RE: Gel Cell Questions

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From: Kevin Muenzler WB5RUE (wb5rue@stic.net)
Date: Sat Nov 28 1998 - 23:07:37 EST


I wouldn't use them down below about 10 volts (12 volt pack)

You can charge them at 10% of the amp-hour rating up to 14.4 volts.
When the battery reaches that voltage you MUST either terminate the
charge or reduce to a maintenance rate at 13.8 volts.

Kevin, WB5RUE

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-qrp-l@Lehigh.EDU
> [mailto:owner-qrp-l@Lehigh.EDU]On Behalf Of
> Michael A Penzo
> Sent: Friday, November 27, 1998 4:05 PM
> To: Low Power Amateur Radio Discussion
> Subject: Gel Cell Questions
>
>
> A couple of Gel Cell questions for the group:
>
> How low (voltage) can I drain my 12v gel cells and still maintain long
> lasting, healthy batteries.
>
> Also, what is the maximum voltage I should charge them to? Again, my
> goal is to keep them "healthy" for long term use.
> Thanks,
> Mike, KT4FJ
> Stafford, VA.
>
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