Questions tagged [lead-acid]

A type of very common chemistry system used batteries using lead and sulfuric acid. fully charged it will have a voltage of 13.8 V. These batteries are used in automotive and robotics environments.

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Is it possible to fully charge a 12V lead-acid traction battery using a car battery charger?

I got a 45Ah 12V traction battery for my experiments and I was assuming that I can recharge it using a normal car battery charger (the main difference between 12V car starting battery and 12V lead-...
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Help needed with over discharge circuit on LifePo4 12V car battery replacement

I'm putting together a LifePo4 battery pack with the intention of replacing the 12V lead acid battery in my 4WD. So far, what I've got is the following. 4 x 10 Ah LifePo4 batteries (38120 Headway) in ...
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Hi-voltage required for 100% SoC in LA banks?

Talking large banks of expensive true-deep-cycle cells, not the stuff you see in mass retail channels. Maybe the 6v golf cart batts from Sam's, at the "value" low end. I think end-of-life ratings are ...
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Are gas bubbles ok in Flooded lead acid battery charging?

I Have HBL power system's 2cell 4.2v lead acid battery which has capacity of 12Ah for C/ 100 and 9Ah for C/10. I found it in the rubbish and thought it may useful and in working condition.I ...
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Old lead-acid battery inrush charging current

Can an old lead-acid battery have an usually high inrush charging current, such that the alternator belt squeals for the first 30-90 seconds after the engine is started? It is worse in hot weather. ...
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What is the right voltage to charge a flooded lead acid at CV? Also it got pretty warm while filling up acid

Recently purchased a Yuasa PowerSport (6N5.5-1D- 6V 5.5Ah) bike battery. Since Amazon does not sell it with the acid it has to be purchased separately from an auto store or self prepared. I went with ...
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What is wrong with this battery

I recently encountered a battery that was installed in a vintage lawn mower. The battery was dated 9/19 but would not start the engine, it would not even cause the relay to click. The voltage on the ...
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Charging three lead acid batteries in parallel with a single 14V charger

I need a 36V battery for a project of mine. Eventually I will buy a li-ion pack but now when prototyping and testing I don't want to spend a lot of money so I'm looking at cheap alternatives. I'm ...
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Lead acid battery and lead acid battery charger — specs don't match, but can I use them anyway?

I have the following: Lead acid battery Specs: 12V, 7.2 Ah Model: Portalac PXL12072 Description: Kind of old, so maybe sulfated, but I won't know until I try to charge it. Lead acid battery ...
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Help understanding RV/Marine battery chargers

I am trying to understand how modern 3-stage marine/RV lead-acid battery charge systems work. It's very common to wire a charger in parallel with both the battery bank and the "house" power. This ...
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Do I choose a series or parallel battery set up to power a fish finder?

I plan on running a Garmin UHD 73SV fish finder off two 12V 7A lead acid batteries for a kayak. The unit pulls 1.25Ah. So if I run them in parallel I will have 12v 14A with a run time of about 11.2 ...
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Connecting multiple chargers to a lead acid battery

I have a scenario where I want to connect an external battery charger to an alarm system's battery to keep it charged fully despite our country's frequent rolling blackouts. The battery is a larger ...
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Limit current when charging a battery?

So I am trying to charge a 12V 1.3Ah lead-acid battery(actually they are two 6V batteries in series). Now I have a power supply which says 12V 500mA but actually outputs more like 21V.. No idea why.. ...
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Lead-acid battery Polarity Swap

I’ve seen people ask how to discharge a lead-acid battery, which is easy enough. I have a lead-acid battery that I must have connected to my on-board boat charger backwards. It must have been very ...
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Charging 4 x 12V lead acid battery with solar in series or parallel?

I have a small electric vehicle that currently uses 4 x 12V 8Ah SLA batteries wired in series as its 48V battery packs. I have 2 of these packs. In order to charge the batteries, I unplug all of them,...
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trickle charge backup battery

I would like to know if the schematic below would work to keep a 12V SLA battery at or close to float voltage to be used as a backup battery? R1 will limit the charge current to the battery, but am I ...
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Using SLA in place of LFP to test an LFP charging device

I'm testing a solar charge controller for LiFePO4 that uses absorption and float stages. By design, power-on initiates the absorption stage, and a timer terminates absorption and initiates the float ...
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Slow-start lead-acid charge - good or bad?

