battery requirments

Hi, I am currently using 2x 6v 1.3 AH SLA batteries to power a 3w LED globe. will these batteries be ok to power this LED for around about 1 hour or will this be pushing it.

Posted by BrianW109 2 years ago


New type of 3d printing

This is a sample of a new style of 3d laser printer. or Stereolithography. I  have not seem a similar setup like the one im proposing (please let me know if it already exist) I have a good understanding of mechanics, but I'm clueless on computer programing and electronics. What I propose would be a rotating laser device that would create SLA model from 3d printing design. The main benefit that i would hope this design offers is a quiet smooth operation. Would Ideally work with high rpm ( Similar to conventional cd/dvd burners operation, except the laser rotates instead of the cd). Ideally this setup would allow for fast production of multiple prints in a single process. If anybody has a computer/electrical background who would be interested in working on this type of desgin , please let me know. Here are some pictures of how the setup would work

Posted by james123cb 6 years ago


Voltages for 7AH, SLA batteries

So I've read all on the web about the voltages of a lead acid battery, and according to sites like This One the battery should be full at 12.69v or so. The only thing is I'm getting 13.02v on one SLA, and 13.08v on another. One of the batteries is brand new, and the other is out of a UPS. Are these batteries badly overcharged, or am I just really ignorant and can't find a simple site listing SLA voltages :) The batteries were not connected to anything for about 12 hours before I took the readings, and I have tested the multimeter I used, and it is accurate.If it helps, the battery says:Constant voltage charge(25C)- Cycle use: 14.5-14.9V- Standby use: 13.6-13.8V- Initial current: 2.1AAny advice / help would be greatly appreciated!PS) The main project is powering a computer with these batteries. I've done that so far and it draws only around 1.8A, so hopefully it could last for quite long! (~5 hours or so)

Posted by cb22 10 years ago


Charging SLAs from DC

Hi Instructables community! I am building a K9 robot - one that is going to be covered in solar cells-in such a way that I get a voltage / current ratio of a pretty high number. I plan to charge my SLA partially via these cells so I can lengthen the space between charges. Unfortunately, my 6V 4.5Ah SLA battery is charged via a plugin adapter and I do not wish to pull it apart unless there is no other choice - so is there are a way I can charge my battery from a constant DC voltage? If so, do any of you know what voltage/currents I'd need to feed it? I can get most any current/voltage specs via transistors and voltage boosters - just I don't know the equation. Thanks for all your help! Jonathan Davis NitroJon Labs

Posted by nitrojon 9 months ago


Solar Boombox Upgrade

Ok so im looking to upgrade my DIY portable boombox for the 2nd time and one of the things i want to add is a solar panel to supplement the battery power from my 12v 7ah sla battery, that by itself will currently run the thing for about 3hrs at full blast. The new version will have Directed CSX-650 component speakers: (bottom of this page) http://www.lightav.com/car/directedaudio/directedspeakers.html and the amp will be one of these: http://shop.41hz.com/shop/item.asp?catid=42&itemid;=43 , so what id like to know is what tech spec should i be looking for in a solar panel that would be capable of charging the battery while the boombox is not in use and will supplement the battery power to extend the run time while it is in use? Also will i need some kind of circuit/component to prevent overcharge of the battery? Oh and is there some kind of simple light/gauge i can wire in to show the charge level of the battery?

Posted by ambientvoid 7 years ago


Solar Circuit Question

Hey everyone, first post here. I am a novice at electronics. I am putting together a solar powered boombox. I have a 30w panel, a 10A charge controller, and a 7Ah SLA battery. I will be using this to run a 12v Lepai amp. Do I need something in my circuit that disconnects the amp when the battery drops below a certain level? I have read the if a SLA battery is completely depleted it will be ruined, is this true? My charge controller only has a spot for solar in and battery out. Should I exchange it for one with a spot to hook the load?

Posted by jmitchell51 4 years ago


3d Printer RESIN

Hi, i'm planning on buying a SLA printer, but i want to be sure that i can get a good amount of resin at a fair price, i found some places but since i'm from Bolivia-Latin America, the shipping and buying from Us Europe or Asia it becomes quite expensive, sometimes like +65% to 80% of the product itself. If someone knows a DIY resin, or some good places that doesn't cost as much per L or Galon plz let me know and share it with everyone else. Anyway, thx a lot for reading and take your time, i hope i can get an answer. 

Posted by pablopcb 4 years ago


Microwave Transformer

I have salvaged a old microwave transformer that i am going to use for a SLA battery charger i am building. I have rewound the secondary with 50amp wire and i get an AC output of 12v what is what i want but im confused with working out how many amps it puts out. I have run it through a bridge rectifier and a capacitor and i get about 18V DC. I was testing the amps by adding 12v 50watt light bulbs to it 1 at a time and when i get to 200watts the voltage starts to drop to about 10v DC. My question is does that mean the transformer is being overloaded? and if so is there a way to increase the amp output by winding secondary with different wire? I have seen online videos of Microwave transformers being rewound and they give out 50amps at 12v.

Posted by JamieG14 3 years ago


Grow a plant in my locker?

