.
It's awesome that a company is this responsive to consumer needs... Even if some if the consumers haven't even bought from them yet!

I'm going to put this on my wish list for xmas. Good job, guys!
 

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Not a bad deal. Unfortunately I've probably spent $300-400 in batteries and brackets over the course of the last 5 years of Lotus ownership, so you could consider this a one time expense.
Exactly-- and it will last much more than 5 years with proper care.

With that said, one of my favorite "advantages" is the fact that even though it weighs about 1/2 as much as an AGM battery, you don't need to deal with battery tenders, trickle charging, or flats (Unless you don't drive the car for about 3 weeks... in which case you can just disconnect it.) No headaches.

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Yes, the Integrated Mounting System is available!
 

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I think this is a great option for people wanting a lower price point. I've heard way too many stories of a 30+ lbs battery flying loose and damaging the rear clam. The stock battery mount is not completely secure.
 

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Exactly-- and it will last much more than 5 years with proper care.

With that said, one of my favorite "advantages" is the fact that even though it weighs about 1/2 as much as an AGM battery, you don't need to deal with battery tenders, trickle charging, or flats (Unless you don't drive the car for about 3 weeks... in which case you can just disconnect it.) No headaches.

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With proper care is really the key. I had a few Odyssey batteries go bad and it was because they didn't even last 6 days between drives, and then once they are dead, they are sensitive to proper recharging. For the last two years I've had a cheap Tempest battery and a cutoff switch...no problems yet.
 

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Nice Job Ali and Thomas! This is a great option for those looking to ditch their boat anchor for a super light high quality piece. If I had to do it over again i'd still get the CBS since I still think it's a steal with all the bells and whistles.:up:
 

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Finally an affordable version and looks just at good as the original cbs! Keep it up guys!
 

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Perfect timing my Odyssey is on its last legs
 

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Not a bad deal. Unfortunately I've probably spent $300-400 in batteries and brackets over the course of the last 5 years of Lotus ownership, so you could consider this a one time expense.
Me too. If you're looking to upgrade (once) this looks like a good option.

I think this is a great option for people wanting a lower price point. I've heard way too many stories of a 30+ lbs battery flying loose and damaging the rear clam. The stock battery mount is not completely secure.
Bad memories... :wallbang:

P.S. How does one order one of these things? Is it on the RLS web page?
 
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