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#1 Lithium re-chargeables

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New on the block(?) to me anyway I bought some AAsize rechargeable lithium ion batteries ( to give my busking amp a chance to extend my performance up to 5 or so hours as Roland claims is possible.

These batteries do not at all like chargers that are quick charge for nimhs (?) and from adverts it looks like usb from your laptop is used to get 5 volts at 1 or 2 amps. This'll take a couple of hours per battery I'm guessing.

Can anyone throw light on this issue ( no one in Bedford knows what's up and why, that I've asked even if all they do is sell batteries) ?
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#2 Re: Lithium re-chargeables

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I'm not really familiar with lithium ion, more a lithium polymer boy....but

do they have a 'C' rating amongst the print, and a capacity figure?
I beleive that ion are similar to poly in characteristics but a slightly smaller nominal voltage, i.e 3.7 for poly and 3.6 for ion.

if they have a 'C' rating it will determine the max current you can safely draw and capacity will indicate the best current to charge at.
the 'C' rate will tell you that the max current is the C number x capacity.
Most advertise a standard charge at 1 x capacity, I usually charge at 1/2 C.
quick charge can be 5 or 10 times capacity.
e.g if the battery has a capacity of 2000 mah(milliamp hours) then I charge at 1000 ma(1 amp)

I'm not sure what the domestic chargers do to lithium batteries but the chargers we(modellers) use for LiPo charge multiple cells in balance and have many safety features such as temp sensors and adjustable cut-off points. These chargers have settings for the type of battery being charged and can adjust for many types, e.g Pb NiMh NiCd LiOn LiPo LiFe and display warnings such as never charge a LiPo with NiCd or NiMh settings etc.

the above may, or may not help

generally domestic chargers have a fixed current and will have a voltage slightly above the fully charged voltage of the target battery. A fully chatged LiOn cell should be 4.1 volts so the charger should show slightly more than that. I would imagine that a fixed charger should supply current less than or equal to the capacity of the cell.
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Complicated innit. Much to think about, thanks Ed.
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hang on...it seems, after some googling, that I may have given you some mis-information, or at least info not pertinent to what you have.

breaking news to me that domestic lithium batteries now come in 1.5v flavours for AA sizes.
If this is the type you have then I can only suggest you try the proper charger, as advertised on Amazon.

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Yeeeeehhhhsssssd, rather expensive because they give you so much data. I just want z full charge!
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#6 Re: Lithium re-chargeables

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andrew Ivimey wrote: Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:25 am Yeeeeehhhhsssssd, rather expensive because they give you so much data. I just want z full charge!
expensive?



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Hmmmm that's reasonable!
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