BU-302: Series and Parallel Battery Configurations (2023)

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On September 3, 2019, owen wrote:

great imformation

On August 23, 2019, Shoeb wrote:

Does single battery (e.g, LA, SLA, L-ion) better or multiple battery (in parallel) with same capacity (same AH) is better?

On August 12, 2019, Adam wrote:

The free Android app "Battery Package Calculator" can help you calculate the parameters of battery packets.(up to 9999s 9999p) :) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.freshdata.batterypackagecalculator

On August 9, 2019, Duane Bowman wrote:

I want to make a battery with 26650,500mah. I need 14.8v. How would I make a 4s 2p. I see the drawing for the 2s 2p. But you can say I am slow. Thank You for your help and time

On July 27, 2019, zahid wrote:

how to best connection in power bank (Series Connection cell or Parallel Connection cell) Kindly write easy answer!

On July 15, 2019, Tej wrote:

i want to 60 v 25 Ah battery pack by using 3.7 v 2.2 A lithium ion cells ...how can i connect them to get better efficiency .. is their any better way to connect them .. i mean S ans P connection tricks

On July 13, 2019, John Fisk wrote:

For an electric vehicle, I am looking at Nissan Leaf Gen 2 batteries. I am planning to use 48 Leaf modules at 8v and 66 ah. If I put the all in series, I will get 384v and 66 ah, I think. If I want more current, I go with 45 modules is series and 3 in parallel, do I get 360v and 198 ah or do I lose something along the way? John

On June 17, 2019, jim tolonen wrote:

I have a LiitoKala Lii-402 battery charger. The input is labeled 5V2A. How is this thing able to charge 4 3.7V Li-ion batteries in just a few hours? I purchased a BMS charger that wants something like 15V input to charge the same 4 batteries.

On June 11, 2019, Vincent Cheyenne Bajec wrote:

Hi Guys and Girls Could someone clarify for me the best configuration for an 18 x 48100ah Shoto Lithium Ion Battery Setup please? 3 Cabinets each with 6 units is what we're looking at. Are there any suggestions regarding the monitoring softwares? Any extra Inforation would be highly appreciated. THANKS!

On June 10, 2019, jim tolonen wrote:

I have 4 3.2v 18650 batteries connected in series to power a 12v motor. Can I make a second 6v output from 2 of those 4 batteries and power both the motor off the 12v and say an Arduino off the 6v simultaneously?

On June 2, 2019, Chandrashekhar A.Nemade wrote:

Dear Sir need your guidance for sourcing of simultaneous charging and discharging controlling device for battery in electric vehicle Regards C.A.Nemade

On May 29, 2019, Chandrashekhar A.Nemade wrote:

Dear Sir Thanks for your Quick response and useful information Surely with your information I can able to take a step forward towards green energy I will surely disturb you If any further information is required. Regards C.A.Nemade

On May 28, 2019, Robert Taylor wrote:

@ CA Popular 50A 12V / 24V / 36V / 48V MPPT Solar Charge Controller --Foshan Top One Power Technology Co., Ltd. https://oneinverter.en.made-in-china.com/product/XyAELYzcYeVU/China-Popular-50A-12V-24V-36V-48V-MPPT-Solar-Charge-Controller.html 60 AMP Solar MPPT Charge Controllers for LiFePO4 Battery --Wenzhou Xihe Electric Co., Ltd. https://xihe-solar.en.made-in-china.com/product/BSKELQWwMNhv/China-60-AMP-Solar-MPPT-Charge-Controllers-for-LiFePO4-Battery.html Search Made in China https://www.made-in-china.com /productdirectory.do?word=48+V,+30+amp+MPPT+charge+controller+&subaction=hunt&style=b&mode=and&code=0&comProvince=nolimit&order=0&isOpenCorrection=1 These are 2 of Chians biggest solar gear manufactuerers,,, Huge is sizebut still supply a 1 only quanties, as opposed to others who need FCL

On May 23, 2019, Chandrashekhar A.Nemade wrote:

Dear Sir I am working on the project of @ 1000 km running of vehicle with single charge pls let me know the commercial availability of 48 V, 30 amp MPPT charge controller for combination of Lithium iron Batteries/Life4 Batteries and Generator/solar combination Regards C.A.Nemade

On March 4, 2019, Chris wrote:

I have a selection of 18650 cells all around 2100ah I want to make a pack at 12 volts at 10000ah for my scooter project my question is how many cells and in what configuration 3s means a nominal 10 volts so i am thinking going 4s is a better option so how many for a 3s 10000ah and how many for a 4s 10000ah

On February 13, 2019, Robbo wrote:

@ Dwight here are some charger manufacturers drop them aline about batteries https://danlcharger.en.made-in-china.com/product/lvCnLHgjYzRE/China-84-Volts-14-AMPS-Smart-Battery-Charger-1500W-Suit-for-Li-ion-and-LiFePO4-Battery-Types.html for a better quality suit in-built app https://danlcharger.en.made-in-china.com/product/YBNJxahdvLUQ/China-Waterproof-Battery-Charger-72V-15A-Worldwide-110-230VAC-with-Pfc.html cheers robb

On January 31, 2019, Karthi wrote:

Hello I have connected 5 numbers of 3.7 V, 3400mAh 18650 batteries in parallel to get 17000 mAh battery capacity. I'm measuring more than 10 A from the output of parallelly connected batteries. I need to know is that normal? Thank you for your reply.

On January 30, 2019, Cesar wrote:

Thanks for the response and I do not have any heave draw only a new Samsung inverter fridge ,,,,cooking with Gas and no Aircon or heaters needed only some power tools like grinders and small drill ... mainly use for lights TV internet ans cable ....I am creating a sample system to run TV, Internet, Cable TV and maybe microwave and toaster ...I will start with 4 (maybe 6) Trojan 8V 170AH each from Golf Carts, set up as 2S groups then 2P to get 16V and 340AH .... and maybe about 300 Watt Mono PV ??? then I will increase the batteries and the PV step by step until I get the best performance .... I have a 3000/6000 Watt inverter to start ... Step 2 will be 3S groups to get 24V then 3P to get 510 AH ???? will see ...Thanks for your help good advice

On January 30, 2019, Robbo wrote:

@ Ceasar You dont actually say the max draw/demand .. Rule of thumb double it !12V is good forrunning a couple of leds and a phone chargerbut if you want to be able to boil the billy in the morning you will want 6x800AH in 2 banks.. I know as I was sold a12V sys years ago Disadvantages of lowvoltagestorage 1. enormous cables 90mm sq 2, 20:1 transformer windings =20Amp in gives less than 1 amp out 3. loss of conversion during charging and huge heat build up Suggest using 48V min even then look @ 420AH PoV expensive but last years verycommon and proven AVOID car batteries they are woftam (WASTE OF TIME AND FUXXXING MONEY) Also suggest a split sys,,get a 2nd Hand roof top upgrade with Grid tie in and use this as you DAYSHIFT Freezer,and high draw 240V..Build a skeleton 48Vsys for night shift Hope this helps @Robert You have the perfect WOFTAM, and a perfect recipe for failure and heartbreak Tell us a bit more about this common bus.. it sounds more than the negative rail??? one band aide approach would be to have each battery with its own dedicated charging system and standalone discharge system Might look like Dr Who and the inside of the T.A.R.D.I.S. but it might just work Many Public Utilities cast out 2nd hand batteries once they reach 3 years oldbut they still have a 8/10 years ahead ..this is a cheap option if the PRICE is RIGHT i.e., below 30% of new price robbo

On January 29, 2019, Robert wrote:

I have several batteries in a bank, all different producing 12 volts. They are different ages and amp hour rated. If I take each battery to a common buss, will that cure the problems described with multiple batteries in parallel

On January 15, 2019, Cesar wrote:

Hi, I am building a solar system for my home and I wonder what will be the best way to obtain the most efficient system ..... I use many home appliances but initially I only have some basic ones like digital Samsung fridge, toaster microwave TV internet and cable (No heater or air conditioner) ..... so If I set my batteries in series I will only increase the voltage but I think I will be much better to maintain the 12 volts and increase the Watts Hour by setting all in parallel that way I can maintain better use of the power ???????.... Am I correct with my assumption ????? Appreciate your help By the way my batteries are Trojan Deep cycle at 170WH Thanks a lot Cesar

On January 15, 2019, Cesar wrote:

Hi, I am building a solar system for my home and I wonder what will be the best way to obtain the most efficient system ..... I use many home appliances but initially I only have some basic ones like digital Samsung fridge, toaster microwave TV internet and cable (No heater or air conditioner) ..... so If I set my batteries in series I will only increase the voltage but I think I will be much better to maintain the 12 volts and increase the Watts Hour by setting all in parallel that way I can maintain better use of the power ???????.... Am I correct with my assumption ????? Appreciate your help By the way my batteries are Trojan Deep cycle at 170WH Thanks a lot Cesar

On January 1, 2019, jr 23 wrote:

long old thread. but one recurring question in led acid batteries regular flooded,deep cycle type. when using multiple they need to be same age,capacity and type for best results. series to increase voltage parallel for capacity. and more than 4 batteries theirs better ways than just for example 3x 12 series then 3 in series joined parallel than just + and - search hooking up many 6 or 12 v batteries simple wiring change keeps batteries balanced . and banks of flooded cells need balancing every so often. lithium cells especially large amounts need a bms system and a way to fuse remember too lead acid 50% max lithium 70% usage and read more than 1 article

On November 26, 2018, Dwight Johnson wrote:

ANTIQUE ELECTRIC CAR I own a 1919 Milburn Electric car and would like to purchase lithium LIFePO4 batteries instead of the using the original lead acid batteries. The motor is a 76 volt 33amp DC GE motor from the era. The original system voltage was 84 volts (42 cells in 2 modules or 21 cells each) The manual controller with 12 brass contact fingers is organized as follows : “gear” 1 slowest speed, wheels beginning to turn, most ‘torque’ the motor is energized at 42 volts with the 2 modules in parallel and a resistor in place “Gear” 2 slightly faster and ‘torque’ still required to gain speed The motor is energized at 42 volts with the 2 modules in parallel and less resistance “Gear” 3 medium speed The motor is energized at 84 voltswith the 2 modules in series and even less resistance “Gear” 4 high speed least amount of ‘torque’ The motor is energized at 84 volts with the 2 modules in series and no resistors In “off” mode the lead acid cells were placed in series and the charger provided 84 volts. I have been talking to a lithium cell supplier who is willing to supply sufficient LIFePO4 120amp cells in 2 seperate and equal modules to provide nominally 42 volts each and a BMS for each These modules are recommended to be wired in series only for 84 volts and that they stay that way He does not recommend that they be connected alternately in parallel for 42 volts 240 amps. I am assuming that there is a concern that the 2 lithium ion modules will become out of balance with each other and risk fire and explosion A consistent 84 volt system will not work in this car Any suggestions that would lead to successful usage of lithium cells in 2 equal but separate 42 volt modules? Thank you

On November 26, 2018, Dalton Adamson wrote:

Is there a way to pull 60 amps out of a NiMH battery

On November 20, 2018, mush wrote:

Hello All , I have 14 batteries 1.2V 4000mAh NiMh connected in series to get 16.8V pack. the pack has one PCB which i think to protect the batteries during the charging and usage. is there ready made similar PCB as mine is damaged and need to replace it. any advise on best way to overcome this.

On November 1, 2018, John wrote:

Hello I have a battery/inverter set up in my garage comprising the following items. 1) One 5kVA RCT-axpert inverter, 48 VDC input, 220 VAC out. 2) 16 X 105 A/H, 12V Enertec Deep Cycle silver calcium batteries. Configured in 4 parallel banks of 4 batteries in series. These were installed about 3 years ago. This morning, I noticed a strong pungent smell in the garage area and found that one of the battery bank string was extremely hot which prompted me to disconnect it immediately. I suspect that one batteries in the hot bank could have developed an internal short. The batteries are constantly on maintenance.trickle charge, as provided by the inverter. Could you provide an opinion concerning this overheating incident. Thank you

On October 30, 2018, ron wiita wrote:

do batteries (ie 12 v) have to be the same CCA when used in parallel for instance using a 500 CCA battery with a 875 CCA battery?

On October 3, 2018, Iannis wrote:

I have 6 (18650) li-ion batteries that i want to use for lead acid replacement for my motorcycle. Can i connect 3in Series and 3 in Parallel to achieve 14.4V ? How do i connect the 3inSeries with 3in Parallel onto each other and how to use a BMS for this configuration?My plan is to use this lithium pack to keep a pack of 6 supercapacitors always charged

On October 1, 2018, gseattle wrote:

In 4d and 8d batteries, what does the 'd' stand for? What is the difference between 4d and 8d?

On September 14, 2018, Michael McGinn wrote:

Has anyone tried out a hydralight fuel cell? salt and water powered battery? Wondering if they would make a good solution for setting them up with many cells to power a house in a no power post hurricane emergency situation. Also wondering if anyone has tested them side by side with a normal d-sized 1.5 volt flashlight battery to see which lasts longer.

On August 27, 2018, Nathan wrote:

I plan to use two 12V 100aH batteries connected in series to create a 24V 100aH battery bank to power a 24V inverter. The bank will be charged by a 24V solar charge controller. 1. Do both batteries in the series configuration discharge at the same rate? Or does the upper battery discharge first and then the lower battery? 2. Will the 24V charge controller charge both batteries back up to their full charge? Or do I need to have two separate 12V controllers, one on each battery, in order to get both fully charged?

On August 24, 2018, Jerry wrote:

Can you reduce DC Ampere using resistors? serial or parallel. eg. (12V 11Ah DC) + Resistor >> (OUTPUT 12V 1AhDC)

On July 18, 2018, Ajay wrote:

Hii, I have 24V battery system ( Two lithium-ion batteries connected in series) connected to a smart charger and inverter system. The batteries have a BMS of their own whose data can be accessed through Bluetooth. There are some DC loads on the battery system running on 24V. Now I charged both the batteries(in series) till 100% ( checked from BMS of both of them) and then started discharging the system. Today when I checked, one of the batteries were at 68% and another one at 94%. Both had the same discharging current and voltage as per BMS. So my question is what could be the reason behind unequal discharge. Both the batteries are new, same brand, same capacity. has anyone seen similar cases before.

