Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Battery and Charger

So our batteries are in ready to be charged. After some research to determine which characteristics (weight, Amp-hours, output current) would affect us the most, we decided to go with 3-cell (11.1V) Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries rated for 2200 mAh and 25C. This means that the battery can provide 50 Amps of continuous current (as well as hit peaks of up to 100 Amps!!!).

Blue LiPo 3-Cell 2200mAh 3S1P 11.1V 25C Battery

To charge the batteries, we chose a high-end LiPo battery charger with on-board balancer. Balancing the LiPo cells equalizes the voltage and results in both longer run-time as well as battery life. The Thunder AC6 battery charger is able to handle several types of batteries (LiPo, LiIon, LiFe, NiCd, and NiMH) as well as 1 to 6 cells. The charger can charge from 0.1 to 5 Amps and discharge (to give a fresh charge to a battery) from 0.1 to 1 Amp.

Thunder AC6 Battery Charger

1 comment:

  1. Lipo charger and battery both are good to use. I must have the power to at least 6 to 8 hours and my horse takes a few watts good rotation .5/.6 regularly draws a little more. Then I need to have it recharged naturally