Old Car Battery Power Back-up




There is a power shortage in where I live, so I manage to make a power back-up from some component I've already got and an old car battery.

This is how to make back up power from old car battery.

Old car battery still can store electricity so when my car needs a new battery I keep the old one, until the new battery getting old and need replacement. Of course the old battery is not as good as new one, so we have to charge it periodically.

This way it will make the use of the battery about 2 year long..... or until you have to replace your car battery with the new one...

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Step 1: What We Need

- old car battery (of course)
- 24 hour timer
- car battery charger
- power inverter DC to AC

Step 2: Get Connected

1. connect 24 hour timer to power line.
2. set the time for 2 or 3 hours 'on' per day.
3. connect battery charger input(AC) to the timer.
4. connect battery charger output(DC) to the battery.
5. leave the switch on charger in 'on' position.

This way the battery will automatically charge for 2-3 hours per day and it will ready for emergency use.

When there is a black out, this is what you have to do
1. Turn off the charger
2. Disconnect battery from charger
3. Connect inverter input to battery then turn it on.

You may need over length cable to distribute the power.

It's only to power basic needs, like couple of 10watt fluorescent lamps and a small 18watt electric fan...
and also to charge cellphone....
With a single battery we can get about 3-4 hour of power......

Step 3: Other Use (as Power Booster)

Recently I've using this circuit as what I called 'POWER BOOSTER'.

Let say that my household capacity is only 900 watts and I need to power 1000 watts sound system for family gathering. So I'm using this circuit with 2000 watts inverter, that way I can run the sound system for a couple of hours until the battery goes dry.

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    On to the us every thing is to cheap than in the kosovo here the same invetor that was in the photo for 20dollar on to the kosovo it costs 80euros that made 105.67dollar so i can't make nothing here i would like to come in to the us and continues my education and realise my ideas there, but i can't


    9 years ago on Introduction

    BE CAREFUL! These batteries can leak if tipped over. They also emit toxic gases and are full of lead and acid. I think you should vent and enclose this if used for a long time.

    3 replies

    9 years ago on Step 2

    and then, can you run something that would normally run off electricity off of this?  and if so, how does a battery like this get transformed so that it would power something that usually is powered by electricity?
    thank you so much!!!

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    today you can find INVENTER in any electric or hardware store. Inverter is a device that change 12V DC to 110/220V AC. Inverter doing a reverse process of transformator/adaptor.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    a good, solid and simple idea. What was the was the condition and cca rating on the batteries you used?

    1 reply

    When the battery on the car get difficulty to start up the engine, its time to replace the battery. Usually in 2 years time, but some times I use the battery charger to make it's life time longer (until 3 years). Then when I replace it with new one, I just keep the old one for this project... 
    Then after 2 years, when battery on the car need to be replace, then I keep the on from car and get rid the oldest  battery from the power backup...