Last April I ordered the V5 upgrades via PLTW. We’ve finally gotten to the point where we are able to use our “new” Vex Stuff. I’ve plugged in the V5 batteries and they seem to be dead. 2 of them never show anything except 1 red light (not flashing). The other 2 will charge to 1 green light and nothing more. I was able to hooked 3 of them up and run the battery medic on them. All cells are showing green.
HELP! It seems ridiculous I need to drop another $280 on batteries when we haven’t used them once yet.
Put them through a couple of full charge/discharge cycles and see how they react after that, they may need to relearn capacity after sitting unused for so long. Once they are behaving better, be sure to update all firmware (update the brain to V1.1.0) as medic is also showing battery firmware is out of date.
Here’s my best guess: the question had been answered by J Pearman, an expert, and it was marked as the solution. No further posts are really warranted, especially non-helpful ones, but then you posted “DO IT ANYWAY” so somebody flagged it as bad advice.
V5 batteries use LiFePO4 chemistry.
Typical fully charged cells will be 3.6V, the charging circuit will consider charge complete when pack voltage is 14.4V and current drops below some number that I don’t remember just now. If the pack is not balanced, we do allow cells to go to 4.1V (IIRC) at which point we may trigger over voltage fault if the balancing logic doesn’t cause that to drop. However, once charging stops, cell voltage will drop quite quickly to 3.2-3.3V per cell.