9 Junkyard Electric Truck: Battery Pack Disassembly

  • Published on May 24, 2019
  • I disassemble the Smith/Staples electric truck battery pack.
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Comments • 61

  • ems-amish
    ems-amish 6 days ago

    Lithium ion Smith truck batteries two full boxes on eBay right now at auction just started today they don’t look like these tho

  • john jamce
    john jamce 6 days ago

    are these battery lithium

  • Universal Life Church

    If anyone is interested, there is a Smith Electric for sale at Portland copart right now, box is missing and it is stripped but the battery packs are there....

  • ariel marin
    ariel marin 25 days ago

    How much did you pay for all the batterys

  • sabirkhan sabir khan

    Which is the best motor ? Can you please share those details. .please respond ?

  • sabirkhan sabir khan

    How much power is needed to run for 500 kilometers?

  • Jacques Koorts
    Jacques Koorts 2 months ago

    everytime you said high voltage (12V) you really meant high ampere (lots of 12V in parallel) right ?

    • aMind New
      aMind New Month ago

      @BenjaminNelson But wait, a Tesla coil, is SUPER hi Volts, can stand your hair up, light a FL light wirelessly yet is safe due to Low amps, while a 2 volt forklift battery CELL can literally melt / reshape the lead post with a carbon rod due to hi AMPS... Your dealing with both ... hi enough volts and PLENTY of amps soo b CAREFUL

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago

      No! These are all in series. The voltage adds up. When all these batteries are connected, it's around 312VDC.
      A person needs to be VERY careful with that kind of voltage.
      Breaking the pack down into sections quickly reduces the possible voltage. I was very careful to check various points with my multimeter to reduce risk of shock, short-circuits, or other electrical dangers.

  • egn83b
    egn83b 2 months ago

    That would be a great solar addition and truck battery replacement

  • heat cliff
    heat cliff 2 months ago

    Horrible wiring

  • hesham alnajjar
    hesham alnajjar 2 months ago

    Will you sell these batteries and how much the price of one battery and whether you can ship them abroad to the Gulf

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago

      Shipping lithium batteries in the U.S. has some tremendous restrictions. We definitely won't be shipping them oversees.

  • James Holbrook
    James Holbrook 2 months ago

    Threadlock does not sound like a good idea on a conductivity surface

  • Timothy Wilson
    Timothy Wilson 2 months ago

    Congratulations. I hope I can find a treasure like that one day

  • Lee Miller
    Lee Miller 2 months ago

    I would love to get about 4 of those batteries for my RV

  • Robert Karaffa
    Robert Karaffa 2 months ago

    Outstanding, Ben!

  • JAMES! Since the 70's
    JAMES! Since the 70's 2 months ago +1

    Man I'd like to come across these!!

  • JAMES! Since the 70's
    JAMES! Since the 70's 2 months ago

    What are you going to do with the boxes the batts come in??

  • James Glenn
    James Glenn 2 months ago +3

    Wow, those look brand new. The boxes must have sealed quite well. That's a pretty good amount of storage.

  • QuebecoisSti
    QuebecoisSti 2 months ago

    So this is you that bought the truck at CoPart auction. You didn't got the motor controller and motor as well ? Only bought the pack ??

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago

      @QuebecoisSti The motor in the Smith truck is about 100hp AC. The company that made the motor and controller are out of business.
      I think that might be one factor in why these trucks were dumped.

    • QuebecoisSti
      QuebecoisSti 2 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson ohhh i see but do you know what is the motor and controller inside ? Is it DC, AC, brushless ? Smith branded or a company that still exists ?

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago

      We bought the entire truck, but weren't able to bring it back. As a consolation price, we removed and brought back with us the batteries. We would get the rest of the truck later.

  • Joe Pasquale
    Joe Pasquale 2 months ago

    You mentioned possible uses for the batteries but, I'm curious, what are YOU going to do with them? Build a power wall for your solar system? Power the Ford truck?

  • Doug Jones
    Doug Jones 2 months ago +2

    This is killing me because the reason I subbed to your channel is because I want to electrify my cabover box truck. Then you guys found exactly what I want, but are possibly scraping it for parts? I'm very curious about what was wrong with the truck, how good the batteries are, and how much the whole endeavor cost.

