Don’t make your battery charging units an afterthought when investing in rechargeable batteries – batteries and chargers go hand-in-glove like peas and carrots.
It is no secret that good battery charging units make an excellent base for batteries that are long-lasting and perform at their peak.
Because users are usually unaware of how important a good power source is and that it could make a profound difference, it is important to investigate battery charging units at the start of a project and not at the , after all the hardware has been completed – this is especially important under adverse conditions.
When investing in battery charging units you need to:
- Invest in the right charger for the right battery, which will make a world of difference – and because many chargers are able to service only one chemistry at a time, ensure that the voltage matches up with the charger.
- Charging a larger battery will take a lot longer than a smaller package, with the same applying in reverse.
- High wattage chargers will minimise the charging times and there are limitations as to how quickly batteries are charged – bear in mind that extra-quick charging will cause undue stress to the battery.
- Lead acid chargers should switch over to float charge when they are full.
- Nickel-based chargers need to switch over to trickle charge when batteries are fully charged.
- Li-ion will not be able to switch to trickle when full as they are unable to absorb any overcharging.
- Bear in mind that lead acid batteries should stay lukewarm, and nickel-based batteries will get warm to the touch only at the end of the charge.
Always be aware of the temperature of batteries when they are charging..