newly commissioned Fortress eFlex 5.4 weirdness
MJSullivan56 Registered Users Posts: 42 ✭✭
I have recently commissioned a pair of Fortress eFlex 5.4 kWh batteries purchased from NAWS. Today for the first time I did a test of the new system by switching off the AC power to the inverter and letting the critical loads "run" off of the batteries only. After six hours all appears to be well with one exception: one of the batteries is showing 2 LED lights while the other is still showing 4 LEDs. The two batteries share a common pos and neg busbar (Victron Lynx). Both batteries are showing blinking "run" lights. Both are also connected via the communication cable and terminated on both ends. This behavior doesn't seem logical to me and I'm worried I might have a defective unit. Besides opening a ticket with the Fortress folks (who have yet to respond to my support request) any ideas?
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These batteries need to go through a "configuration" process--And if not, they may not connect to the battery bus?
Do you have a good volt meter you can measure the battery terminal voltages? And do you have an AC+DC Current Clamp DMM so you can see what current is flowing to/from the two batteries?
Have you contacted NAWS support yet? I do not work for them--Just help here running the forum (we are all volunteers here)--Many manufactures usually expect their distributors/retailers to provide first level customer support.
Only other thing to check (besides all connections clean and tight, no heating from poor connections or crimps) is that you wire the two batteries properly to ensure proper current sharing (equal wire resistance from chargers/loads to parallel batteries):
Battery voltage does vary with load/charging current--Although Lithium Ion batteries have much less voltage dependence vs current than Lead Acid.
One member here had to cycle his Li Ion batteries (different brand, I think) to get the BMS values to match up to "actual" State of Charge (BMS originally reported battery empty when only 1/2 AH capacity discharge).
Anyway... You might be the expert here--Especially after working with the support engineers.
I don't want to mislead you--I am not qualified to do much more than read the manuals.
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Min Cell Volt Num = 5 or 2
I would have guessed that both batteries should have the same "number" (5/2/whatever)? That would seem to be a non-trivial variance (not knowing what the heck it is).