Monday, December 31, 2012
Final (hopefully) Chargers have been ordered
And the charger saga continues.
There seems to be a charger theme as of late. But I plan on getting it right, so I shall continue this theme for a little while, anyway.
My recently purchased six individual chargers are a temporary solution to avoid murdering my brand new batteries. Series charging my pack was doing just that - undercharging some and overcharging others - because of varying internal resistance within my pack.
These chargers are old school transformer based chargers. Very very inefficient. So inefficient that I am embarrassed to enter fuel log data.
During the bulk charge when batteries resistance is low:
Input power: 160W
Output power: 10A*12.8V=128W
Once the battery voltages go up and resistance increases, the charger output current drops significantly while input current drops much less:
Input power: 125W
Output power: 5A*13.5V=67.5W
Since the current slows down at higher charging voltages, most of the charging time is spent in this stage, where efficiency is quite low.
But I knew it would be like this with these chargers, and I have to keep reminding myself that this is temporary.
So....for my [hopefully] final charging solution I have ordered.....(insert drumroll).....THIS:
Posted by James Voth at 6:00 PM