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Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 & Arduino IoT Cloud

Battery Monitoring System using ESP8266 & IoT

Overview: IoT Based Battery Monitoring System using ESP8266

In this project, we will build a Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 & Arduino IoT Cloud. Using this system we can monitor battery voltage and percentage from anywhere in the world. Therefore, this system is useful for monitoring battery charging /discharging status remotely.

As we know, the battery in any system or device is the main component because it powers the entire system. Hence, we need to monitor the voltage level of the battery. We all know that an improper system of charging and discharging may lead to battery damage or system failure. Most of the electrical/electronics devices have a Battery Management System (BMS). Actually, BMS monitors all the properties of the battery like the voltage, current, temperature & auto cut-off system. To ensure the proper safety and handling of Lithium-Ion or Lithium Polymer batteries.

The BMS can only monitor the condition of the battery and alarm the user through a battery indicator. But in this project, we have used the Internet of Things( IoT) technology which can directly notify the users remotely. now due to the use of the Internet of Things, we can directly notify the users remotely. The user can check the battery status on their smartphones or Computer Dashboard from anywhere in the world.

In this IoT-based Battery Monitoring System, we will use the NodeMCU ESP8266 board to send the battery status data to the Arduino IoT cloud. The IoT Cloud Dashboard will display the battery voltage along with the battery percentage in both the charging and discharging conditions.


Components Required

You will need the following components for the IoT Based Battery Monitoring System Project. You can purchase all the components online from the Amazon affiliate links provided below.

S.NComponents NameQuantityGet Products from Amazon
1NodeMCU ESP8266 Development Board1https://amzn.to/3zRiok7
2TP4056 Charging Module1https://amzn.to/3yfP5Hp
318650 Lithium Ion Battery1https://amzn.to/3iafIrL
4Jumper cables6https://amzn.to/376GkDD
5100k resistor2https://amzn.to/3zML4dX

Lithium-Ion Batteries

A lithium-ion battery or Li-ion battery is a rechargeable battery. These Lithium-ion batteries are widely and commonly used for portable electronics and electric vehicles.

Lithium ion battery with case

In a Li-ion battery, the ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode while discharging, and vice versa when charging. It uses an intercalated lithium compound at the positive electrode and graphite at the negative electrode. This battery has a high energy density, no memory effect, and low self-discharge.

Nominal, Maximum & Cut-off Voltage

I have collected a few Lithium-Ion batteries that I have been using in most of my IoT-based Projects. Some batteries come with a BMS circuit for over-voltage protection. For smooth charging and short-circuit protection, etc.

Most of the Lithium-Ion batteries come with a nominal voltage of 3.7V. The maximum voltage is 4.2±0.5 when the battery is fully charged. You see the manufacturer datasheet, for your battery cut-off voltage because it varies depending on the type of battery that you are using. The battery that I am using in this project has a discharge cut-off voltage of 2.8V which is common. You can get batteries cut-off voltage of a lithium-ion battery between 2.5V-3V. 


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Circuit & Schematic Designing

We are going to design a simple system to monitor battery voltage and battery percentage along with charging and discharging status in Arduino IoT Cloud. A microcontroller is required to send those values to the IoT Platform. So, I choose a cheap and widely used NodeMCU ESP8266 board. It has a built-in WiFi chip that helps to connect to your wifi network and uploads data to the cloud server.

Circuit Diagram of IoT Based Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 & Arduino IoT Cloud

I am using the TP4056 module to charge the battery. This Module is best for Lithium-Ion batteries because it comes with the built-in battery management system. You can also use MCP73831 IC instead of TP4056.

The NodeMCU ESP8266 Chip can only support the input analog voltage of 3.3V. But Lithium-ion Battery voltage goes up to 4.2V. Hence, we need to form a voltage divider network and lower down the input analog voltage.

Voltage Divider Network Circuit

When the battery is fully charged, the maximum voltage is 4.2V and the discharge cut-off voltage is 2.8V. Once this is clear, any voltage lesser than 3.3V will be easily supported by ESP8266 Analog Pin.

