HYBRID VEHICLE BATTERY SERVICES

I recondition high-voltage hybrid/traction batteries for all major hybrid and electric vehicle brands: Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, Nissan, etc.

In fact, I can recondition any battery, of any chemistry (NiMH, various Lithium-Ion types, NiCad, etc), because I can program just about any charge/equalize parameters into my equipment.

The charge cycles I use emulate energy transfers during vehicle operation (from regenerative braking system, or to/from motor/generator).

The charge cycles perform equalization/balancing between the battery modules.

All your modules are tested under load during reconditioning.

Battery protection features that prevent over-voltage and over-current conditions are programmed into the charge cycles.

If you have your own charging algorithm (for example a current-limited slow charge, a special pulsed charge, etc.) I can likely program it into my equipment and charge your battery pack with it.

Note that by reconditioning your own pack you retain your own battery modules, as opposed to buying a pack that contains someone else’s modules with unknown history (and is also likely used or reconditioned, and not new).

Also note that conventional multi-stage charging methods, and single- or multi-stage battery chargers, are not appropriate for these hybrid vehicle batteries. Do not use a conventional battery charger or you will destroy your battery, your charger, and maybe yourself.

The charging and equalizing of these hybrid batteries requires specialized equipment where the charge parameters are tightly controlled, it requires the knowledge to develop appropriate charge parameters for each battery type/brand, and it requires the knowledge to read the battery condition and to adjust the charge parameters accordingly during the reconditioning operation.

The picture below shows a Gen II  Toyota Prius traction battery pack (28-modules) being reconditioned.

Another picture below shows the reconditioning of a Honda Civic traction battery pack (11 double-stick blocks).

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Another picture below shows a large (40 modules, 300+ Volts DC) Chevy Tahoe battery pack being worked on.

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And another picture below shows a Honda Accord pack (10 double-stick blocks) being reconditioned.

The prices for these services are as follows:

$550.00 for reconditioning of small battery packs with fewer than 30 modules (Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, etc).

$600.00 for reconditioning of medium battery packs with 30 to 39 modules (Toyota Camry, etc).

$650.00 for reconditioning of large battery packs with 40 or more modules (Chevy Tahoe, etc).

There is a minimum charge for the analysis and diagnostics of your battery pack (included in the prices above if I do the reconditioning). It applies in case you decide not to proceed with the reconditioning after the analysis and diagnostics are done. For the small packs this minimum charge is $150.00, for the medium packs it is $175.00, for the large packs it is $200.00.

There is an extra charge if any defective modules need to be replaced in your battery pack (parts and labor to install). This can only be determined after the analysis and diagnostics of the pack, and the prices of the modules and the costs to install are determined at that time depending on what type of a hybrid battery you have.

Some vehicles have particularly complicated battery enclosures (for example Nissan Altima), and I charge $50.00 extra for labor on such batteries. I will let you know on intake if your battery falls into this category.

All this assumes that you bring your battery pack to me. Call for some other options for pulling the battery pack out of your vehicle.

Note that this reconditioning process is not a very fast operation, due to the battery chemistry involved, and due to multiple verification steps which are needed to make sure the job is done right. For batteries brought to me in a reasonably good condition, I have had good luck with a 3 to 4 day reconditioning process.

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