WatchmonPlus WM5 Design Considerations

1.  Bypass Heatsink Airflow

A WM5 supervisor will handle 8-10W with no fan in an open space. Overclock, by using a fan, can improve this to continuously to handle 16W (alternating 2W cells in bypass). It is best to place the supervisor in the path of the airflow of the battery box with the typical twin computer fan inlet (with filter) at the bottom and outlet at the top with the supervisor heat sink in that path. It does not need much airflow.

2.  Safe Battery Wiring Practices

Ensure all cables are attached to the battery, with fuses, as close to the supply (battery cell) as possible. 

3. Supervisor Power Consumption 

  • Should be wired through the shunt so that this current is measured.
  • With WiFi enabled this consumes ~2W which for a 48v battery is ~1 Ah/day.

4. Temperature Sensors 

  • Ideally, locate across the pack to give an indication of their status.
  • Example 15S configuration has the NTC1 sensor linked to cells 1-5, with NTC2 = 6-10 and NTC3 cell 11-15.
  • Ensure that the sensor wire and bulb does not risk being short circuited to any of the battery packs.

5. Output Controls

  • Outputs capable of handling a maximum of 3A resistive load.
  • Use external SSR or relays for currents more than 3A .
  • Inductive loads like contactors, fans, dc-dc converters have large inrush currents that operating at several multiples of their operating rating for short period.

6.Wiring Terminations

  • Always remove the plugable terminals to the BMS before making any changes to batteries.
  • Use bootlace on all cables to maintain a good connection to the screw terminal.
  • Layout so that each cable, when unplugged, will stay in position to allow re-attachment without being placed into the wrong socket.
  • Make sure that the terminal plugs are secured and held to the supervisor so they cannot be unplugged if there is any vibration.

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