How To Build A NiMH Battery Charger

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By J.T. Barett

You can recharge nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries hundreds of times. Their light weight and decent current output make them a good choice for powering electronic equipment. The charger for NiMH batteries is a simple circuit that anyone with a modest amount of electronics experience can build in a few hours. The circuit takes direct current...

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Orient the transistor just inside the perfboard's edge with the transistor's metal back facing away from the board. Set the transistor into the perfboard, letting its pins slip through the holes in the board. The pins should protrude through to the board's copper side.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Insert one lead of the 120-ohm resistor near the transistor's collector and the other lead near the base. Solder these two connections. Place the LED's anode near the transistor's base and put the LED's cathode lead into a nearby hole. Insert one lead of the 18-ohm resistor near the LED's cathode. Insert the resistor's other lead near the transistor's emitter. Solder these connections.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Orient the jack on the edge of the perfboard, connector side facing out. Insert the anode lead of the 1N4007 diode near the jack's positive lead and solder the connection. Insert the diode's cathode lead into a nearby hole. Put the positive lead of the 220-microfarad capacitor near the diode's cathode and solder the connection. Place the capacitor's negative lead near the LED's cathode and solder. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and strip a quarter-inch of insulation from each end. Solder one end to the jack's negative pin. Place the other end near the LED's cathode and solder.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Place the red wire from the battery holder near the 1N4007's cathode. Place the black wire near the transistor's collector. Solder these connections. Trim excess wire and leads on the board's copper side with the diagonal cutters.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Put a small dab of heat sink compound on the metal back of the transistor. Slide the heat sink snugly onto the transistor.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Place two discharged AA-size NiMH batteries in the battery holder. Plug the 9-volt power adapter connector into the jack and plug the adapter into a wall outlet. The batteries will take a few hours to charge.

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