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No low voltage cut-off on battery?

(Magnus) #1

It seems like we have wrecked out two batteries because we forgot to turn the power off the computer, and it totally discharged. Any way of getting them to charge again? The cell voltages are too different for the charger.

Is it really no low voltage cut-off in the battery management system in the battery pack? Wouldnt it be an idea to implement this, or would it hurt sales :wink:

(Adam) #2

Hi @magnusmyklebost,

Please see this thread for some possible procedures to possibly partially recover the battery.

Note that this procedure caries a certain amount of risk, and the utmost caution should be used!

However, if in your case the cells are in fact completely dead (0 V) you should not attempt this procedure and instead safely dispose of the battery at a battery recycling center. In any case, over discharging the battery below the bare minimum of 10 V total (2.5 V per cell) will cause some degree of permanent damage, and capacity/discharge capability will be affected even if recovered.

The is no BMS or low voltage cut off system built into the battery or the BlueROV2, voltage should be monitored with the PSM and voltage display in QGC while diving to determine when the battery needs recharging. Due to the high current the BlueROV2 can draw (bursts of up to around 130-135 A) a cutoff or switch that can handle this is difficult to implement and would be expensive. We are working on this, and are developing a reasonable cost solution that will work.


(Magnus) #3

Ok, thank you for the explanation. Could an alternative be to use 18650 cells with integrated protection, or do these typically not work for higher currents as well?

(Adam) #4


The integrated protection in many 18650 cells is to prevent a fire in case of a short (cut off at too high a current), they do not cut off discharge at low voltage. Very high discharge cells like the Samsung 30Qs we use in our battery are necessary to properly power the BlueROV2.