On June 28, 2018, Timothy wrote:

I have a main circuit board in a machine that over a year or two eventually drains a 3.6v lithium AA size down to 1.4V. This battery has a wire soldered at each end which is then soldered to two points on the circuit board and is used to maintain data when the machine is shut down so it is there upon startup. I would like to use a parallel 4 battery holder that connects by soldering directly to the main board in place of the single battery and that the batteries can be removed from individually and easily without having to deal with soldering. My reason for this is that if the battery voltage drops down to the point that the machine no longer retains data then it takes about a half hour to reprogram the machine after changing (unsoldering and resoldering) the battery. I am hoping that by having multiple batteries in parallel they can be removed one at a time and be replaced without worrying about loss of data since it is still providing enough voltage. My concern is what I don't know, which is if there are any adverse effects of having more than one battery even if in parallel. The battery I will use four or at least more than one if there are no problems is SAFT LS14500 Size AA 3.6V 2600mAh Primary Lithium (Li-SOCl2) Battery. This is the same type of battery that is wired singly to the circuit board now. I appreciate the help of those that are much more knowledgeable about this than me.

On June 17, 2018, Teresa wrote:

Hello, Could you please offer some advice. I'd like to know if there is a single cell battery that would be equivalent in size and voltage to a series stack-up of 4x AG3. I'd much prefer a single cell rather than fussing with four tiny batteries. Thank you.

On May 15, 2018, robbo wrote:

@ Karl Series is the only way to charge batteries over an extended period. I have tried all sorts of ways to charge 12V batteries in parallel and long story short it is a waste of time . Often one battery is dead flat and others fully charged and are drawn down to the lowest voltage If you have GOOD batteries hook them in series and buy a new inverter of that voltage I did have a 6kw 12 V inverter (transformer type) running of 6x800Ah 2vPoe Batteries it worked well and could boil an electric jug in the morning Go series Robbo

On May 9, 2018, Karl JOHANNESSEN wrote:

I have a homemade solar setup. I use 4 identical 12 volt deep cycle marine batteries in parallel to power the inverter. I want to add capacity. I understand that it is important to use the same type of battery. Can I safely add 2 more batteries? Can I add 4 more? Is there a limit to how many batteries I can safely wire in parallel? Thank you in advance for your help.

On May 9, 2018, robbo wrote:

@ Theo I have a mobility scooter powered with 3 AGM batteries 12v 28 ah, I can do only 10 to 12 Km. I live in a hilly suburb, if I want more distance and be prepared to buy an additional 3 batteries, of say 80 ah each so when I run out of power I can switch to the other bank. Could you please give me some advice how to connect those aditional batteries to get the required 70a for my scooter controller and have more distance I require to visit my local shopping centre, I don’t need speed just the wire connection of the 3 batteries to get the most ah. Hello Theo the math says it all, Your scooter draws 70 amp and you batteries supplies a total of 84 a/h, or just over one hour @ peak . Installing 3 x 80a/h would supply 240a/h or nearly 3 times the capacity and distance. If you install a second sett of batteries you would need a charging splittter as used in 4WD with twin batteries and a battery switch for A & B banks (it gets complicated ) so stick with the new80a/h batteries

On May 7, 2018, Theo Veeren wrote:

How do I get that information I ask for in my recent email of April 27 2018? Thank you, Theo Veeren veerent@bigpond.com

On May 7, 2018, Michael wrote:

Hello to whoever reads, I need a low self-discharge battery (Lithium Thionyl Chloride) to power a microcontroller (somewhat like Arduino). It can handle 3.9 - 12V and needs about 1800mA current in pulses. The Li-SOCl2 batteries I've been looking at is at 3.6V with 35000mAh capacity and can give a maximum continuous current of 450mA. If I put 2 of these batteries in parallel would I get twice the maximum continuous current (900mA) as the capacity also becomes twice the size? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but i'd rather find out here than to spend a bunch of money and realize it doesn't work ;) Thanks in advance, Michael

On April 28, 2018, Theo Veeren wrote:

Hi.Sir/Madam I have a mobility scooter powered with 3 AGM batteries 12v 28 ah, I can do only 10 to 12 Km. I live in a hilly suburb, if I want more distance and be prepared to buy an additional 3 batteries, of say 80 ah each so when I run out of power I can switch to the other bank. Could you please give me some advice how to connect those aditional batteries to get the required 70a for my scooter controller and have more distance I require to visit my local shopping centre, I don’t need speed just the wire connection of the 3 batteries to get the most ah. Thank you. Theo,

On April 24, 2018, Mathew Sosa wrote:

For the Series/Parallel Connection, I don't think the math adds up. If Figure 6 has 2 cells in series and its voltage doubles, and 2 series connections in parallel so its amperage doubles, then how does the Energy of four cells come out to 12.24 Wh? By my math: 3.6V * 2 cells = 7.2 V; 3400mAh * 2 = 6800 mAh; Power = Voltage * Current = 7.2V *6800mAh = 48.96Wh

On April 12, 2018, robbo wrote:

Hi Lior 10 x12Vdc = 120VDC @100A 12000W which is a good overnight storage to run a small house and one/two freezers. about the same size as a small Tesla battery It wont store enough for high load AC or huge heaters but but will run them for a few hours as needed U should still be able to boil the kettle in the morning Look on the web for an inverter 120VDC to 110/220V 5KVa or better and hook <20 x 300w @36V to give 5kw charge @150VDC to your inverter. Go series NOT 12V parallel Rule of thumb is panels should have a voltage about 25% above the battery bank voltage. Battery capacity is normal >2.5 /4.0 times the rated output of cells Solar is a necessity batteries are a luxury Batteries cost the money more so than panels PS if U dont want the batteries send them here, plenty of panels batteries hard to find and expensive still robbo

On April 12, 2018, robbo wrote:

@ djay wrote: I need your help. I have 8, 6 volts, 450 amps battery. I need to get 48 volts and 450 amps or 950 amps. please help me with the wiring. Hi Djay its simple maths 8 batteries @ 6Vdc =48 Vdc connected in series positive to negative Wire sizes should be proportioned according to load 90sqm cables or (super duty welding leads would suffice @ 450A and doubled for 900amps You 8s2p or another 8 batteries to get 900A..............What is the end use??? the batteries would only have an intermittent discharge before overheating.~5/10% on cycle 90/95off cycle Use tinned welding cable that is soft and pliable, with professional crimps or soldered ends. Apply silicone grease to poles and conducting surfaces of lugs. Tension to recommended torque and check often, as they "hum" of this high discharge rate will shake and vibrate leads loosening the bolts/lugs. Thats a lot of power and if needed continuously a1200A Lincoln Sub Arc welder feeding from a 125A 415V Nelson Studs are spot welded onto bridge deck beams using a pulse welder with programmable amps and time and produce 2000amps +.. Oddly they have 1 x 90sqmm positive lead and 4 x 90sqmm earth leads. the whole machine runs red hot and the leads are often seen smoking They use big rivet looking studs to 25mm dia in a gun with a cermic ring that holds the instant arc and molten metal in place & drop the stud end into this molten bath until it solidifies Takes about 5 seconds as opposed to 6 x 4.00mm welding rods to give the same fillet size Gutsy machines but need a 250A 415V feed and or stand alone transformer

On April 11, 2018, lior wrote:

Hello I have a home solar system and I have two solar panels of 300W and my system is 24V. In addition I have 10 batteries of 12V and 100A each battery. I wanted to ask how to connect my panels to MPPT which means plug them into 36V or 72V? I want to use most of the electricity at night Thank you

On March 26, 2018, djay wrote:

I need your help. I have 8, 6 volts, 450 amps battery. I need to get 48 volts and 450 amps or 950 amps. please help me with the wiring.

On February 22, 2018, robbo wrote:

@faizan Go to ebay there are dozens available for under $20US Here is one that may be veery useful as it is bare bones (you can easily see how it works and get an understanding) Also included are a single 18650 battery holder, a USB lead, and a phone charger lead. These alone would cost more to buy at the corner store if sold seperate Chimole 3.5W 5V Solar Panel Charging For 18650 Rechargeable Battery+Solar Cell power bank Portable solar charger for Smart watch https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-5W-5V-Solar-Panel-Charging-For-18650-Rechargeable-Battery-Solar-Cell-power-bank-Portable/32812373464.html?src=google&albslr=225178492&isdl=y&aff_short_key=UneMJZVf&source;={ifdyn:dyn}{ifpla:pla}{ifdbm:DBM&albch=DID}&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=494-037-6276&isdl=y&albcp=1001718710&albag=52375743834&slnk;=&trgt=349475913279&plac;=&crea=en32812373464&netw=g&device=c&mtctp;=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzNSg7bK42QIVxwgqCh1WvwTgEAQYASABEgK0WPD_BwE It isalso available for under$12.00 from https://www.banggood.com/3_5W-5V-130165mm-Solar-Panels-Charge-With-18650-Battery-Case-p-1167475.html?gmcCountry=AU&currency=AUD&createTmp=1&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc_elc&utm_content=zouzou&utm_campaign=pla-au-ele-acs-dk-pc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvMTPqLu42QIVV4C9Ch36zwF_EAQYASABEgKOv_D_BwE&cur_warehouse=CN You can still tell your freinds you put it together The other option is to get some chips 7809, op amps,comparator chip,a timer, make a circuit board,install resistors and caps,solder on the headers, make the boxes and viola. 6monts later after hundreds of hours tinkering you either have something that works or a load of shite that ends up in the bin! Thats life...itsuptuyu..........Remember, the poor man pays twice Cheers robbo

On February 21, 2018, faizan wrote:

Hi! I had a small 9V solar system with a battery bank. I am using two 18650 batteries in series and they are being charged by solar panel and also gives back up power to my device which needs 6V 110mA atleast. But, after couple of hours of running second battery goes dead while first battery remains ok. and also solar panel does not produce enough voltage either where as it should be producing. what could be the problem? can anyone tell me? batteries can last about one and half day on full charge but they just gone bad. infact second one gone bad totally then the first one. Please help me

On February 7, 2018, Micheal Kinney wrote:

@Yujin An Per my last comment, I left out charge time details. Technically you might be able to charge 28 coin cells faster than a larger single cell, but at a cost of complexity and balancing issues (don't expect it to last long as a power pack). Furthermore, 28 coin cells would be like 90cm x 5.8cm, whereas an 18650 is 18mm x 65mm and a 26650 is the same length but 26mm wide. I think this is about the best you can do, and it's my recommendation to either use 18650 or 26650 cells, but make sure your gauge wire can handle the amps without getting hot: 26650 Specs: 3.7v @ 5.2 Ah = 19.98wH 5v @ 3 Amps (assuming discharge of ~50%) = ~40 minute charge 18650 Specs: 3.7v @ 3.0 Ah = 11 wH 5v @ 3 Amps (assuming discharge of ~50%) = ~23 minute charge Please note that actual charge time may vary, but this is an estimate based on capacity. Hope that helps and send you on the right direction. Thanks

On February 7, 2018, Micheal Kinney wrote:

@Yujin An I guess my last response was lost or something. I'll keep it simple though.. you might want to consider using 26650 cells instead.. it be smaller than 28 coin cells and way less complicated. 1x would offer 3.7v at ~5Ah already. Not an endorsement, but I'd recommend EBL brand for the price and reliability. I'd imagine it cost less too, there's no parallel/series charge issues and would require no BMS technically, etc. Best of luck!

On February 7, 2018, Yashu wrote:

I have three batteries use in my 4 wheel robot..I have 4 dc 200 rpm 12v motor ....and I connect 6v 4.5 ah two batteries in series connect ed and it's parallel connect one 12 v 1.3 battery ....when switch on then my robot is not a full running.....it's torque and speed both very less.....I don't know what is reason ...plyz reply me for this solution...tq

On February 2, 2018, Yujin An wrote:

really helpful article! Can u help me?.. I'm student in mechanics. so I don't know well about the battery and else things.. I have some question for u. I want to charge lithium ion battery pack (28 coin cells of 3.5Ah, 3.7V and configuration is 4*7*1 = T*W*L ) than how to cinfigurate the circuits of charging..? I have to charge in 30 minutes... :(

On January 31, 2018, Micheal Kinney wrote:

Great article, there's a lot of information out there that's just confusion because they don't read in plain English. The illustrations/diagrams were also very helpful to visualize the parallel vs series circuits and helps to visualize and realize the benefits of a hybrid system. I just wanted to leave a comment and say I wish I came across more information written this way and I'll use this article to educate my son. Thanks a bunch! Micheal

On January 25, 2018, robbo wrote:

Daniel wrote: I have 4x 12v AGM battery connected in series for a total of 48V. I would like to be able to switch off the circuit using a 12V 30A switch. How much voltage would be accross that switch in the off/on position if I was to install it between the first battery + and second battery - ? Is it possible at all? Daniel Volts can be cosidered as pressure (in a hydraulic system) a 12 v hasless insulation than a 48V switch or solenoid have a look here at the main circuit breakers as used golf carts follow the link below . Most trucks use the ignition key to activate a HD solenoid and a loud thunk can be heard when the solenoid engages. They are commonly called 4 wire i.e., 2 wires for power and 2 wire to activate. IMHO connect the switch at the 48V + terminal Golf Cart Solenoid | eBay www.ebay.com/bhp/golf-cart-solenoid 48 Volt Golf Cart Pre-Charge Solenoid Resistor | For 48 Volt 400 Amp Solenoids. $8.50. Buy It Now . DC Battery Disconnect Switches - WhisperPower www.whisperpower.com/au/4/24/products/battery-switches.html

On January 18, 2018, Daniel wrote:

I have 4x 12v AGM battery connected in series for a total of 48V. I would like to be able to switch off the circuit using a 12V 30A switch. How much voltage would be accross that switch in the off/on position if I was to install it between the first battery + and second battery - ? Is it possible at all? - + Switch - + - + - + Load -

On December 18, 2017, Muhammad Mudasir wrote:

can i connect two batteries having different voltages in parallel and connected with opposite terminals

On November 30, 2017, Gary wrote:

If you run two batteries in parallel in a motorhome, where does the earth lead go?

