Always equalize the pack before you install. This ensures that the batteries are all at the same voltage before you install. If you install and then let the balancers work, it'l take quite a few charges to get all of the batteries completely balanced. Yes it'l work, but it'l take a long time to become balanced. If you start balanced, the BMS won't have to work as hard, if at all, to keep the batteries in balance.Is an initial charge in parallel necessary?
Or will, a initial charge with a BMS attached also properly balance the cells?
no you cannot use the manzanita charger. If you parallel all batteries, the voltage will go between 3 and 4V or so. The PFC 30 goes 12 to 450VDC output. You will need a single cell charger. This can be a very low current charger. Batteryspace.com has several:If I have to do an initial charge, can I use the PFC30, or will I need another charger? If I need another charger, any recommendations? What wiring to people use for this initial charge? (i.e.: 10 or 12 gauge common automotive wire?)
This one is on sale for $20:
Just parallel all batteries together (or in groups) and plug this in to charge. Might want to let them sit. Then after the charger is done, let the batteries sit for a night or two to let the charges equalize.
www.manzanitamicro.comAny pointers to external documentation or websites are greatly appreciated. Thanks!