Voltage Divider Circuit

So, we will first step down to the upper voltage level. So, to do that I will use a Pair of 100K resistors. It will convert the source voltage from 4.2V to 2.1V. Similarly, the cut-off voltage is also stepped down from 2.8V to 1.4V. Now, both upper and lower voltage is supported by a NodeMCU ESP8266 Analog pin.

Here is a complete assembly of an IoT based Battery Monitoring project. The connection shown here is the same as shown in the above circuit diagram. For testing purposes, you can use a lithium-ion battery of any capacity. Here, for demonstration, I am using a 18650 Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 2500mAh.

Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 & Arduino IoT Cloud

Project PCB Gerber File & PCB Ordering Online

As I have assembled the circuit on breadboard but, you can order a custom PCB for this project.  So, I designed the PCB Board for ESP8266 based Battery Monitoring System using EasyEDA. The PCB looks something like this.

Custom pcb for IoT Based Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266

I gave the Gerber File for the PCB below. You can simply download the Gerber File and order the PCB from https://www.PCBWay.com/

Now you can visit the PCBWay official website by clicking here: https://www.pcbway.com/. So it will direct you to the PCBWay website.

PCBWay website

You can now upload the Gerber File to the Website and place an order. The PCB quality is superb & high. That is why most people trust PCBWay for PCB & PCBA Services.


Setting up Arduino IoT Cloud

To Monitor the Battery Data on the Arduino IoT Cloud, you first need to set up the IoT Cloud Dashboard. To set up the Arduino IoT Cloud server, visit https://create.arduino.cc/. Create an account or simply sign in if you created the account earlier. Then create a new Thing with the following details.

Signup or Login to Arduino Cloud for IoT

Then on the things tab create two global variables bat_percentage and voltage of integer and floating-point number type respectively. 

Adding global variable to Arduino sketch

Now, you need to add a device. To do that Click on add device and click on add third party device. Choose ESP8266 and select  NodeMCU 1.0 ( ESP8266 12E) board. Click on continue and provide your device name. For Demonstration, I am providing “My_ESP8266 ”.

Selecting device on Arduino IoT Cloud

Finally, Click on Download the PDF and save it securely. It contains a Device ID and Secret key you will need later in the programming.

Setting up NodeMCU board

Now Click on Add network and provide the WiFi SSID, Password, and Device Secret key. Then click on save to link your wifi network.

Configure Wi-Fi Network for NodeMCU ESP8266

We need to build a dashboard to visualize the data. So, let’s move to the Dashboard Tab and create a new dashboard called “Battery Monitoring”. Now click on Add to add widgets to your dashboard. In this tutorial, we will use one gauge, one percentage, and two chart widgets to visualize our data

Create a beautiful widget dashboard for battery monitoring

The First Gauge is for monitoring battery voltage. So we will configure it as “Battery Voltage” and link a voltage variable from things that we have created earlier. Similarly, for “Battery Percentage”, we will link a bat_percentage variable from things. In a final step, we will configure one chart widget for Battery Voltage and the other for Battery Percentage. Finally, we have created our dashboard. Now let’s program our NodeMCU ESP8266 to send data to the IoT Cloud. 


Source Code/Program

Now the best part of using Arduino IoT Cloud is, you can program your microcontroller board from the browser. You don’t separate software like Arduino IDE. Simply install and run “Arduino Create Agent”. You can also get instructions from the same web interface.  

Arduino Create Agent for windows 10

Go back to the Things Tab then click on the sketch. Simply, copy and paste the code provided below. Now, simply compile and upload the code to your NodeMCU board.

/* 
  Sketch generated by the Arduino IoT Cloud Thing "Battery Monitoring"
  https://create.arduino.cc/cloud/things/b7067d44-2084-45ca-bb06-424a1af2eb74 

  Arduino IoT Cloud Variables description

  The following variables are automatically generated and updated when changes are made to the Thing

  float voltage;
  int bat_percentage;

  Variables which are marked as READ/WRITE in the Cloud Thing will also have functions
  which are called when their values are changed from the Dashboard.
  These functions are generated with the Thing and added at the end of this sketch.
*/

