I am new to the forum, and new to LIFEPO4 battery technology. Jumping right in, I just bought into the group buy from evcomponents for 8 x 40ah cells. This will be used as a battery pack to power a Torqueedo electric outboard motor. The battery that comes with the motor is 10ah, this with I will have 4x the capacity.
I need to identify a BMS and charging methods/devices. For the BMS, I would like to find a solution that is reasonably priced, handles a variable voltage, and does not bleed off voltage as heat during cell balancing. Solar charing is an option for this, using a 60w Kaneka panel: http://www.affordable-solar.com/kaneka-60-watt.solar.panel.ika-gsa.htm
this puts out 60 volts. A BZ products MPPT50hv charge controller, which is settable to 12-24-48 volts, would provide the juice to the BMS.
On land, I could use a 120v charger as well. Perhaps a 15ah?
Anyone use this BMS? http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2480
Looks nice, except are those aluminum blocks shunts? The info on the web page is sparse.
Any help and insight would be nice.