IPC battery charging is best achieved using the available battery chargers.
The IPC battery is a Lithium-Ion polymer battery (LiPo) which have specific charging characteristics.
The battery chargers provide a two-stage charge – constant current and then constant voltage.
Importantly, the batteries must be given enough time to fully charge.
The IPC batteries are not fully charged, simply when the terminal voltage is 4.2V.
Please charge the IPC batteries until the green LED and or buzzer sounds.
The charge time is generally over 2.5 hours. Please allow up to 4 hours in the workshop to charge the batteries before heading into the paddock to install them.
Installing batteries only when fully charged will ensure they can operate the irrigation solenoid for longer during cloudy conditions. It also reduces the amount of solar charging they initially need to replenish.
As with many battery types, the charge time to go from 90% to 100% is extended.
The IPC battery chargers are AC mains powered, can charge six batteries at the same time and have an LCD screen. Click here for datasheet.
Thes screens shows you the charging current, charging voltage and battery capacity for each connected battery.
The capacity of the IPC battery is nominally 1,500 mAH and the charge current limit is 1A, which is the rating of the battery charger.
A reminder about charging IPC Batteries:
Read the manufacturer’s instruction manual supplied with each battery charger
Connect the battery charger to an AC mains socket with the supplied cable
Connect the interface cables to the battery charger ports labelled “mCPX”
Connect the IPC batteries to the interface cables
Do not connect IPC batteries directly to the charger
Battery charging starts automatically and the channel LED flashes red
The LCD screen shows battery voltage, current and capacity
Charging is complete when the channel LED is green
Carefully disconnect the IPC battery from the interface cable
Battery Charger Settings:
Battery Type LiPo – All ports set to lithium polymer
Charge Current 1A – Per battery
Note 1 – The quantity of batteries being charged will effect the charge time