Battery Charge Port Protection

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by trs5, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. trs5

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    Hi I'm pretty new to circuits and I have a question about charging a battery for a project.

    How do I keep the port from being an open circuit when it is not plugged and being charged?

    Will a relay work to engage the port when charging and disengage the port when no charging is applied?

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    Thanks you for the help.
     
  2. Dodgydave

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    Have you got a circuit in mind that your using?
     
  3. trs5

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    I was thinking a relay would work but the battery would hold the coil open when the charger is removed.
     
  4. wayneh

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    Why do you care about the status of an used port?

    My battery charger senses a small voltage and won't turn on the charging unless it sees that voltage. This prevents a short from happening when you inadvertently touch the cables together.
     
  5. trs5

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    the port is exposed to the elements so I want to keep it from shorting if any water or material ended up in it.
     
  6. THE_RB

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    Put an output switch on the charger?

    Even better, but an on/off switch on the mains power to the charger, so it is not using power when nothing is connected.
     
  7. wayneh

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    The behavior of my store-bought charger sounds like what you need. It would be easy to rig a comparator to control a relay to cut power if the output sees less than, say, 2V. You could even consider a small wall-wart power supply to control the circuit, so that it could cut off AC power as RB suggested

    But, why not just buy a proper charger?
     
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