On October 26, 2017, robbo wrote:

Lucas buzek wrote: I am trying to figure a solution for my problem. Connecting 8 12V batteries for 24V charge and dual 24V and 96V outputs. Would diodes on the terminals of each battery cell be sufficient to prevent short circuit? Current configuration is 4 batteries connected in parallel for higher capacity and then connected in series for 24V charge and output. And I’m thinking of adding another layer of wiring to connect all 8 batteries in series (with one-way diodes to prevent short circuits) to achieve 96V output. Is something like this possible or should I just use a voltage booster? Lucas The first problem to overcome is how to charge 96V, that is 12x8 in series. Series connections prevail over parallel anytime. Second you do not say what you are running at each voltage The easiest way is to to series to 96V and tap off at 12V and 24V and keep the power swirling around with 4 x 30V solar panels and a 96Vdc controller . I know the purist wont agree but this is economics .. I had a 48V 800Ah system a few years back and tapped in at 12V to run my stereo, ran it 2.1 config, 2 bridged 700W pioneer car amps for left and right and a third 700W for dedicated base. Could hear it kilometers away (the advantages of living in the bush where the closest neighbor is 50K south) All the purist said it would not work but did for a few years anyway. Started out using it as a homing beacon whilst metal detecting for gold. The speakers took up most of the room on the truck. The second option is to get DC /DC converters to do the job and again depending on the draw and budget Keep me posted on how the diode thing progresses Remember , need is the mother of creation Cheers robbo

On October 26, 2017, robbo wrote:

On June 17, 2017 at 10:12am WILLIAM MARINI wrote: if I have 2 12 volt batteries and wire them in parallel to jump start a another car will I have more kick? Wiilliam If you have a lot of cars and want to make a permanent setup for both cars and trucks do what they do in Smiths, car/truck auctions in Perth WA, where cars trucks earth movers all end up with dead batteries. One of the employees says it must be a battery grave yard where they come to die. The big Cats and Komatsus take a lot to kick over so they built a hand cart with solar panel as a jump starter kit with 24V @ 250Ah. The leads are 90squared cable, about the thickest welding cable around and a solenoid to make and break once the leads are on. As the yard boss explained its not so much the AH but with the solar charging the batteries are always topped up to 28.8V. When starting cars and 4WDs ather than reconnect to 12V they simply get you to turn the key then they hit the solenoid and bingo. All the power goes direct to the starter and doesnt do any damage I have an old SR5 Toyota as a beach bomb with a dead alternator thats $1200 to replace, so I charge it of the solar. I notice that when fully charged it starts in a second, instantly. But as the battery get lower it still cranks over but takes longer and longer to start. A HUGE difference in cranking speed between 13.2V and12V. Word of Caution>>>>>>Never connect Aligator clamps to a bare lead terminal as if by accident the polarity is wrong you will blow off the terminal or worse have the battery explode in your face with a shower of acid over everything , always use battery clamps to protect the terminals.and use silicone paste when installing battery terminals to stop dry joints Yep 2 x12v batteries will give more grunt but only if both are over 12.6V Cheers robbo

On October 26, 2017, robbo wrote:

On February 2, 2017 at 3:20pm drich5 wrote: I am trying to connect 8 12v 155ah agm batteries in parallel to achieve a perfectly balanced charge and draw. Where might I find a wiring diagram? Ahhhhh to paint a picture in words Question 1.............why would you need to parallel 8 x 12V batteries Answer better to keep higher efficiency and go 96Vdc series. this will give the batteries a better life and if you intend to hook them to an El cheapo 12V inverter with a stepup transformer of 20 to 1 you will need all of 1,240AH to last a night.. Wiring...........you dont state the draw/discharge you require. but a 155AH AGM have a peak discharge of 2250Amps and realistically 155Amps for 1 hr . as a guide 150Amp welding machines use 35mm squared cable for a 2 meter earth cable. Put simply buy the connector or bridging cables rather than DIY., its cheaper. Schematics of hook up........ row up all 8 batteries in a single line, that about 2.2M, Preform all cables so they are NOT under tension when installed. Connect all the positives together from left to right, ditto for negative.Use quality silicone heat and electrically conductive silicone paste between terminals and connectors/bridging cables.Use torque wrench for correct settings and DO NOT over tighten Now you should a a single Now you have a single1240Ah 12V battery. A word of CAUTION the SHORT CIRCUIT amperage is 90,000amp. (12x7500Amp) an explosive force you dont want to experience. Use insulated tools, its only one spanner so buy if you dont have. Worst case shrink wrap socket extension bar and torque wrench, use electrician glove and approved safety glasses Tapping .........when tapping into a parallel setup have the positive at one end and negative at the other end. It does not look as pedantic but this is the only way to get the power to flow. If both terminals are on the same battery a huge drop in performance is noticed. Maintenance>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> torque terminals once a month to manufacturers specs. Check and log each Batteries SOC (state of charge) and if lower than average remove from string and give a de-sulphate charge Myself I am a series man Volts over Ah any time. Hope this answers something Cheers robbo

On October 26, 2017, robbo wrote:

Sierra Marson wrote: I’m trying to run a dc12-2amp stereo off a battery pack with 4 5”-5” speakers and was wondering how big does the battery pack need to be to run say 5…6 hours on a single charge if you use AA 2A 3000mAh 1.2 V Ni-MH rechargeable batteries? Sierra DO the math. 12vdc@ 2 amp draw for 5 or 6 hours equal 10~12 Ah. The average car fridge draws 2.5amp and are traditionally wired to a second 100AH battery. Cheapest solution is go to the wreckers and get a half decent small car battery for $20 or a six pack for one of the guys, and a six pack for my tip Cheers robbo

On October 26, 2017, robbo wrote:

Louis wrote: I have a 240 watt Solar panel (7.85Amp), 2x102 Amp Deep Cycle Batteries and Two 1500 Watt Inverters. I need to run 2 (perhaps even three) computers for 9 hours per day from them. What is the best way to wire and do my setup so that I will not run out of power within the 9 hours of each day. We have 5.5 hours of Solar ideal sunlight per day. Is this possible or should I get another battery and connect my 80 Watt Panel up as well? The solution is in the last line ........hook up the 80W panel to a 10Amp controller and the second inverter. Simply split the system. Given that your 240W panel gives 7.8AMp that makes it a 30V panel, which is ideally matched to your (Calculated 240/7.8 =30 V) so just check that your 80W panel is the same voltage. For a good deal on batteries with free shipping go to http://yangtze-solar.en.made-in-china.com/product/RCKEQsZOZmkG/China-3-Years-Warranty-Free-Shipping-12V-Lead-Acid-Storage-Solar-Battery-200ah.html. Have just ordered 8 pieces and including handling costs they are under $US200 ea Clarification AGM = Absorbent Glass Mat, which use Sulfuric Acid Thixotropic Gel as electrolyte. These batteries are still sometimes referred to as lead acid, but dont produce as much gas and have safer handling Remember.........the poor man buys twice Cheers robbo

On October 25, 2017, robbo wrote:

I have 10 batteries and I want to connect them to a home solar system, each battery is 12V 100A. How do I connect all 10 batteries that I’m just getting a 24V 500A? Easy .. just parallel 2 strings of 5 x 100Ah in each string. What you want is two separate batteries connect in parallel then couple the !2vdc positive (+) on string (A) to the negative(-) of the second string (B). String A will have the (-) negative pole and string (B) will have the (+) pole Just look at how they series 2 x 12V to give 24V in a truck Output=Discharge. Batteries when measured in Ah is a rating of how many amps are produced, Example, a 100Ah battery gives 10 amps for 10hours a 0.1C. or 100amps a 1C for 1 hr A 100Ah battery has a C or capacity rating of 1C=100Ah. using 5 x 100Ah in parallel then series to 24Vdc gives 50amp discharge @ 24Vdc for 10 hrs @0.1C. Charging 0.1C to 0.3C ~ 50 to 85 amps @ 24Vdc Solar panels .... should be 1,5 to 1 above the voltage of the bank and in your case 36V is ideal. string 10 x 300W in parallel. Note : the solar charge controller should be double the desired capacity as heat build up on hot days actually deducts from the said output once everything gets cooking. If you still have to purchase a charger again make sure its a MPPT as they are 30% more efficient than the older PWM (pulse width modulation) If you have NOT got a 24Vdc inverter yet go for the most efficient use of 10 x 12Vdc batteries which is a 120Vdc input inverter. Check that its maximum power point to point transmission (MPPT) with inbuilt charger 150Amp in your case.Check that it is at least IP65 (or better) encapsulation for weather dust ants insects etc. The fan cooled models blow all sorts of debris around as dust and a lot of that dust is conductive and/or corrosive. For longer life of your inverter open it up and use a Quality PCB surface spray as this reduces corrosion and eventual shorts. These guys make a good quality and yet affordable inverter. the link is for their 384VDC 3 phase units. This partly answers myprevious post when I asked what is the maximum voltage batteries can give in series. Some units even double this input http://golden-electric.en.made-in-china.com/product/FCzQsKnPhrcx/China-High-Efficiency-5-Years-Warranty-Solar-Grid-Tie-Inverter-3-Phase.html Hope this answers the question and not raise more. Cheers robbo

On October 19, 2017, dreamtech wrote:

Hello, I also came up with a question:) Is it OK to connect several series of cells in paralel? (for example, I connect two 3s2p packs in paralel)

On October 16, 2017, lior wrote:

I have 10 batteries and I want to connect them to a home solar system, each battery is 12V 100A. How do I connect all 10 batteries that I'm just getting a 24V 500A?

On October 7, 2017, Jon wrote:

Brilliant! This was just the information I was looking for. Thanks!

On July 29, 2017, Sierra Marson wrote:

I'm trying to run a dc12-2amp stereo off a battery pack with 4 5"-5" speakers and was wondering how big does the battery pack need to be to run say 5...6 hours on a single charge if you use AA 2A 3000mAh 1.2 V Ni-MH rechargeable batteries?

On July 23, 2017, Brian wrote:

Steve if you are raising both voltage and mah you will need to run both in series and parallel. Parallel raises mAh and series voltage. It's done all the time for example with two 12v 5000 mah run parrelal to make 12v 10000mah and then run in series to bring from 12v to 24v 10000mah. This would require 4 batteries to achieve these results.

On July 20, 2017, Steve wrote:

I have a golf trolley battery with 2 x battery packs of I believe if my calc's are right of 16 x 18650 batteries @ 1600 mah with one pack each side linked this makes 14.4 v @ 12800 mah. my question is how would these be wired ?? both individually and then together?

On July 9, 2017, Robert Taylor wrote:

Hi People. Does anyone know what is the most 12vdc AGM abateries that can be connected in series? I sould ideally like to connect 20 or more to get 240VDC. Is this possible. Traditionally we get 24, 48 0r 96VDC banks connect to an invertor , which uses a transformer with setup up of 10, 5 or 2.5 to one to give us the desired 240 out. . A 240VDC rail would eliminate the wasteage of windings Thanks in advance Robbo

On July 5, 2017, Louis wrote:

I have a 240 watt Solar panel (7.85Amp), 2x102 Amp Deep Cycle Batteries and Two 1500 Watt Inverters. I need to run 2 (perhaps even three) computers for 9 hours per day from them. What is the best way to wire and do my setup so that I will not run out of power within the 9 hours of each day. We have 5.5 hours of Solar ideal sunlight per day. Is this possible or should I get another battery and connect my 80 Watt Panel up as well? We are in South Africa.

On July 5, 2017, Mohit wrote:

Very well written and explained in a great manner.

On June 22, 2017, Bob Sundeen wrote:

Had my RV trailer worked on 6 months ago. The shop replaced my 2 - 12 volt batteries with 2 - 6 volt batteries. Just took the RV out for a long weekend and the batteries kept blowing the 30 amp a/c fuse or the trailer. After testing, the new batteries are the problem. When tested, both have reversed polarity?

On June 17, 2017, WILLIAM MARINI wrote:

if I have 2 12 volt batteries and wire them in parallel to jump start a another car will I have more kick?

On May 21, 2017, Madhuri wrote:

Hello, Can you please send me the picture of cell arrangement of Marathon Nickel Cadmium battery with 36H120 cells in it for model TMA-5-20C. Thank you

On May 20, 2017, Lucas buzek wrote:

I am trying to figure a solution for my problem. Connecting 8 12V batteries for 24V charge and dual 24V and 96V outputs. Would diodes on the terminals of each battery cell be sufficient to prevent short circuit? Current configuration is 4 batteries connected in parallel for higher capacity and then connected in series for 24V charge and output. And I'm thinking of adding another layer of wiring to connect all 8 batteries in series (with one-way diodes to prevent short circuits) to achieve 96V output. Is something like this possible or should I just use a voltage booster?

On May 8, 2017, Corey Fleischer wrote:

Great site and discussion. I just started a company with an energy storage and generation product and have secured my first customer. Functionality, reliability and cost are some of its hallmarks. I'm seeking a way to charge three or four 12V 200Ah AGM batteries that are connected in parallel which is connected to an inverter. Short of switching individual batteries in and out of a system to accomplish this, is there a way to use a marine or automotive battery charger to directly charge the system? Thank you for your help in advance Corey Fleischer Founder GMI corey@greenmachinesinc.com (310) 387-2400

On May 8, 2017, Ami wrote:

how do i create 52V 26AH battery and use what type of battery model for E-Scooter? some says that LG battery is the best among all battery it that true? Thank you.

On March 26, 2017, Lakish Meher wrote:

I have 48v 30a 16s cell Bms Circuit so Kindly suggest me which capacity battery i use for this also suggest me its diagram.

On February 25, 2017, Saleem wrote:

Can i contact 165amph new and 90amph old battery in my off grid soler system to improve output

On February 6, 2017, Mihai Toma wrote:

Your pictures and explanation for parallel connections are misleading. Capacity (mAH) is increased fourfold and NOT "current handling". Do not confuse capacity (mAH) with current drawn (mA). Need to update your pics / article to make it clear. Other than that your post is very helpful. Here a good video about the difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxkVxi9P0EA

On February 2, 2017, drich5 wrote:

I am trying to connect 8 12v 155ah agm batteries in parallel to achieve a perfectly balanced charge and draw. Where might I find a wiring diagram?

On January 18, 2017, NabuN wrote:

@ John D.: OK ! Of course, you need a 1500W or 2000W (better) true sine wave inverter at 24V input voltage. I recommend a 24V inverter because the currents at 12V will exceed 1500W/12V/0.9 ~ 140 A and the conductors will be very thick, heavy and hard to work with them : AWG4 (~ 20 mm.sq.). In 3 minutes, the energy consumed will be 1500W/0.9 x 3/60 = 83.3 Wh. So, you need a Li-Po battery (more resistant and tolerant than Li-Ion) having 24V/3.7V ~ 7 cells in series and 25C (discharge rate) x capacity > 70 A. The capacity is 84Wh/24V = 3500 mAh, if you discharge 100% the battery (ideal). For safety temperature and acceptable lifetime of battery, it's better to discharge 50% the pack. So, I think a 7S2P battery containing 2 x 7 cells, 3.6V 15C..25C =3500mAh each will do this task quite well. After studying the offers and prices, I realize that it's difficult to find and connect 7 cells in mixed mode, so the battery pack can be 8S2P, composed by 2 groups in parallel of 2 x 14.8 V 3000...3500 mAh 15c...25C (in series). The battery cost will be somewhere at 120 US$. The battery pack weights ~ 1.5 Kg, life cycles will be ~ 60 and the charger is expensive. Almost any 24V inverter accept 29,6V input voltage with no issues, at full load the voltage will decrease to 22...23V. Concerning batteries, if you use two high rate 12V AGM batteries in series, like CSB HR1290W, you'll have over 4 min. at 1500W (50% discharge rate). The batteries weight ~13.6Kg !, the cost is ~90 US$, life cycles will be over 100 and the charger is cheap : you can put the batteries in parallel to a 12V charger. So...good luck !

