Car Battery Monitor. Beginner’s Trial 14


Monitor your Car battery or Inverter battery with this simple circuit. It always follows the terminal voltage of the battery and gives corresponding LED indications. A 12 volt Lead-Acid battery attains 13.85 volts in full charged condition and Inverter Tubular battery 14.85 volts. So it is necessary to have an idea about the charge status of the battery. If the battery discharges below 10 volts, it needs immediate charging to prevent the deep discharge. The circuit gives three LED indications. If the terminal voltage of the battery rises above 13.5 volts, Red LED lights. If the voltage drops below 10 volts, Green LED lights. If the voltage is normal around 12 volts, both the LEDs remain off.

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Why Emergency Lamp is not doing well? Fact File 18


It is not its fault! But ours. We search for the emergency lamp only when power fails frequently. Otherwise it will be a dust depositor somewhere. To make the emergency lamp in good condition, proper care is needed. The emergency lamp battery is SMF (Sealed Maintenance Free) type and need not require water topping and can be placed in any position. It is rated 6 volts @ 4.5 Ah backup current.

 

The electrolyte of most SMF battery is a gel of Sulphuric acid mixed with Silica fume which makes the resulting mass gel like and immobile. This gel electrolyte reduces the electrolyte evaporation, spillage etc. One important feature of Gel battery is that the lead plates contain Calcium instead of Antimony to reduce water loss. Because of the presence of calcium, the gel battery charges very slowly compared to other batteries. Another important feature is its thermal sensitivity so the battery is vulnerable to thermal run away due to abusive charging. Over charging leads to its premature failure.

The Emergency lamp battery requires equal charge and discharge cycle. That is, it should be charged and discharged daily or once in two days. If it is always plugged in for charging, overcharging occurs leading to its permanent damage. If the battery is kept without charging for few days, self discharge takes place and the battery develops Memory Effect so that it will not charge fully. Deep discharge is another problem that can affect battery life. When the emergency lamp is kept switched on till it completely shut down, two adverse effects happen. The battery will not charge fully in recharging and the ends of tubes turn black due to filament damage. So it is better to switch off the lamp, when its light intensity drops.
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