Alkaline Charger

So, I want to try and build a charger for alkaline batteries with an Arduino.  I'll be using it to recharge 9v batteries. What I want to know is: What would the optimum charge current/voltage be?  Should I pulse the charge current? How do I detect the state of charge? How can I get ~1.6v from the arduino to charge an AA? Can I use PWM 5v? And any other useful info you may want to add. I have a ton of parts/shields/etc for arduino as well as components.  LCD's, IC's, LEDs, diodes, resistors, crystals, etc. Would also like to do a battery diagnostic utility to test health, resistance, charge, etc. Can anyone help? EDIT: So I made a quick circuit and sketch to charge an AA battery to 1.6v, using an LM317 adjustable voltage regulator. As os so far, it is working.  Now I need to figure out how to make a voltage doubler. I'm thinking something like 40-50 mA output at 10v. I have an LM324N quad op amp chip as well as one of these. How could I make a doubler circuit?

Posted by LiquidLightning 5 years ago

Generate 22-30 volts from 12

I need to generate a voltage between 22 and 30 (for vfd tubes) from 12 volts (DC). It also has to have a minimum current output of 60mA (really 54, but I like to have some leeway). I really want to use something without an inductor (charge pump?) because I'm also driving nixies in the same area and I already have a lot going on. I would love to have something similar to the ICL7662 (essentially a voltage doubler, only uses a chip, 2 caps, and 2 diodes), but as far as I can tell it can't deliver enough power. I can't find any chip that's what I want... Help?

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago