Charge non-rechargeable Alkaline batteries

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  1. ilias

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    Hi everyone
    I will show you a method to charge alkaline batteries first, I thought that limiting the current of recharging the batteries did the trick, but no! The electrolyte leaks from the end of the negative terminal, when the battery leaks, it loses in the best case 50% of its capacity. so another method is needed!!!
    The technique of a discontinuous contact: thanks to this technique the battery could suffer much less stress when recharging but on condition of leaving the battery two times longer to rest than to recharge (2 seconds of 6) 2s charging, 4s resting, And it works! Batteries recharged without problems!
    Weather when recharging AA, AAA or 9 volt, no problem it works and it does not leak. In the worst case we can always limit the intensity.

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    The circuit consists of a simple oscillator that charges the batteries for 2 seconds and stop for 4 seconds.
    The oscillator drives the Mosfet that charges the batteries.
    Choose any mosfet Type, and any small transistor, that handle the charging current, if you want to charge a lot of batteries choose a high current transistors.
    Another transistor and a potentiometer control the charging current, to charge all types (AAA AA 9V):
    I recommend:
    • AA: maximum 250mA
    • AAA: 110mA max.
    • 9V: 70mA max.

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    To recharge the batteries you must inject a voltage greater than the batteries voltage by X1.5.
    This charger can charge as many batteries as you want! with 12 volts can be up to 6 (with more than 12 volts but in this case consider increasing the value of some resistors).
    To make sure that your batteries are full charged and not damaging them, monitor their voltage, it should not exceed 110%, for example: a battery of 1.5V, maximum charge voltage is 1.65V.
    (considering regeneration 80%), a 2Ah battery needs 20h for a complete recharge, Long? not really if you're not pressed.

    Notes
    Before charging the batteries try to select them: never take that are not alkaline, leaking already, which are rusty, which are of a mark "cheap", that give "0.00 volts" or supposed to be "outdated "for too long. Remember that alkaline batteries can be recycled. no saline lithium or any non alkaline battery it won't work and it's dangerous.

    The source post: http://easy-electronics4u.blogspot.com


    any questions
    Thanks
     
  2. praondevou

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  3. Wendy

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    IMO this is not a safe project, given that alkaline tend to explode when recharged. All it would take is one user doing something different. However, I've brought it to the attention of the other moderator, and we are discussing it. We'll get back with you.
     
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  4. ilias

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    the charging current is low so ,the worst thing that can happen is that the overcharged battery leaks, the voltage should be mesured for not exceeding 110% of nominal voltage.
     
  5. bountyhunter

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    If you think standard alkalines are rechargeable, I've got a slightly used bridge I will sell you.

    This circuit is nothing but a current pulser.
     
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  6. Wendy

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    I had several Alkaline rechargers during the 90's. They work, after a fashion. It is one reason I decided to let the thread stand. It is worth trying, I suspect some batteries take it better than others, though I never got close to 80%.
     
  7. R!f@@

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    This is knew
     
  8. bountyhunter

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    When I was an NSC back in the 90's, we worked with the company who "brought out" rechargeable alks and chargers for them, I think it was eveready (?) but couldn't swear to that, it might have been another maker.

    When I saw the performance data and specs I swear I thought the product line was a complete JOKE:

    1) The "advantage" of alkalines is the higher A-hr capacity.

    2) however..... "rechargeable" alks lose their rechargeable capacity if they are deeply discharged...... so you can't use their A-hr capacity if you want them to remain rechargeable.

    They recommend only shallow cycling followed by immediate recharge.

    Are you kidding me?

    I told my people this product was crap and we didn't waste any time on it. We all saw how well the public took to it..... Fry's had them on the shelves for a couple of months then they disappeared never to be heard from again from that maker.


    I guess the "new" ones still do:

     
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  9. R!f@@

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    Does it work?
     
  10. Wendy

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    Not really. Alkalines simply are not designed for it.
     
  11. R!f@@

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    Then why is the thread still here...

    U wanna someone to blow a cell ?
     
  12. Wendy

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    The project is not against Tos, it isn't overunity or other, and to a very small extent, it occasionally works. It passes muster, in other words.

    Having been posted, it is up for public comment however. A form of peer review.
     
  13. R!f@@

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    OK....

    But.......If I blow a cell, I'm gonna sue you. :D
     
  14. Wendy

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    I am sitting in my underwear while I type this. I could send them to you if you'd like.

    To the OP: You do good presentations. I think you need to step back and look at your designs a bit. Try to look at them as we would, seeing them for the first time, and identify the perceived flaws ahead of time.
     
  15. spinnaker

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    Gee thanks Bill. Now I won't be able to sleep for a month with that image tattooed on my brain, Oh the horror. :)
     
  16. Wendy

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    You too? I have spares.
     
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