On January 1, 2017, premrishi wrote:

if i connect panasonic 18650 batteries in the configuration of 3s4p then what will be my total voltage and ah

On December 30, 2016, ryan Jarnutowski wrote:

I have a New Years eve ball that i am trying to power. it has 12 led strips on it that run at 12 V and requires 240 watts per strip. i am trying to build a battery pack using the 6V Square lantern batteries. They are 6V 26000mah batteries. i currently have it setup a with 4 pairs of batteries running in series so i am getting 12V at 26000mah powering 4 strips. but the LEDs arent as bright as they should be. What would be the best way to wire these. everything i know about electricity and current i have read online. i was thinking about trying to do a series and parallel setup to power the entire thing. i need a total of 2880 watts at 12V. to power the entire thing but im being cautious because i dont want to have them blow up on me.

On December 27, 2016, Maheen Majeed wrote:

Is there any problem if batteries connected in parallel have same voltage but different current

On December 13, 2016, Braiden wrote:

(Video) Assembling EVE 280Ah LiFePO4 Batteries into 12.8V 560Ah Modules

While this is the general rule there would be certain exceptions. When running in series one can for example use a 2 cell and a 3 cell to easentially have a 5 cell lithium battery. I.e. A 2s 50c 5000mAh battery in series with a 3s 50c 5000mAh battery will be the same as if purchasing one single 5s 50c 5000mAh lithium battery. Im not suggesting mixing brands or an old cell with a new cell however starting with two new cells of like batteries you are essentially working with the same construct of internal material. Checking Internal Resistance and using said batteries together for the life of the batteries you will be fine in this particular situation. We do this all the time in the Hobby world and see like IR ghroughout the life span and voktage drain is consistent across all the cells. If one were to use different manufactures or qualities of batteries you may find one will discharge faster than the other. Keep it simple and match the cells and brand and you wont likely have any issues.

On November 26, 2016, John D. wrote:

I want to replicate an ac circuit that is 1500 W, and I believe under 15 A. I want to make a portable unit so that when I don't have power, I can still do a limited amount of work. The array of batteries would have to deliver this current for about 2-3 minutes. First, is this possible with current lithium ion batteries, and if so, what would the general configuration setup look like?

On November 25, 2016, Oliver Hill wrote:

I've replaced a failing set of cells in a battery pack for a pair of equine clippers rated at 12v with 10 Ni-Mh AAs in a parallel configuration. This seems to work ok. My question is...is it safe to charge the batteries in the same parallel configuration using the charger that came with the original battery pack...or do i need to remove the batteries and charge them in a standard charger in series. I guess i could try it and monitor the temperature of the cells....

On November 20, 2016, fazz wrote:

please help me.... What happens to the voltage when batteries are connected in series, in parallel and in anti series respectively?

On November 8, 2016, Veng Mazwi wrote:

@NabuN, thanks for the clarification. Though its a bit too technical, I managed to comprehend it. Will continue to monitor my system. Regards!

On November 8, 2016, Veng Mazwi wrote:

@NabuN thank you so much for taking your time to explain. Though its too technical, I could still make some sense out of it. I will monitor the system. Regards!

On October 14, 2016, johnjanos wrote:

Hi, i want to change the old batteries on my vacuum cleaner and there is only room for 3 18650. I want to ask if i can conect 2 of them in parallel and the third in series with the other 2?

On October 5, 2016, Andrew wrote:

Hi . I am working on a project to make a custom solar charger with 80/100waatts panel to support 3 led lamps of 5w and 3 chargers for smartphoe or tablet devices . Could someone who has knowledge guide me what type of batteries i will need and how i can combine them to support this structure ? Thanks in advance !

On September 22, 2016, NabuN wrote:

@ Veng: Without wishing to argue with anyone here, in my experience over 40 years with lead batteries of 12V and 6V and degree in electrical engineering, I can say that the parallel connection of two batteries the same type and not necessarily the same capacity or age, is certainly better for their (remaining) lifetime compared to serial configuration for several reasons: 1. Capacity is larger of the assembly (equal to their sum of real capacity...) and currents of charging/discharging smaller than if would be used only one of them. 2. SOC of the batteries are quasi-identical, due to terminal voltage which is the same for both batteries. 3. It is easier to monitor and correct the voltage of one battery than the voltage of 2 (3 ... n) batteries, and if a battery have cell(s) shorted, it will be seen as the terminal voltage drops and can intervene timely. Usually, most defects are with internal interruption/increase of internal resistance (in the ratio of 10 ... 20/ 1 face of internal shorting). In your case, for 2 solar panels with 36 solar cells maximum charge current will be ~2x150W/18V = 16.5 A, supportable by any individual battery, the better of the two in parallel. The currents will be divided thru batteries in reverse proportion to their internal resistance, in the first approximation ~9A for the 200Ah and ~7A for the other. In 8..9 hours of one sunny day they will be charged with an energy of ~ 1.6kWh (35..40% of maximum). If the inverter is for 12V, the load current will not exceed 900VAx0.6/11V=45A and is divided into ~26A through 200Ah battery and ~19A through 150Ah battery. The autonomy at maximum power will exceed 6 hours, if the batteries were loaded to full capacity. Take care to have thick and good connectors / screws to terminals and same length of cable from "output" of the 350Ah battery to each component battery. So, it can be done without much expenses, with care and attention! @ Pete: I stored SLI batteries/auto one on top of another, but only for short-term (1...3 weeks),I even put three pieces on a vertically stack. For stationary applications I put only two batteries one of top of another, for reasons of mechanical resistance (to not crack the plastic case, in time), with spacers from rubber/plastic acid resistant, bands of 1-2 cm thick and took care to NOT cover the vent plugs. SLA and AGM batteries need a small amount of ventilation, so I simply put an expanded polystyrene between batteries. After 5 years I have no problem with them, they are NOT in a box. In a closed box it's better to insulate all the interior walls to achieve a good thermal isolation of batteries from external medium and reduce mechanical shocks. So, can you try 3 batteries (not heavier than 20 Kg each) one on top of another with some precautions ... at your own risk...and let us know about ? :-) Peace to all

On September 21, 2016, Veng Mazwi wrote:

Ohk! Thanx Robbo

On September 17, 2016, Robbo wrote:

@ Veng...........mmmmmmmm Yes you can but they wont last long options A) get another battery that exactly matches the old even to the state of Decay, or get 2 new is best B) get another solar array and split your unit in two @ Pete.......... Never seen anyone STACK batteries, weight is one issue and air space of 50mm around for ventilation and cooling may be a problem. Battery boxes are normally made with this space allowed for as on hot days the batteries are even hotter, which increases the resistant which increases the heat the list goes on. In RVs the box needs to be constructed strongly to stop batteries flying around and arcing out( High Amps BIG sparks) and have 3/8 rubber pad for reduced vibration heat ransfer, and have a screw down frame on each battery, so as NOT to pull out terminals. Batteries are heavy and create high forces especially if the vehicle rolls or crashes. You dont want 100Kg batteries flying, then the Acid. Batteries need to be inspected regularly, even maintenance free must be checked monthly (Excide Aircraft Gel types stipulate logging each cell and checking torque of terminals each month for warranty, how many of us do it. BTW Solar is more EFFICIENT on a cooler day often with scattered cloud, although the unit wont create as much power it does not have to as fridges in particular are not working so hard. I had experience of a large system that ran out of puff on days over 44C due to near melt down Have a look at a Cat D9 battery box takes up the whole space under operators seat. They are a work of art, but really needed for safety and hold batteries secure against all odds Robbo

On September 15, 2016, Pete wrote:

hello, I want to stack 4 car batteries on top of eachother in order to put them in a case. Is that even possible? Cheers

On September 15, 2016, Veng Mazwi wrote:

Hi, can two 12vdc batteries of different Ah, (150AH / 200AH), be connected in parallel for increased Ah capacity (350). To be charged by 2x150W Solar PV panel via 30A solar charger regulator for lights and entertainment, in an off-grid set up? I use a 900VA Inverter.

On September 10, 2016, Robbo wrote:

Anthony Your question does not really give much info. 4 x 1.5V can be 6.0v in series or 1.5V in parallel. You will need to check how they are configured If the light unit is equipped with an external jack it should have on it the voltage and which part of the jack is negative. If you need to replace batteries, you can simply buy a set, and replace them when dead. If this frequency is too often then go hard wire as it seems an over kill to run a charger cable to the light for charging batteries instead of hard wiring the light, direct Robbo

On September 10, 2016, NabuN wrote:

Anthony : 8V seems to be OK; you must verify the voltage on all 4 batteries in series (the pack) to not raise over 1.6 V / cell (6.4 V- the pack) AND the charging current must be lower then ~ 4000mAh/4 hours charging = 1 Amp. , with ~(8V-6V)/1A= 2 Ohms power resistor. Of course, 4000 mAh is the cell capacity.

On September 2, 2016, Anthony wrote:

hello, need some help. I have an outdoor motion light in my drive way. it's using 4 C battery’s, and would like to get a wall adapter. What voltage adapter should I get? I can get one that change from 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, or 12. Thank you in advance. -Anthony Mendonca

On August 31, 2016, prady wrote:

i have to to use a maximum of 48v, cell may be one or more then one, for the maximum power what should i do &how; should use them

On August 4, 2016, Abdul wrote:

(a) A unit Li-ion cell/battery has average discharge voltage (3.8 V), resistance (75 ) and capacity 5 Ah. Integrate as many Li-ion cell/battery required for developing a Li-ion battery module which can produce 120 V and 150 Ah.

On July 17, 2016, shL wrote:

I have the state space equation of the 2V lead acid battery and I want to connecting 6cells in series. How can I determine the new state space equation?

On July 12, 2016, NabuN wrote:

@ Frederick Sure you can. But...why you connect them in series?... You need to take precautions when use over 48V DC voltage. Like I wrote upper, I use 30 V DC at our off grid country house and 2…3 times by week I need 180 V DC. I had some issues, especially when the standard switch used for 230 VAC has burned out at the disconnection of a 2 KW leaf blower. Then, I mounted some suppression circuitry. In your case, for charge and equalize all batteries in the same time, you need to put them in parallel, like I do since 2011. It requires 7 times less attention concerning monitoring charge voltage. @ Brenda Your Li-Ion battery seems to be OK if the voltage is higher than 2,8...3 V. So, first, I suspect the external AC adapter / connector of the tablet. The ability of internal charger did not depend on battery voltage, it’s monitoring the voltage and current thru battery. Second, maybe your battery is defective, I understand it’s removable. Try to change one by one with somebody who have same model tablet. @ Fahad Battery B seems to be defective. If you let batteries few hours free, the voltage will drop a little and you can measure SOC voltage. But this does not help the end-of-life battery B. From my experience, I prolonged the life of weak AGM batteries by watering them. But I did not gain much time, sometimes a week, maybe one month. The corroded cell(s) / bridge will heat, reduce the external power supplied and make smell and boiling bubbles sounds when you connect 20..30A load to this battery. I even tried to make 10V battery removing / shorting the defective cell and I learned it not worth to do this. Usually, flooded and gel batteries have a longer life. You need to buy a new pair of batteries for the solar system, same model, mark, date of production. The low cost solution, at your own risk: measure the real capacity at discharging of battery A and buy just one AGM battery of this capacity....and monitor both frequently and attentively at charge / discharge. If the capacity of A battery is lower than 85..90% of marked capacity (Ah) this solution don.t worth to be implemented, because battery A will soon be defective, like her “sister”, B. @ Nikola A group of 2 raw in parallel, each raw with 6 batteries (rating 80A…so much ?) in series, will have maximum 2*80=160Ah capacity and will supply maximum 160A according to specifications and the LOAD. If you want a 480 Ah battery with 480A (!!) maximum rating current from these 6+6 batteries of 12V, you configure them in 2 groups in series, each group containing 6 batteries in parallel. So you’ll have only 2*12V= 24V.

On July 6, 2016, Frederick wrote:

I HV 7 batteries of 12v can they be connected in series

On July 5, 2016, Frederick wrote:

I have 7 battery is it possibla to connect all of them in serial

On June 13, 2016, B Wolfe wrote:

I have a Asus tablet that quit charging, my husband checked the battery, the volts are supposed to be 3.7 but it tested 3.2. Could this influence the tablets ability to charge? I would rather replace a $40 battery than pay a $200 service fee. Thanks, Brenda

On May 25, 2016, fahad wrote:

I have installed off grid solar system at home. Its 24v system. After two years all of a sudden battery backup time reduced to 40 min. I checked the voltage of both batteries . battery B voltage drops quite quickly during on load condition. While on full charge condition both batteries have the same voltage. One if my friend was saying that after changing these batteries switched off the whole system for 3 t 4 hrs and let batteries to settle or balance. Please help me in this situation , what should I do with AGM batteries

On May 14, 2016, Nikola Raskovich wrote:

Hello. I understand the series addtion of volts and the parallel addition of amp hours but my question is what happens to the resultant continuous current or max current that a battery can handle in the following configuration example: If a single 12v lithium 80ah battery has a continuous current rating of 80 amps what would happen to the continuous current and max current ratings of the new resultant battery where 6 of these are connected in series to have 72volts and another 6 are added in parallel to have a total of 480 ah? Do the continuous and max current ratings also go up and would it be 480 amps? Thank you in advance.

On May 4, 2016, John Fetter wrote:

George - 1, 2 & 3. Vide supra. The answers are on this page. On the other hand, you may be doing something irregular with your batteries - the batteries don't like it - you are looking for explanations.

On May 4, 2016, GEORGE COBBINAH wrote:

I have some questions to ask and will be very happy if the knowledge gurus will assist me, thanks 1. Why do parallel cells get exhausted easily when not in use? 2. Why does the same amount of current flow through each individual resistor in series but a different amount flows through all in parallel? 3. Why does the voltage differ across resistors in series but the same across all in parallel?

On May 3, 2016, John Fetter wrote:

George - Batteries connected in parallel do not loose charge when not in use. There is nowhere for the power to go. I personally would never connect batteries in parallel. Batteries are never identical. They get out of step. If they are connected in series, they can be equalized. If they are connected in parallel, they cannot be equalized.

On May 3, 2016, GEORGE COBBINAH wrote:

Hi, I will be very grateful if I can be educated on whether batteries in a parallel connection will continue to loose charge even when not in use. Thanks in advance

On April 18, 2016, nate wrote:

hi there just wondering if its a good idea to connect a motorcycle battery and a car battery in parallel to increase the life time of the battery pack I build, thanks in advance

On April 10, 2016, John Fetter wrote:

Neel - Very bad idea. You are destroying your batteries.

