Need Help w/ NIMH Charging

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  1. Shawnjohn832

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    Im building a test box that requires a rechargeable 9V NIMH battery, could I SAFELY charge this battery with a universal 9V AC/DC adapter?? :confused:
     
  2. wayneh

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    No. It might be fine for the faster "bulk" charge phase, but you'd have no way to know when to taper off and terminate charging. Pop.
     
  3. DickCappels

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    You can safely trickle charge it at 1/10 the rated amp-hour capacity. However, this way, you will not charge the battery to full capacity.
     
  4. wayneh

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    NiMH at 0.1C? I thought that was the max continuous trickle for NiCad, not NiMH, which is less tolerant to overcharge.
     
  5. Audioguru

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    Energizer and a Japanese Ni-MH battery manufacturer say to trickle charge at no more than C/40. They say C/10 for Ni-Cad. But a Ni-MH battery has 4 times the capacity of a Ni-Cad so the trickle current is the same.

    Some "9V" Ni-MH batteries are actually 7.2V (6-cells) or 8.4V (7-cells).
    They are fully charged at about 9V to 10.5V.

    Your 9V adapter might not have a regulated output voltage which might be 18V when the load current is low. That will destroy a 9V Ni-MH battery.
     
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