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Battery Charging

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ewan Sinclair, Nov 11, 2003.

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  1. I was just wondering about the basics of charging batteries (NiCd or NimH),
    especially those that can't be taken out of the circuit they are in.

    Can you just stick them in like a capacitor, and they will soak up charge
    until full? Do they need to be fed a given voltage, or will anything charge
    them to full capacity given enough time? I was specifically thinking of
    having a digital camera that would grab frames a few times a day and charged
    up from solar panels using standard AA rechargeables.

    Thanks for any info

    Ewan
     
  2. Luhan Monat

    Luhan Monat Guest

    Hi,

    Choose a solar panel who's output is no more than 20% of the ampere-hour
    rating of the battery - this avoids exessive charging rates.

    Feed the solar panels thru an LM317 regulator configured to produce a
    voltage about 15% over the battery voltage. This will prevent
    overcharging the voltage on the batteries.
     
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