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Part Number: BQ2970
I am testing a recently designed Lithium Ion Battery Pack Board with BQ24296 Charger, BQ27542 Fuel Gauge and BQ29701 protection IC.
In board/schematic ALL grounds are connected to CELL-.
In some of the boards , when I power up first time, voltage across Pack+, Pack- is zero (circuit is open) though have a fully charged battery. Once I short protection IC Mosfets momentarily , get voltages at Pack+, Pack- and it works normally afterwards. Protection IC works fine later and trips of OCD, UVV etc.
I hope this is not an expected behavior. Please suggest what could be wrong and how to take care of it.
Part of schematic is below. Would be great if you can review the schematic too. Will directly mail you.
Thanks for reaching out. I have a few questions about your setup. When you first power on the device and PACK+ and PACK- are an open circuit, what is the status of the rest of the pins? I just want to make sure the device is not triggering some sort of fault. Specifically, can you check to make sure:
Once you have verified that the device is not in any fault mode, I would like you to try shorting the V- pin to the VSS pin. On page 17 in our datasheet, we state that the circuit may not be enabled when the battery is first connected. Shorting these pins should fix this issue. Alternatively, you could also connect a charger to recover.
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In reply to Shawn Hinkle:
Thank you very much, Shawn for the quick answer.
Yes, Pack is in no fault state - Cell voltage is around 3.7V , within UV, OV trip levels and no load at P+ and P-
Shorting V- and VSS momentarily fixed the issue.
Sorry for posting a clarification which is already available in datasheet !!!
Since shorting V- and VSS is not practical in production, would like to try other recommendation - connecting charger between Pack+ and pack-. What should be the voltage and current limit for the charger . Is 5V/2A OK ?
Btw, will using a 100 nF cap across V- and VSS will help for this initial startup issue ?
Could you also comment on connecting all the 3 ICs (charger, Fuel Gauge, Protection IC) ground to a common point - Cell- ?. Is it OK ?. Can I mail you the schematic and get it reviewed. Will definitely be helpful since I will be releasing the board to production soon.
Also, would like to know when BQ29728 and BQ29731 be available in production. These devices' spec matches exactly with my requirements.
Thanks & Regards,
In reply to Anil Sudhakaran:
As long as the pins connected to PACK+ and PACK- (which are BAT and V- respectively) are still operating within the recommended range on the datasheet, it should be fine. I see that the the voltage for that pin has an absolute max of 12V, so a 5V charger should be okay.
I'm not sure if adding the cap will solve the issue, but I think it would be interesting to try. Let me know if you decide to do this and what the results are.
If you would like me to review your schematic privately, you can send me a friend request and a message.
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Connecting 5V power to Pack+ and Pack- momentarily worked. Thanks a lot for your help.
Connecting a 47 nF cap across the MOSFETS seems to work. Tested on one board. It worked. Will try on more boards.
Please accept my connect request so that I can send my full schematic to you for review.
I'm glad those actions worked! I have accepted your friend request so we can continue the schematic review over direct message.
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