Posted on August 1st, 2015 4 comments
Dave shows how to do discharge testing on AAA and AA alkaline batteries, for the specific purpose of investigating how much energy is left under the industry standard 0.8V cutout voltage.
This is an explanation of the test setup, verification, and a sample plot of some data before the long term testing.
The setup consists of the BK Precision 8500 electronic load, the Keysight 34470A 7.5 digit meter, and the Rigol DP832 for testing.
Negative feedback T-Shirt
Energizer AAA battery datasheet
Duracell AAA battery datasheet
Posted on July 30th, 2015 4 comments
Teardown of the new INDUAL 80W industrial LED high bay ceiling light from Lightinstar
In particular a close-up look at the 150W 12×12 Chip-On-Board COB LED module from HongliTronic
UPDATE: Yes, they say they have fixed the issues of mounting and earthing.
Posted on July 28th, 2015 4 comments
In this tutorial Dave explains how to precisely measure and calculate the remaining (or wasted) energy capacity in a battery using the graphical analysis technique using a spreadsheet.
The differences between constant power and constant current loads and when to use them is discussed.
Also, the importance of ESR and measuring the battery voltage under load is demonstrated.
This is a particularly relevant to the Batteriser product and proof is provided that shows that even over the entire current range, the wasted energy in a battery can be no better than a few 10’s of percent for a 1.1V cutout voltage. Blowing the batteriser claim of 80% wasted energy out of the water.
All of my battery related videos are HERE
Posted on July 24th, 2015 3 comments
Posted on July 21st, 2015 7 comments
Dave tears down the Rockband 3 Stratocaster Mustang wireless guitar controller from the Guitar Hero Xbox game manufactured my Madcatz