The process of removing energy from a store, such as a capacitor or battery. Stores may be parasitic, resulting in rapid spontaneous accidental discharge, as in a static shock.

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Mobile Battery Charge

I just wanted to ask whether it is possible to voluntarily discharge a mobile phone's battery and transfer it onto another battery?
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PKZ 1023 Battery

Does anyone happen to know the manufacturer's specs for the PKZ-1023 model battery? All I know right now, is that is that it is NI-MH, 9.6V, and 1000mAh. I was hoping to find a chart of discharge ...
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Lead Acid max discharge rate?

I am building a flashlight using a large(ish) 35W HID headlamp from a car, and I'm having troubles choosing a good battery technology. The inverter draws about 3.5A - 4A at 12V, tested on a large ...
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Discharging electrolytic capacitors

I believe that capacitors are safe to discharge through a short, if the voltage is not high enough to cause a dangerous spark; and the energy stored in the capacitor (E = V × Q = V² × C, if I'm not ...
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Gas Discharge V-Q Lissajous

I've been investigating non-thermal plasmas, specifically dielectric barrier discharges, where two electrodes, at a potential difference of several kilovolts, are separated by a dielectric and a gas ...
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Charge/Discharge efficiency rate of a lead-acid battery

What is charge/discharge efficiency rate of a lead-acid battery and how can I calculate it? Lateral question: Is there any relations between lead-acid battery efficiency calculated via dissipated ...
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Current Return Path for Plasma Experiment

I'm planning to use an old non-GFI neon transformer to produce plasma for some research I'm conducting. However, the neon transformer is center-tapped which complicates diagnostics (such as ground ...
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How to calculate Li-Po battery discharge time?

I want to calculate the time for a Li-Po battery (7.4 V, 2200 mAh, 30 C) to discharge. Battery powers up an embedded device, that requires 5 V, 147 mA. For this reason, I use a voltage regulator, in ...
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Removing neon transformer center tap?

I have recently acquired an old neon transformer (rated 12kV) for conducting some low temperature plasma experiments. It is the mid-point grounded style with a center tap on the secondary coil. I had ...
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How exactly does a capacitor discharge its charge?

When an empty (discharged) capacitor is connected to a battery, it slowly charges up as one plate fills up with electrons, while the other plate has electrons drawn away from it towards the positive ...
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Internal resitance of a battery and SOC related?

How do you find remaining SOC of a battery, say 12V 100 Ah? Is it possible by monitoring internal resistance of the battery? Or is there any better way (logic wise) used in industries? I'm using an 8 ...
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What makes a device intrinsically safe?

I work in possibly gas filled environments. As such safety recommendations are that I don't use my cell phone, camera and computer while touring around these areas that explosive gas may be present. ...
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Maximum load current that is still indistinguishable from battery self-discharge

I am designing an electronic device that will be powered by a battery, and I am trying to keep my device's current draw in standby to a minimum. Specifically, I would like to keep the current just low ...
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What is 1C charge/discharge rate in battery instruction manual?

Instruction manuals and discussions mention battery charge and discharge rates in terms of "1C", "2C" and so on, without giving an indication of what "C" is. I presume it is not a Coulomb. What is ...
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Why discharging static to laptop's VGA ground is more disruptive over a pencil then directly?

When I touch a laptop's corner, USB or VGA port ground with finger, the resulting spark seems not to affect anything. However I've just tried touching the VGA port's outer ground with a pencil ...
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How to calculate time for NiMH batteries to discharge?

I want to use 4 battery cells AA NiMH (or NiCd) 1.2 V, 2600 mAh in order to power up circuit that requires 5 V, 300 mA. I know that fully charged NiMH can provide 1.35 V each, which means 5.4 V in ...
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Why charging time is same and discharge time is different for two inputs in dual slope integrating ADC?

For different input voltages in dual slope ADC, charging time remains same but discharge is proportional to the magnitude of the input voltage. How it works in that way ? Charging time is independent ...
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Discharge limit on a 12V 9800mAh Lithium-ion Battery

I am running a 12V solar system that powers a 5050 LED light bar of 7.4W. Powered by a 25W mono PV and has a total 12V storage of: 1x 6800mAh 1x 9800mAh (Lithium-ion batteries in series) The ...
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Grounding a conducting object

Is it possible to trap some electricity in the object even though the object is grounded? For example if we ground a conducting sphere over a resistor, will all electricity leave the sphere once it's ...
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Capacitor discharge math discrepancy

I'm trying to cross check mathematically the mA being discharged from a .33uF capacitor which is charged to about 1200V by a circuit which is provided 37W of power to it. I do it three ways. 1) ...
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Safely discharging large value capacitor without blowing it up

This is related to my previous question. I have this circuit in which I discharge the capacitor by turning ON M2. The ON resistance of the MOSFET I have in mind (the picture shows the wrong MOSFET in ...
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Discharge curve of a LiPo battery

What is the mathematical formula to calculate the voltage of a (typical) LiPo battery as a function of it's charge, current flowing and external temperature?
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How to measure battery charge and depletion over time

When using my various electronic devices, they always seem to know how much charge is left in the battery. They also know when the battery is completely charged. Not exactly sure how this is ...
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Preventing Arc Discharge

I am repairing some ozone generators and one of them has a tower with a discharge path I can't seem to get rid of. Back in the heyday of television, my dad ran a side (hobby) business repairing bw ...
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Static electricity discharge, what gets transfered?

