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Lithiumate Pro Graphics User Interface

The Lithiumate GUI (Graphics User Interface) application runs on a Windows or Linux computer
and allows you to configure, monitor and test a Lithiumate BMS
running software revision 2.00 or higher.

back to topRequirements
back to topWindows Installation

Note: do not confuse the installer and the installed application:

  • The installer is called "LithiumateProGUI.application" and will be in your download folder; you can delete it after you're done with it
  • The installed application is called "LithiumateProGUI" and will be in Start menu / All programs / Elithion / Lithiumate GUI

(Sorry about the complexity, but this is a Microsoft .NET thing, and we have no control over it.)

Note: the computer that you will be using to talk to the Lithiumate requres Internet access only when installing the application; afterward, Internet access is desirable (to get updates) but not required

Application vs installer icons
  1. With Internet access, download the Windows Lithiumate GUI installer to the hard drive of a Windows PC
  2. With Internet access, run the installer ("LithiumateProGUI.application") to install the actual application ("LithiumateProGUI") on your computer
  3. Connect the computer to the Lithiumate BMS using an RS232 cable, or an RS232 to USB adapter
  4. Wait for Windows to install the driver for the USB device
  5. Power-up the BMS master
  6. Start the Lithiumate GUI application, "LithiumateProGUI", installed on your computer (NOT the "LithiumateProGUI.application" installer)
No Internet access anchor

Since you're reading this, you do have Internet access, but maybe the computer you'll use to run the GUI doesn't have Internet access.
If so, you can use a USB drive to transfer the GUI from this computer to the other one.

  1. On a computer that does have Internet access, plug in a flash drive into a USB port
  2. Go to the Download page in Elithion's server
  3. Download the LithiumateProGUI.application file to the flash drive
  4. Create a folder in the flash drive called Application Files and open it
  5. Click the "Application Files" link in the download page to go to the Application Files page
  6. Download the latest LithiumateProGUI_1_0_0_##. file (the one with the highest number) into the Application Files folder in the flash drive
  7. Unplug the flash drive from the USB port
  8. Plug in the flash drive into a USB port of the computer that will run the GUI
  9. Open the LithiumateProGUI.application file in the flash drive
  10. Install the GUI application in that computer
back to topLinux Installation
NOT FOR RASPBERRY PI
  1. Preliminary requirements: You will need root privileges on the computer to enable access to the (USB) serial communications device and to install library dependencies. The Lithiumate GUI has been tested with success on x86 and x86_64 Debian Wheezy and Ubuntu 14.14 LTS, as well as 32 bit ARM Debian Wheezy. Also, Mono, a .NET runtime for Linux, is needed.
  2. Install the necessary dependencies in the terminal with the command
    sudo apt-get install mono-devel libmono-2.0-1.
    If those specific packages are not available for your system, get Mono from the Mono Project's Linux installation page.
  3. Download the Linux binary for the GUI.
  4. Open a terminal and change to the directory containing the download.
  5. Extract the archive:
    $ tar zxvf LithiumateProGUI.tar.gz
  6. This should produce a .exe file. If that succeeds, try running it (from terminal):
    $ ./LithiumateProGUI.exe
  7. You may keep the output executable anywhere you desire; there is no requirement to install it system-wide.
  8. Running: Connect the computer to the Lithiumate BMS using an RS232 cable, or an RS232 to USB adapter.
  9. Identify the devfs file Linux has registered for your cable. Typically it is
    /dev/ttyUSB0
    —you can find out by issuing the command
    dmesg|tail
    after inserting the cable. In the output you will see a line like
    [ 3337.343040] usb 1-1: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0
    which identifies ttyUSB0 as the device.
  10. Give yourself permissions to read and write to the cable device by running
    sudo chmod 0777 /dev/ttyUSB0
    for the device file before starting the GUI application. Note that permissions need to be granted with every insertion of the cable.
  11. Power-up the BMS master.
  12. Start the Lithiumate GUI application. It should identify and connect to the the serial cable device in seconds. The status line at the top of the application will show the status of search for the device.
  13. Depending on the Linux distribution and libmono library versions, the application may run in a graphically degraded state, but should function correctly otherwise.
back to topGeneral

NOTE: When using the GUI application, to see detailed information on a given item, hover over that item.

Map of the user interface anchor

The application offers:

Map of the GUI application
Screen tabs anchor

The application offers:

The application offers many tabbed screens:

Screens in  the GUI application
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back to topScreen
Meters screen anchor

This screen reports the basic status of the BMS through 3 analog meters, a digital meter and 6 indicators, in very simple terms, in order not to overwhelm the unsophisticated user.

  • Meters
    • Battery SOC
    • Battery current
    • Battery voltage
    • kWh readout
  • Indicators
    • AC power
    • Ignition power
    • Charging OK
    • Discharging OK
    • Warning
    • Fault
Meters screen
Status screen anchor

This screen displays the entire present status of the BMS.

