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Car battery charger problem.

 
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Car battery charger problem.

Post by malcscott » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:59 am

Hi, i have just replaced the old finned selenium rectifier in a car battery charger. I have fitted a new bridge type. I have tested the o/p volts and it reads 22.5v !! The ac input from the mains t/x is only 14v. Will the o/p volts drop when it is loaded with a battery? Malc.

 
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Re: Car battery charger problem.

Post by Refugee » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:35 pm

Silicon rectifiers have a much lower forward voltage than selenium types.
Perhaps a silicon rectifier may need a transistor regulator added to limit the final full charge voltage otherwise it will have to be monitored as it is charging.

 
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Re: Car battery charger problem.

Post by malcscott » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:57 pm

I have loaded it with a car battery and the voltage o/p is now ok (13.9v) It is charging fine but the ammeter is makes a loud buzzing type noise? Any ideas? It never made any noise when the old rectifier was working.

 
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Re: Car battery charger problem.

Post by Refugee » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:59 pm

A series resistor should give the meter an easier time for sure.

 
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Re: Car battery charger problem.

Post by Ed Dinning » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:16 pm

Hi Malc, if possible try reading the DC current into a charges battery. It should be under 1 Amp as the system is designed to taper charge, Add low value resistors to achieve this. You can then check what the current is on a discharged battery and it is normally not more than 3 A as the transformer is wound so as to limit the current.

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Re: Car battery charger problem.

Post by malcscott » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:56 pm

Hi Ed, the charger is rated at 1.5a max. The encapsulated bridge i fitted is rated at 20a. The battery i put on charge with it is now fully charged, just the noisy ammeter to sort out. Cheers, Malc.


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