Currently, this is an idea, and i am simply expanding on it. I had this great idea, mostly as a joke, why not grow a plant in a spare locker? I am currently a high school student that goes to a small school, and have way too much time on my hands. As i was looking at the empty lockers we have from students who left, or even just spares, an idea hit me. Why not put one of these lockers to good use? Why not put a plant inside of it, that can sustain most if not all of itself? Have a gallon of water in there, along with an arduino and a moisture sensor, that would end up watering the plant. I would also have an artificial light source to provide light, preferably LED. The hardest bit is the power. All of this would run off of either a SLA battery or two, or maybe a drill battery. I could swap the battery once every day, which means it would need to go for 24 hours without stopping. That, and the weekends, which would be three full days. I first thought about mushrooms, or other dark growing plants, but i find that boring, lacking a challenge. besides doing this just for jokes, i have also wanted to try out the idea of growing a plant fully indoors without the use of natural sunlight. I have never done this, so please feel free to bombard me with recommendations. Again, this is only an idea. I can only assume it's possible. Also, recommendations on parts and methods would be sweet. Some type of light that can be powered on 12-24v, and run off of a SLA or maybe even a lawnmower battery for minimum of 3 days. Also, plant. I was thinking a tomato plant? Some species that doesn't grow taller than 2.5ft? Anyway, that's the idea. If you guys could help with ideas, provide recommendations, or point me in the correct direction, that'd be sweet. Last note, i would like to keep this cheap. I am not going for some extreme garden or anything. Just a single plant, in a semi-self sustaining locker.

Posted by RocketPenguin 3 years ago


How to build a 5Kwh Power Wall using Headway 38120 LifePo4 Batteries

Frequent power cut during the summer and hours of no power issue during the monsoon makes our lives miserable. It's a common picture in rural areas where the overhead power line connection is prevalent. This led me to think about an alternative power back up that would be way better than the conventional LA or SLA battery solutions. With the constant advancement in the technology, new dimensions are being unfolded to us and I believe, the powerful Headway 38120 batteries are going to reign in the market for quite sometime. I need help from the experts to build a 5kwa Power Wall using Headway 38130 LifePo4 cells and an Inverter too. The parameters are: Output Voltage: 230v, Max Load: >500wh (I'm looking for 10hrs bkp= 5kwh), I'm clueless about how many cells I might need and how many of them will be in series and in parallel connection. Do I need a custom built charger for these LifePo4 cells and BMS too? Please help me up.

Posted by akik007 6 months ago


Looking for advice on LiFePO4 car battery replacement for SLA

I'm thinking of replacing my 12V lead acid car battery with a DIY lightweight battery based on LiFePO4 cells, but before I dive in I'd like to get some advice...My plan is to use 4 sets of 2 x ANR26650M1B cells in parallel, to give 13.2V output, and high output current, and about 20Ah capacity.(These cells seem to be used in commercial lightweight car batteries, so seem like a good choice.)Now, question 1: Can I just use these 8 cells as a drop-in replacement? With, presumably, occasional balancing out of the car.I think the answer is no: while my initial research suggests that some people are using off-the-shelf LiFePO4 cells in this way, a whole lot more people write about the protection and balance electronics they're using, and I don't suppose they're all wasting their time.Question 2: If Q1 = "No", would adding a balancing and protection module enable the cells to work safely in the car? There are 100A and 200A 4s modules available, so they should be OK with starting current (c. 120A in my case). I guess it's a question of whether it's OK to have such a protected battery pack constantly hooked up to c. +14.4V from the alternator, or whether I need to limit the time that the battery is charged from the alternator.Question 3: is it smarter to use super capacitors plus lifepo4 cells, to enable higher starting current while keeping battery discharging current low? (I started out thinking of combining an RC LiFePO4 battery pack with 6x400F super capacitors, but realised that I could get enough current with the ANR26650M1B cells, and fewer components should mean less to go wrong)

Posted by PaulI48 6 months ago


Two batteries on one charger...request for advice.

Need some advice... I busk using a Fender Amp Can and a head set mic. The Fender amp can is a complete unit with speaker, amp, battery and charger (15v 400mha). The headset mic I run off a separate 12v SLA battery. I currently open up the Amp Can disconnect the internal battery, attach the external battery and charge it, then put the whole unit back together. I want to make an external terminal to connect the external battery for charging and this should be simple enough says I...hmmm...So I am canvassing for second opinions regarding possible problems and whether I should set the batteries in parallel or series? The Amp Can is an awesome little unit and Fender have stopped producing them so I don't want to do it any harm. I know I could just buy a separate charger for the battery but that would be more crap for me to carry and I don't have the $25  to spare just now...it would also be lame... Thanks for listening, Luke Some specs on the Amp Can: DESIGNATION TYPE PR 327 PART NUMBER 022-1270-000  (100 V) 022-1200-000  (120 V) 022-1230-000  (240 V) Aust 022-1240-000  (230 V) UK 022-1260-000  (230 V) Euro POWER OUTPUT 14.5 W into 4 â�¦ @ 5%THD with fresh battery  INPUT IMPEDANCE > 1 Mâ�¦ both channels INPUT SENSITIVITY 500 µV@ 1 kHz - gain switch in GUITAR 20 mV @ 1 kHz - gain switch out INPUT SENSITIVITY 5.7 mV, 1 kHz MICROPHONE SPEAKER 4 â�¦, 30 W Special Design 6” speaker w/16 oz. magnet and paper coil former (P/N 050543) DIMENSIONS Height: 8.75 in  22.3 cm Width: 7.75 in 19.7 cm Depth: 6.75 in 17.2 cm WEIGHT 13 lbs 5.9 kg Amp Can™ is a trademark of FMIC. Fender ®, Tone-Master ® and Twin Reverb® are registered trademarks of FMIC. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

Posted by unpredictableTP 8 years ago