12 Volt Lead Acid Battery Desulfator - New

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Edenhope

Joined Dec 13, 2015
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Can I use your desulfator, Lestraveled, on this thread to charge a single cell by using a separate power supply for the bit that pulses the MOSFET?
I have a single sulfated cell in a 500Ah off-grid battery and urgently need to revive it.
I've got the parts and have started building but realised it might not do what I need.

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ian field

Joined Oct 27, 2012
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Hi All,

I'm looking for a good schematic for a 12V lead acid battery desulfator. Anyone one have one kicking around..I know there are lots on google but looking for one that some one else has built and had good luck with.

Thanks!

Joe
The brute force method I occasionally use isn't allowed on this forum, because it uses a transformerless mains supply. But if a battery is that far gone, its only a stop gap measure to get me to the shop for a new battery.

Yuasa published various pamphlets on battery care and maintenance, at least one had sample schematics in the back pages - these should still be on their website, there are a few random older editions floating about the net.

Generally speaking; if you can't recover a 12V battery with 30V, it will never fully recover anyway - you have to use a current limited supply to avoid damage if/when the battery starts taking charge current. Yuasa suggest 1/3 of the Ah capacity rating.

If you want to automate it; a voltage comparator should detect when the recovering charge current pulls the constant current down to 10.8V - then the charger should switch to constant voltage.

A quick and dirty method I often use is a very old iron core transformer battery charger with a couple of 2.2uF capacitors across the bridge rectifier to make it a voltage doubler.

The only part of my charger that's original is the metal case. The transformer is from a Philips black & white portable TV (requires a current limiting resistor). The rectifier came from a motorcycle and the moving iron current meter was replaced by a bulkhead mounting Admiralty instrument.

The unloaded voltage is nearly 50V, so I can be reasonably confident, if a battery doesn't recover on that - its not worth any further effort.

I also added a big fat electrolytic on the output so I can use it to blat whiskered nickel cells.
 

recklessrog

Joined May 23, 2013
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Despite all the claims about different designs for electronic "de-sulphators" and in no way am I suggesting that they do not work, I have recovered/extended the life of many lead acid accumulators with a product called "BATAID" These are tablets that dissolve in the electrolyte and really do "restore" worn out, tired, and even dead cells. They work by neutralising the sulphate. The cost is so small compared to buying the required parts to build a restorer.
 

ian field

Joined Oct 27, 2012
6,539
Despite all the claims about different designs for electronic "de-sulphators" and in no way am I suggesting that they do not work, I have recovered/extended the life of many lead acid accumulators with a product called "BATAID" These are tablets that dissolve in the electrolyte and really do "restore" worn out, tired, and even dead cells. They work by neutralising the sulphate. The cost is so small compared to buying the required parts to build a restorer.
My experience with Bataid has been somewhat different, but then some of the batteries I tried to revive were pretty far gone.

Generally, I've been disinclined to risk putting them in a battery I could recover any other way.
 

recklessrog

Joined May 23, 2013
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I think that if all else fails, there is not much to lose. Two winters ago, the battery on my car was failing to hold sufficient charge for more than a couple of days so I put two BatAid tablets in each cell and gave it a good trickle charge. Two years on and it's still going strong. win some, lose some I guess.
 

Lestraveled

Joined May 19, 2014
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Can I use your desulfator, Lestraveled, on this thread to charge a single cell by using a separate power supply for the bit that pulses the MOSFET?
I have a single sulfated cell in a 500Ah off-grid battery and urgently need to revive it..........
A voltage doubler desulfator would not work well for a single cell 500 AH battery. This cell would have an extremely low internal resistance and a 500 AH cell requires a lot of pulse current for desulfation to be effective. This is beyond the capability of a voltage doubler. Look up the "Direct Drive" thread on the Lead Acid Battery Desulfator Forum. This is the one you should use.
 

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Edenhope

Joined Dec 13, 2015
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A voltage doubler desulfator would not work well for a single cell 500 AH battery. This cell would have an extremely low internal resistance and a 500 AH cell requires a lot of pulse current for desulfation to be effective. This is beyond the capability of a voltage doubler. Look up the "Direct Drive" thread on the Lead Acid Battery Desulfator Forum. This is the one you should use.
Thanks. I've seen your Direct Drive desulfator postings and will give it a go.
 

Mosaic

Joined Aug 2, 2010
15
Hi all:
I am publishing my reliable Desulfator Engine which has some elements from Lestraveled info in it, but it is a fairly mature development with heavy duty power delivery and overnight results on an auto/marine battery.
The intent is to assist the DIY community in developing homebrew projects without the headache of unreliable power electronics as this is where most of the build failures take place.

Have a look:
https://hackaday.io/project/25741-desulfator-engine-for-climate-change-mitigation
 
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