I have a 300Ah battery which is near-dead (Abused in the past, around 5 years old) and want to replace it with 4-6 new 100Ah. The current method of charging is with a 30A MPPT solar controller. As ...
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Switch off branch of a circuit when voltage is present in another branch [power path management]

I want to convert a circuit that runs on 6V DC (from an intermitent power source) to a battery-operated one, by adding a Sealed Lead-Acid (SLA) battery. This would fulfill the following scenarios: ...
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What is the actual capacity & charging current of a given deep cycle lead acid battery?

Firstly let me say that this is with a view to using a lead acid battery for backup purposes in case of power outage (mains power, a few lightbulbs but with daily outages lasting a few hours) So let'...
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Is the mobile charger capable of charging an SLA?

The referenced article over on http://www.instructables.com/id/4V-Lead-Acid-Battery-Charger/ indicates a Li Ion charger for mobile phones may serve to charge a low AH SLA. I held the impression a Li ...
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Does the charge of a battery affect its discharge voltage or current?

Although I am making an electrochemical battery (1 lead acid cell), I thought that this question would be more suitable here. Would there be any difference in the voltage and current of the cell (when ...
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Why are Nickel Iron batteries expensive, less manufactured and not researched much?

I have read about Nickel-Iron batteries and from what I have understood they have very long life and large cycles. They are heavier than lead-acid batteries, but even lead acid cells are used in ...
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Is this method of charging a lead acid battery safe, or even good!

so I need to know if my method/circuit of charging a 6V Lead Acid Battery is safe or even workable! so this is the circuit and battery info! simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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Lead Acid battery dropped to 6V

I left my lead acid battery in my scooter and have not touched it for last 3 months. Now the open circuit voltage is only 6V. Is my battery permanently dead, or is there a way to repair it?
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Simple Solar Setup question

I have recently purchased a 10W polycrystalline solar panel with 30A battery clips, a 20A solar charge controller (intelligent regulator with 12V/24V USB display) and a 12V 7Amp lead acid rechargeable ...
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Estimating current draw from alternator (14.4v?) to 12v DC

I'm wiring my caravan into my car this weekend. In order to keep the caravan's leisure battery charged the cars alternator provides a current to the caravan for this purpose. I need to figure out ...
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Battery Disconnect Switch

I'm an Electrical Engineering student still new to power systems. I'm working on a project that uses a 24V and 200Ah battery bank made up of 4 AGM lead acid batteries. The batteries are supplying four ...
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Is an in-vehicle, “smart” automobile-battery maintainer powered by a “smaller” rechargeable battery feasible?

Another naive question from a lay-person.    A standard AC utility-powered Tender or Genius type unit is impossible to use with on-street parking. I am doubtful that "solar-powered" units ...
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Does mobile charger and buck converter have any basic difference?

I have a 2 cell(4.2V)/12Ah deep cycle flooded lead acid battery that i usually charge by 5V/2A smartphone charger. By using this charger it takes 200mA current for charging. Today i got my CC/CV buck ...
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Why did this Sealed Lead Acid battery blow its vent?

So I plugged in my new nearly full charge SLA battery (12 Ah) into a new charger designed for 12V batteries and within about 30 seconds the bottom blew out a corner, which I assume was the vent, out ...
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What can happen if I try to charge lead acid battery outside charger's capacity range?

I'm looking for lead acid battery charger. My battery (originally from UPS) has 12V and about 40Ah capacity. This is what I see in one charger's datasheet: Automatic charger for sealed lead acid ...
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Lead acid battery charging current dosent become zero

Here I am charging a 6V 4.5Ah lead acid battery by using a 8V-10V LM317 input supply for the circuit. I'm using the BD139 transistor to cut off and a 6.8V zener diode. As the battery voltage reaches ...
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Lead-Acid battery connections

In a lead-acid battery we have 6 cells, each cell having positive and negative terminal. The negative terminal of the first cell from the right of the picture connected to the positive terminal for ...