Introduction: Spot Welder for Lithium-ion 18650 Battery Tutorial

Easy to build DIY spot welder for under 60$.
Works great und safes a lot of time.

High temperature destroys lithium batteries, so soldering is no option.

I want to build a 700Wh battery pack for my electric homemade boat and E-bike using 60 panasonic ncr18650b lithium batteries.

Step 1: Watch the Video! Check Schematics for the List of Material

Thats all you need:

1 x resistor 1k

1 x resistor 10k

1 x foot switch

1 x Hifi Cap min. 1F

8 x MOSFET IRF1404

1m copper cable 2.5mm²

2m copper cable 35mm²

Copper rails

Total costs: about 60$

Step 2: Attach the MOSFETs and the Eyelets to the Copper Rails

Sand the copper rails for better

The eyelets are very easy to bend (watch the video)

Step 3: Wooden Base Plate and Copper Clamps

Attach the Hifi Cap to the wooden base plate.

Make the copper clamps for the 35mm² cable and the cap.

Use wodden distance plates to attach the copper rails with the FETs and eyelets.

Step 4: Solder GATE and SOURCE Pins

Solder eyelets to the SOUCE pins of the FETs.

Connect all GATE pins.

Dont´t foreget 10k resistor between GATE and SOURCE

and 1k resistor after the foot switch.

Step 5: Welding Cables and Connector

Connect one 35mm² welding cables to the plus pole oft he cap

and the second to the DRAIN copper rail.

I also installed a connector for the battery and the foot switch.

Step 6: Welding Tips

Use for the welding tips the 2.5mm² copper cable.

Stick the 2.5mm² copper cable into the 35mm² cable as shown in the video.

Now you are ready to do your first welding tests.

To load the Cap use a power supply or a 12V battery with a 60W lamp in series.

Benefit of the power supply: you can vary the amount of energy in the cap.

Have fun!

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