You all will have to forgive me. Sometimes my brain just doesn't want to function.....it can be so frustrating!!!!!!!! I want to mount a jack for charging the battery on Gizmo. I think I would need to put some diodes (to control voltage direction only into the battery) between the jack and the battery terminals??????????? My main battery is a 12 volt, 9ah SLA what diodes would I need ? The band on the end indicates which way voltage flows, right? Any help would be appreciated.
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I havent tried anything yet but this is the wiring diagram Im thinking of trying out.
I dont know if it will work but we ll see. What do you think?
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and this the idea is, fixing the base to the wall or something upright and have the kettle end of it click in for charging. You could perhaps adorn the base with some kind of IR beacon so that the bot can easily centre itself onto it. This could be an easy (cheap?) way of hooking up your bot's internal charging module!
That is a way cool Link! Thanx!:)
You can find the stations online sometimes.
Also, as long as you use lead-acid batteries, you voltage regulators are fine with receiving charge voltages (about 8V for 6V system, 15V for 12V systems, & 30V for 24V systems) and your standby current isn't a substantial fraction of your chargers max charge current, there's really no need to disconnect the electronics from the battery while charging. And diodes are completely unnecessary.