I am starting from scratch and have been researching this off and on for the past 3 years, I'm a carpenter by trade and electronic/electrical/computer info. seems like it needs to be pounded into my head in small increments. The lithium online "self-study" program is made very difficult and frustrating by all of the conflicting "facts" that are found.
My system will be 12 volts and will consist of 20 Fortune Brand 100Ah 3.2V 6C aluminum cased cells controlled by the ElectroDacus SBMSO. (ElectroDacus is currently on order) I plan to parallel the batteries in groups of 5 and then put those groups in series to make 12 volts.
It will have two charging sources, a Sterling BB1260 battery to battery charger and a Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 Inverter Charger. I may add some solar later.
The main reason for the battery bank is to run a Dometic Cool Air RTX 2000 12V roof top air conditioner that is rated at 6824 BTU.
I WLL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS AS I FINISH WORKING THROUGH THIS BUT FOR NOW I HAVE TWO:
(1) I already have 8 of the Fortune batteries that I bought almost 2 years ago and am getting ready to buy the other 12. The 8 batteries have not been used yet and are stored in my basement, I check the voltage every month or two and it has remained very constant. The voltage is 3.33V and is the same as when The Electric Car Parts Co. shipped these to me in June 2019.
Will the SBMSO be sufficient for balancing this battery bank?
If not is it possible to use another balancer with the ElectroDacus?
Carl at ECPC thinks that I will need one. Two years ago before I found your BMS he sold me a simple BMS and "Deligreen Active Battery Equalizer" and he thinks that I still need the balancer especially because of the age differences in my cells.
I'm already aware that I will have to hook my cells together and let them balance before I assemble my bank.
(2) I believe that both my Sterling Battery to Battery Charger and my Xantrex Inverter Charger are both already designed so they can be controlled by the EXT IO4 port for charging and the inverter portion can be controlled by the EXT IO3. Am I correct?
Thank you for your time!