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Delta-Q Technologies introduces Lithium Charger Development Kit
Delta-Q Technologies, The Canadia-based battery charging solutions provider for electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment worldwide, this week announced the debut of its lithium integration kit to battery companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and battery management system manufacturers at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan.
With the goal of supporting lithium powertrain system development, Delta-Q's lithium charger development kit includes:
Hardware and Software:
- Delta-Q IC1200 battery charger in 24-or 48V, 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
- A set of appropriate power and communication cables
Custom Training and Technical Support:
- Customised training and consulting sessions by Delta-Q's application engineering team
- Development of custom and optimised charging profiles
- Quick start guides, detailed programming, and design documentation
"The price difference between lithium-ion and lead-acid is getting smaller," said Trent Punnett, the company's vice president of sales, product management & marketing. "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."
Free kits are available to qualifying battery companies, OEMs and BMS manufacturers. More information, including a request form for a free kit, is available on Delta-Q.com/lithium-kit
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 safety and efficiency with the lithium system's communications protocols. In addition to extensive built-in safety functions, the charger also uses CAN authentication protocols to provide an extra layer of reliability, ensuring only authorised chargers are working with the lithium system.
The BMS can programme the charger to deliver the requested voltage and current, facilitating efficient charging for optimal battery performance. Battery system behaviour and safety can be evaluated by analysing 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 frequently used for aerial work platforms, electric motorcycles and scooters, utility vehicles, lift trucks and floorcare machines. Up to 25 pre-loaded charge profiles are selectable by pressing a button on the charger.
Designed and built for superior onboard reliability, Delta-Q 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.
Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with a local presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
22nd September 2016