An Interview with Tesla Battery Hacker [wk057]

Hack a day has an Interview with the guy who got a battery pack from a wrecked Tesla Model S.

One interesting take-away he paid about $20K for it. I think those packs have 6-7000 cells, so that works out to about $3 per 18650 cell.

That’s not bad on a per-cell basis. New old-stock laptop packs with similar capacity cells seem to go for $3-5/cell, though I’ve scored a few for ~$2.25/cell.

Since he was able to use the packs more or less intact, though, $3/cell is a great deal, considering all the labor he saved disassembling packs and then building a large pack for his project.

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