The Cloud Based System has two operational modes:
Manual Mode and the Auto Sequence Mode.
Manual Mode: Is used when the operator wants to perform only one function to the battery, such as Charging, or applying a BattRecon De-sulfation process, or discharging the battery.
As an example, if the operator wanted to use the Battrecon Cloud to remotely discharge test a battery, they would simply connect the battery to the BattRecon Service System, then click on the LOAD TEST (Orange Button). A drop down window appears that shows the parameters that were previously used for discharging a battery. If the parameters remain useful for this battery, then the operator may simply click on [SEND] and the discharge test would begin, then automatically turn off once the desired VPC had been reached. If the parameters need to be changed, the Cloud Operator may easily change them using the steps outlined below.
Other Manual Mode Functions such as Charging, or applying a BattRecon De-sulfation process, would involve the same process .
The Drop Down Window Parameters Format is:
Battery Volts: In this example it is a 48 Volt battery
Current: Which is set to discharge the battery at a rate of 225 amps
Time: Which is the maximum time the system will be allowed to discharge
Lower Trip Voltage: Which is the Volts per Cell when the system test will stop
The operator must verify that the battery connected matches the
parameters of the operational modes they choose to apply to the battery!
The system operation requires that each functional mode have "operational parameters." Operational Parameters are limits that the device connected to the battery is controlled within. Matching the correct battery voltage to the software voltage expectation is critical to proper operation of the system. If the battery connected is a different voltage that the software voltage parameter, then the system protective features may be disabled.
For example, if the operator chooses to apply a BattRecon De-sulfation process to the battery, they must select/change the battery voltage, the BattRecon Peak Current desired and the time duration that BattRecon is applied to the battery. In the example above, the battery is a 48V battery, the desired BattRecon Peak Amps Current is selected to 140 peak Amps, and the time that BattRecon will be applied is 5 minutes. If the operator agrees that the parameters are correct, then they would simply click on the send button and the BattRecon Cloud would signal the BattRecon System Device to begin applying the BattRecon process to the battery. When the process is complete, the System device would simpy stop the applied process and wait for the next Manual Mode Command.
If the operator wanted to change the parameters, they would go to the top of the page and click on [SETTINGS], then click on [STATION PARAMETERS], then click on their station blue icon [Pencil] ,then following GENERAL PARAMETERS page would appear.
This page allows the operator to change the Manual Mode Operational Parameters. If the operator wanted to change the BattRecon Target Current (Peak Amps) to 225 from the illustrated 140 value, they would simply use the up arrow to scroll up to the 225 number, then click on the green save button at the bottom of the page.
Once the Manual Mode Parameters have been saved, the operator may simply connect the battery to the machine, click on the desire Manual Mode function, then click SENDon the drop down tab and the machine starts to perform the desired function. Once completed, the system stops and waits for an additional Manual Mode Command, or an Auto Sequence Command.
The BattRecon Manual/Auto Sequence Functional Mode Selections:
The BattRecon Load Discharge Tester: is an internal device that simplifies battery discharge testing by using only one transistor, 7 specially designed load bank resistors, the system processor and the Cloud Software. This simple - low cost design, is lightweight, portable, easy to repair and fully cloud compatible. It is so unique that the design was recently awarded a US Patent! The system performs an impedance test upon the battery and cables, which is displayed on the machine LDC display, in the Cloud display and in the exported data.
The BattRecon De-Sulfation Mode: applies the patented Eco-Pulse electronic process to the battery. The recommended time duration of Eco-Pulse on most batteries is 5 minutes. The recommended Pulse Peak Amps will vary between battery types and operating conditions. The system is internal and the operator may vary the parameters as necessary to maximize the battery's performance.
Charger By-Pass Mode: The use of your (external) charger is often preferable, yet the BattRecon System needs to monitor the battery and battery charger metrics in order to control the sequence. In order to do that, BattRecon Systems allow the connection between the battery and the external battery charger to "pass through" the BattRecon Machines using an aircraft quality, high current, Charger By-Pass Contactor.
To use the Charger By-Pass Mode, the operator connects the battery charger to a special port on the Battrecon Machine. From then onwards, the battery is connected to an opposing port on the BattRecon machine for re-charging. When the BattRecon Cloud commands a Charger By-Pass Mode action, the Charger By-Pass Contactor closes connecting the external charger to the battery. The external charger may then use it's internal charging profile to charge the battery. When the battery voltage (VPC) metric is achieved, then the BattRecon Cloud will command the interruption of the Charger By-pass Contactor to the open position, terminating the charge.
The Battrecon Internal Charger: uses the Patent Pending BattRecon Charge Power Supply, which is defined as a Multiphased Flyback Power Supply, simply put, an advanced switchmode power supply with stackable and incremental power output characteristics. This power supply was initially designed to reduce electrical "flyback" characterizes of applying high current pulse signals to a battery. As the current from the BattRecon power supply is stopped relative to the current flow into the battery, an instantaneous reverse current (Flyback) is created. This flyback is normally captured and dissipated as heat in other brands of chargers/de-sulfation systems. BattRecon however, captures this flyback and re-cycles it back to the battery greatly increasing the efficiency of the charger.
Internal Auto Sequence Mode: is a firmware managed sequence that consists of a Charge - BattRecon De-Sulfation Process - Load Test. When this button is pressed in Manual Mode, or selected in Auto Sequence Mode, then those three firmware fixed sequences are applied to the battery using the Manual Mode Parameters.
The Impedance Mode: is a function used on some BattRecon systems that do not typically use a Load Discharge Testor. This mode will use a special combination of electronics and software to perform an impedance test of the battery and interconnecting cables.
The Turn Banks Off Mode: allows one COMMAND to reconnect both Bank A and Bank B.
The Turn Bank A and Bank B On Modes are used to electrically isolate, Command and Control two separate battery banks. This function is normally used in Telecom/Cell Towers, UPS back systems, the Shipping Industry and other multi-bank battery industries.
The Stop Mode: is used to either provide a "Hard Stop" to the end of an Auto Sequence, or more likely, to place a pause between functions for s certain period of time.
The BattRecon Cloud Based Battery Servicing Systems:
MANUAL MODE OPERATION
US Patent 9,166,435 B2