lead acid battery charger

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Kaiser Ed Bayawa, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Kaiser Ed Bayawa

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    I have a 1200 watts microwave transformer.
    I want to build a lead acid charger. Can anyone give me a circuit on how to do it please.
    Any suggestions would help.
    thank you
     
  2. Dodgydave

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    Microwave transformer is no good for a charger, you need a transformer with approx 25% more voltage than the battery you want to charge, like 15vac for a 12v battery.
     
  3. Kermit2

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    If it is like most MOT's the fine wire, many many turn secondary is on the outside.
    Remove it careful not to damage the primary winding.
    Use some 12 or 14 Guage wire and put about 3 turns per volt or about 50 turns on.
    Add or remove until your AC volt meter reads about 18 VAC (rms)
     
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  4. Kaiser Ed Bayawa

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    Can you please give a circuit diagram after i reached the 18v?
     
  5. Kermit2

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    This is the next step. It is called AC to DC rectification. The diode arrangement is called a bridge rectifier.
    Once you get this done you will be ready for a regulator.
     
  6. MikeML

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    For Lead-Acid Battery charging, do you need a smoothing capacitor?
     
  7. Lestraveled

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    It depends of the method of controlling the charge. If all he wants is a resistor currenter then, No. If he wants a charger that won't over charge his batteries then, the answer is generally Yes.
     
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