anyway, yeah that’s a fuckload of nickel. I’m askig for samples to be sent now. I know some of you battery builders will be interested in this, so here’s the skinny:
I’m getting 25mm x 0.15mm and if they allow me to split the minimum 25pound order i’ll also be getting 10mm x 0.15mm. 25 pounds is a LOT so i’d be willing to spread some of it around by the foot if anyone is interested.
I asked for samples of the various tempers at the thickness I want so I can test solderability and weldability and make sure I get the right shit instead of this bullshit I keep finding on the internet that’s total garbage. We’ll see what they say. I spoke with a guy on the phone a few minutes ago and he told me exactly who to email in the company.
If you want to order in smaller quantities I have a seller that sells .15x25 nickle and I’ve tested it to be pure nickle. It has amazing weldability however I can’t get solder to stick to it for some reason.
I have a suspicion that its not nickel at all and is stainless steel.
It doesn’t rust, just makes huge salt crystals grow in your test glass. It throws sparks like mad when you grind it. It welds amazingly well. It does not solder AT ALL. It turns a gorgeous blue when you take a torch to it, not a slightly different shade of grey like good nickel I also have does.
ebay. it was labelled as “99% pure nickel strip for battery builders” at the time I purchased it.
prior to that I had some that actually was the good stuff and totally redid the way I build packs because of it, so when I reordered I was expecting the good stuff again. I just got bamboozled is all, its my fault for not seeking a real source to begin with.
I’m moving forward with this. The company i’m ordering from is Ametek, they’re based in Connecticut. I received my samples last night and settled on a full hard temper of the NO2201 (aka AME200-899L) alloy grade, and they allowed me to order 25, 10, and 5mm widths in a single 25 pound lot, which i think might be an unusual thing they let me do because they enjoyed my begging.
They were actually very interested in the fact that there’s an entire community of esk8 builders, a lot of whom are thirsty for high quality nickel. They don’t even see the enthusiasts at their level because they sell in bulk to people like aerospace contractors and government entities and massive corporations, whose leftovers end up in places like ebay and ali express where we usually find it (if we’re fucking lucky and the trolls aren’t trying to sell us mislabelled stainless). So they were pleasantly surprised and i think because of that they’re helping me out a little.
TLDR i’m buying it and in about 6 or 7 weeks or so i’ll be able to sell strips by the meter so you can build your own packs and not have to accidentally use shit nickel from who knows where.