Lead-Acid battery charger - leaking voltage? (solved)

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by bushrat, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. bushrat

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    Nov 29, 2014
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    Hello Guys,

    Few days ago, I build a lead acid battery charger from schematics that I found online.
    battery circuit.jpg
    For now, it works fine, battery is charging. I added 2 LED's to help me see where power is in the circuit (to help troubleshoot in case of failure). The problem begins when I remove DC power supply, the LED's are still lit but slightly dimmer. What am I missing from the circuit?
     
  2. Dodgydave

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    Jun 22, 2012
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    If the circuit is correct, then D1 is letting the battery discharge and may be faulty.
     
  3. MikeML

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    You have a shorted D1?
     
  4. bushrat

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    Found it, thanks guys (and gals, if any). D1 is P6kE6.8 - breakdown voltage around 6.8 V, and that's what's getting back into the circuit.
     
  5. Dodgydave

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    its a zener diode then ,
     
  6. MaxHeadRoom

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    That is a TVS diode, no wonder!
    Max.
     
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