Monitor cell balance / status three by three $50-solution
Just ordered 6 pcs of "Lipo Battery Low Voltage LED Tester Meter 1S-8S Buzzer Alarm Indicator" sold on Ebay for about 3 USD each including shipment.
(a cut and paste from the product description)
Use for 1-8s Lipl/Li-ion/LiMn/Li-Fe
Voltage detection pricision: 0.01V
Unit voltage display range: 0.5V-4.5V
Total voltage display range: 0.5V-36V
1S test mode voltage range: 4v-15v
Low voltage alarm mode for 2-8S
Alarm set value range: OFF-2.7V-3.8V
When the voltage is below the set value,it will buzzer with red LED light,pre-set value 3.3V.
Push key which can change the voltage settings and save.
I plan to use three Ethernet patch-cables for each battery-box because it's cheap and available.
Those modules fits in to a old IDE hard drive cables or any other socket with 2,54 (?) split.
A connection on every third cell would give proper input to this LiPo-device, and since the alarm can be set to trigger between 2.7V-3.8V I assume this will work pretty good to find the worst cells in the package.
Together with 35pcs of ring terminals and 35pcs of 3A car fuses (spade fuses?) it would be possible to find week cells both visual and audibly during riding.
This solution would cost about 50 USD and some work effort.
I do not know how to disconnect them, it might be possible to add a tiny relay on the ground of each module. But I do not know if the module will continue to draw current. But I will add this info as soon.
I will post any progress as soon as the parts arrives.
Very interesting, please keep us posted with your progress.
How's the accuracy/precision on these modules? I bought two of those and a cell-log to monitor my 24 cells, but until I resolve how best to add a 30A charger, I'm holding off on modifications.
The folks over at ES, had hinted to putting a switch on the NEG pin to reduce current draw. Hoping same holds for these devices. Amazing how puny these RC devices are. I was expecting something much bigger.