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All About Battery Chargers. Discover which charger is best for your application A good charger provides the base for well-performing and durable batteries.

All About Battery Chargers

In a price-sensitive market, chargers often receive low priority. The battery and charger must go together like a horse and carriage (Figure 1), and this is not always the case. Engineers are often not aware of the complex power requirement of a portable device and the need to charge under adverse conditions. Fast and Ultra-fast Chargers - Battery University.

Learn about the good and bad on ultra-fast charging Ultra-fast Chargers Nowhere is ultra-fast charging in bigger demand than with the electric vehicle.

Fast and Ultra-fast Chargers - Battery University

Recharging an EV in minutes replicates the convenience of filling 50 liters (13 gallons) of fuel into a tank that delivers 600kWh of energy. Charles-Augustin de Coulomb's C-Rate for Batteries. Observe how the charge and discharge rates are scaled and why it matters.

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb's C-Rate for Batteries

C-rate is a measure that governs at what current a battery is charged and discharged. At 1C, a battery rated 1,000mAh charges at a current of 1,000mAh. In an ideal world the battery would be fully charged in 60 minutes. At 1C, the same battery discharges at 1,000mA. The capacity of a rechargeable battery is commonly rated at 1C, meaning that a 1,000mAh battery should provide a current of 1,000mA for one hour. Charging Batteries at High and Low Temperatures.

Equalizing Charge for Sationary Batteries

Charging Batteries with a Power Supply. Charging Batteries with a Power Supply. BU-413a: Storing Renewable Energy in a Battery. Learn how to store renewable energy to bridge the energy gap.

BU-413a: Storing Renewable Energy in a Battery

Economists predict rapid growth in micro-grid technology that includes batteries. Environmentally-conscious Germany, Japan and other countries have been using solar panels for many years to reduce energy cost. In parts of Africa where the AC grid is not sufficiently developed to support all household activities, solar panels with battery backup are mandatory. Producing one’s own energy is moving to the US Sunbelt and a price drop in solar panels and longer-lasting batteries make this possible. Although still expensive, Li-ion lasts longer in cycle mode than lead acid, and the Powerwall by Tesla is such a battery. Batteries in solar systems store energy during peak production when output is in over-supply to bridge the gap when the free energy goes to rest.

Renewable energy makes economic sense, but it is expensive. In spite of the apparent higher cost, putting solar panels on houses is becoming fashionable. Comments. Charging Batteries with Solar Power or a Wind Turbine - Battery University. Learn about charging your batteries from renewable resources and what it costs.

Charging Batteries with Solar Power or a Wind Turbine - Battery University

Can I charge cellular phones, laptops or power tools with solar power or a wind turbine? Absolutely! This is an exciting way to step outside the four walls and use renewable energy. The sun provides peak power of about 1,000 watts per square meter (93W/sq.ft.) and a solar panel transforms this power into roughly 130W per square meter (12W/sq.ft.). These conditions correspond to a clear day with the solar panel facing the sun that is 42° or higher above the horizon. Making electricity by sunlight goes back to 1839 when Edmond Becquerel (1820–1891) first discovered the photovoltaic effect.

Charging Batteries Without Wires. Find out about energy loss and higher temperature when charging on a pad.

Charging Batteries Without Wires

Wireless charging may one day replace plugs and wires similar to how Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have modernized personal communication. The concept rests on inductive coupling using an electromagnetic field that transfers energy from the transmitter to the receiver. Wireless transfer of power is not new. In 1831, Michael Faraday discovered induction in sending electromagnetic force through space. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Nicola Tesla demonstrated wireless broadcasting and power transmission. It was not until the 1920s that public broadcasting began. Charging Batteries From a USB Port. Become familiar with the limitations when charging a battery with a USB charger.

Charging Batteries From a USB Port

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) was introduced in 1996 and has since become one of the most widespread and convenient interfaces for electronic devices. The contributing players were Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, NEC and Nortel. The goal was to simplify the interconnection of external devices to a PC, as well as allowing greater data rates than was feasible with earlier interfaces. Battery as a Buffer to Assist the AC Power Supply. Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries. Find out how to prolong battery life by using correct charge methods.

Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries

Charging and discharging batteries is a chemical reaction, but Li-ion is claimed to be the exception. Battery scientists talk about energies flowing in and out of the battery as part of ion movement between anode and cathode. This claim carries merits but if the scientists were totally right, the battery would live forever. Scientists blame capacity fade on ions getting trapped, but as with all battery systems, internal corrosion still plays a role.

Charging Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries. Know how to apply the correct charge to moderate heat and prevent overcharge.

Charging Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries

The charge algorithm for NiMH is similar to NiCd with the exception that NiMH is more complex. The NDV to detect full charge is faint, especially when charging at less than 0.5C. A mismatched or hot pack reduces the symptoms further. The NDV in a NiMH charger must respond to a voltage drop of 5mV per cell. This requires electronic filtering to compensate for noise and voltage fluctuations induced by the battery and the charger. Comments are intended for "commenting," an open discussion amongst site visitors.

If you have a question, require further information, have a suggestion or would like to report an error, use the "contact us" form or email us at: Comments On May 3, 2011 at 6:50pm farhan wrote: Charging Nickel-Cadmium Batteries. Learn how to maximize charge, minimize heat and reduce memory.

Charging Nickel-Cadmium Batteries

Battery manufacturers recommend that new batteries be slow-charged for 16 to 24 hours before use. A slow charge brings all cells in a battery pack to an equal charge level. This is important because each cell within the nickel-cadmium battery may have self-discharged at its own rate. Furthermore, during long storage the electrolyte tends to gravitate to the bottom of the cell and the initial trickle charge helps redistribute the electrolyte to eliminate dry spots on the separator.

Charging (LED Acid Batteries) How to Charge Batteries. Explore what conditions are best when charging any battery. Batteries have unique requirements and Table 4-20 summarizes how to meet the needs with proper handling. Because of similarities within the battery family, only lead, nickel and lithium systems are listed. Although each chemistry asks for a preferred treatment, there are common denominators that affect the life of all batteries.

These are: Strenuous demands cannot always be avoided and some wear and tear is inevitable, even under perfect conditions. Table 1: Best charging methods. Comments are intended for "commenting," an open discussion amongst site visitors. If you have a question, require further information, have a suggestion or would like to report an error, use the "contact us" form or email us at: Comments On January 6, 2011 at 11:52pm antonyananth wrote: On January 15, 2011 at 3:36am arpit wrote: On January 19, 2011 at 2:31pm Glyn wrote: Very useful and informative - keep up the good work john wrote: Rgds. Charger Chips and Microcontrollers Information. Battery University BU-414: How do Charger Chips Work? Examine the difference between a charger chip and a microcontroller.

When first introduced in the 1980s, charger chips simplified the design of NiCd and MiMH chargers, as these chemistries were difficult to charge.