On April 10, 2016, Neel wrote:

Great info thnx guys. I have a solar system with 24v charging using 2 x 12v 100ah batteries in series. One connected to an inverter, the other to lights. They have different discharge rates and are at different voltage levels at times. Is it good set up or do we have a problem.

On March 30, 2016, John Fetter wrote:

Shola, NanuN - If batteries are connected in parallel, they will get get out of step and will progressively get more out of step. Some of them will fail prematurely, regardless how the entire group is charged and/or discharged. The only viable solution is to disconnect, give each series string an individual equalizing charge, and do this on a regular basis. Connecting batteries in parallel is a very bad idea. Solar vendors will cheerfully sell these configurations because the competition is fierce and they automatically look for the cheapest batteries to sell. There is a bigger turnover in smaller batteries, hence these batteries are less expensive in parallel than unparalleled bigger batteries. I have a solar backup and use a high ampere-hour non-paralleled string, which I purchased regardless of what the salesman was trying to sell. A proper solar controller will automatically seek the maximum power point, and then charge the batteries in bulk mode (at maximum power), then absorption mode (voltage limited), and finally float (reduced voltage). It is a good idea to limit bulk charging to C/5. NabuN - Batteries/ battery cells on equalizing charge never develop the same voltage during or immediately upon completion.

On March 30, 2016, NabuN wrote:

Amin wrote: In figure 3 and fig 4 , can charge it? Even one of those are not equal to each other batteries. Yes, you can ! With some extra work, of course.  Like humans, batteries are not identical each other. I consider in this case only batteries of same capacity, voltage and mark, in state of order. This means their real capacity is over 80 % of marked capacity and they have different state of charge . In series, the charge current will bring at full first the weakest battery, theoretically. For safer charge, you must monitoring the battery/cell with the highest voltage, (the voltage to not overcome the upper limit recommended). “The weakest element of the system will give the strength of the system”. So, you must remove the weakest element to not have complications and problems in next future, and to ensure a good performance of the string. In parallel it’s easier, the strongest battery will help the weakest. They would last longer. Before connecting in parallel, it's fine to verify each battery for self discharge or even internal shorted battery, to not deplete the good ones (defective batteries/cells). In my solar system, from 2011, I use over 50 batteries mixed connected, usually in parallel when I need 30V and 10A....30A for lighting and 1,2 kVA inverter & UPS , and in series, 180V DC, (for circular saw and tools at 230V with universal motors, enough to work satisfactory). Since 2013, each year, 1...2 batteries, the oldest, had to be removed, which is quite normal, I think. Shola wrote: I have a series/parallel battery pack made up of 6 12V 200AH/10HR batteries (2S3P setup). My questions are as follows what will be the ideal charging current for the setup, secondly will the charging current be the same at each +ve terminal and finally is it true that one set of batteries will get fully charged/discharged before the other or they get fully charged/discharged at the same time. Thank you in advance for your enlightenment. Ideal charging configuration it’s the 2 groups in parallel (12V), because all batteries will have the same voltage. But it’s not easy to change the connections with thick wires and screws two times at every cycle, I believe… So, you have 2 groups connected in series of 3 batteries in parallel, each.. In accordance with the manufacturer's specifications, recommended charging current will be, I suppose, 10% of the battery capacity. For 2S3P setup, the bulk charge current will maximum ~60A, and voltage will not overcome 28V, usually. A smaller current will be fine, 40..50A. As I said at the beginning of my post, the two branches currents will be close, should not differ by more than 10%, let's say 24A and 26A it sound OK for 50A charging. When charging, especially during equalization, batteries will reach almost the same voltage each. The lead and NiCd batteries have this feature. When discharging, the weakest group of 3 batteries will have the lowest voltage, so you need to stop discharging at a voltage higher than the limit, let's say 11,8V under maximum 60A load. It's good to not discharge more then 30..50 % of battery capacity to achieve a long life. Read the manufacturer's recommendations, I learned a lot from these datasheets.  Have a good work !

On March 30, 2016, John Fetter wrote:

Shola - Batteries that are connected in series automatically always carry the same current, (at each positive terminal), regardless of whether they are being charged or discharged. They will have slightly different ampere-hour ratings due to tiny differences in materials, in processing, and so on, incurred in manufacturing. They will also possess slightly different self-discharge rates for the same reason. They will get out of step very slowly, over time. Hence some will become discharged while other still carry some charge. It is something that is easily overcome by giving the entire string a low current overcharge from time to time. This is called an equalizing charge. The first to become fully charged will gas until the last becomes fully charged. After that all the batteries will be in step again, at least for some time. Sealed batteries either cannot easily be be equalized or cannot be equalized at all, hence their cells become hopelessly unbalanced, hence they have relative short lives.

On March 30, 2016, Shola wrote:

I have a series/parallel battery pack made up of 6 12V 200AH/10HR batteries (2S3P setup). My questions are as follows what will be the ideal charging current for the setup, secondly will the charging current be the same at each +ve terminal and finally is it true that one set of batteries will get fully charged/discharged before the other or they get fully charged/discharged at the same time. Thank you in advance for your enlightenment.

On March 29, 2016, Amin wrote:

In figure 3 and fig 4 , can charge it? Even one of those are not equal to each other batteries.

On March 7, 2016, NabuN wrote:

Hello to all, For Ray : 1. I had one e-bike with AGM 3x12V 10Ah defective battery, 36V system. After long tests, I upgraded the battery box in dimensions, voltage and capacity with AGM 4x12Vx (2x7Ah) + 1x6V (2x7Ah) = 54 V 14Ah, batteries for UPS, high rate. My chinese controller supports 60V with no problems, after I changed all electrolytic capacitors to 100V (and Power FET to 80A/100V). Now, I have 4 years of use for my e-bike and the 350 W hub motor (only..) can push me to 35 Km/h. The range is ~ 30Km, because I like speed :-) [ I am from Romania and the bike was made in Hungary, I presume ]. So, in your case, I do the math : 48V / 3,7V = 13 cells in series 20Ah/2Ah = 10 cells in parallel You ~right, you need 130 good cells 18650 Li-Ion, it is a 13S10P battery. It goes OK with 12S10P=120 cells, or 13S9P=117 cells, but range is reduced. 12S10P it gives more range compared to 13S9P, but lower maximal speed, in my opinion. Maximum voltage after charging is 4,2V x 13 = 54,6 V (for 13S10P). The range and life for battery is affected by the Voltage disconnect of the controller, of course. The controller accept 60V with no problems, so looks OK to me. 2. Until 2012, I tested my batteries by discharging ~ 50% with a 12V 21...55W halogen bulb from car, a clock and an ammeter. Then, I get one "Watt's up meter" for RC hobbysts which ease the measurements with my old bulbs ! :-)

On February 13, 2016, MK wrote:

If We have two groups of batteries in parallel ,each group consist of 9 batteries in series . the system is 110 Vdc. because of one defected battery in the second group & the non-ability to disconnect this group from the battery dis-connector.we will disconnect the battery only from the group & keep its circuit open.also open the loop in many another points . But finally we will keep the positivist connected to the first battery the negative connected to the last battery & all in between open. is this right,what is the side effect to the second working group,...

On February 10, 2016, ray wrote:

I am trying to build a battery pack for an e-bike conversion, the motor uses 1000W and is a 48V system. I want to use some salvaged lithium batteries I have been collecting from work. Target battery pack size is 20Ah / 48V DC. The battery packs which I am getting from work are designated as 14.8v dc, 6.15 amps, and 91.02Wh. I have already opened up a pack and know there are 12 18650 lithium cells inside.......unfortunately no info is written on the cells. I measured them and all are at 3.65v dc. If I do the math with the above pack parameters then each cell would have a capacity of 2000mA and a nominal charge of 3.7v. To get to 20Ah for the battery I would need 9 serial strings in parallel, I think the annotation is 13S9P, 13 serial and 9 parallel strings. 121 batteries total.........does that sound correct? Is there a test I could do to really determine the Ah capacity of a cell rather than rely on the documentation on the pack?

On January 11, 2016, T.N.Sheshadri wrote:

I have done 3KW solar power generator for home. Battery getting charged by 2.30 -3.00 pm everyday. I have used 48 v system with 12V 200Ah 4 batteries in series combination. In night, I want to charge my REVA Electric Car and battery is going to Low cutoff value (10.8V/battery) and power is switching off in night. I plan to increase capacity from 48V 200Ah to 48V 300 Ah in Series and Parallel combination and improve the power discharge REVA car consumes 3-4 KWh units of electricity every day. Please suggest any alternative for my requirement. How much battery to be discharged every day for long life of battery? Can I use 7.5 Kilo watt Tesla battery? Please suggest remedy.

On January 3, 2016, Richard wrote:

If one lithium battery at 12 volt has 100 amp recommended charge rate, does 2 of the same in parallel charged together have 200 amp charge rate?

On December 28, 2015, navin lessing wrote:

what is the charging voltage and current for a 12v 7.2Ah Li-Ion battery

On December 28, 2015, sanaullahshuaib wrote:

Two 2100mah batteries would produce 4200mah for long time voltage transmission

On December 28, 2015, muhammad wrote:

which electric circuit element can induce magnetic flux and why

On November 17, 2015, chawki kulmie wrote:

what are the disadvantages of cennecting batteries in series/parallel

On November 16, 2015, Luke wrote:

Need a little help. I have 6 3.7v batteries hooked up in parallel series to make 11.1v so it 3 in series connected parallel. Positive wire to negative. How do I set the charger? Here my options For 7.2/7.4V 2-cell pack, set switch button 8.4 position on the charger For 10.8/11.1V 3-cell pack, set switch button 12.6 position on the charger For 14.4/14.8V 4-cell pack, set switch button 16.8 position on the charger* here is my charger http://www.amazon.com/TLP-2000-Tenergy-Universal-Charger-3-7V-14-8V/dp/B001BEXDRQ

On November 11, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Connor - It is a very bad idea to parallel batteries that obviously have different ampere-hours and therefore have different characteristics. It is not about numbers but about battery characteristics. The batteries are likely to react differently to a load and to charging and are likely to get out of step.

On November 9, 2015, Connor wrote:

I understand the basics of this but I had a question about a project I want to do. If I have a bank of batteries with 12v and 80Ah and I connect it in parallel to another bank with 48V and 20Ah would I get one bank with 48V and 100Ah. Thanks, Connor

On October 28, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Jim - It is a bad idea to parallel deep cycling batteries. They are unlikely to have identical characteristics to begin with and will get out of step with each other within a few months. Some will end up overcharged, some will end up undercharged. Battery life will be reduced. This line of business has become highly competitive. The technically challenged among the competitors will will say it is OK to parallel. It has nothing to do with fire, explosion. There are inverters on the market that you can safely parallel.

On October 28, 2015, dhananjay wrote:

yes u can replace it Jeff but be sure the voltage should be 1.2v only.

On October 16, 2015, Jeff wrote:

My portable has rechargeable aa 1.2v 2300mah batteries. Can I replace them with a 2400mah or greater for longer life?

On October 11, 2015, Jim wrote:

Nice site! I've read elsewhere that exceeding 3 parallels in battery banks has greater risk of fire or explosion. I'm trying to get 4 banks of 8 6V batteries (so, each bank is 48V) charged, then fed to an inverter. I'm pretty sure with virtually any MPPT chargers currently on the market, I will need two chargers, each charging two of these banks. My question then is, can I safely input the four 48V banks to a single inverter (8kw) which takes 48V input, by putting all 4 banks in parallel, to this one inverter? The math works out, but this requires tying 4 banks in parallel, even if right at the inverter input bus, The reason I'd rather avoid using two or more inverters is the cost (especially as I need 240V, so they must be matched/bonded), or to be safe, must I just accept the necessity of using two inverters so as not to exceed two battery banks feeding each inverter?

On October 8, 2015, Capt.Waris Shaheen wrote:

Dear Michael, This not possible/advisable because individual battery is 5Ah. Regards

On October 8, 2015, Capt.Waris Shaheen wrote:

Dear JJ, Yes you can charge both the batteries when connected in series if: 1- Both are of same voltage and amps capacity. 2- Charging source voltage should be sum of the voltages of the two batteries. Regards

On October 7, 2015, Michael wrote:

Hi, I'm working on a project. I have 4 lithion recharged batteries 3.7v each with 5000 mAh .. if I concet them in series i will get 14.8V at 5Amp how do I lower it to only 1.4Amp ? Thanks

On September 29, 2015, jj wrote:

is it possible to charge a NiMH and NiCD that is conneted in series ??

On September 3, 2015, Ruby wrote:

What's the difference between voltage and current?

On August 26, 2015, Capt.Waris Shaheen. wrote:

Dear Chrisc, You have not mentioned the voltage of AGM 100Ah battery, if I assume it to be a 12V DC 100Ah AGM battery, then it is not possible to get 48V DC 1600Ah because we can only get 4 parallel strings of 4x100Ah batteries connected in series thus giving us 48V DC 400Ah only. If I assume the voltage of AGM 100Ah battery to be 48V DC, then it is possible to get 48V DC 1600Ah 76.8KWh by connecting all 16x100Ah batteries in parallel. Energy output = 48x1600 = 76.8KWh

On July 30, 2015, Chrisc wrote:

I am looking for a definitive answer please on serial and parallel battery connection. Is it possible to series and parallel 16 x 100AH AGM batteries achieving 48V and 1600AH - 76.8kWhr's of storage?? Some say yes some say no. Help Please.

On July 28, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Shawn - Your focus is on batteries but your idea will create problems with the motor. The torque developed by a propeller that is running at optimum speed in water will rise with the square of the speed. Motor speed is proportional to motor voltage. Motor torque is proportional is proportional to motor current. The motor can undoubtedly handle the extra speed but it is highly unlikely it can handle the extra current. It will most likely overheat.

On July 28, 2015, Mark Mcdonald wrote:

Forget Lead Acid battery. Use Lithium Ion, go to HobbyKing.com and buy some, they have warehouses all over the USA. You could probably very easily fit 30Ah in there. The only reason you would go higher voltage is to increase speed. However those underwater units are probably electronically configured, so try it, be warned it might blow up in your face. Id go 12V 35Ah Lithium Ion (~3S or 4S), or LiFePO4, or a123 cells. Remember to also buy a charger for it. Most chargers need a DC power supply.

On July 27, 2015, Shawn wrote:

I just purchased a SeaDoo Seascooter (underwater scooter) that has a 12v 12mAh sealed lead acid (SLA) battery. I was thinking of constructing my own battery to get slightly higher speed (voltage) and distance (mAh). I realize that motor is designed for a 12 volt battery, but slightly higher voltage (around 14 volts) would probably be acceptabel. Example of what I was thinking: 4 x Lithium Ion AA 3.6 volt batteries in series = 14.8 volts and then 5 parallel groupings to equal a 14.8 volt and 15 Ah battery back. This would give me a slightly faster scooter and longer range. Would something like this work?

