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ABYC Bans Twin Busses For Lithium

Turns out that the new ABYC E13 standard for lithium battery installations on boats in effect bans separate busses for loads and charging sources. (Thanks to member Rick for pointing this out.)

13.7.2.1A BMS shall respond to any conditions outside the SOE by activating the output disconnect device.

My guess, and hope, is that this is probably the result of poor drafting, rather than intended. The problem, of course, is the word output.

In my view, compelling the BMS to dump the loads just because of an overcharge does not increase safety, it decreases it, since load dumps are dangerous in and of themselves and overcharge is the most likely scenario to cause a disconnect.

Hopefully ABYC will fix what I believe to be a mistake soon. Banning something that most industry experts I have talked to consider much better design (separate charge and load busses) does their credibility no good at all.

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