The status items are grouped into:

  • BMS: state of the BMS itself: power, time, current sensors, outputs
  • PACK: state of the pack: SOC, voltage, current
  • CELLS: state of banks and cells: voltages, temperatures, resisatnces, balance, communication
Graph screen anchor

This screen graphs the status of the BMS.

  • Plot of certain parameters over time
  • Histogram of the present value of certain parameters

The parameters are shown are selectable.

Configure screens anchor

There are 10 screens under the Configuration tab and they are:

  • Basic - This screen has buttons for cell chemistry and a box to enter the cell amp hour rating
  • Cell-V - This screen is for entering the information for SOC VS Voltage
  • Cell-R - This screen is for entering the information for Cell Resistance VS SOC and Cell Resistance VS Temperature
  • Battery - This screen is for entering the capacity of the battery and if there are strings in parallel
  • Measure - This screen has the following:
    • Button for Relearn - to have the BMS relearn how many cell boards there are
    • Cell Board indicators for total cell boards
    • Cell boards/bank - lists the number of cell boards configured and number of cell boards seen
    • Current Sensors - This is used to set-up both the Source and Load current sensors
    • Selector for pack voltage to come from the HVFE if the HVFE is present
    • Measurement section - to select if IR compensation is to be used, to set the averaging time constant and the measurement period.
  • Protect - This screen is for entering the protection limits for the cells and battery as well as the Fault values.
  • Balance - This screen is for setting the parameters for balancing of the pack
  • Evaluate - This screen is for the following:
    • SOC estimate - to select to not use the SOC points on the Cell-V screen and to set the minimum current level
    • Capacity - to select to calculate the capacity and the minimum cell voltage for the capacity calculation
    • SOH estimate - set the minimum %SOH below which the BMS issues a warning
    • Isolation Test - various settings for the isolation test
  • Control - This screen has settings for the digital inputs, digital outputs, analog outputs and the contactors
  • Communicate - This screen has settings for the parameters for the CAN and RS232 communications
BMS test screens anchor

There are three screens under the test tab.

They are:

  • BMS test
    • Digital outputs - force on or off
    • Analog outputs - set values
    • Indicators for various values in the BMS
  • Terminal - Classic text based interface with the BMS
  • CAN bus - For using the PEAK PCAN dongle with the BMS

After done forcing the outputs, click the "Restore automatic control" button, else the battery is not protected.

New screen anchor

This screen displays the history of the changes with the GUI and the BMS.

The screen is divided into:

  • New features of this GUI
  • New features of the BMS
  • Tips

back to topMenus
File anchor

The "File" menu lets you:

  • Configuration: read or write the configuration settings, from and to the BMS and from and to the computer's hard drive
  • Capture: log BMS data to a file
  • Quit
File menu
View anchor

The "View" menu lets you select a screen,

View menu
Tools anchor

The "Tools" menu lets you:

  • Set or enter a password
  • Upgrade the BMS master's software
  • Reset the BMS master
  • Reset the comm port
  • Clear a fault
  • Reset the plot
Tools menu
Options anchor

The "Options" menu lets you:

  • Set which temperature is shown: cells or cell boards
  • Set the way the cells are numbered
  • Set the meter ranges
  • Set the trip meter mode
  • Set the way middle meter to either current or power
  • Set the BMS to hold the peak values
  • Set the histogram to sorted
Options menu
Help anchor

The "Help" menu lets you:

  • Go to this manual
  • Contact tech support
  • See info about the GUI application
Help menu
back to topInfo items

At the top of the window, the GUI gives additional information

  • An alert line, to warn if the battery is not protected
  • An information line about the BMS master and the COM port
  • A flag that blinks during communication to the BMS master
back to topSoftware upgrade
  • GUI application: If there are new revisions of the GUI software, it will automatically ask you permission to upgrade when you first start it, as long as the computer has an internet connection.
  • BMS master software:
    • Software revision 2.xx: upgrade instructions
    • Software revision 1.xx: contact us for upgrade options and costs
  • BMS master software, software revision 1.xx: contact us for upgrade options and costs
back to topLogging

You can capture the data into a log that can be opened by a spreadsheet program such as Excel.

  1. Select the File / Capture / File menu
  2. Enter a file name and browse for a locations
  3. When ready, click File / Capture / Start
  4. When done, click File / Capture / Start
  5. Find the CSV file in your hard drive and open it
  6. When prompted, specify that the delimiters is the tab character (and only the tab character)
Setting up the spreadsheet
Click picture to enlarge

CSV file set-up in OpenOffice Calc

The data are:

