Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are ION Energy’s battery management systems (BMS) compatible with battery packs of all lithium-ion chemistries?

Our battery management systems can be configured to support all leading chemistries of lithium-ion batteries in various form factors (prism, cylindrical, etc.) Currently, the BMS is compatible with the following battery chemistries:

  1. Lithium Cobalt Oxide(LiCoO2) — LCO
  2. Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4) — LMO
  3. Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2) — NMC
  4. Lithium Iron Phosphate(LiFePO4) — LFP
  5. Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (LiNiCoAlO2) — NCA
  6. Lithium Titanate (Li2TiO3) — LTO


Our BMS is not compatible with lead-acid or Ni-MH battery packs.

What battery voltage range is ION’s BMS compatible with?

Our battery management platform can manage battery packs of all ranges from low voltage to high voltage applications. We have three variants of our smart battery management system:

  1. FS-CT (Compact): Designed for low voltage battery systems from 7.5V to 42V. 
  2. FS-LT (Light): Designed for battery systems from 12V to 100V
  3. XT/Extended: Designed for high voltage battery systems from 13V to 900V.

You can find more information about our systems here

Does ION’s BMS support CAN protocol?

All of our battery management systems are built with CAN Bus 2.0 A&B interface for charger control and system interfacing. The BMS supports all baud rates ranging from 125 kbps to 1 Mbps. Both standard and extended CAN IDs are supported by the BMS.

Our CAN View desktop software suite allows two-way communication with the battery management systems for system configuration, real-time data visualization, authentication and data transfer to our battery intelligence platform, Altergo.

Does ION’s BMS log any data?

Yes, all our Battery Management Systems are equipped with on-board memory storage to log every data point of the battery pack collected by the BMS, upto 20 years of historical battery  data. Normally this would lead to an enormous amount of data, but we’ve developed compression algorithms tailored for battery data acquisition. The BMS records all physical parameters, events, errors relating to the performance of the battery pack. Our cloud-connected battery intelligence platform, Edison Analytics, allows engineers to access this data and gain insights into the life and performance of the battery.

I want to connect multiple batteries in parallel. Does ION's BMS provide for that?

Yes, we’ve specially designed and built paralleling algorithms to enable our BMS to support 

not just 2, 3 or 4 batteries but a total of 18 batteries connected in parallel!


Paralleling just 2 batteries together is a challenge for the BMS! This is because when two batteries of significantly different voltages are connected in parallel, a large amount of circulating current will flow between them in accordance with the difference in their voltages. This circulating current can damage the battery packs. Hence the BMS needs to ensure that batteries are allowed to be connected in parallel only when their voltages are similar.

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