Introduction: Open-source 3/4/5S Lithium BMS

In this Instructable the design of the BMS345 will be explained. The design is fully open-source, the design files can be found in the GitHub link in the last step. There is also a limited supply available on Tindie.

The BMS345 is a BatteryManagementSystem that supports 3, 4 and 5 cells lithium-ion packs. If you build/buy a pack with unprotected cells, this PCB can be added to handle protection and charging. This includes:

  • Under/overvoltage protection
  • Overcurrent (/shortcircuit) protection
  • Cell balancing
  • MPPT charging

The documentation will be divided into:

  1. Protection
  2. Charging
  3. Configuration
  4. The end product

Enjoy :)

Step 1: Protection

The protection is handled by the TI BQ77915.

  • The input resistors are 1K, which sets balancing current to 4mA/cell
  • The header is the commonly used JST-XH 4/5/6P depending on the configuration
  • A NTC can be connected to header J5, but this features is disabled by default by R26
  • The negative connection is switched by a dual N-channel mosfet (NVMFD5C466NL)
  • The current sense resistor is 2x8m (4m equivalent) ohm, setting the current protection to 15A

Step 2: Charging

The charging is handled by the TI BQ24650

  • D1 shows the charging status, an external LED can be connected via J4
  • R30 sets the charge current to 1A
  • Temperature sensing is disabled by R13/R14/C14
  • MPPT voltage is set to 17.2V by R22 and R28
  • The mosfets are the same dual-package type as is used in the protection circuit
  • The default charge voltage is 4.2V, which barely trips the overvoltage protection of the BQ77915. It is recommended to populate R36 with 22M to lower the charge voltage to 4.05V/cell. This avoids false over-voltage triggering.

Charging can be done from a 24V 1A supply or even a solar panel (only for 3/4S configurations).

Step 3: Configuration

This header can be just with jumpers to set the configuration.

Step 4: End Product

You can add the PCB to a Vruzend system as seen in the picture, but it is also suited for RC lipo and regular spot-welded packs.

Link to Tindie:

Link to github

Thanks for reading.

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