On July 17, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

Thomas, you're right about experience. However, if one crosses into another discipline, surely it is that very experience that teaches one that preparation is essential and that jumping into something new and crying for help when things don't work out would not be the right way to do it. It assumes entitlement and an obligation on others.

On July 16, 2015, Thomas Jaszewski wrote:

Sadly, Dr Jack, some of us have no backgrounds even remotely related to electronics and electrical setuos. I'm able to identify bacteria under a microscope but for whatever reason get totally befuddled by battery layouts. I need pictures and diagrams to sort it out. Having had a series of TIA's and a stroke made it nearly impossible to sort verbally. But with help I'm learning to build packs that are safe and work. But again I usually need to ask someone to help me "map" out the wiring of the balance leads and BMS. I have a similar experience when I instruct someone in horticultural techniques. It seems second nature to me but then I have 45 years of experience and knowledge gathering. C rate is another totally confusing concept for me. Thanks to those who are patient and understand that not everyone has the same skills, I'm learning

On July 9, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

Four batteries in series parallel implies two in series, another two in series, the two series connected pairs then connected in parallel. Reversing the polarity of one battery in one series connected pair reduces the voltage generated by that pair to zero - equivalent to a short circuit. Placing this arrangement in parallel with a pair of series connected batteries causes a short circuit current to flow. Connecting a diode in series with each series connected pair allows a discharge current to flow but prevents the batteries being charged. This applies to all types of batteries. I mean no disrespect but I really do find it disconcerting that people can operate a device as complicated as a computer, yet cannot reason out a simple thing like this.

On July 9, 2015, Mark McDonald wrote:

Well I found the information I needed elsewhere. RC Forums. The C-rate (cont. & max) are the same, they cannot be change within the battery. However the total Amperage cont and max of the outgoing "stream" does increase. So in my example 40/80A, would be 80/160A (cont./max) There is no need to give out voltage or configuration info, as this is basic circuit knowledge. But I am either using Li-Ion or LiFePO4, at 72V and 10Ah packages. I will parallel them to increase the range. My RC Lipo with high discharge blew up and caught fire on July 1 Canada day and almost burned down my house. Highly discharged battery, below spec, and charged too fast. They expanded, expelled gas and within 5 minutes 2 packs burst into fireworks catching the other 4 batteries on fire. RC Lipo is very dangerous, very. DO NOT USE LIPO BATTERIES. THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BURN DOWN HOUSES!!!!!! But yeah, I believe you need to keep the chemistry, V and Ah the same when paralleling. But I dont think its the end all be all. I believe there is some lee-way.

On July 9, 2015, Michael wrote:

Wow, that got a little out of hand. Let me get more specific. I have a design where I have 4 lithium ion batteries in series/parallel. I don't have a mechanical feature that prevents installing one of them backwards, so if one is installed backwards that would put them in series, but 3 would be positive and one would be negative. I'm just trying to confirm my assumptions that the 3 batteries (11.1V) would try to charge the one battery (3.4V) and cause the 3.4V to heat up and eventually catch fire. To fix this I put a diode on each series leg of the parallel circuit. What do you think about that solution? Would using 4 series NiMH be better?

On July 9, 2015, Thomas wrote:

Dr Jack wrote: " I chose the low road in order to find out if someone might jump in to berate me" Sadly fell for the troll, my apologies, it won't happen again. Mark, there are a lot of variables in your question. You don't mention which batteries, how you are building the pack, what your configuration is, voltage goal, and more. Try being a bit more forthcoming in providing information. I can also direct you to better places for assistance if we know ore about what exactly you are trying to do.

On July 9, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

If my response had provided all the requisite technical information, I would effectively have chosen the high road. I chose the low road in order to find out if someone might jump in to berate me - or chose the high road and provide the requisite technical information. Michael, Do not connect the batteries in the way you described. Your suggestion will cause a massive current surge and perhaps an explosion. Mark, Connecting batteries in series is easy. Connecting them in parallel requires special care to make sure they are precisely matched.

On July 9, 2015, Thomas Jaszewski wrote:

The information is overwhelming to someone new. At least point it out. Being helpful is OK. Sadly I'm not far enough along to directly address..this thread is awful. Poorly organized too.

On July 9, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

The answers can be found at the top of this page. Surely we amount to more than a torso, a head, two arms and two legs?

On July 8, 2015, Thomas Jaszewski wrote:

Kinda n00b questions but we learn by civil answers...

On July 8, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

Surely you are just messing around? No one in his/her right mind asks these kinds of questions.

On July 6, 2015, Mark McDonald wrote:

I am looking for information on when you parallel batteries (I learned that it increases my Ah.) Li-Ion batteries for example. If I am looking for a certain Discharge Rate (C-rate), of lets say 50Acont. and 100Amax. When I start putting batteries in parallel, of lets say 40Acont and 80Amax Discharge Rate, does putting batteries in parallel increase my Discharge Rate? Does it double it? I can see how when you parallel, the "streams or pipes" add up, so in my mind I would say the Discharge Rate would just keep adding up, more and more, the more you parallel batteries. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You

On July 3, 2015, Michael wrote:

Dr Jack, No mess. I haven't actually done it. Just worried about a potential mess in case someone does. If you switched polarity the 11.1V terminal and a 3.7V terminal would be right next to each other. I assume that means that the 11.1V would try to charge the 3.7V and the 3.7V would get very hot. Does that make sense?

On July 3, 2015, Dr Jack wrote:

Hi Michael You have done this, made a mess and now you want to know why you made a mess???

On July 2, 2015, Michael wrote:

What would happen if you used a serial/parallel configuration, but one of the batteries was installed backwards?

On June 30, 2015, Tom wrote:

You be far better off posing you question on endless-sphere.com A hangout for those building eBikes and battery systems. That's one huge battery to haul around on a bike.

On June 28, 2015, llamudos wrote:

Hi all, Firstly great site! Now the nitty gritty. I'm building an ebike from scratch as a project as im bored and need some advice on a couple of things i dont fully understand yet. I'm going to get a 48v 1000w hub motor and need a battery that wiil provide enough power to last a while. My thought is building a 13s14p cell pack using 2600ah li ion cells 3.7v. (13*3.7 =48.1v) - (2.6a*14=36.4ah). This would theoretically provide me with a 1747.2watt battery pack. From what i have read an ebike run at full throttle should use 20w per km. So that would mean i could use this battery for 87.3 km roughly. Please adivice if this is wrong. My question is about the amperage. Should i purchase a 60amp controller and a bms that can handle 60amps as well? My thoughts was to have double tolerance for safety. As im not an electrician and new to this i want to get a complete grasp on the theory. Also if the battery cells only have a 2c rating will this cause issues with safety when at top speed going up hill?

On June 26, 2015, Mark Berlou wrote:

Problem: My camera takes 2 AA batteries. I want to take time lapse and motion detection photos while camping. This requires more battery capacity than 2 AA's will provide and I'll have no recharge available. Solution: Make a battery pack of 4 parallel sets of AA's in series. (2AA's in series)x4 in parallel for 3 volts and 10800mAh. One set of AA's will be inserted in the camera wired to the other 3 sets externally. My plan is to hike in, set up the camera, plug in the battery pack and let the camera run for an extended period. All batteries will be alkaline Duracells. Question: could I use C or D cells for the external pack? Example: (2 AA's in series) wired in parallel to (2 D's in series) for a total of 3 volts and 14700 mAh, then the 2 AA's would be inserted in the camera.

On June 24, 2015, Yves Landon wrote:

Thank you very much John for your prompt feedback. I guess I have to stick to the simple series connection. BTW, all batteries are of the same type, age and brand. But we are never sure how each cell will behave therefore being of the same type and voltage doesn't seem to guarantee equal operation. Cheers, Keep up the good work.

On June 24, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Yves - Connecting batteries in parallel is not simply a matter of connecting the same voltage and the same ampere-hours. They must be an identical type of an identical age. Battery performance is never identical. They might seem to work fine for a while but then some will start falling out of step with their partners. This will get progressively worse. The self discharge rate and the end of charge voltage will change more for some than for others. You will find that the charge present in individual batteries will drift apart. There is no easy solution. It is highly likely you will regret using batteries in parallel. You will end up juggling their position, trying extra charging on some, spending endless frustrating hours on an avoidable mission. When batteries are connected in series, they also start falling out of step but this can be fixed by giving the whole string a periodic light current overcharge called an equalizing charge.

On June 24, 2015, Yves Landon wrote:

Typo correctio Invertor corrected into inverter

On June 24, 2015, Yves Landon wrote:

Dear John, I would very much appreciate your input or that of the experienced members to advise me whether I can proceed with series/parallel connection for the following equipment, and to let me know if there would be any risk of battery explosion if such series/parallel is implemented for the following scenario: Current Situation - 1 x 8 KVA INVERTOR/UPS - Input voltage: 96v - Output: 220v - 22A max The equipment is currently connected to 8 x 12v lead acid batteries of 200 AMP each, in series in order to supply the 96V input power. No parallel connection so far meaning that I only have 200AMP storage out of the 8 batteries which is a bit a waste of resources and certainly a huge cost. Knowing that the invertor is connected in offline mode to the grid, it provides a backup power of around 8 hours per day. The batteries are now 2 years old and during the 1st year I used to power the whole house (22A grid) including 6 hours runtime for 1x 12000BTU AC. Question 1: is it possible to proceed with a series/parallel connection with such heavy duty batteries? How? To what maximum amperes i.e. 400, 600, 800, etc knowing that the invertor has a built in charger and it used to take 12-16 hours to fully charge the batteries. Question 2: if I can proceed with the series/parallel connection to the maximum available amperage (8x200=1600AMP) without any risk, I would replace the batteries with a lower amperage for example 50 AMP to obtain a total of 400AMP (8x 50) and I can still double the power time with much less cost, can you advise me of such set up, and would there be any risk of whatsoever? Sorry for the long message, I would very much appreciate your feedback and thanking you in anticipation for your hard work. Best regards, Yves Landon

On June 23, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

raymund - I am not a battery salesman and I don't walk around with battery type numbers in my head. You can parallel identical batteries.

On June 23, 2015, raymund richie moises wrote:

Thanks john..is it possible to parallel 2 pcs 12vs battery (size: N150/4D, AH: 70 , RC: 270).it will not over heat or explode?

On June 22, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

raymund - It would seem that your battery can't handle the drill's starting current, causing its voltage to fall, in turn causing the drill to struggle, in turn drawing more current. It is also possible your inverter over-current protection is kicking in, causing the drill to struggle, in turn trying to draw more current. Try using two 12v batteries in parallel. If this does not help, you will need an inverter with a higher peak current rating.

On June 22, 2015, raymund richie moises wrote:

(Video) Toy Hauler RV Parallel Battery Upgrade

I'm trying to build a power supply using 12volts battery(4d-motolite truck master) and connected to my power inverter (1500 watts12v dc to 220v ac). The dc voltage drops to 10-11volts..and ac voltage drop to 135volts.. When i try to use a power drill that have specs( 220v,700 watts,3.1 amps.) Can someone explain what just happen?can i use 2 12 volts battery paralleled?

On June 22, 2015, raymund richie moises wrote:

Hi.. I have a battery car 12v...and im not sure in there ampere?my battery is 3sm MOTOLITE.CAN somebody answer me?tnx..

On June 17, 2015, Simon wrote:

Thanks John, for your sound advice, just looking at 24v to 12v DC converters now! I really appreciate your sound knowledge in this regard! Keep up the good work! Regards Si

On June 17, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Simon - You will shorten the life of your batteries because one will become permanently undercharged and the other permanently overcharged. If you can, I suggest you build a simple 24V in - 12V out power converter. A transistor, (probably an FET) switch with a permanent 50% on, 50% off duty. The switching frequency can be a few hundred cycles. You need a freewheeling diode across the motor. You can feed the motor directly with the square-wave. The motor will make some noise but that does not matter.

On June 17, 2015, Simon wrote:

Hi John, Thanks for the quick reply... I can explain further... I have 24v Solar panels connected to the 24v charge controller. I have a connection from the 24v charge controller feeding the 2 x 12v batteries setup in series. I have a connection from the 24v + and - to the 24v DC to AC inverter. ALL OK. I can run the 12v pump no problem just using + and - on one of the 12 v batteries. But I am trying double the run time to get 160 Ah at 12v. I have drawn the schematic for the BOTH series and parallel on only 2 x 12v (looks complicated) and I cannot find any other resource on the internet where someone else has done this with ONLY 2 x Battery. Every other configuration using BOTH series and parallel consist of 4 x batteries. My plan was to leave everything connected and just connect the pump on only one battery + and - as and when needed.

On June 17, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Simon - You have two 12V batteries in series fed from a 24v charger. The batteries feed into a 24V inverter. So far, so good. You must not connect the batteries to the charger, nor the inverter if you have them in parallel. You must not connect a 12V load to only one of the batteries. The word BOTH makes your question ambiguous. Let me guess. You are planning to disconnect both batteries from the charger and the inverter. Then, after they are disconnected, you want to parallel them and drive the pump. That will work and it will drain your batteries. If you leave the charger connected you might damage it. Depends on its design.

On June 17, 2015, Simon wrote:

Here is a question that's really bafflling me... I have 2 x 12V 80Ah Batteries. I have them setup up in Series to handle my INPUT from a 24V Charge Controller. Effectively giving me 24V @ 80Ah. My load is a 24V DC to AC inverter. I have a 12V DC pump. I can connect the 12V pump to the first battery + and -. QUESTION (before I blow up): Can I connect the 2 x batteries in BOTH Series and Parallel to get 12V 160 Ah on the first battery + and -. Great forum guys!

On May 21, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Shumaim - If both are fully charged before you connect them, you have a 12V 100Ah battery. If you discharge this arrangement you run the risk of fully discharging the 10V 100Ah and then reverse charging it from the 2V 960Ah. This will ruin the 10V battery. If you are careful and don't fully discharge, sooner or later the 2V 960 Ah will end up discharged through self-discharge, because you will not be able to keep it sufficiently charged without overcharging the 10V 100Ah battery Not a good idea.

On May 21, 2015, Shumaim wrote:

what would happen if i connect 2v 960Ah battery with 10V 100Ah in series. What will the output and what will be the impact

On April 9, 2015, Edward wrote:

of course, the #3cell have to afford twice current than #1and #2 cell

On April 8, 2015, Woody wrote:

I was wanting to have three cells configured where cells #1 & #2 were parallel, and the paralleld pair wired series with cell #3. I was informed that, if enough load was applied, the #3 cell would most certianly fail. Btw, sorry for not responding sooner. Thanks for the response -W-

On April 7, 2015, Jason Hillger wrote:

More of a ? Then a comment I have 2 12 volt batts both 750 CCA I want to run them parallel but was concerned will they draw power when the vehicle is off??

