A tool for interacting with the iCharger series of RC hobby chargers.
I wanted to be able to remotely monitor an iCharger. I sometimes use it to boost up the battery in my car and thought it would be nice to see when it is done.
Having this built in C/C++ means that the dependencies are minimal and it can run on old (Pentium III ToughBook), cheap (RaspberryPi, Beaglebone) and weird (the wifi router in my garage) hardware.
This tool has been tested under the following configurations:
- iCharger 1010B+
- Mac OS
- iCharger 1010B+
This tool will open the device and read logs as fast as it can while logging them to the console. The iCharger emits a packet once per second or so at 9600 8N1 baud.
The tool defaults to /dev/ttyUSB0 and you can optionally specify an alternate device file path on the command line.
- Add mode support to the output (ie: Charging, discharging, etc.).
- Add an argment parser
- Add a usage string, printed with -h|--help
- Consider other iChargers
- The 4010 duo uses a USB endpoint via MODBUS and supports remote control
- It would be nice if ichargermon eventually supported all iChargers
- Improve the Makefile
- It works, but it doesn't do anything super helpful (ie: clean).
- Consider supporting Windows users
Here are some example outputs and pictures for fun.
Charging a 3S1P Lithium Ion Pack
Input voltage: 15.176V Battery voltage: 11.867V Battery amps: 1.000A Internal temp: 28.200C Cell 0 voltage: 3.954V Cell 1 voltage: 3.949V Cell 2 voltage: 3.954V Cell 3 voltage: 0.000V Cell 4 voltage: 0.000V Cell 5 voltage: 0.000V Cell 6 voltage: 0.000V Cell 7 voltage: 0.000V Cell 8 voltage: 0.000V Cell 9 voltage: 0.000V
Charging a 10S6P Lithium Ion Pack
Input voltage: 15.163V Battery voltage: 40.165V Battery amps: 0.990A Internal temp: 30.300C Cell 0 voltage: 4.009V Cell 1 voltage: 4.010V Cell 2 voltage: 4.012V Cell 3 voltage: 3.998V Cell 4 voltage: 4.014V Cell 5 voltage: 4.014V Cell 6 voltage: 4.014V Cell 7 voltage: 4.014V Cell 8 voltage: 4.017V Cell 9 voltage: 4.019V
Charging a BMW 435i Lead Acid (AGM) Car Battery
Input voltage: 15.102V Battery voltage: 14.330V Battery amps: 10.000A Internal temp: 27.200C Cell 0 voltage: 0.000V Cell 1 voltage: 0.000V Cell 2 voltage: 0.000V Cell 3 voltage: 0.000V Cell 4 voltage: 0.000V Cell 5 voltage: 0.000V Cell 6 voltage: 0.000V Cell 7 voltage: 0.000V Cell 8 voltage: 0.000V Cell 9 voltage: 0.000V