Charge Management for Smart and Standard Batteries
At Eurosatory in Paris on 11 June Lincad unveiled the ARMADA six-channel battery conditioner, designed for state of charge (SoC) management of lithium-ion and other battery types.
With the ability to easily manage lithium-ion batteries to be at less than 30% SoC, it provides the solution for users preparing batteries for air transport in line with IATA regulations. Its six completely independent channels carry out the automatic charging and discharging of batteries through battery interface adaptors, using locking military-standard circular connectors. The ARMADA is compatible with IrDA and SMBus smart batteries as well as those with no communications interface.
Rugged and versatile enough to operate in a demanding military environment, the ARMADA is powered from a universal AC mains supply and can be mounted either on a bench or a 19in rack.
In order to provide a high degree of future proofing, the ARMADA is designed to accept field software upgrades from a laptop, PC or mobile app. Charge and discharge functions are controlled by the system software and are largely automatic once initiated by the user through a simple push-button interface. LED displays provide detailed status indication during operation.
“The ARMADA is the latest in a long line of innovative products developed by Lincad and promises to deliver significant logistical and operational benefits to anyone involved in the transport of lithium-ion and other batteries. The use of an ARMADA system prior to departure and on arrival at the final destination provides the solution for battery transport and management,” commented Lincad’s Joint Managing Director, Peter Slade.