#include "thingProperties.h"
int analogInPin  = A0;    // Analog input pin
int sensorValue; 
float calibration = 0.36; // Check Battery voltage using multimeter & add/subtract the value

void setup() {
  // Initialize serial and wait for port to open:
  Serial.begin(9600);
  // This delay gives the chance to wait for a Serial Monitor without blocking if none is found
  delay(1500); 

  // Defined in thingProperties.h
  initProperties();

  // Connect to Arduino IoT Cloud
  ArduinoCloud.begin(ArduinoIoTPreferredConnection);
  
  /*
     The following function allows you to obtain more information
     related to the state of network and IoT Cloud connection and errors
     the higher number the more granular information you’ll get.
     The default is 0 (only errors).
     Maximum is 4
 */
  setDebugMessageLevel(2);
  ArduinoCloud.printDebugInfo();
}

void loop() {
  ArduinoCloud.update();
 sensorValue = analogRead(analogInPin);
  voltage = (((sensorValue * 3.3) / 1024) * 2 + calibration); //multiply by two as voltage divider network is 100K & 100K Resistor
 
  bat_percentage = mapfloat(voltage, 2.8, 4.2, 0, 100); //2.8V as Battery Cut off Voltage & 4.2V as Maximum Voltage
 
  if (bat_percentage >= 100)
  {
    bat_percentage = 100;
  }
  if (bat_percentage <= 0)
  {
    bat_percentage = 1;
  }
 
  Serial.print("Analog Value = ");
  Serial.print(sensorValue);
  Serial.print("\t Output Voltage = ");
  Serial.print(voltage);
  Serial.print("\t Battery Percentage = ");
  Serial.println(bat_percentage);
  delay(1000);
  
}

float mapfloat(float x, float in_min, float in_max, float out_min, float out_max)
{
  return (x - in_min) * (out_max - out_min) / (in_max - in_min) + out_min;
}



Demonstration: Battery Monitoring System using ESP8266 on Arduino IoT Cloud

After successful upload of the program, open the Serial Monitor at the baud rate of 9600. The NodeMCU ESP8266 will try connecting to the WiFi Network. Once it connects successfully to your WiFi Network, it will display the Analog voltage Value along with Battery Voltage & Percentage.

Arduino IoT Cloud Serial Monitor

Similarly, on the dashboard, you can monitor the same values in very beautiful widgets. In a chat, you can see the graph rising up when charging and going down when discharging.

Based Battery Status Monitoring System using Arduino IoT Cloud

Fixing Voltage Value by Calibration

As we have used a pair of 100k resistors to fix the voltage input problem of the Analog pin of NodeMCU. But, these resistors have some tolerance of about ±5%. Because of this, the resistor value is between 95K to 105K. Hence, it directly affects both output voltage and analog signal output.

Battery voltage reading on multimeter

To overcome this issue, we can compare the voltage difference between the Serial Monitor reading and the Multimeter reading. You need to simply read the output voltage at the TP4056 output terminal. You can use a multimeter to measure it. If you don’t have a multimeter, you can make your own using Arduino UNO.

Subtract the Multimeter voltage readings from the value obtained from Serial Monitor.

You can add that value in this line of code as a calibration factor

float calibration = 0.36; // Check Battery voltage using multimeter & add/subtract the value

Finally, the voltage error is fixed. Now, you can enjoy, we have successfully designed an IoT Based Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 and get the reading on Arduino IoT Cloud.


Video Tutorial & Guide: IoT Based Battery Monitoring System


Conclusion

So, this is how we made an IoT Based Battery Status Monitoring System using ESP8266 and Arduino cloud. I hope this project will help you a lot in monitoring your battery status for IoT Projects. If you think this project is helpful, please kindly share it with your friends. It will make my day. Keep learning…  & supporting…

Alsan Parajuli

I am a WordPress enthusiast, a hardworking and highly positive person. I always believes in practicality rather than theoretical knowledge. With my curiosity and fast learning skills, I managed to learn everything on my own. I love coding, editing, writing and rummaging around Internet. I am passionate about IoT Projects, Digital marketing, website designing, and reviewing. Moreover, I had been contributing to WordPress Biratnagar as an active member since 2018.

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