9.6v to 8v

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by ashbreeze96, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. ashbreeze96

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    can anyone help me with converting power from a 9.6v 700mah battery pack to 8v 200mah
  2. Papabravo


    Feb 24, 2006
    Answer #1
    I can take a 9.6V source and with a three terminal voltage regulator I can make an 8V output.

    The "mah" is a unit of capacity and it is computed by multiplying current in milliamperes by time in hours. What it means is that you can get some number of millamps for some number of hours before the battery voltage falls to an unuseable level. This unuseable level will be different for each application.

    You original request asked me to convert a high capacity battery pack(700mah) to a lower capacity battery pack(200mah). I don't know of any way to do that, nor can I figure out why you would want to do that.

    The point at which the 8V regulator will drop below 8 Volts is determined by the Drop Out Voltage. This may be as low as 300 millivolts. So the 9.6V Battery pack would need to discharge to 8.3 Volts before the output would fall below 8 Volts.

    If the 9.6V battery pack is made up of idividual cells @ 1.2V each as many NiCad or NiMH battery packs are, you might be bold enough to remove one cell dropping the output from 9.6V to 8.4V. Warning: you can seriously injure yourself messing around with battery packs if you're not careful and you don't know what you're dealing with. Things can get hot in a hurry, and when a battery gets hot, bad things can happen. You don't want the nasty chemistry inside the battery to get out. It's sorta like letting the magic smoke out of a chip, only much more unpleasant.
  3. windoze killa

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 23, 2006
    Firstly the "mha" rating is a function of the cells in the battery. As mentioned, it is the amount of current that can be supplied by the battery in one hour before being unuseable. So in your situation and ignoring the change in voltage if you were to only draw 200ma then your 700mah battery should last 3.5 hours. Obviously changing the voltage would change this time. This figure is the maximum so there is no real minimum.

    Next it would be handy to know exaclty what you are going to supply with this battery. It maybe as simple as using a few diodes in the supply line so long as the diodes can handle the current. Most diodes have a forward voltage drop of 0.6V to 0.8V. So a couple of these will bring the voltage down to about 8.4V This maybe close enough.

    Another method would be to use a zener diode (8.1V) and a resistor to reduce the voltage.