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NASA - Clipper BM-1/BM-2 battery monitor

Nasa

The BM-1 and BM-2 Nasa Battery Monitors are designed to monitor performance of 12 volt lead acid battery systems with capacities of up to 600 Amp hours. They are supplied complete with a precision 100 AMP (BM-1) or 200 AMP (BM-2) shunt and a prefabricated cable assembly to enable simple DIY installation. The units continuously monitor voltage, current (charge or discharge), number of amp/hours (charge or discharge), the batteries state of charge and the time to charge or discharge. This information leads to more efficient use of the batteries, which can enhance battery life and reduce the risk of failure.

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RRP:  £105.00
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Nasa Battery Monitor - How does it work?

The minimum information required to monitor the state of charge of a battery is the terminal voltage and the charge/discharge current. The Nasa Battery Monitor measures both these parameters and computes the state of charge using a complex, well proven algorithm.

A simple and intuitive display shows the service battery voltage, charge/discharge current, state of charge, and time to charge/discharge. The instrument also warns the user when the charge level is too low so that load can be shed or charging commenced to protect the battery. A resettable Amp Hour counter is provided for checking the efficiency of the charging system or keeping a track of power consumption and a second input lets the user monitor the voltage of the starter battery. The simple display format does not mean the internal software is unsophisticated. In fact, two separate algorithms are used; one based on integrating amp hours over the charge and discharge cycle, the second based on an adaptive internal mathematical battery model.

A unique feature of the Nasa Battery Monitors is their ability to use information from both algorithms, during the charge/discharge cycles, to continually update its performance. This means that, unlike many other systems that rely solely on amp hour integration, the NASA Marine Battery Monitor never needs to be re-synchronised with the battery. The algorithm includes Peukert's equation to ensure accuracy over a wide range of load currents.

The Battery Monitor does all this whist consuming a meagre 1.5 milliamps. It is a true battery monitor, easy to install and excellent value for money.

Some say that they can calculate the state of charge from the terminal voltage only but, as we all know, the terminal voltage falls when the battery is under load and rises when under charge. This fall and rise can be quite substantial, especially when a heavy current is flowing, so how can the terminal voltage be used to calculate anything without knowledge of the magnitude of the current involved?

Specifications BM-1 BM-2
Supply Voltage 8 - 16 Volts DC
Supply current 1.5 milliamps
Battery capacities 5 - 600 AMP Hour
Load current 100 AMPS Maximum 199 AMPS Maximum
Charge current 100 AMPS Maximum 199 AMPS Maximum
Shunt Standard 50 millivolt @ 100 AMP Standard 50 millivolt @ 200 AMP
Cables supplied:

100 AMP shunt (BM-1) or 200 AMP shunt (BM-2) link to M8 Ring terminal.

5 Metre from display unit to battery - fused and fitted with ring terminals for shunt, fuse holder and M8 ring terminal to battery.

Display unit
  • Standard 110mm square Clipper case. High contrast LCD, backlit for night viewing.

  • Minimum voltage visual alarm

  • Simple operation - 4 keys to select backlight, Volt/Amp/State of Charge screen, AMP hours or Time to run.

 

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