  • Time - Time since the BMS was powered [hhh:mm:ss]
  • Achg - Current seen by the 30 A charger current sensor [A]
  • Alod - Current seen by the 900 A load current sensor [A]
  • Apack - Net battery current (total of the two values above) [A]
  • Vpack - Pack voltage
  • SOC - State Of Charge [%]
  • DOD - Depth Of Discharge [Ah]
  • Loads - Number of balancing loads on [-]
  • BalVtg - Cell voltage below which no balancing will occur [V]
  • BalCause - Code for the reason why balancing is or is not occurring
    • 0: Cell board too hot
    • 1: Voltages all within delta balance voltage
    • 2: Voltages below min balance voltage
    • 3: Cool down period
    • 4: Not powered by the AC
  • IoState - State of the inputs; left to right, "1" means:
    • the Fan is on
    • the LLIM is set
    • the HLIM is set
    • there is a CAN contactor request
    • there is a hard wire contactor request
    • the interlock is tripped
    • there is power from the Ignition
    • there is power from the AC line
  • Flags (ExtFlags) - left to right, "1" means:
    • (not used)
    • (not used)
    • (reserved: HvVtgAbs)
    • (reserved: RelayFlt)
    • (reserved: DigOvrRd)
    • (reserved: AnlOvrRd)
    • (reserved: EeChange)
    • (reserved: LoggedIn)
  • BankStat0 - Code indicating the state of bank 0 (Elithion IP)
  • BankStat1 - Same, but for bank 1
  • BankStat2 - Same, but for bank2
  • BankStat3 - Same, but for bank3
  • BankStat4 - Same, but for bank4
  • BankStat5 - Same, but for bank5
  • BankStat6 - Same, but for bank6
  • BankStat7 - Same, but for bank7
  • BankStat8 - Same, but for bank8
  • BankStat9 - Same, but for bank9
  • BankStat10 - Same, but for bank 10
  • BankStat11 - Same, but for bank 11
  • BankStat12 - Same, but for bank 12
  • BankStat13 - Same, but for bank 13
  • BankStat14 - Same, but for bank 14
  • BankStat15 - Same, but for bank 15
  • CCL - Charge Current Limit [%]; 100 % = no limit
  • CCLcause - Code for why the CCL is limited:
    • 0: No limit
    • 1: Pack voltage too low
    • 2: Pack voltage high
    • 3: Cell voltage low
    • 4: Cell voltage high
    • 5: Temperature high for charging
    • 6: Temperature too low for charging
    • 7: Temperature high for discharging
    • 8: Temperature too low for discharging
    • 9: Charging current peak lasted too long
    • 10 = A: Discharging current peak lasted too long
    • 11 = B: Power up delay (Charge testing)
    • 12 = C: Fault
    • 13 = D: Contactors are off
  • DCL - Discharge Current Limit [%]; 100 % = no limit
  • DCLcause - Code for why the DCL is limited. See CCLcause table, above
  • WarnFlags - Flags indicating a warning; left to right, "1" means:
    • Isolation fault
    • SOH is low
    • hot temperature
    • cold temperature
    • over discharge current
    • over charge current
    • high voltage
    • low voltage
  • FltFlags - Flags indicating a fault; left to right, "1" means:
    • over voltage
    • under voltage
    • over temperature
    • discharge overcurrent
    • charge overcurrent
    • communication fault with a bank or cell
    • interlock is tripped
    • driving off while plugged in
  • MissBanks - Number of banks that are not communicating
  • MissBank - The number of one of the banks that is not communicating
  • MissCells - Number of cells that are not communicating
  • MissCell - The number of one of the cells that is not communicating: 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Vmin - Instantaneous voltage of the cell with the lowest voltage [V]
  • VminNo - Number of the cell with the lowest voltage [-]; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • VminAvg - Time average of the IR compensated minimum voltage [V]
  • Vavg - Instantaneous average of all the cell voltages (not time averaged) [V]
  • Vmax - Instantaneous voltage of the cell with the highest voltage [V]
  • VmaxNo - Number of the cell with the highest voltage [-]; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • VmaxAvg - Time average of the IR compensated maximum voltage [V]
  • Tmin - Mininum cell board temperature [°C]
  • TminNo - Number of the coldest cell board; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Tavg - Average cell board temperature (not time averaged) [°C]
  • Tmax - Maximum cell board temperature [°C]
  • TmaxNo - Number of the hottest cell board; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Rmin - Resistance of the cell with the lowest resistance [mΩ]
  • RminNo - Number of the cell with the lowest resistance [-]; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Ravg - Average cell resistance (not time averaged) [mΩ]
  • Rmax - Resistance of the cell with the highest resistance [mΩ]
  • RmaxNo - Number of the cell with the highest resistance [-]; 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Rpack - Pack total resistance [mΩ]
  • Nmonit - Number of the cell being monitored at the time (selected through the GUI, in the Status screen); 0 = most positive, 1 = next to the most positive, etc.
  • Vmonit - Voltage of the cell being monitored at the time [V]
  • Tmonit - Temperature of the cell being monitored at the time [°C]
  • TmonitOff - Temperature of the cell being monitored at the time, the last time the balancing load was off [°C]
  • Rmonit - Resistance of the cell being monitored at the time [mΩ]
  • Smonit - Code for the state of the cell being monitored at the time (Elithion IP)
  • Cell 0 - Data for cell 0 (the most positive cell), depending which item was selected in the histogram in the GUI application at the time: voltage [V] or temperature [°C], or resistance [mΩ]
  • Cell 1 - Same, but for cell 1
  • Cell 2 - Same, but for cell 2
  • ...
  • Cell n - Same, but for cell n, the last cell used
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