Accessories: High Power Solutions
As the demand on batteries grow, manufactuers are responding by
building battery packs with increasing higher voltages and more capacity.
Portable drills now come with 30V batteries, both NiCD and lithium ion.
The latest UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), such as the Raven RQ-11 are battery powered.
The UBA5's capability can be extended in both current, power and voltage to handle these larger batteries.
We sell UBA5s with their voltage range extended to handle higher voltage batteries.
See our UBA5-30V and UBA5-60V.
The easiest method increase the current and power handling capability of the UBA is to
simply parallel the two channels on the UBA5. This doubles the UBA5s capability.
In the photo below a
channel combiner adapter is used to
parallel both UBA5 channels allowing a discharge rate of 6A. This test is more demanding of the battery
and will give more accurate results.
For even more current and power you can combine the channels of more then one UBA5.
In the photo below we connected four UBA5s together in order to to give us a discharge ability of 24A with a 360W
limit and 16A of charge current. We used that capability to test a 2.3Ah 19.4V battery at 8C. We could
have gone to 10C discharge by adding a bit of series resistance (longer wire).
Of course purchasing multiple UBA5s isn't very cost effective
(see our HCLM or
PEII for more cost effective solutions),
but it's nice to know that if you already have the UBA5s, you can combine them for higher currents and power.
Channel Combiner Adapter
The Channel Combiner Adapter combines two UBA5 battery inputs allowing
parallel channel charging and discharging which doubles the available
current. If you have more than one UBA5 you can use multiple channel
combiners for even higher currents.
Power Extender II - Increases your UBA's power by up to three times!
The Power Extender increases the discharge power limit of your UBA.
It is mainly designed for the higher voltage UBA5s
(UBA5-30V and the UBA5-60V) where the 45W per channel power limit
is more of a limiting factor then the 3A current limit.
The Power Extender consists of an adjustable resistor that can extend the power handling
capability of the UBA5 by up to 90W per channel (effectively tripling the power limit of the UBA5). Not as illustrated. No stock.
||Price $199 CAD
(Not stocked, custom order only.)
|With a relay box, your UBA5 can control an external circuit.
You can commands to open or close the relay into the battery analysis program.
For example, you can have the relay close the contacts to initiate a battery discharge
and have it open the contacts when the battery reaches the cut off voltage.
Or use the UBA5 internal load and have the relay control a temperature chamber.
The relay modules are not a stocked item, but are made on a custom basis.
We can make them with any number of contacts (but one or two are the most common).
They can come with contacts of up to 50A and 240VAC.
The diagram below shows either a relay module controlling an external load.
50A High Current Load Module (HCLM rev3)
The High Current Load Module allows discharging a battery at up to 50 Amperes and 60V.
It works in conjunction with a load that you supply and a UBA5.
Under control of the UBA it electronically connects and disconnects the load and measures and records the load current.
For the load, you can use automotive lamps, power resistors or an active load.
With the HLCM you can determine the capabilities of your battery under heavy load.
- HCLM module
You need only supply your own load.
Note, you can't use the HLCM at the same time as the standard temperature probe set, as they both use the same port.
The HCLM comes with an accessory port that needs to be installed on your UBA.
If you order a UBA5 with your HCLM then the accessory port will be pre-installed, otherwise you can install it yourself.
The photo below shows the HCLM as we're currently selling it.
We have a limited number of HCLMs and have been too busy selling UBA5s to source an enclosure for them.
You can use it as shown, find your own enclosure, or wait until later this year when we'll have something (with an increase in price).
||Price $709 CAD