Maximum voltage charge in NiMH battery Pack - RC Groups
Thread Tools
Apr 20, 2005, 01:10 PM
Registered User

Maximum voltage charge in NiMH battery Pack

I am a newbe to RC flying and battery charging. My ICE charger charges my new 8 cell pack of SC3500 NiMH batteries to 11.1V(the batteries will power a Mega motor on a Corona Heli). I am using a Pyramid PS14KX with an input voltage of 14.1V to the ICE. I thought an 8 cell pack should not be charged to a voltage above 9.8V(1.2V per cell).

Will this higher voltage damage the batteries? According to the ICE manual I can't set a specific charge voltage for NiMH or NiCad batteries. I can only set the number of cells in the battery and ICE will charge to the correct voltage.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Apr 20, 2005, 01:30 PM
Registered User
Hello Romaink,

Even though NiMh cells are rated at 1.2 volts per cell, they are charged up to around 1.4-1.5 volts per cell.

Apr 20, 2005, 07:52 PM
Registered User
1.5 V/cell would be pushing the upper limit for the chemistry. For any rechargeable battery chemistry, there is a specific Voltage difference range between the battery to be charged and the charging source. For most types of batteries we use, the difference is about 0.2 Volts/ cell minimum. For NiCad and NiMh, the Automatic Peak Detect or Delta Peak detect chargers are the best, if a bit pricier than the simple timed chargers that come with some cheap outfits.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sunny Boy with NiMH battery pack ETutor Foamies (Kits) 0 Jun 24, 2002 08:48 PM
Suggested plane for a 8 cell 2100mAh NiMh battery pack ? ARE Electric Plane Talk 1 Apr 28, 2002 02:51 PM
Anyone please help - Can a 7.2 volt charger charge a 9 volt Battery pack? Jamie- Electric Plane Talk 5 Jul 29, 2001 08:49 PM
What Nimh battery pack should I get for my Skat to get long flights? Ryan Nau High Performance 15 May 21, 2001 06:32 PM