Car Battery Charger. Home Utility Circuit 2

LEAD-ACID-BATTERYIf you own a Car, you need a Battery charger to charge the battery if the vehicle is not running daily. Car battery is rated 12 Volt 32 Amps or 45 Amps. It needs both charge and discharge cycles to keep the battery always in top condition. Aging of battery starts just after its manufacturing and as the age increases, the Lead Acid battery loses its capacity to hold charge. Here is a simple Car battery charger you can make.

What you need
1. A 14-0-14 Volt 5 Ampere Transformer
2. Two 10 Amps diodes
3. One 100 uF 40 Volts Electrolytic Capacitor
4. One 0-10 Amps Ampere Meter
5. Two Battery clips
6. A Metal box for enclosing the charger.
7. 2 Meters 1 mm Red and Black electrical wire


Here the charger uses 14-0-14 V 5 Amps Transformer. Battery needs more than 2 volts higher than its rated capacity for steady charging. If we use 12 volt transformer, output voltage may reduce below 12 V if there is voltage drop in the Mains. This causes improper charging. If the battery is aged, it needs a force charging initially. So 5 Amps transformer is selected. Transformer gives low volt AC between 14 V to 16 V which is rectified into DC by the 10 Amps diodes D1 and D2. Usually a large value Capacitor is used to filter AC ripples from DC. But here a low value capacitor ( C1) is used since some ripples in the DC is good for Lead Acid battery charging. A kind of pulse charging takes place when  the ripples  present in DC. You can also avoid that filtering capacitor.

Connect the Ampere meter in series with the Positive. From the Meter connect the Red wire with the Battery clip at the end. Similarly connect Black wire to the Negative side. Double check the polarity before connecting to the battery. No LED indication is provided since it may drop some output voltage. Meter gives good indication for charging. Its needle rises to 2-3 Amps initially and when the battery charging completes, needle returns to zero.