Charge controller circuit project

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Joined Sep 21, 2009
I am making a control circuit for charging of a 12 V battery, and I'm having problems starting because I can't figure out how I could measure that the battery is fully charged.

If I apply 12 V (DC) to the battery, and the battery becomes fully charged... the node with the applied 12V and the battery 12V will be the same... or?
So how can I know?

And also, if applied 14 V for charging the 12V battery... what would happen?


Joined Jul 17, 2007
Just saying "12V battery" is far too generic.
Lead-acid, sealed lead-acid, NiMH, Ni-Cad, etc. etc... there are many different basic battery chemistries, and then there are different construction methods used within the various categories, and a wide variety of Ah or mAh ratings in each type.

They all have different charge /maintenance requirements.