this is really good video and it explains how parallel charging works really well.
I haven’t seen the M5Stack before - looks quite promising and expandable. Have you used them before?
Nope, but up until less than 2 years ago, my day job for the 17 years before that was analyst programmer, so I won’t be completely useless.
I’m going to re-flash this one to run Micropython on baremetal though, so won’t be using the pre-installed Arduino platform.
Check out these pics, looks very promising and capable. Dual core too.
Presumably its for the esc? what exactly is it and whats for?
Its a modular microprocessor with WiFi, BT, 9-axis accelerometer, buttons and a screen with I/O ports to control hardware peripherals.
Initially I’ll use it between RX and ESC to control PWM, enabling different throttle/braking curves and modes. Then more capabilities later.
Does this mean that you can alter the amount of current that goes back into the battery, when braking, depending on the stage of your on-board battery?
No, it wouldn’t replace the capability of the BMS, rather add some to the RX, and then some of its own via other sensors. It’ll only be used to change the signal to the ESCs, later with input from optical and accelerometer sensors.
Be careful with APS 6384 200kV both of them got loose magnets within a 2 weeks
You mean, those spensive chinese motors ‘manufactured’ in England by a renown british electric motor company!
Launch control, boost when heading up hills, etc
Mostly limits and controls, boost can be done by the user, not sure I’d want to make the decision on when to boost, much more comfortable with limiting too much power though.
Objectives for this year:
- Finish ECU project to a working prototype, initially with only different engine response modes. Not sure where I’m going to find the time though.
- Increase range with more LiPos, while making it as easy to charge as a laptop. Need a BMS that can handle anything from 1S2P to 4S2P charge. Need to find a charger that can balance charge the same, or the BMS should be able to handle 65C constant 130C burst discharge.
Any help or guidance with number 2 would be greatly appreciated.
I would go with a charge only bms.
If you have the space you could go with a smart bms so you could set your balance values and other things how you want and also display the individual cell voltage via pc or Android app
Anyway, as covered in another thread, I stuffed my batteries over the holiday break by not giving them a storage charge.
I then bought 4x new Graphene 4S 5,000mAh batteries at 35% discount (combination sale and voucher) from Hobbyking.
So wired up it’s 8S 10,000mAh instead of the 6,000mAh I had before at only $40 more than the original cost.
Couldn’t get a BMS though, since they didn’t have stock. Any recommendations?
You looking for a charge only bms or charge/discharge bms?
If discharge, how much amps you want to have as max limit on the bms?
I need to be able to dump 2x 160A at up to 33.6V under full load, so thinking of charge only, but it should be able to balance cells up to 8S5P which could be up to where I scale, although currently it would only be for 8S2P.
Ok i will look for something else
If 15a charge and 84mA balance current is enough for you than I think the d140 from bestech would still work fine.
Edit: or as suggested before you could get one of this smart bms
Just make sure that they sent you the bms set up for lipo not lifepo4 as it says in the description.
I just sent a message to the shop and I got one with the confit for lipos.
… with this you made me curious
What’s your plans for this year to hit that current?
Sounds definitely interesting
That’s my setup today. 33.6V because individual cells CAN get up to 4.2V each although not recommended, and my ESCs put out 160A each which is why I get over 8kW with two motors on 8S configuration.