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USB Battery Tester

Battery testing with a USB-IO24 cable

USB Battery Tester
Testing batteries is a fairly common task among electronics enthusiasts. Instead of using a complex stand-alone meter, you can put the intelligence of a PC to good use for this. This is not difficult, thanks to the general-purpose PC connection provided by the USB-IO24 cable presented in a previous edition of Elektor magazine. The only thing you have to add is the battery interface described here.
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Component list
R1,R4 = 270Ohm, .25W
R2 = 8.2kOhm, .25W
R3 = 820 Ohm, .25W
R5, R6 = 1kOhm, .25W
R7 = 10kOhm, .25W
R8 = 0.33Ohm 50W*
R9 = 0.1Ohm 25W*
C1 = 10µF 16V, radial electrolytic, 0.1’’ pitch
K1 = Sub-D 25 plug, PCB mount
K2 = 6-pin (2x3) pinheader, 0.1’’ pitch*
K3 = 2-pin pinheader, 0.1’’ pitch
K4–K9 = Fast-on lug terminal 0.25’’ (6.3mm), vertical, PCB mount
PCB # 130019-1 [3]
USB-IO24 cable
* see text

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