# Charging voltage

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by superway, Jan 3, 2012.

1. ### superway Thread Starter Active Member

Oct 19, 2009
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Hello,

I have a DC electronic load and a DC power supply. I would like to set current limit on DC supply with 5A, 7A , 9A step to charge 4 batterries 54.5V. Can anyone show me how to setup the load and DC supply to get current limit? On the DC supply, there is a current limit pot and voltage adjust pot.
Thanks

Ken

2. ### MrChips Moderator

Oct 2, 2009
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Set the voltage to 54.5V. Connect the batteries.
Increase the current setting until the current reading reaches 5A or stops increasing, which ever comes first. Your DC supply will now be both voltage and current limited.

3. ### superway Thread Starter Active Member

Oct 19, 2009
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Thanks Mrchip.
But batteries are very low discharing now. When applying 54.5v to batteries, it will draw alot current from batteries and it might be more than 5A at initial charge. So that's why i have to use DC electronic load first to set initial charge 5A. My question is how to adjust current limit on power supply with electronic DC load connected to DC supply output ?

Thanks

4. ### russ_hensel Well-Known Member

Jan 11, 2009
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What is the role of the electronic load? If the ps has voltage and current settings it would seem the answer is none. Do you really have a 50 + volt supply at 9 amps ( 450 watts? )

5. ### superway Thread Starter Active Member

Oct 19, 2009
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Specs for initial charge is 5A @ 54.5 vdc
For second charge cycle is 10A @ 53.5vdc.

But my batterry string is read only 30Vdc. So I have to base info specs above to charge my batteries 5A @ 54.5Vdc. For initial charge, do I have to adjust the PS about 35vdc and increase gradually or adjust to 54.5vdc immediately?

My current limit pot on DC supply just the pot with the label 20% to 120%.

Thanks

6. ### crutschow Expert

Mar 14, 2008
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Just do the adjustments as stated in post #2 by MrChips. If you start with the minimum setting on the current limit pot and increase it until it reaches 5A, then the current will never exceed that, no matter what the battery voltage.