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Offline electrofanTopic starter

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Battery charger advice
« on: July 27, 2010, 12:07:42 AM »
Hi guys,

I am planning on using the following battery pack for my robot: http://www.all-battery.com/12v2000mahnimhbatterypack11606.aspx

I was considering building my own charging circuit. However, due to time constraints I don't have the ability to prototype it on a breadboard before I create PCB. So I've decided to go with a wall charger instead. I was wondering if anyone has used/recommends any of the following chargers for my pack:

http://www.all-battery.com/smartuniversalchargerfornimhnicdbatterypack7-2v-12v-01020.aspx
http://www.all-battery.com/12v2aswitchingpowerbatterycharger.aspx
http://www.all-battery.com/15vuniversalchargerfor12vto144vnimhnicdbatterypackswithdcconnector.aspx

The last one seems to be unmonitored, though. I'm leaning towards the second one due to a tight budget. However, its DC output current is 2A, and my pack is 2000mah, so I am a bit concerned about that.

Thanks again guys.

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Re: Battery charger advice
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 01:07:03 AM »
I suggest you use one of the Related Products to charge the battery.
I use the charger that comes with the battery, but this one doesn't appear to have one...
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Note that 2000mA = 2A, 1000mA = 1A and so on
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Re: Battery charger advice
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 05:35:51 AM »
Hi,

The charger in the first link is the only one of them that will work.
Saving a few bucks here is a bad idea - this charger should serve you for years to come and a saving of $3 to $6 will quickly be lost on a ruined battery.
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Re: Battery charger advice
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 05:48:39 AM »
Hey. Am I right to assume that the reason for the first charger being the only good one is due to the lower current option (0.9A instead of 2A)?

I didn't notice that the first one had a sale price of $19.99. For that price, it's a definite buy. Thanks again.

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Re: Battery charger advice
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 07:10:02 AM »
This:
"# Automatic charging cut-off by negative delta V detection for optimized charging and battery life"
is the reason to buy the first charger that the other don't have.

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Re: Battery charger advice
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 10:36:14 AM »
Hi,

This:
"# Automatic charging cut-off by negative delta V detection for optimized charging and battery life"
is the reason to buy the first charger that the other don't have.
Yes that is one of the reasons, but the current counts as well. The other two are for larger cells.
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