Bitrode Announces 300% Improved Rise Time


St. Louis, MO. USA – In response to evolving needs of the electric vehicle and energy storage industry, Bitrode today announced a significant improvement in the rise time of their FTF line of pack testing equipment. In the battery industry, a reduced rise time is important as it provides the battery chemist, pack designer, or testing laboratory with the ability to aggressively test battery pack and product designs to performance levels expected to be seen in actual use.

The transition time for the current to ramp from 10% to 90% of full scale in a Bitrode FTF has been decreased dramatically from approximately 15 milliseconds (ms) to less than 4ms!  Similarly, the 0%-100% transition time is also reduced from approximately 15ms to less than 8ms with no over-shoot! Just as noteworthy, when operating in battery simulator mode and regulating output voltage, Bitrode’s FTF products accommodate fast load current transitions from 0%-100% in less than 3ms! The result is the ability to test sudden and demanding load changes from motor drives or similar as part of drive cycle stress testing of batteries and EV packs, as well as charging/discharging banks of ultra-capacitors.

This 300% improvement in rise time performance enhances the ability of Bitrode’s entire FTF product line to more accurately model real-life demands upon customer products under test. Effective immediately, all new orders received for Bitrode’s FTF products will have this performance enhancement incorporated as a standard feature. For customers with existing FTF units, who are interested in acquiring this upgrade in product performance.

“Bitrode recognizes the increasing demands of the EV/HEV battery testing industry,” said Shawn Dickinson, FTF Product Engineer at Bitrode. “The release of the high-power FTF-HP last summer, together with this dramatic improvement in rise time, demonstrates our commitment to provide innovative industry leading solutions for the electric vehicle and energy storage industries.”