Is peltier efficiency (COP) based on current and not voltage and could I have any voltage I want and get a high COP if I limit current?
Whats confusing is that one graph shows efficiency based on Voltage and the other graph based on current. These graphs are from 2 different peltier manufacturers and these graphs are just examples of what I saw, I got to the possible conclusion that COP is based on current.
This is what I am thinking in my head when I came to it:
I remember that Voltage and current is directly proportional to each other so if I would put 10V through the peltier and with that it would draw .5 amps (only an example , don't know the exact current draw with 10v). If I would limit the current to .5 amps with a power supply since and I picked a much higher voltage , (the current draw would be much more than .5A if I didn't limit the current) the COP value stay exactly the same or close to each other , or even rise ? I also know the efficiency is based on heat , and less current means less heat , more efficient.
I don't think the power (watts) would affect the COP even though the 1st graph says the higher the voltage less efficiency (COP). With the higher voltage and same current that is higher watts which could make the COP go up since the peltier might remove heat much faster from the side. What doesn't make exact sense is the first graph basically saying the COP drops with voltage. I am thinking what that graph is possibly saying is that as the voltage goes up the current increases as well.