Battery Voltage Monitor. Design Note 36


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This is the simplest type of Voltage Monitor you can build in 5 minutes. No need for a PCB and just solder lead to lead and hook up in the Emergency lamp. As long as the battery voltage is above 5 volts, LED lights to indicate a healthy battery. When the battery voltage drops below 4.7 volts, LED turns off to indicate the time for charging. It is a must for emergency lamp since deep discharge  permanently destroys the battery. Let us see what is happening in the emergency lamp battery.
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Battery level Indicator. Design Note 35


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Usually we use a battery level indicator along with rechargeable battery to monitor the voltage level. If the Lead Acid battery is deeply discharged below a particular voltage level ,Memory effect develops and the battery never attains full charge later. So it is necessary to monitor the safe voltage level in the battery. A 12 volt Lead Acid battery shows 13.8 volts in fully charged condition and it should not deep discharge below 9 volts. If it happens, immediate charging is required to maintain the health of  battery.

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