With the added caveat that unlike NiCD, which are endothermic during normal
charge (chemical process absorbs heat), NiMH are exothermic during normal
charge. That is, it is perfectly normal and expected for NiMH cells to
continuously generate heat during the charge cycle even when charging
efficiently and not yet in overcharge.
(A lot of people get concerned that the batteries are immediately getting warm
shortly after charging starts.)
>From: MCH <mch@...>
>Sent: Sun, October 30, 2011 9:34:44 AM
>Subject: Re: [BC346XT] Re: charging question
>Yes, I see what you were saying now. You were talking about the total
>charge a cell will require, and not the charge rate. When you said "The
>rule of thumb for charging is to feed them with about 1.5x their
>capacity.", I thought you were talking about the charge rate, and 1.5
>times their capacity would be way too high.
>Of course, the total charge will depend on several factors - including
>the condition of the cell. Newer cells will generally require much less
>than 1.5 times their capacity while older ones may require more. You can
>tell the cell condition by the release of heat during the charge
>process. The more heat released, the less efficient the transfer and the
>more total charge will be required to reach full capacity (which will
>change as the cell ages).
>> Sorry, but you missed my point completely. I was not talking about "C", nor did
>>I ever refer to it.
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