    • Doug Jones
      Doug Jones 2 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson Sweeeeet

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago +2

      Don't worry Doug, we'll have more about this in future videos. The box truck has now made it up to the Milwaukee area.

  • Getis Realis
    Getis Realis 2 months ago +9

    Ben, stop teasing us! hahaha - "This Ford Ranger EV would make a great test bed for these batteries" YES YES it would!

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago +2

      Hint, hint. But you will just have to wait for a future video.

  • d7j6f1001 Rae
    d7j6f1001 Rae 2 months ago

    Almost sure they contain 18650 cells in them ??

    • aMind New
      aMind New Month ago

      nope, different chemistry

  • Dan Frederiksen
    Dan Frederiksen 2 months ago +2

    I remember those. I inquired a couple of times. As I recall they were crazy expensive and I think they had poor current capability as well. I think they cost 1000+$/kWh.
    They made good cells but they were just not interested in being cost effective.

  • Martin D A
    Martin D A 2 months ago +1

    Those batteries go for between £600 and $1000 - each - used.....Ha ha ha and you have 48 of em. If they all measure OK, and I bet they do. Up to $48,000 dollars value.
    Though it never seems to quite work out that way! Sort of cool.

  • Alex Haldane
    Alex Haldane 2 months ago

    Please buy some rubber gloves, not worth the risk for a $5 pair of gloves as a last chance safety net

    • Steven Correa
      Steven Correa 2 months ago

      I hope he got some high voltage lineman gloves.

  • OffGrid Wanabe
    OffGrid Wanabe 2 months ago +1

    WOw nice I guess all that BS weekend stuff was worth it, those are very nice to have.

  • Branden Sandler
    Branden Sandler 2 months ago

    Puts the batteries on the cement floor

    • Nico Sadie
      Nico Sadie 2 months ago

      @d7j6f1001 Rae sorry to disappoint you, the great myth was perpetuated because the first lead acid batteries were made with Bakelite casings which was very brittle, and would break when not put down very carefully. " They " The battery makers, mechanics,
      starts telling the people must put it on wood or rubber to prevent
      it getting flat, but actually they did not want the battery to break.

    • d7j6f1001 Rae
      d7j6f1001 Rae 2 months ago

      cement floor only effect lead acid batteries...

  • Jeiiyman87
    Jeiiyman87 2 months ago

    I will have 8 please $$$$$

  • Odran Edwards
    Odran Edwards 2 months ago +1

    Sweet pack..can't wait to see that in the fordTruck

  • David Christian
    David Christian 2 months ago

    Where i live are basically hills, how do i know if a dc motor will do the job i want? May i transform hp in to watts?

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago +2

      Yes, a basic way to compare horsepower and power in watts is one Horsepower equals about 746 watts.

  • Brian Davis
    Brian Davis 2 months ago +1

    Nice you got 24 138 amp hour batteries per side for a total of 48
    Great find how much did you end up paying for the truck? Whatever it was you got a great deal you saved thousands of dollars.

  • alessandro chiquetto
    alessandro chiquetto 2 months ago


  • jimginnyohio
    jimginnyohio 2 months ago +2

    Nice score Ben! I have some of those Valence batteries too. They are awesome for solar!

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago +1

      That's exactly what I was thinking. Lithium batteries for solar tends to be SO expensive that it's been slow to catch on so far. I'm really hoping we see more and more automotive lithium batteries repurposed for second life solar storage.

  • Gary Sooter
    Gary Sooter 2 months ago

    What are the physical dimensions? What would be the expected cost of each battery be?

  • Jaymn Kelly
    Jaymn Kelly 2 months ago

    How many batteries total

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago

      48 individual batteries. You can find answers to that question and more at the blog!

  • Detached Garage
    Detached Garage 2 months ago +1

    Mmmmmm Energy Storage!!!!!

  • Frank Z
    Frank Z 2 months ago +1

    Whats the plans for the batteries?

    • Bob Grendel
      Bob Grendel 2 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson let us know when they are available please

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  2 months ago +1

      I'll be doing some testing on them. After that, they will likely be available for sale to fund getting more trucks, with the idea of being able to afford a restoration on at least one of them.

  • zeeshan Faraz
    zeeshan Faraz 2 months ago

    you've got useful friends

  • James Klafehn
    James Klafehn 2 months ago

    First view and comment :) hehe