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vex_robotics_platforms:vex_edr:power_and_electrical:batteries [2017/06/04 02:25]
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 ===== Over the Long Term, Knowing Voltage May Not Be Enough ===== ===== Over the Long Term, Knowing Voltage May Not Be Enough =====
-With any of the options described above (standard multimeter, Adafruit panel voltmeter, or LCD screen) it's not too hard to measure a battery'​s voltage, but that one piece of information only tells you whether a battery is charged or can be charged to full power. It doesn'​t readily reveal anything about the health of the battery, how long it will be useful when your robot is in operation, whether it can hold a charge, etc.+{{ :​vex_robotics_platforms:​vex_edr:​power_and_electrical:​battery_beak.png?​nolink&​200|Battery Beak connected to VEX battery}}With any of the options described above (standard multimeter, Adafruit panel voltmeter, or LCD screen) it's not too hard to measure a battery'​s voltage, but that one piece of information only tells you whether a battery is charged or can be charged to full power. It doesn'​t readily reveal anything about the health of the battery, how long it will be useful when your robot is in operation, whether it can hold a charge, etc.
  
-{{ :​vex_robotics_platforms:​vex_edr:​power_and_electrical:​battery_beak.png?​nolink&​200|Battery Beak connected to VEX battery}}Once you've been using your batteries for a while, you'll want answers to these other questions. Enter the [[https://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​battery-beak.html|Battery Beak]], from Cross the Road Electronics.((Image credit: Cross the Road Electronics Battery Beak product page: https://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​battery-beak.html)) This device is not cheap: $80 + $10 for the [[http://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​tamiya-connector.html|required plug adapter]] that will attach from the device to a VEX battery + tax + shipping. So I'd recommend this product for teams with a variety of battery vintages, or if you feel like your batteries are giving you performance problems and just need to know more. Since VEX batteries are $30 each, the Battery Beak is the price of about 3+ new batteries, to put it in perspective.+Once you've been using your batteries for a while, you'll want answers to these other questions. Enter the [[https://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​battery-beak.html|Battery Beak]], from Cross the Road Electronics.((Image credit: Cross the Road Electronics Battery Beak product page: https://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​battery-beak.html)) This device is not cheap: $80 + $10 for the [[http://​www.ctr-electronics.com/​tamiya-connector.html|required plug adapter]] that will attach from the device to a VEX battery + tax + shipping. So I'd recommend this product for teams with a variety of battery vintages, or if you feel like your batteries are giving you performance problems and just need to know more. Since VEX batteries are $30 each, the Battery Beak is the price of about 3+ new batteries, to put it in perspective.
  
 ==== What the Battery Beak Does ==== ==== What the Battery Beak Does ====
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