BMS vs PCM

Lithium cells are all requiring a safety circuit in order to protect the cells from overload

Overloading lithium cells can in worst case lead to fire or explosion – please refer for further information on the mandatory UN38.3 transportregulation here.

Generallly Lithium cells must be protected from

Over discharge (discharging under minimum specified voltage – which compromises lifetime)

Over charge (too high charge voltage – which can compromise safety in the cell and lifetime)

Over temperature (too high cell temperature – causes reduced lifetime)

To protect the cells, a PCB, typically called a PCM or a BMS is installed between the cells and the charger/application.

A PCM – protection circuit module – is typically a PCB with basic protection

A BMS – battery management system – is more advanced, often including cell balancing, additional safety measures and fuelgauging.

At AWILCO we would be pleased to discuss the pro’s and the con’s when selecting a protection module for your battery – please do not hesitate to contact us.

For details please contact our product specialists

Caspar
Jørgensen
SALES MANAGER POWER SUPPLIES & OEM BATTERIES
D: +45 56 56 54 09
M: +45 40 74 95 01
Niels
Willumsen
CEO & SALES
D: +45 56 56 54 01
M: +45 40 56 95 00