How to control a TC/Elcon charger with a WatchMon

Adopting the TC/Elcon charger can be configured as follows within the WatchMon supervisor. It may be necessary to run a BridgeConnect with the twin canbus ports running in pass-through mode to provide ground isolation from the traction battery supply and WatchMon ground reference.

CAUTION:  Example below has values shown for a demo LiFePO4 cell pack, ensure you adopt values suitable to your application.

 

Step 1 - Install communication cable to charger via CAN1 port on WatchMon.

  

NB: Add 120ohm terminating resistor on WatchMon pin 5 & 6.

 

Step 2 - Install communication cable to TC/Elcon charger wiring socket.

NB: Add 120ohm terminating resistor to charging plug.

 

Step 3 - Navigate to Hardware, then Integration tab.

 

Step 4 - Select Canbus protocol to "ElconTcCharger" and Save.

 

Step 5 - Navigate to Control Logic, then Charging tab.

 

Step 6 - Adjust the charging control logic to suit the application.

Notes:

  • Low power must be enabled.
  • Cell Hi Cutout should be above the CellMon bypass voltage threshold as a safe guard target.
  • Low power current should suit the bypass capability of CellMon.
  • When the bypass current is above Initial will trigger the system to low power.
  • When the bypass current for all CellMons is above Final the system will complete charging cycle.

 

 

Step 7 - Navigate to Hardware, then CellMon tab.

 

Step 8 - Adjust the CellMon bypass voltage to suit the application.

Note: Make sure to "Device Sync" to update the changes to the CellMons.

 

Step 9 - Navigate to the Remote tab on the Control Logic screen.

 

Step 10 - Adjust the remote charging target to suit the application.

Notes:

  • Scaling must be 10 for both voltage and current.
  • Low power must be enabled on charging tab.
  • Low power current should suit the bypass capability of CellMon.
  • Charger voltage target needs to be sufficient for all cells to reach bypass threshold.

 

Step 11 - Navigate to Telemetry, then Live Stats to observe system operation.

Additional useful screens to monitor:

  • Node Chart
  • Charging logic control 
  • Remote logic control
  • Live States telemetry

 

References

Understanding the WatchMon - Control Logic - Charging settings

Understanding the WatchMon - Control Logic - Remote settings

Understanding the WatchMon - Hardware configuration - Integration settings

Understanding the WatchMon - Hardware configuration - Cellmon settings

Understanding the WatchMon - Control Logic - Overview

Understanding the WatchMon - Telemetry - Live Statistics

Understanding the WatchMon - Node Chart

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