Nov 04, 2005, 04:43 AM Registered User St. Croix, US Virgin Islands Joined Oct 2003 567 Posts Lipo cell internal resistance Well, I am happy to say that this is the one area in RC Groups that really makes my brain smoke! Could this be why I took college physics all those years ago??? Anyway, is there some way to calculate the internal resistance for packs from individual cells? There doesn't seem to be any data from TP, PQ etc. on the specs. of their packs, or cells for that matter. I was thinking about the internal resistance for use with the motor calc. programs like MotoCalc and Ecalc. Norm
 Nov 04, 2005, 05:38 AM Registered User Staffs, UK Joined Nov 2003 11,639 Posts For practical use you can just measure the voltage at a couple of different current loads and calculate the effective resistance from that e.g. if you have a pack which gives 11.5V at 5A and goes down to 11V at 10A the resistance is 11.5 - 11 / 10 - 5 = 0.5/5 = 0.1 ohms Since that will be a 3S lipo the resistance/cell will be 0.033 All the calc programs need is a value per cell to work out the reduction in voltage under a particular load. Steve
 Nov 04, 2005, 06:25 AM Space Coast USA Space Coast Joined Oct 2000 22,038 Posts More than you ever wanted to know about battery testing. http://www.mpoweruk.com/testing.htm
 Nov 05, 2005, 12:31 AM Permanently Banned Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Joined Sep 2003 8,434 Posts http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=39 Some published specs for Kokams. I did some Ir testing a while back and consistantly came up with numbers higher than I expected. The Ir also varies depending on the load your applying. So testing at very lite loads gives different readings from testing at heavy loads. State of charge is a factor also as well as temps. Its a moving target. Larry
 Nov 05, 2005, 12:33 AM Permanently Banned Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Joined Sep 2003 8,434 Posts Oh yea - do a Google search on "measure battery internal resistance" you will get dozens of pages. Larry
 Nov 05, 2005, 03:51 AM We want... Information! Hastings, New Zealand Joined Jan 2001 5,217 Posts For Motocalc I simply take cell voltage at the mid-point of the discharge curve, subtract it from the nominal cell voltage, and divide by the discharge current to get internal resistance. In reality resistance is somewhat non-linear, reducing as current increases. However, if the measurement is taken at a high current draw (ie. close to the cell's maximum continuous rating) error is minimised for most applications. Of more concern is that internal resistance is highly temperature dependent. Since Motocalc does not simulate this, the only way to account for it is to have separate entries for different temperatures. I get measurements from manufacturers' graphs (if available) or independant tests. One site that has a lot of useful discharge graphs is Elektromodellflug.
 Nov 06, 2005, 09:03 AM Registered User San Diego Lindberg, California, United States Joined Jan 2002 1,295 Posts do a search with the phrase battery impedance I a different Ezone thread, there was a construction article on a dynamic battery impedance tester, originally from EDN magazine. I just finished mine last week. I have yet to start cataloging me cells. I modified the circuit so I could test both a A and 10 Amp pulses Seems to give reasonable results EP
 Nov 06, 2005, 12:55 PM Registered User United States Joined Nov 2003 1,700 Posts That brought up a few hundred hits, how about a direct link? TIA Jim
 Nov 07, 2005, 10:58 AM Registered User San Diego Lindberg, California, United States Joined Jan 2002 1,295 Posts here's the link http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ery+impedance+ I think that there is a simple error in the schematic. I had to wire the op amp as a unit gain to make it work. EP
 Nov 13, 2005, 09:01 AM Registered User San Diego Lindberg, California, United States Joined Jan 2002 1,295 Posts huh, everyone's wrists broke ? update: I had a large pile of poorly performing LiIon packs. I disassembled about 5 packs. Due to the PTC's low current limit in the LiIon cells, I have to use them at about 2C, so the packs are big. 3S4P of US18650 sized cells. I found that the good cells are around 0.13ohms, where as the trashed cells are anywhere up to about 0.3ohms. When cold the PTC's could be around 0.02~0.04 ohms or so, when I pulse the current at 1 amp, I should not see the impedance rise too much due to the PTC. However when I use the 10 amp pulsing, I can see the measured impedance rise within a couple seconds. The duty cycle of the pulsing is 50%. Now I have to rebuild the packs using just the good cells. EP PS technical comment. Don't worry about getting a low impedance fet. The op-amp control in the schematic doesn't take advantage of it, all the power drained out of the cell under test is just turned to heat. I used a surplus CPU heatsink for the FET's (2 of them) I also heatsunk the schottkey reverse voltage protection diode.
 May 27, 2014, 12:50 PM Registered User Joined Apr 2013 15 Posts I found this thread whilst searching for advice on measuring battery IR. I also found this site (http://batteryuniversity.com/) and have found it to be an invaluable resource for just about anything you wish to know about batteries so I am posting it for others who happen upon this thread :0)
 May 27, 2014, 12:59 PM Suspended Account Joined Aug 2012 519 Posts OHM's Law.. I E R .. build a known load get a watt meter and do the calculations yourself from one cell to how ever many you need just build it to handle whatever voltage you put in it..all known IR meters on the market to test IR in lipos say They do a estimate value not a true value.. what I described is a true value way to find out.. and dividing the total ohms by cell count dont tell you anything One cell could have 90% of the ohms you are reading MY WAY will test and your math can figure out True OHMs.. No guess work or estimated values..Yes the Truth hurts so .LOL
 May 28, 2014, 09:01 AM Registered User United States, CA, Garden Grove Joined Oct 2000 12,973 Posts "Alls I know" is that cell IR values go up with pack use/abuse. When a pack is near it's end of full useful life, values will be up and quite uneven per cell.
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 Originally Posted by E-Challenged "Alls I know" is that cell IR values go up with pack use/abuse. When a pack is near it's end of full useful life, values will be up and quite uneven per cell.
Is there a tester available or chargers that can accurately test this?

bob
Jun 15, 2014, 01:22 PM
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 Originally Posted by steelgtr Is there a tester available or chargers that can accurately test this? bob
Most mid-high end chargers have an IR measurement feature. iChargers and Powerlabs do for sure. There is also the Wayne Giles dedicated ir meter if you really want a dedicated device.