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NiCd Battery charging at C/10

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by siliconmike, Apr 21, 2006.

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  1. siliconmike

    siliconmike Guest

    I need to charge a 300mA-h 3.6V NiCd pack using solar module giving out
    4.2V at 30mA short circuit current.

    So we're C/10.

    I intend to connect the solar module in series with the battery using a
    low drop out shottky diode.

    First, do I need overcharging protection circuit at C/10 rate?

    What are the cons of not using overcharging protection circuit at C/10
    rate?

    Next, will the scheme work, since it would take 3 days to fully charge
    the battery (assuming 6 hour daily sun exposure) ?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    - Mike

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  2. Luhan

    Luhan Guest

    You dont need the diode, or anything else for that matter. Connect the
    solar module directly to the battery. Solar modules voltage will drop
    down to the battery voltage at the maximum current output. At C/10
    there is not much problem with overcharging either.

    Luhan
     
  3. siliconmike

    siliconmike Guest

    I was wondering what would happen to the solar cell junction at the
    time of no sunlight in case we don't use the diode as you advised ?

    (Would the junction act as a diode / cap in series with the battery?)

    Also at C/10 it would take 3 days to charge the battery.. Is such
    charging in "batches" acceptable to the battery?

    Thanks
    Mike
     
  4. Luhan

    Luhan Guest

    There can be a slight drain back thru the solar cell under no-light
    conditions.
    Yes.

    Luhan
     
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