Re: [midatlanticretro] could be OT: battery charging
- My gell cell 12V 7 AH says standby (float) charging 13.5-13.8V no current
limit, cyclic 14.4-15V max 1.75A. If your charger open circuit voltage is
within the float range then ok. If higher you need to stop when it gets
within the final voltage range. If your charger supply is current limited
then can hook it up directly, otherwise put a resitor in series which will
limit the current to 500ma initially (more to protect the charger, its
unlikely to provide enough current to bother the battery). If wet cell
(car type) the voltages will be somewhat different.
Yes, you want to keep lead-acid batteries charged and discharge
not too deep for longest life.
> I have 2 Exide 12v lead-acid batteries sitting in my
> garage. They're partially discharged, and I would like
> to recharge them in the hopes of ganging them to
> produce the 24 volts needed by an 8" floppy drive. In
> the absence of a regulated 24 vdc supply...it's all
> I've got. I was wondering if I could utilize the wall
> wart that came with my portable jump starter (12 vdc @
> 500ma IIRC) to recharge these batteries.
> Also, you're not supposed to deep discharge a
> lead-acid battery the way you should a ni-cad (to
> prolong it's life) before recharging, are you?