The problems of using performance parameters such as voltage, current and temperature measured with electrical sensors in today’s battery management systems (BMS) are well known. These parameters can be weakly informative about cell state, particularly as cells age, and contribute to over-conservative utilization and oversizing of a battery pack. Fiber optic (FO) sensors can offer an interesting alternative to conventional electrical sensors, with several advantages such as high selective sensitivity to various parameters, light weight, robustness to EMI, and multiplexing capabilities. In this study, a particular type of FO sensors, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors were externally attached to lithium ion pouch cells for monitoring additional informative cell parameter such as strain and temperature. Multiple charge and discharge cycle were performed to examine the qualification of these signals for cell state estimation in BMS. In comparison to corresponding measurements using conventional electrical sensors, the FBG signals showed very promising results for utilization in effective BMS.