So I'm half way through my Li conversion - 40ah CALB and one of Matt's kits. Reassembly going swimmingly until I get to fitting the rear interconnect on the bottom row of batteries ... then the temperature sensor board catches fire. I managed to flick the interconnect out of the way before anything too serious happened, and the microcontroller board wasn't connected to anything. But I fear the board is a goner. Looking at the sensors (and reading Manfred's concerns here I suspect I managed to short the thermistor wiring onto the battery terminal :(
This is a real pain in the 4rse as I was hoping to get the bike finished and back on the road in the next day or two. So, my questions:
- What will be the effect on the bike if I reassemble without the temp sensor board? Will the (ESD) charger still function, assuming I don't make the same mistake with the upper / rear sensor board?
- If I do need the board, do I actually need to be sensing temperature? Or can I (again as in Manfred's post above? just use 10ohm resistors to fool the microcontroller? That way I can actually finish most of the installation and plug the dummy controller board in right at the end.
- Anyone got a used board and / or set of sensors?
Some pics to show the damage ...