Starting with firmware version 0x17 sometime in 2021, JBD added a password function to the BMS firmware, without telling anybody.
The BMS doesn’t have a physical reset button, so there really isn’t a practical way to implement password protection. (without risking a permanent lockout)
This has caused some of our customers to be locked out of the settings on their BMS if an unknown password is set.
The basic monitoring functions are unaffected, however the JBD android app will not display the basic info without the correct password. The iOS app and the desktop app(s) will still display basic info without the correct password, but will not display parameters.
This is sometimes reported by the app(s) as a communication error because the BMS is not returning the requested data, only the “bad password” message.
The solution may be a password reset
The newest version of JBD’s desktop app includes a tool to clear the password, which actually makes the whole password function useless at best.
There is a screenshot included in the zip file with instructions, since the app does not display english labels on that page.
You can now use our release of Eric Poulson’s BMS-Tools desktop app to send a password reset command.
Either way, You will need a USB communication module.
Find the application download links here: https://overkillsolar.com/support-downloads/
After the next version update, the xiaoxiang-bms iOS app will have a password reset tool.
We do not know when a new version of the JBD android app will include the reset function.