Ive been studying Maxwell equations at school and I solved several excercises regarding electrostatic fields, however I still have some very basic unanswered questions: When a non conductive object ...
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How to Calculate the charge/discharge power of a battery?

I need to measure the discharge power of a battery in general. At the end i want the maximum charge/discharge power as a function of the state of charge(SOC). So i need a curve that looks like the ...
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Can leaving rechargeable batteries in the unplugged charger for a few weeks cause batteries to lose their charge?

Is it okay to leave rechargeable batteries in charger even if it's not plugged in?
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How to detect low battery of a lead-acid battery?

I've heard that discharging a lead-acid battery to 0% is bad and wears it out. I have a 10Ah 12v lead-acid battery, is there a circuit to tell me when the battery is low?
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How do I determine the maximum amp output of a battery pack?

How can I determine the maximum amp output of a battery pack? Some background: I've got a 5-AA battery pack hooked up to a microcontroller and some continuous rotation servos, but there's current ...
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Sawtooth generator not working - transistor wont discharge my capacitor

I have been trying to build a sawtooth generator using current source which linearly charges my capacitor and a comparator which was supposed to discharge my capacitor, instead it doesn't. Here is the ...
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Circuit to safely power-down Raspberry Pi

I want to use a Raspberry Pi as an XBMC server in the car. The XBMC docs say that you should always use the shutdown command before disconnecting the power. I don't want to have to (tell my wife to) ...
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LiPo discharge circuit doesn't work

A friend of mine gave me this circuit to discharge a 3V7, 5000mAh single-cell LiPoly accu: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab The zener is to make sure that the ...
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Constant current battery discharge

I'm simulating NiMH cell discharge from 1.5V to 1.0V. The circuit I drew is supposed to draw a constant current from the battery. I simulate a DC Sweep in circuit lab but somehow the current draw ...
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Why is this capacitor not discharging?

I am trying to implement a delay mechanism out of passive components. The digital input in this case is a PIC input pin. The operation is as follows. The capacitor is pre-charged to 5v, and then the ...
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Need help designing a custom box

I am doing a hobby project and I don't know much about engineering; therefore I decided to ask pros. I have a 12v electric device that runs on Car battery only and I need to make it work if there is ...
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LSD NiMH cells that provide reasonable capacity even in subfreezing temperatures

Sanyo claims that 2000 mAh Eneloop LSD AA NiMH batteries provide about 1400 mAh at -10 °C (-15 °F). I wonder if only Eneloops provide reasonable capacity in the cold, or if the competition does too. ...
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Calculating resistance given capacitance and charge over time

Given the seconds \$t\$ it takes a capacitor (with farads \$C\$) to discharge from 5 volts (\$V_0\$) to 0 volts (\$V_t\$), how do you calculate the effective ohms of resistance R in a circuit? Based ...
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Automatically discharging capacitor [closed]

Say I have a capacitor of 100uF connected to 2Volts battery supply (In real circuit, this will be a solar panel exposed in the sun)... After some time, the capacitor will be charged fully with a ...
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Capacitor discharge after charge

I have this circuit for charging a capacitor: What I need is a circuit for discharging the capacitor after 'V' (the voltage across the 100 µF capacitor) has reached the maximum value of 2V. I ...
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What's a good estimate on how low an alkaline battery voltage can be to still make the battery useful?

Here's a YT video by Duracell about how many batteries declared dead and sent to recycling still have some usable energy. In the beginning of the video there's a sequence where they have a row of ...
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Making a lithium polymer circuit

I want to create a circuit that will power my Raspberry Pi using Lithium Polymer. My knowledge of LiPo is rather low and I believe they can get dangerous if used incorrectly so I turn here. THe ...
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Constant power discharge of a non-ideal capacitor

My employer sells boost converters to hold up motor drives during power loss. These boost converters are fed from capacitor banks. In order to size these banks correctly, we need to take their ...
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What's the max discharge (in “C”) of a Pb-acid and LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate)?

I know that lead acid batteries can handle massive loads, and they are even used to power houses with solar panels, but what is the maximum safe discharge for one of these? I've done some Googling ...
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At what voltage is a NiMH battery empty?

I have a battery pack of NiMH batteries. It is ten cells with 1.2V, 4000mAh each, put together in series. So rated voltage is 12V. After charging, i.e. when the charging device says that it is ...
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Understanding voltage and current

While reading "Electronics for dummies" went through the following block and I realised that I have some uncleared concepts about electricity: Electrostatic discharge involves very high voltages ...
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How can I quickly and safely discharge a charged capacitor (small and low voltage; <= 42V)?

I am learning how to use capacitors (ceramic and electrolytic from 1pf - 1000uf) and am trying out various experiments using a breadboard. I am constantly adding/removing things to my layout to see ...
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Adding voltage cutoff to a circuit? 3s li-po [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adding voltage cutoff to a circuit? Adding voltage cutoff to a circuit? I'm powering a project with a 3-cell 11.1V LiPo battery. What circuit do I add to make the unit ...
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How to Calculate the time of Charging and Discharging of battery?

How do I calculate the approximated time for the Charging and Discharging of the battery? Is there any equation available for the purpose? If yes, then please provide me.
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Properly charging and discharging Lithium cells during battery testing?

I'm working on some software that automates charging and discharging battery cells to generate discharge curves. I have a few concerns about properly charging and discharging of lithium-ion / ...
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Capacitor Discharge through Constant Current Source

I was just thnking of how to model the voltage decay from a fully charged capacitor through a constant current source (CCS). A good approximation to this would be to model the constant current source ...