Charging Systems 101
What is the difference between sequential, parallel, and modular fast charging systems?
Both Sequential and Parallel charging rely on a Power Server. If the Power Server fails then no charging will take place. With Modular, or Dedicated, charging each unit is independent and does not affect the other charging stations. PowerDesigners uses the Modular style so that if one of the charging stations were to go down, all of the other chargers will still charge at full potential.
Fast Charging System Basics
Sequential/Parallel Charging Overview
Inflexible system – Not easily upgraded or expanded
- Cannot expand beyond main power server capacity
- Cannot easily add, move, or remove stations
Susceptible to single point failure – All stations will be down if power server fails
Average power per station is low – Cannot ensure continuous high rate charging
Modular/Dedicated Charging System Overview
- Easily upgrade or expand
- Easy to add and remove drawers, as well as move to new locations
Reliable system design
- No potential failure of power server
- Should a charger fail, loss of only one port rather than multiple ports
- Remaining chargers still available for use
Average power per station is very high
- Each battery plugged into the charging station has the potential to charge at the maximum rate it can accept
To submit battery and charging questions or to seek help with tough battery and charging situations, e-mail us at Stumpthechumps@powerdesigners.com.