I have charged and discharged my battery successfully about 20 times. When I plugged in the charger today, the LED on the charger did not turn red.
My charging setup is show on this diagram I drew and also posted a few weeks back
I measured voltage in every possible place and I can’t figure out what is going on.
The charger is constantly putting out 25.2 volts
The leads leaving the charge port are still carrying 25.2 volts
P- is 25.2 V
B- is 25.2 V
Negative battery terminal is 25.2 V.
If I connect the positive charge port lead to the battery positive terminal nothing happens. The voltage read from the battery leads is 21.3 V and the charger stays green. In some cases after completing the circuit, the voltage measured in various places starts fluctuating anywhere between 2 V and 20 V. This is what confuses me the most. I suppose it is possible that just the green LED on the charger is faulty and the board is actually charging, but I can’t wrap my head around this weird voltage. Granted, I am not the most experienced in electronics…
Anyways, what do you think? Where do you think the problem might lie? If you have any additional questions I will try to answer quickly, I really just want to get back on the road.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this post!
It depends, some bms module won’t allow the battery to charge with a disconnected lead, just unplug the connector and measure the voltage on all connector pins. The voltage should rise by about 3-4 volts per pin
Just finished checking all wires and no problems on that end. This is what the setup looks like atm. All connections are visible and nothing seems to be out of order. The balance wires are also all properly set up. The battery doesn’t charge
Sorry if I am bothering someone with posting pics of me measuring voltage, but since I do not feel confident in this field, I’m thinking maybe the pictures show something that I am doing wrong and could help solve this whole charging issue.
I will be leaving the house for a few hours and just to make sure the charger’s LED is showing green correctly I’ll leave the charger plugged in. I hope it will charge so I know exactly what the problem is.
Back home now and the battery was not charging as expected.
I did however find something interesting about the fluctuation. When the charger is plugged in and I’m measuring voltage from the negative battery terminal and the positive lead from the charging port, that’s when I get the fluctuating voltage. It was between 9 V and 13 V in this case.
Is this normal? If not, what could it mean?
If anyone has any ideas, I will read them happily. I’m lost on this one.
Nope, I have a 10s3p 30q back that has no BMS, charge and discharge through the Sam port. I couldn’t even guess how many charge cycles but it’s still balanced as of Friday night (last time I checked the cell groups).
The need for a BMS is real, but it’s for catastrophic failure that it’s real value comes into play.
Don’t discharge past 3.4 per cell and only charge to 4.1 per cell and you will “likely” be good for months and months. Likely is the key word here. It’s all fun and games till someone looses an eye right .