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EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:15:55 PM »
Can you determine the charge of an alkaline battery by simply dropping it and see how high it bounces?
A followup to the KipKay video
Amazing Way to Test Batteries!


EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?

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EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 07:36:59 PM »
Mmh morning video niceeee

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 08:47:15 PM »
The result you get might be correct. However I am not convinced by the testing method. Dave - thanks for doing a video about battery bounce vs charge.

Areas that could be done better:
  • Do a blind test where you have a group of batteries of unknown charges, drop batteries, rate the charge based on the drops then compare it with a multimeter / see if you can rank the charge based on the how they bounce, record it then compare it with the actual result.
  • Drop the batteries in the same way from the same height. e.g. use a line to drop the batteries from. Preferably make a device do the dropping. In the video
  • Show that a given battery normally bounces in a certain way.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2013, 08:50:36 PM by adam1213 »

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2013, 08:56:06 PM »
OMG it is not  rocket science...
 |O

Charged batteries have more electrons=> more weight,
Empty battery=>less electrons=>less weight.
 
You can also spin batteries to check if they are charged:
If it is full with electrons, then the battery will not wobble, since the mass is distributed equally through he whole? battery.
In case it is discharged, then it will wobble, because the electrons will shift the mass center...

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2013, 09:01:14 PM »
Why would anyone think this is about weight? Weight changes would not change the bounce.
It's clearly a damping effect due to the change in physical properties affecting the mobility of the stuff inside, which change how much mechanical energy it absorbs.
I bet if you opened them up you'd find the bouncy one less goopy than the other
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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2013, 09:03:52 PM »
The result you get might be correct. However I am not convinced by the testing method.

I said it was deliberately a very quick unscientific test, just as a go/no-go to show if it's true or not, or marginal.
From the result it is almost certainly true. I was expecting it to be marginal, but it's a fairly big difference in bounce.
I dropped some other fully charged ones and it appears consistent, as you'd expect.
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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 09:05:53 PM »
I bet if you opened them up you'd find the bouncy one less goopy than the other

Perhaps some of the same reason dead batteries are prone to leaking as well.

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2013, 09:08:53 PM »
OMG it is not  rocket science...
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Charged batteries have more electrons=> more weight,
Empty battery=>less electrons=>less weight.

To quote Doc Brown - "weight has nothing to do with this"
It is not the weight, it is a change in the dampening effect of the changed chemical reaction and hence composition in the battery, as I mentioned in the video.

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2013, 09:14:05 PM »
Why would anyone think this is about weight? Weight changes would not change the bounce.

right, it is not weight directly. An discharged batt have (actually you cant "have" dark matter, you can only "bind" it) less dark matter (which is due changed potential and/or amount of electrons), so the influence of dark energy (on the gravitrons) is bit higher and the batt can bounce more/higher.
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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2013, 09:16:27 PM »
  • Do a blind test where you have a group of batteries of unknown charges, drop batteries, rate the charge based on the drops then compare it with a multimeter
Using a multimeter to determine a batteries charge level is a very poor way to do it.

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  • Drop the batteries in the same way from the same height. e.g. use a line to drop the batteries from. Preferably make a device do the dropping. In the video

I will do that, but I need some bits and more time.

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  • Show that a given battery normally bounces in a certain way.

I can confirm fully charged batteries bounce to roughly the same height.

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2013, 09:17:55 PM »
Lol. i was joking:))
BTW a charged battery has as much electrons in it as a discharged one;)

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2013, 09:24:09 PM »
KipKay's video is a complete ripoff of this one done a month ago:

How To Test a AA battery, Easiest Way For Any Battery Fast, Easy!


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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2013, 09:32:16 PM »
You could also carefully recharge the depleted battery and see if it stops bouncing.

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Re: EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2013, 09:56:30 PM »
It's probably to do with the reflected shockwave being somewhat absorbed vs propagated throughout the battery chemicals.

A better question is, if you do it repeatedly will the absorption/propagation rob a full battery of charge or recharge a flat battery.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2013, 09:58:46 PM by Psi »
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EEVblog #508 - Can You Test Battery Charge By Dropping It?
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2013, 11:05:01 PM »
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