We will have a look at the new BattGo Technology which could be useful for LiPo batteries safety. It will also help you keep track of the battery’s internal resistance, status and other info, and it tells the charger how they like to be handled.
Further Reading: How to choose LiPo batteries?
What is BattGo?
In a nutshell, BattGo is a battery management system developed by iSDT, basically like a blackbox for your battery.
When you connect the LiPo battery to a BattGo compatible charger or voltage checker, you will be able to access a lot of crucial information about that battery pack, including:
- Battery Brand
- Date of Manufacture
- Battery type and capacity
- Battery C Rating
- Cell voltage
- Remaining capacity
- Discharge cycle
- Error log about overheat, over-discharging and overcharging
This information is all stored inside the battery pack, as well as battery charging preferences and settings such as the charge current, and when to Auto-storage.
That’s right, BattGo batteries can automatically discharge themselves to storage voltage if they are left charged for too long (set by the user). Truly smart batterers.
In order to communicate this information between the charger and the battery, some extra hardware has to be added by the manufacturers.
All BattGo compatible batteries, chargers and other accessories are using the newer XT60i connectors. In the middle of the XT60i connector you will find an additional data pin, which connects to a third wire in addition to the positive and negative battery wires.
There is a memory chip and micro processor inside the battery that record data over time and communicate to the charger or computer via the XT60i connector.
There are also sensors built in to check voltage of each cell and temperature of the pack.
The whole circuit is located on top of the battery.
All the new iSDT chargers that are coming out will support this new technology and XT60 data connection, including the T8, T6 and T6 Lite.
Is this going to be the future?
Maybe yes, but I am not too optimistic.
The main hurdle is whether or not battery and charger manufacturers will adopt this technology. There are two reasons they might not want to do it:
- Extra cost to get the license to use this technology
- Extra cost to put the additional electronics in the battery and charger
Another downside is that BattGo battery is only supported by compatible chargers.
Of course, you can charge BattGo batteries with any charger, but if you want to use the BattGo features then you will need a BattGo charger.
Finally, it’s stil unclear how it’s going to work with parallel charging. There is currently no parallel boards that support BattGo as far as I know and I have a bad feeling about this due to the data connection.
BattGo Related Pages
There are currently very few batteries (only Charsoon) and chargers (only iSDT) that support this new technology, but it’s still very exciting what the future will bring us.