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I need to make the Orion waterproof - more waterproof anyway.

A while back, I emailed Ewart asking about the thermal bonding inside the Orion - essentially asking if the components were thermally bonded to the casing, or if they rely on convection cooling to transfer heat to the casing. This determines how I approach the waterproofing.

Unfortunately, I didn't receive a reply and could not find any answers on line - so I decided to void my warranty and have a look! I figured that would be better than risk cooking it which would likely void the warranty anyway.

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You can see they've used a (pink) thermal transfer pad to link the components on the bottom PCB to the face of the box where the heatsink attaches.

For me, that's good news because it means I can use something like Raytech Magic Gel to seal the whole thing, including connectors & wiring without it interrupting the heat flow to the casing.

It means also that just bolting it down to a cool surface via the flange with bolt holes will probably not provide sufficient cooling without the heatsink and airflow over it.

I wish someone made an IP rated BMS - but I cannot find anything other than Chinese ones on eBay - and I'm not going to trust the pack to one of them!

I hope this might be useful to some of you in future.
 

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How much power dissipation do you expect from the BMS?
I don't have any specific data - but the heatsink is probably around 1°C/W based on it's size. Assuming it wants to stay below 100°C, say - that says the heat evolved by the BMS is in the 50 to 100W range.

This is just a guess though!
 

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Does your battery not need to be sealed too? High voltage and moisture do not go well together. Batteries/cells getting wet or moist is also a recipe for disaster due to isolation breakdown.
 

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Does your battery not need to be sealed too?
The Battery is only 110V - and it will be protected with a conformal coating over the terminals, bus-bars etc. Much the same as Magic Gel but in a spray.

All the other components have ratings of either IP55 or IP54. While that's not a lot, compared to the IP69K required for most Automotive components, it's better than nothing. That plus conformal coating or Magic Gel will do the trick I think.
 

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