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Capacitive battery charger

Capacitive battery charger

Marcus Jenkins made a capacitive battery charger using Dirty Board PCB’s to revive rechargeable batteries:

This is really a basic, bare-bones circuit. I’ve prepared the PCB with a view that it could be used as a module in a rather more-sophisticated charging system. You could imagine using a microcontroller (e.g. Arduino, PIC, etc.) to monitor the battery voltage and disconnect the mains input to the charger module when voltage reaches a user-selectable limit. The microcontroller could also have a thermistor probe to attach to the side of the battery with elastic – a basic precaution to try and automatically disconnect in the case unreasonable temperature rise while charging.

Project info at Marcus Jenkins’ blog.  You can order PCB’s for this project here.

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