On April 3, 2015, Hmmmm wrote:

I have a Li-ion datasheet that says the max discharge for one cell is 2.2 A but the max discharge for the pack of 7 in series is 4.0 A. Is this nonsense? The current through a string of cells is the same as the current through a single cell.

On March 27, 2015, Tom wrote:

it seems pack builder making 18650 packs configure the series first. For example if the pack will be 10s5p they build the series and then parallel 5. Others suggest it's best to construct 5p1s and then connect 10 of those to end up with 10s5p. which is better?

On March 15, 2015, Jeff Gresham wrote:

where can I find the answers to the above question?

On March 12, 2015, John Godwin wrote:

Woody, What do you mean 2s2p using 3 equal cells?

On March 12, 2015, Woody wrote:

Would the scenario be possible to 2s2p using 3 equal cells?

On March 9, 2015, John wrote:

I have 4 new, 6 volt Golf Cart Batteries. I have a trolling motor 40 amps. The Batteries say 215 20HR CAP / 105 mins @ 75A My trolling motor has a rocker switch from 12 volt to 24 volt. and it has 4 speeds no matter which of the two volts I choose. When the rocker switch is on 12 volts it would be using my #1 and #2 batteries then on 24 volts it would use all 4 batteries. About how long will the motor run with the switch on 12 volt and 24 volt. How about if I wired all 4 batteries to make a 12 volt bank. and the motor would only work with all 4 batteries in a 12 volt battery bank? I am looking on getting the longest amount of time on the lake before I have to paddle. Ha Ha... I understand speed #1 would achieve that but lets assume #4 since that is the 40 AMP setting. :-)

On March 1, 2015, Joshua Woolridge wrote:

Hello, i was wondering if two of the same battery in parallel would double their amp limit as well as mAh. Say i have two samsung inr18650 2500mAh 20A continuous amp limit batteries. Will my overall specs now be 5000mAh with 40A continuous drain? Thanks in advance.

On February 27, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Edwin - It is never a good idea to connect batteries in parallel. This is because they must have identical characteristics and must remain matched over their working life, something that is unlikely. Batteries can be connected in series. They must have the same ampre-hour ratings. If they get out of step, they can be given an equalizing charge - a low amperage gassing charge to bring all the cells to 100% state of charge.

On February 26, 2015, Edwin Medina wrote:

Thanks John Fetter! What are the negative effects of connecting two 12v batteries, one 7ah and the other one 10ah, in parallel or series?

On February 24, 2015, John Fetter wrote:

Edwin - No. Connecting one terminal of a battery or not connecting one terminal has no effect on the battery.

On February 24, 2015, Edwin Medina wrote:

If I have (2) 12v batteries, with the two positives terminals connected like in parallel to a device, but only one of the negative terminals connected to the device. I know that I'm only going to have 12v, and the ah of the battery with the two terminals connected to the device, but the question is: does that configuration, may damage the battery that is just connected on the positive terminal?

On February 21, 2015, Sanjay Khatana wrote:

Thanks a lot Dan. After charging them for sometime (not fully) I put them in the flashlight and after 24 hours all the new ones are having 1.37 Volts at rest and two of the older ones have 1.37 volts also but two of the old ones are holding 1.39 Volts and 1.41 Volts. Should I fully charge them and then compare ? I do not use the flashlight regularly and only use it for a minute or two. I plan test for a few weeks and will monitor the voltage regularly. In case the difference remains the same should I replace the two with different voltage ?

On February 20, 2015, Dan wrote:

Hi Sanjay - absolutely! Just check the hold voltage of the older batteries and compare with new. If older batteries are significantly different you may need to replace.

On February 20, 2015, Sanjay Khatana wrote:

I have 4 Sony 2100mah AA cells around two years old but I have not used them much. Can I use 4 new cells same make same capacity(4 x Sony 2100mah AA) in parallel with the older ones in my Fenix TK41 Thanks

On February 7, 2015, Dan wrote:

I have just started reading into this and very rusty, alas. I am looking to create a particular series/parallel configuration. Lets say I have access to all typical household batteries and my desire is to create a series/parallel configuration that will as closely as possible supply 15V and 7A DC. How do I calculate this without testing 100 configurations and wiring possibilities? Your support is greatly appreciated.

On January 25, 2015, nathan wrote:

I need to replace 12 volt 2 amp transformer with battery cell configuration. It must be light to carry. I am willing to use a step up transformer or step down transformer if small enough. Help the me build a magic peop.

On January 22, 2015, Nick wrote:

Ruparathna: It would be easier to list the disadvantages of Gel batteries: 1) Higher initial costs 2) generally heavier 3) Cannot replace water inside if overcharged constantly 4) must use a temp sensing charger 5) There is a tight charging range to extend battery life. generally ~13.8 to 14.1Volts There are many advantages to using Gel batteries. Here is a good reference: http://www.mkbattery.com/content_container.php?page=downloads-and-technical-reference-faq

On January 22, 2015, Joseph Quarcu wrote:

I,m charging a 12v battery with 14v supply..and i have connected a voltmeter across the terminal. I want to know the value of the voltmeter will read when the battery is fully charge... Thanks

On January 22, 2015, Joseph Quarcu wrote:

what will be the total voltage when a 12v and 14v battery is connected in parallel

On December 29, 2014, Ruparathna Amuwala wrote:

what is the advantage of gel battery

On December 20, 2014, Josep Morancho wrote:

I have in my solar system 2 AGM battteries connected in serial, 130Ah each, and I have been using them for 2 years. Now I need to increase the capacity by adding in parallel anew serial block of 2 batteries. I have seen that for the new serial block I should use batteries of same technology and capacity and if possible from the same manufacturer. Correct? My second doubt is: Should I connect together the new batteries in the new serial block or mix in every serial block one of the new batteries with one of the old ones? Thanks

On October 10, 2014, chencho dem wrote:

why the cell voltage is showing higher than the rated voltage,where as our rated cell v is 2.2 and most of the cell are showing 2,5v,what could be the reason and how can we maintain the voltage. Actually am from a Hydro Power plant and we are having 2 battery Banks with 108 cells each.Exide Battery,1820 AH

On September 2, 2014, DK wrote:

@Mike You can pick up a charge regulator at Canadian Tire for around $30. It allows you to charge one battery while discharging the other. I'm not sure if it will also use one battery then switch to the other if neither of them is charging.

On August 30, 2014, Khairil wrote:

Thanks John.

On August 30, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Khairil - No. It won't work. Lead-acid cells will not have any significant charge below about 2 volts. You'll probably try it anyway.

On August 29, 2014, Khairil wrote:

Hi, this is a very useful website. Thanks for creating this website. I have two 12 volt 17AH sealed lead acid battery which has already "dead". No matter how long I charge it the open voltage cell is becomes 10.8 volt after a while without any load. I'm planning to further drain the voltage of both of the battery to 6.9 volt. After that I intent to configure it in series to get a nominal voltage of 13.8 volt. For charging I will use a 12 volt battery charger to maintain the voltage of 13.8 volt. Can i do this? In a sense that I took advantage of a "dead" 12 volt battery and use it as a 6 volt battery.

On July 4, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Alistair - I read the Trojan info. I find what manufacturers say and what they do not say significant. Undercharging is a very common problem. It causes batteries to become sulfated. Accidents with batteries are less common. There are (legal) warnings on batteries concerning explosion hazards and acid corrosion burns, no warning advising users to keep battery charged. What you might find is that the new cell will have a higher voltage than the others with the battery near full state of charge. It may begin to gas earlier than the others and may use more water.

On July 4, 2014, Alistair wrote:

Nothing like a bit of common sense. Odd that Trojan should make such claims. Or perhaps not. Now looking for the supplier to order repacement cell. Your advice has been absolutely terrific, thanks again.

On July 4, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Alistair - There are thousands of cell replacements in forklift-truck motive power batteries world-wide every week, performed by professionals, to keep the batteries going. If the service people try replacing the entire battery every time, they find themselves out of a job. Their customers know from experience that a single new cell among partially worn cells constitutes no problem.

On July 4, 2014, Alistair wrote:

Thanks again John. Its great to have confirmation of these things. I will double check the equalisation and other charging parameers to make sure that the solar controller and generator battery charger are set up correctly. In anticipation of your response I checked to see whether there might be any potential snags with replacing a single cell in a 2v x 12 battery bank. I was surprised to find an article in the trojan website, http://www.trojanbattery.com/tech-support/faq/ (Item 11) that states unequivocally that this is a dangerous thing to do. Are they oversttaing the risk, i.e. not taking into account of situations where all the other existing batteries are in good condition, good SGs and with plenty of life left in them? I promise to leave you in peace after this last question!

On July 4, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Alister - Yes. However, it is not necessarily the battery user's fault. Cells do occasionally fail prematurely. It is this kind of uncertainty that people find frustrating about batteries. It is important to equalize the batteries periodically and check the SGs. Adjust the equalization so that the SGs come up but don't overdo it. Overcharging causes positive grid corrosion.

On July 4, 2014, Alistair wrote:

Thanks John. Interesting how I can pick up the wrong information, despite best research efforts. Last June (2013) the batteries started behaving erratically with voltage collapsing only a few hours after they seemed to be fully charged. They were showing much lower capacity than usual. What you have explained resonsates with me because I discovered last June that the solar array did not have sufficient power to put the solar battery charger into equalisation mode frequently because of the regular demand on the batteries. I ran the generator with its charger at equalisation voltage a few times leaving a week or so between and then when charged to the max I performed two capacity tests using first a 500w lamp and then a 1,000w lamp. The batteries showed an 8-9kw/h capacity which I thought was pretty good for them. I then doubled the size of the array and bought a Tristar MPPT which has a logging and webpage feature that showed me that equalisation was happening for about 3 hours every month. Despite all this, with the batteries fully charged, the first cell in seres is showing an SG of 1.150 whilst the rest are at 1.250-1.270 at 23ºC. I conclude from your comments that there is nothing to be done about the defective cell and the best thing to do is to replace it with a new one of identical spec because it will collapse soon. Although the replacement cell will only be useful for the remaining life of the battery bank, at least it will allow the remaining cells to be useful for their normal lifespan. I would appreciate confirmation that I have understood crrectly. Alistair

On July 3, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Alistair - The cell with the low SG is probably not going to survive much longer. It is unlikely its position has anything to do with this. Have you been equalizing your cells? What I mean by this is this. It is impossible for all the cells to have identical characteristics and their state of charge will get out of step over time. The solution is to give all the cells a periodic gentle overcharge, (C/20), after they have been brought to, what appears to be, full state of charge. If the battery is not equalized the lowest cell(s) could become reverse charged during a deep discharge and suffer permanent damage.

On July 3, 2014, Alistair wrote:

V.helpful site - many thanks. I have been looking for an answer to this question but can't find anything reliable on the net that deals precisely with my question. I have an isolated property with no mains power so I had installed a solar/battery system 8 years ago with 12 x 2v 750A/100h lead/acid deep cycle batteries in series producing 24v nominal. Solar charging with proper controller and Victron inverter/charger/transfer switch with generator backup. I have been having some odd power outs recently and having begun to understand the technology (say 5%!) I got hold of a specific gravty measuring device for lead acid batteries and checked all the cells SGs when they were resting (no significant load or charge) and near fully charged. All 2v cells were at acceptable SG level and about the same SG except one at the end of the series which had a much lower SG than the rest. From what I have read I am beginning to understand that this might happen because the first (or is the last?) in a battery bank series is subject to much greater demand/stress and so ages more quickly. My questions are: 1.Is my understanding correct? 2. Should I switch the order of the existing batteries, placing the weakest (presently the end of series) to the middle of the battery bank? or 3. Should I replace the weak battery, accepting that it's life will come to an end at the seame time as the remaining batteries in the bank? I believe there may be 4 years+ life in the remaining batteries. 4. Same as 3 but is there a difference in SG that determines the necessity of replacing the weak battery? 5. Finally, shoudl I switch the order of the batteries say each year to achieve a more even 'wear' of the cells? A response would be greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance. Alistair

On June 7, 2014, jahangir wrote:

if i have four 12Volt 100AH, i want to connect for 24volt then what will be the power? please suggest

On May 23, 2014, ankit dubey wrote:

hi i have two lipo battery (1) 3s1p;2200mah;25C (2) 3s1p;4200mah;30C both have 1 cell dead. i want to make a combination of battery for my Quadcopter (maximum 110amp current required for four motors) from these batteries i.e 2cell of 4200mah in series with 2 cell(parallel,becomes 4400mah;25C) of 2200mah battery. maximum current output for 2200mah=4400mah×25C=110 amp. maximum current output for 4200mah=4200mah×30C=126 amp. is it possible to make such combination. please help me. thanks.

On May 13, 2014, mubashir wrote:

thanks for inform

On April 22, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Joe Yes - but the batteries would likely not remain in balance due to unequal charging/ discharging..

On April 22, 2014, Joe Cosgrave wrote:

is it possible to create two circuits, one 6V and one 12V with two 6v car batteries?

On April 16, 2014, shawn elliott wrote:

or same set up with nife cells in place of the lead acid

On April 16, 2014, shawn elliott wrote:

can you charge a 4 lead acid batterys in Serial with a wind turbind and Parallel with a solar system wind turbind charging at 48 v solar system charging at 24v just thinking if you can discharge a 48v pack as a 24v pack why cant you charge it that way as well

On April 8, 2014, Bob Kennard wrote:

I am trying to power SMD 5050 LED modules inside a lightbox. My challenge is, there in no AC power. I need some type of battery soloution, but they must last as long as possible. The lights are located in convenient/gas stations in the middle aisles where there is no power. I'm open to rechargeable, but original charge needs to last as long as possible. (I don't see the everyday employees changing out the batteries as needed). It will end up being a rep which is in the stores maybe once a month. Look forward to your comments. Thanks, Bob Kennard Bark Project Management 630-964-5876 bob.kennard@barkpm.com

On March 8, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Mark - I find it interesting that you are suggesting that wear increases for all lead-acid batteries as they approach the discharged state. You might like to explain that in more detail. You say deep cycle is an abused buzzword. Is it possible you may be reacting to misleading information that perhaps a battery distributor may provide in order to get a sale?

On March 8, 2014, Mark wrote:

Technically, yes... but the point is, they are consumed as they are used. They are a chemical way to store energy, and will wear out - no matter how "good" they are designed. When it comes to the wear though, the wear increases for all lead-acid batteries as they approach the discharged state, deep-cycle or not. "Deep cycle" is an abused buzzword, making buyers think these can be completely discharged 1000's of times, and that simply isn't true. 80% discharged is a lot different than 90% discharged, and no lead-acid battery will survive even dozens of complete discharges.

