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The Battery Show 2016

Lithium charger development kit

Delta-Q Technologies has debuted its lithium integration kit at The Battery Show 2016 in Michigan. The kits aim to support lithium powertrain system development.

CAN communication enables a link between the IC1200 charger and other components (Photo: Delta-Q)

Delta-Q’s lithium charger development kits includes Delta-Q IC1200 battery charger in 24 V or 48 V, equipped with CAN communication, pre-loaded lithium charge profiles supporting various lithium-ion (Li-ion), lithium polymer (Li-Poly), or lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cell and pack capacities, as well as set of appropriate power and communication cables. Customized training and consulting sessions by Delta-Q‘s application engineering team is available, as is the development of custom and optimized charging profiles and quick start guides, detailed programming, and design documentation.

“The price difference between lithium-ion and lead-acid is getting smaller. Applications such as electric scooters, motorcycles, and lift trucks have favorable economics for lithium integration when the total cost of ownership is considered. Given the performance and cycle life advantages of lithium-ion, this is the right time for a customer-friendly kit to help design engineers integrate lithium batteries into the next generation of products,” said Trent Punnett, vice president of sales, product management, and marketing. Free kits are available to qualifying battery companies, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and BMS (battery management system) manufacturers.

Safety features

The IC1200 charger is capable of accepting commands from the BMS through two methods – closed/open contact or CANopen communications. These methods enhance the battery system’s safety and efficiency with the lithium system’s communications protocols. In addition to built-in safety functions, the charger also uses CAN authentication protocols to provide an extra layer of reliability, ensuring only authorized chargers are working with the lithium system.

The BMS can program the charger to deliver the requested voltage and current enabling efficient charging for optimal battery performance. Battery system behavior and safety can be evaluated by analyzing the data stored in the charger, downloadable through the built-in USB host port, or transmitted through the CAN network.

The IC1200 is part of Delta-Q’s IC series battery charger line, a series of compact, sealed, and lightweight chargers ideal for on-board or off-board applications and used for electric motorcycles and scooters, utility vehicles, lift trucks, and floor care machines. Up to 25 pre-loaded charge profiles are selectable by pressing a button on the charger. Designed and built for superior onboard reliability, the chargers have an IP66-rated enclosure to seal out dirt and fluids, while mechanical design and component selection help resist factors such as vibration, shock, and temperature extremes.

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