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Remote upgrade

Reprogramming a Lithiumate™ Pro BMS through remote access

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NOTE: There may be a $50 charge per unit for this service: see the options table

back to topPreparation at your end

A BMS controller may be reprogrammed:

  • At the factory: contact us for a RMA (return authorization).
  • At your location: follow the instructions below
Note the revisions anchor
  • Note the revision of the hardware (this is the first letter of the serial number, which is written on the body of the RS 232 connector), because it determines which programming adapter you need, and which software type we use
    Serial number
  • Note the revision of the software
    • Use the RS232 port and a terminal emulator application, such as HyperTerminal or PuTTY
    • Press "H" and "1"
    • Note the software rev
    • (For your reference: list of all the software revisions)
Make a programmer adapter anchor

Materials:

  • 0.1" pitch pin strip, 0.26" on each end, breakable: Digikey

Construction:

  • Break off a group of 6 pins
  • Clip one of the pins off, just on one side
Programmer adapter diagram Programmer adapter
Programmer adapter

For your reference, the pin out is:

  1. Vpp (this is the pin closest to the white Control connector)
  2. Vdd (5 V)
  3. Vss (Gnd)
  4. PDAT (data)
  5. PCLK (clock)
Set-up the programmer anchor
  • Get a PICKit II programmer (Don't get a PicKit III: it is still too buggy, and we haven't been able to make it work.)
  • Install the PICKit II software on your Windows computer, either from the CD that comes with the programmer, or download the software
  • On the computer that you use for configuring the BMS controller (must have internet access), install the PICkit II programmer software from the disk or from the MicroChip site
  • Get ready to reprogram the BMS controller
    • Connect the PICkit II programmer to a USB port on the computer
      • (Do not go through a hub: we have seen cases where a hub results in a failure to program)
    • Connect the PICkit II programmer to the BMS controller's PGM port, using the programming adapter
    • No need to power the BMS controller to programm it; however, it needs to be powered to let the terminal application to talk to it
    • Run the PICkit II programmer software
    • Check that it says "Device: PIC18F4680"
      PICkit II connected
Programmer adapter installed
Programmer adapter
Set-up the terminal application anchor

Before we reprogram your controller, we want to make sure it is talking to the terminal application

  • Connect the RS232 of the BMS controller to the same computer that will be used for the reprogramming and remote access
  • Use PuTTY or some other terminal application to talk to the BMS controller
Terminal application
Terminal application screen
Download the Lithiumate Pro GUI application anchor

If going to rev 2.xx, please download and install the Lithiumate Pro GUI application.

Set-up remote access anchor

Follow the instructions in the remote access page.

Prepare to contact us anchor

Help us use our time more effectlively: please do not contact us until you are ready, by making sure each item in this checklist is ready.

Check each check box below as you complete a step, and only call after they are all checked.

Be prepared to tell us:

  • The number of units to be reprogrammed
  • The current software revision level of each unit to be reprogrammed
  • The new software revision level desired
  • The hardware serial number level of each unit to be reprogrammed
  • The Credit Card information (if there is a $ 50 charge)

Be ready with:

  • The terminal application already talking to the BMS controller
  • The programmer already seeing to the BMS controller ("Device: PIC18F4680")
  • The remote application already running
  • The GUI application already installed (if going to rev 2.xx)

If you are completely ready, we'll be able to reprogram your BMS controller in less than 5 minutes!

back to topReprogramming
Contact us anchor

Please, contact us only after you are ready will everything listed above.

  • Contact us by phone or Skype, or, less preferably, by email
  • Tell us:
    • Your Remote Access ID
    • How many controllers you want to reprogram
    • The software rev in your controller(s)
    • The hardware rev of your controller(s)
    • If there is a $ 50 charge, please tell us your Credit Card information
  • When prompted by Ammyy, click "Accept"
  • If we're not talking by phone or Skype, we'll open a Notepad document and use it to do instant messaging with you
Our job anchor

We'll do the rest through remote access.

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