Hardware test
Test the installation

Once the BMS is installed, you'll be tempted to take your EV for a spin right away, under a false sense of security because a BMS is present.

Resist the temptation! Test first!

To use the Lithiumate Lite application:

Lithiumate Lite GUI application screen

Check that the BMS can be powered by the AC:

  1. Plug in the EV into the AC power
  2. Check that the BMS master comes on: the "AC power in" LED comes on
  3. Launch the Lithiumate Lite GUI application
  4. Because the BMS has not yet been tested, the application will jump to the "BMS test" tab
  5. Check that "AC Power" label is lit (green)
AC power on

Prove that the BMS can control the charger:

  1. In the "BMS test" tab of the GUI application, select the "Test A" tab and follow the instructions
  2. After the test passes, unplug the EV from the AC power
Test screen, charger test

Check that the BMS can be powered by the ignition:

  1. Turn on the ignition
  2. Check that the BMS master comes on: the "Ignition" LED comes on
  3. If necessary, launch the Lithiumate Lite GUI application
  4. Because the BMS has not yet been tested, the application will jump to the "BMS test" tab
  5. Check that the "Ignition" label is lit (green)
Ignition on

Prove that the BMS can control the load:

  1. In the "BMS test" tab of the GUI application, select the "Test B" tab and follow the instructions
Test screen, load test

Check that the BMS sees all the cells:

  1. Either plug in the EV into the AC power,or turn on the ignition (not both)
  2. In the Lithiumate Lite GUI application, go to the "Configure" tab
  3. Check that the BMS sees all the cells
Number of cells

 

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