Battery Tool Kit

Battery Booster, Battery Voltage Monitor, Battery Chargers, Battery Desulfator

PRELIMINARY: Subject to change


Battery Booster Based on N4UAU Design
QST 1997 pg 41,
My All-Purpose Voltage Booster
(With W5USJ Modifications)

Battery Booster Assembly
Picture shown with capacitors like those used in original kits


Battery Booster Assembly v2
Picture shown with parts listed with the schematic and LOM drawing below
Note: Part prices are as of July 2009


Note: It is Essential that you use a battery monitor with the booster!

See monitor information below the booster notes.


W5USJ Modifications Include:
Input toroid L1
Capacitors with lower ESR
Parts relocated from bottom to top of PCB
Filter toroid LS
Revised feedback voltage adjust circuit
QRPme.com MePad for revised feedback connections

Load Test: — Input 12.8V @ 3.9A measured, Output 13.6V @ 3.4A calculated (4-Ohm Load)
Approximately 87% efficiency. Also 13.6V @ 1.7A calculated (8-Ohm load)

Additional design and circuit information available from the National Semiconductor web site

National 2587 Data Page


Booster Schematic and List of Materials


Download Booster Schematic and LOM PDF here — Battery Booster Schematic and LOM

Booster Assembly and Modification Notes


Download Booster Assembly and Mods Notes PDF here — Booster Assembly and Mod Notes

Booster Information Notes


The type and capacity of the supply source limits the output voltage and current (total power)
• Higher values of L1 inductance can be used to produce higher voltages - See National Data Sheet
• The output filter toroid LS is wound on a glued stack of 2 T50-3 toroids - 14t #18, 6uH.
• A 15uH torroidal coil from Bourns/Miller is listed in the LOM - L1
     The part is a little pricy but readily available (and already wound)
• The original toroids specified are not readily available.
• A T68-26 (YEL/WHT) can be used for the main coil, L1
      I found one in a switcher from a defunct UPS
      A good place to get toroids for a switcher project like this
• Another one that would work is a T68-54
Jameco has the Miller 2100 series inductors also a 3A LM2588T-ADJ, similar to the LM2587T-ADJ
both at much lower cost than Mouser and DigiKey

The battery booster is ideal for operations using either 12V or 6V batteries
It will deliver up to 14 Volts @5A for rigs and peripherals
Should be useful for portable operations for maintaining 13.8V or
when one of a pair of 6V 12AHr batteries fails like mine did...8^)

Using a single 6V battery in place of a 12V is recommended only for short term
operations. Like the example above for instance.
Wattage is significantly less and discharge much faster.

Something to consider. It's probably not too useful to boost a
nearly discharged 12V battery back to 13.8V. The load will still be
the same or a little more and will continue to drain your battery.
You might even damage the battery by discharging it too much.
Monitor the battery voltage and don't go below a safe discharged terminal voltage.
There are several good battery monitoring circuits around that will do
the job. Good idea to get one as a kit or already built or DIY. See below


PICAXE uP Monitor Prototype Assembly

Battery Monitor Assembly
Battery voltage monitor for 6 or 12V using PICAXE microprocessor


PICAXE uP Monitor Schematic

Battery Monitor Assembly
Battery monitor prototype using a PICAXE microprocessor controller




Download Battery Monitor PCB Drawing and LOM PDF here — Battery Monitor PCB Drawing and LOM
Note: A copy of the source code for the monitor is available via email



Monitor Information Notes


This is a needed project using the PICAXE uP mostly for my own amazement but much fun...8^)
• Manhattan-style assembly using QRPme.com MePads and 1/4in. MeSquares also mint tin size base.
• Leads left long so I could use the parts again. Use creative assembly to fit in a tin.
• Switch selectable for either 12V or 6V batteries
• Green LED = > 12.6V, Orange LED = < 12.6V and >11.6V, Chirping/Red Blinking LED = < 11.6V
     Or whatever values are needed, converted for uP input, for a specific battery
• PICAXE Basic source program available.


Float Charger Based on QRPme PTO Kit

PTO Battery Charger
Battery Chargers using the QRPme PTO PCB
Float Chargers are based on the TI UC3906 battery management chip



12V Float Charger Schematic


Charge Float 12V
Battery charge float assembled on QRPme PTO circuit board.
This 1Amp version dedicated to maintaing battery float charge.


PTO Charger Information Notes


• Float Charger designs based on the TI UC3906 battery management chip
• The QRPme PTO charger kit includes all parts for a basic 1A float charger
• Supply voltage must be a minimum of 4V greater than the overcharge voltage
• W5USJ power sources include 16V/20V/24V 2/3A laptop and printer power supplies
• Suggest using Schottky diodes to minimize voltage drop through the circuits.
• Divider and sense resistor calculations made using math in 3906 data sheet
• BASIC program written to facilitate ease of calculation and what-iffing
     No bells, whistles or fancy user interface. Just simple utility
     Note: Copy of GWBASIC source code available via email.
• Roll your own design using the QRPme PTO board only or PTO partial kit
• Use the closest 5% resistor for the calculated values
      Make small minor adjustment in float voltage by very small Rc (R11) changes
      Possibly put a smaller value for Rc at R10 then a trimmer pot at R11
• If voltage drop across pass transistor is too high, lower value of R5
• Be sure to use plenty of heat sink. Stand the pass transistor up for more room


Self-Powered Roth 10kHz 12V Battery Desulfator

Roth 10kHz Single Coil Desulfator Assembly

Roth 10kHz desulfator breadboard assembled on a QRPme.com Block_Toids Proto Board
The SMT parts, available parts on hand, are assembled with QRPme.com mePADS.

Note that the condition of the battery must be good enough to supply
the small amount of current required by the desulfator in operation.
Usually even a badly neglected sulfated battery can do that OK.

Because the desulfator is self-powered, it is beneficial to connect
a stable 13.8V float charger during the desulfation process. There are
many good sources of these or build one using an LM317T regulator.
The float charger is not expected to provide the desulfator current.


Link 10kHz Desulfator Development Notes — Desulfator Development Notes

Link to previously posted Couper-Style 1kHz desulfator — Couper 1kHz Desulfator


12V Desulfator Schematic


Roth 10kHz Desulfator Schematic

Self-Powered 12V battery desulfator




Download Roth 10kHz Desulfator PCB Dwg and LOM here — Desulfator PCB Drawing and LOM
Pads for pots or fixed resistors are included on the PCB artwork. Use 1/2 pot value to start.


Tektronics 7623 100MHz O'scope Current Pulse

Current Pulse Across a 0.1Ohm Sense Resistor

Pulse from desulfator across 0.1 Ohm sense resistor. The pulse ramps up to ~500mV
The FET drive pulse producing the current pulse has a width of 3us and a rate of 100us.
The resulting peak current is ~5 Amps, 0.5V / 0.1Ohm, average current is ~130mA
Temperature rise in a 70 degree room is about 15 to 20 degrees for the FET, diode and inductor.


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