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Battery Cooler

Battery Cooler
This battery cooler is used to cool and discharge lead-acid battery packs found in model planes, boats and cars, so that they can then be safely recharged.In electrically driven model planes, boats and cars the battery can become fairly warm during use. It is therefore unwise to recharge them directly after use. This circuit cools the battery using its residual charge after a (hopefully successful) landing. If the battery still contains too much charge, it can be safely removed by the integrated discharge circuit. Whilst the circuit is on (and the average cell voltage is greater than 0.8 V), LED D3 will be lit. This makes it possible to check the state of the battery from a distance.
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Gerber file

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Component list
R1 = 1kOhm
R2 = 5kOhm 6
R3 = 6kOhm 8
R4 = 8kOhm 2
R5 = 12kOhm
R6 = 15kOhm
R7 = 18kOhm
R8 = 22kOhm
R9,R12 = 1kOhm 8
R10,R15 = 4kOhm 7
R11 = 3kOhm 9
R13 = 270Ohm
R14 = 1Ohm 5 5W
C1,C2,C3 = 100nF
D1,D2 = zener diode 2V7 400mW
D3 = LED, red, high efficiency
D4 = zener diode 3V3 400mW
T1 = BC547
T2,T5 = BC557
T3 = BD139
T4 = TIP141/TIP142
IC1 = TL072
S2 = on/off switch, 1 make contact
S1 = rotary switch, 2 poles, 6 positions
M1 = fan, 12V
Heatsink for T4: 3K/W, e.g., Fischer SK48 (Dau Components)
PCB, order code 014126-1
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