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Offline darkloafTopic starter

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so many batteries, so little idea
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:18:52 AM »
Hey,

Ive been reading alot about batteries today, but feel no clearer on the one for me (yes I read all the tutorials).

I need to power
- An arduino
- A stepper motor

For a really long time (a day would be great).

Option 1: Use my Camera battery
I have a canon battery charger and a spare battery, perfect voltage for what I need. But, it's Li-Ion, which ive heard tend to explode. As well as this, ive read that I can't dis-charge them bellow 20% or something like that.

I would like todo this though, here's some specs on the battery:
http://www.digiprintuk.com/canon-bp-511511a512522535-p-874.html

Option 2: LiFePO4 Li-Ion
http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=3785

Seem to be less explosive. But I would have to buy a new recharger ect, would be much more expensive overall.
"9V LiFePO4 battery pack must cut-off at 11.4V during charging and 7.5V during discharging" . How would I do this easily?

Option 3: NiCad

Just not sure if these are good for heavy duty applications. It's for a time lapse camera rig, so a 24hour shoot would not be unusual.

So many options!

Nick
« Last Edit: October 16, 2008, 09:23:22 AM by darkloaf »

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 09:44:19 AM »
If you want to power it for a day get a wall wart.
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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 11:37:54 AM »
Option 4 PbAcid.
That's what it's usually used when big motors have to be powered in a portable system.
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Offline darkloafTopic starter

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 11:51:39 AM »
re:Trumpkin

My Canon eos 40D can run for 24 hours + on it's battery. And it's powering similar stuff, microprocessor, servo ect.

Acid batteries are just to big for my purposes. I think i'll take my chances with my canon li-ion.

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 12:06:37 PM »
Option 5:  NiMH

This is what I use for most projects.  Cheap, easy to use, easy to charge, very good capacity-to-weight ratio.  I would only go with Li Ion if wieght is really important to you.

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 01:02:10 PM »
Cool, ill check it out. Size is my only concern, weights fine. Cheers!

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2008, 02:55:55 PM »
Well, I guess size is also a factor.  NiMH AA cells are not bad, though.  A modern AA cell gives you 2500 mAH at 1.2V.

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 03:14:59 PM »
I use Li-Po for high drain applications.

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008, 06:41:59 PM »
They make lead acid batteries that can be quite small. I have 2 of them that I pulled from some old UPSs that are 12v at 7Ah. Depending on what your servo is going to be used for, that should power that system up for a very fair amount of time

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and the whole point, which I forgot to actually say, is that the batteries are actually pretty small. maybe 6inx3inx4in. Worth a shot?
« Last Edit: October 16, 2008, 06:43:15 PM by HDL_CinC_Dragon »
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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2008, 04:49:15 AM »
darkloaf, how many mAh did you calculate you needed for at least your 24 hour requirement?

Any problem with just buying multiple batteries, and swapping out occasionally?

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Re: so many batteries, so little idea
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2008, 02:50:26 AM »
If you want to power it for a day get a wall wart.


Yes! But if in a remote location where an AC plug isn't available... get a "Car Jump Starter"... a nice sized 12 volt battery used for starting a car (with a dead battery). Most of those have a built in DC adapter plug (cigarette lighter plug) for which you can buy an off-the-shelf 9 volt adapter (to get your 9V source).

  • They recharge easy.
  • They are simple to use... and have other uses.
  • A great value because they are mass produced.
  • Will provide years of service after your time lapse project is over.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2008, 03:02:01 AM by DaveX10 »

 


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