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Old November 8th 17, 07:54 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
SMS
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Default charging lead acid batteries

On Friday, November 6, 1992 at 12:55:57 PM UTC-8, James W Gourgoutis wrote:
I want to buy a 12 volt, 3 amp-hour lead acid battery to use in a
lighting system that I am building. Following the 1/10th rule, I need to use
a charger that delivers 300 milliamps. I have a wall converter that is rated
at 300 milliamps & 12 volts. Can I use this to charge the battery? What is
involved with doing this? Do I have to guess at the charge time, or is there
some way that I can calculate this? Can I use this power source as a trickle
charger? Any info would be helpful, since I will base my battery purchase on
this info. Thanks!
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James Gourgoutis
Mechanical Engineering O
University of Pittsburgh _ /__,
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or

Thanks! "Why am I so late? It took me
25 minutes to decide which bike
to ride!"
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Buy a charger that turns off when the battery is fully charged.

One of Harbor Freight's 400mA float chargers is fine and they often are on sale for under $5 https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/battery/automatic-battery-float-charger-42292.html

But you're probably better off with a Li-Ion set up. Use 4 protected 18650 cells in series with a 14.4V Li-Ion charger. A little more expensive than SLA, but much more energy dense.

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Old November 8th 17, 10:42 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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Default charging lead acid batteries

On 11/8/2017 1:54 PM, SMS wrote:
On Friday, November 6, 1992 at 12:55:57 PM UTC-8, James W Gourgoutis wrote:
I want to buy a 12 volt, 3 amp-hour lead acid battery to use in a
lighting system that I am building. Following the 1/10th rule, I need to use
a charger that delivers 300 milliamps. I have a wall converter that is rated
at 300 milliamps & 12 volts. Can I use this to charge the battery? What is
involved with doing this? Do I have to guess at the charge time, or is there
some way that I can calculate this? Can I use this power source as a trickle
charger? Any info would be helpful, since I will base my battery purchase on
this info. Thanks!
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
James Gourgoutis
Mechanical Engineering O
University of Pittsburgh _ /__,
e-mail me at: (_) /(_)
or

Thanks! "Why am I so late? It took me
25 minutes to decide which bike
to ride!"
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
--


Buy a charger that turns off when the battery is fully charged.

One of Harbor Freight's 400mA float chargers is fine and they often are on sale for under $5 https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/battery/automatic-battery-float-charger-42292.html

But you're probably better off with a Li-Ion set up. Use 4 protected 18650 cells in series with a 14.4V Li-Ion charger. A little more expensive than SLA, but much more energy dense.


Maybe someone can buy one of those float chargers and ship it back to
James in 1992.

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- Frank Krygowski
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Old November 9th 17, 01:07 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Sir Ridesalot
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Default charging lead acid batteries

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:54:13 PM UTC-5, SMS wrote:
On Friday, November 6, 1992 at 12:55:57 PM UTC-8, James W Gourgoutis wrote:
I want to buy a 12 volt, 3 amp-hour lead acid battery to use in a
lighting system that I am building. Following the 1/10th rule, I need to use
a charger that delivers 300 milliamps. I have a wall converter that is rated
at 300 milliamps & 12 volts. Can I use this to charge the battery? What is
involved with doing this? Do I have to guess at the charge time, or is there
some way that I can calculate this? Can I use this power source as a trickle
charger? Any info would be helpful, since I will base my battery purchase on
this info. Thanks!
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
James Gourgoutis
Mechanical Engineering O
University of Pittsburgh _ /__,
e-mail me at: (_) /(_)
or

Thanks! "Why am I so late? It took me
25 minutes to decide which bike
to ride!"
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
--


Buy a charger that turns off when the battery is fully charged.

One of Harbor Freight's 400mA float chargers is fine and they often are on sale for under $5 https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/battery/automatic-battery-float-charger-42292.html

But you're probably better off with a Li-Ion set up. Use 4 protected 18650 cells in series with a 14.4V Li-Ion charger. A little more expensive than SLA, but much more energy dense.


In the 25 years since the original post he's probably figured something out.

Just love these ressurected Zombie threads.

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