On March 7, 2014, John Fetter wrote:

Mark - There were 11 billion US dollar's worth of motive power batteries in use in the world in 2010, that are deep cycle batteries, that have a life expectancy of 1500 cycles at 80% discharge. There are batteries on the market that are described as deep cycle but are actually regular batteries with thicker plates. There are also batteries on the market that are described as deep cycle that have positive plates with special alloy grids and special separators, that can achieve 800 cycles based on 2X18 hole golf duty per day. The difference between a so-called regular and a deep cycle is more than merely the amount of lead that is put into the battery. The plates are different, the grids are different, the separators are different.

On March 7, 2014, Mark wrote:

Jon, your best bet to reduce wear would be to hook up more batteries in parallel. This adds their amps, and will divide the daily wear between them. Solar charging can benefit from special attention to the efficiencies of the panels themselves - something called Peak Power Tracking. Take a look at: http://www.timnolan.com/index.php?page=arduino-ppt-solar-charger

On March 7, 2014, Mark wrote:

Deep cycle lead-acid batteries are nothing more than regular lead-acid batteries... with more lead in them. They last longer, because there is more stuff inside to be consumed. And these are chemical reaction batteries - they are destroyed slowly during use. Watts, is Volts times Amps. When using power from a battery, it supplies some amount of power (watts.) When recharging, those "used" watts are replaced, along with some extra watts for losses. Using this battery's power, and replacing it, is what wears them out. So long story short, it doesn't matter if the volts are higher or the amps - using any combination of the two causes wear. What WILL reduce wear, is using less watts from this battery, and keeping it as "full" as possible. Wear INCREASES as these batteries approach empty. If you completely discharge one of these each time, it may last 400 cycles. But if you only discharge it 10% each time, it may last 10,000.

On March 7, 2014, Jon wrote:

Wow...I can't believe how long this thread has been going on. Here is my issue. I have a 110V solar panel connected to 2 - 12V Diehard Platinum PM-1 deep cycle batteries through a regulator. I am powering a 12V sampler and pump. I understand the difference between voltages doubling and amperages doubling between series and parallel setups. The answer I can't seem to find is which setup will cause the batteries to last longer. With the large capacity of the batteries I would think increasing the amperage draw down would yield the most efficient setup but I am not sure. I don't need 24V so series doesn't seem to make sense. Please let me know what you think. Thanks. Jon

On March 7, 2014, Mark wrote:

Shelby and others - you can think of a batteries like this:imagine them as kegs of beer, and whatever you connect to it, uses some of that beer. Now VOLTAGE is how fast the beer wants to come out of a particular keg. If you pump it up, you increase the Volts, and the beer comes out faster. And AMPERAGE is how wide the keg and nozzle are. So if one could stack kegs on top of one another (in series), then their speeds add. It doesn't matter what the individual speeds are, they always add. But their widths do not - the narrowest one (lowest Amps) has less beer in it, so as you draw from the series, the small one will empty first - and the other batteries will "push" more beer into that one to keep the flow going - possibly in the reverse direction - which is very bad. And if you could set kegs of differing speeds next to each other and tap them all with one tap (parallel), then you ruin into the opposite problem - the "faster" ones will be spewing beer into any slower ones - until all equalize at some identical speed. Here, it doesn't matter how wide any of them are; they all are the same speed. So their widths add here, and the speed equalizes. So in summary... In series, battery Volts ADD. Keep the AMPS the same for each battery. In parallel, battery Amps ADD. Keep the VOLTS the same for each battery.. So Santosh, no you can't connect a 55V and 40V supply in parallel. The 50V one will try to push electricity into the 40V one, possibly damaging it. If it did work at all, you'd see something less than 50V but more than 40V reaching the CD player.

On January 23, 2014, Santosh wrote:

I have rechargable battery power supply DC 55 v for my cd palyer which I use. I have another battery power supply with the same make but the DC voltage is 40 v. Can I connect the second battery power supply in parellel to increase the current handling. Since the DC voltage is not the same will the cd player get the same voltage of 55 v. I would appreciate your response

On January 12, 2014, shelby wrote:

I am looking to run a serial/parallel configuration all 12volt must the amperage mach exactly or can the amperage vary from battery to battery?

On January 10, 2014, Weiji wrote:

If the cells with identical size and capacity are connected in series and they have different initial state of charge, will the cells always be charged equally during the charging process? If not, how is the total charged energy distributed among all the cells? Which factor affects the energy distribution?

On January 2, 2014, Awesome wrote:

is it possible to connect 2 batteries of the same make in one tablet to increase runtime?

On December 27, 2013, Victor Villasenor wrote:

Is there a way to double or increased the discharge rate (c) with two lipo battery. I have two lipo batteries 3cells each, 3000mah, 25c, my Rc jet requires a higher c. Known facts: If I connect two batteries in parallel, the current adds up. If two batteries are connected in series the voltage adds up. You can reply to my e' mail and post your answer. thank you. Have a nice day Vic.

On December 18, 2013, Jay wrote:

Mahmoud: the scenario you presented should work. If you have any weak cells in the setup the other cells will likely balance it out lowering the overall voltage (I believe there's in on this at the top of the page), but if all is perfect, you should end up with 2.4v at 300mah J

On December 17, 2013, sachin wrote:

if 4 batteries connected in series between charger and load at same time. is the perfomance of batteries decrese

On November 25, 2013, mahmoud hasanloo wrote:

Hi, The scenario which I'll explain is not a real one but I want to know that can we do this or not??? Suppose we have 6 cells which specification of them are as follow: two of them have 1.2v and 200mA (big cells) and four of them have .6v and 100mA (small cells) characteristics. I want to connect two of small cells in serial then connect with one of the big cells in parallel to form a bank cell with 1.2v and 300mA. In this manner we have two such banks. Now I want to connect two banks in serial to form a battery with 2.4v and 300mA. Now I want to know is it possible to have such a connection??? In other words I want to know can we connect different cells in serial to have a bigger cell then connect them in parallel to have a cell bank with the requested current and finally serially connect them to form a battery with requested voltage and current.

On November 15, 2013, Ahmed wrote:

Thanks, this is great information.

On November 4, 2013, Janaka wrote:

hi i have a philips shaver which consists only one AAA battery but its goes of on one shave some times the battery is not enough for the cut. I am thinking adding another battery to the system ,Currently it runs with a AAA so should i add another battery and should add that parrell.

On October 25, 2013, John Fetter wrote:

vaiju - It appears you are talking about 200 megawatts. You cannot simply connect cells in series until you reach a voltage to match 11 kilovolts, three phase. You can go up to 2,500 volts DC safely. You are obliged to use transformers that can provide at least 24 pulse inverter operation to keep the harmonic distortion down. If W=VI, then 200,000,000 = 2,500 X I, therefore I = 80,000 amps. There are no cells that can deliver 80,000 amps. You might need more than USD100 million to build this thing.

On October 25, 2013, vaiju wrote:

Thanks John Fetter, actually I want to know how can I calculate rating of battery , no series parallel connection , inverter, transformer rating if the battery has to supply a 11 kv bus, the load rating may be less.

On October 25, 2013, John Fetter wrote:

vaiju - You are looking at a very dangerous, very expensive technology. A 40MWh installation was operated at the Chino substation near Los Angeles from 1987 onwards. Eight strings, each of 1032 submarine-type battery cells rated at 3250 A-h, connected via 18 pulse inverters, transformers, to the grid, to perform load-leveling. My company subcontracted to Exide to design, manufacture the automatic watering, gas filtering, flame arrestor equipment. Personnel were locked out of the battery room when the battery was on charge. The battery delivered 3000 deep cycles.

On October 23, 2013, vaiju wrote:

I want to design a grid scale battery storage. the batteries need to feed 11 kV AC bus and load is 200 MW. How can get this much voltage and what will be the battery rating , Ah, kWh rating?

On October 19, 2013, mark wrote:

the connecting LifePO4 batteries in parallel is NOT recommended for various reasons involving MS electronics used in each pack. connecting them in series is not an issue.

On October 19, 2013, mark wrote:

connecting LifePO4 batteries in parallel is NOT recommended for various reasons involving the BMS electronics used in each pack. connecting them in series is not an issue.

On October 19, 2013, kefas wrote:

hi! i have a 5kw/48v solar inverter from I-PANDA that has different charging parameters including CC/CV with adjustable charging current so i decided on using a LiFePO4 48v/600ah battery from Hipower group china. I want to have a 50%DOD so i chose to connect two of this battery in parallel to get 48v/1200ah. What will be my charging current and voltage in 10hours through solar, i live in Nigeria normal temperature is 30-40 "C. Thanks

On October 11, 2013, Donald J wrote:

Isn't there a problem with connecting cells or batteries in parallel? In practice no two cells are the same, causing an imbalance. Won't the cells discharge into each other?

On September 1, 2013, John the engineer wrote:

One thing that is not covered is that in a series string the battery with the lowest capacity will obviousally fall in voltage first but then if the load current continues the voltage on the cell will fall to 0V and will reverse so it will attempt to charge in the 'wrong' direction which causes it even more harm. ( To show this clearly replace the failed cell with a resistor and then draw the voltages across it and the adjacent cell). This is why you have to be very careful on how low a voltage you discharge a series battery too. The higher the voltage of the battery the more difficult it is to detect the first cell going flat.

On August 27, 2013, Kirk wrote:

I want to install some solar panels. The 8 panels have an ouput of 2080 watts (260 per panel). Can I connect 8 auto batteries in series to store and then utilize the power? I have a 3K watt voltage inverter.

On July 26, 2013, ryan wrote:

to anyone out there asking if you can connect three 12v batteries to make 24v it most certainly can be done if the first and second cell are connected in parallel and then the second cell is connected in series to the third cell. The first and second cell will act as one cell of equal voltage and raising the amperage. When cell two and three are connected cell one and two were already one cell there for the series connection did not know the difference. If this could not be done then there is no way large batteries could be ran in series seeing as some large batteries are only two series connected in parallel. I have been running a set up like this for five years and have had no problem at all. Running cells together in this manner would not be for the begginer however.

On July 14, 2013, cynthia robetson wrote:


On July 14, 2013, error23 wrote:

if i need a battery whose motor requirment are 100V and 200A continuous and 750A peak. and i have cells of rating 3.3V and 50A continuous and 120A pulse. how should i design the required battery? please help

On July 11, 2013, Jay wrote:

Hi there, this is not right... if you made your 48Volts up from 4 12Volt batteries in series, you will get the voltage you are looking for, but at the average amperage of the batteries in the series: (7Ah) - exactly as you have stated. But, to get the additional amperage you are looking for, you would need a second 48volt power source in parallel with the first. (Another 48volts at 5Ah). [4 x 12volts @ 7ah in series] paralleled with [4 x 12volts @5ah in series] J

On July 11, 2013, riya wrote:

i need 48 volts -- 12 ah battery connection service.. so can i do 4 pcs 12 volt 7 ah battery in serial connection ( it provides 48 volts and 7 amp ) and 1 pc 12 volt 5 ah in parallel ( total is 48 volts 12 ah) connection? is it right? please tell me is it right or not...

On July 2, 2013, Frank wrote:

I saw this question asked twice but no specific answer. Again, can batteries of equal voltage but of different amperage be safely connected in parallel??? And if yes, will the total amperage be cumulative or will it defaulf to the lowest denomination: I.E. three 12v/32A batteries with two 12v/35Ah batteries all in parallel (3 x 32Ah) + (2 x 35Ah) = 96Ah + 70Ah = 166Ah total output?? My current situation: three 12v/32Ah battery bank, all in parallel. Charged by one 100watts, 17.5v/6.5amps solar pannel & a 12v/25amp charge controller. Trying to accomplish: add two 12v/35Ah batteries all in parallel to current bank (vendor did not have 32Ah batteries avail) Add one 100watts, 17.5v/6.5amps solar pannel also in parallel with current pannel & the same 12v/25amps charge controller. A reply will be greatly appreciated, either in this very educational website or to my email: fm1950@peoplepc.com

On June 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

One other thought for simplicity sake... You could go with a 12Volt Battery and a 12Volt charging system and then use a 12Volt to 6Volt voltage converter to run the rest of your boat's systems. (The regular 6V systems get wired to the converter's output and the 12V GPS connects to the battery before (or in parallel with) the converter's input. J

On June 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

(Video) Fully charging 3 parallel battery banks. The final safety checks for the 44kWh battery.

Getting 6Volt and 12Volt at the same time is not that difficult... The batteries can be wired in series.. Your 6Volt system will connect to one terminal of one battery and tap into the connection between both batteries. The 12Volt GPS unit (use an inline fuse) can be connected to the positive terminal on one battery and the negative terminal on the other. (I would make sure that your ground (negative) is the common connection... though I am fairly sure that a boat does not use a chassis ground like a car, there is a high likelihood that somewhere along the line the grounds may be connected together. CHARGING, however, would be the problem... If your boat's other systems will be running off only one of the 6V batteries, that battery will discharge faster than the other which is only being used for 1/2 of the GPS's power. If the boat has an onboard charging system &#40;alternator, etc.&#41; you could not charge both batteries at the same time. (even If it were a 12Volt charging system, you would have an issue with one battery being charged more or less than the other.) If you plan to remove the batteries and charge them separately as 6 Volt batteries, you would be OK. J

On June 25, 2013, Mike Michelson wrote:

I have a 6 volt DC system on an antique boat. I would like to operate a 12 volt DC GPS device at the same time I am operating the boat. How can I safely hook up two 6 volt batteries, in series, to achieve the 12 volts for the GPS (Global Positioning System) and, at the same time, connect the electrical system of the boat to one (or more) of the two 6 volt batteries to operate the boat? Thank you for any guidance you can provide. Mike

On June 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

Hi all, I am looking for some advice… I've been designing a portable power pack to use for an application I need. I want the pack to be based on a 12V battery, have a 5V USB charger built in, a power inverter built in and direct connection to the 12V available… I plan to build these into “road-case” style cases. I want to build between 4 and 8 of these setups. (I realize that I could buy something similar off-the-shelf, but what fun would that be?) Ideally, I would like to have one charger that can charge half or all of these at the same time. (Not unlike a charging rack for portable radios or on-premise pagers or something.) I’ve been learning a lot about battery chemistries… I’m leaning towards SLA, but NiCad or NiMh are close second choices. I’m thinking SLA because they are cheaper, and can sit longer between uses (these won’t be used that regularly) but I think I would need larger batteries because of the discharge curve depending on the draw. NiMh would be my second choice, because they (from what I understand) can give more of their capacity at higher current draw than equivalent SLA – but they discharge on their own if not charged regularly. NiCad would be my third choice mainly because they are similar-enough to NiMh, and cheaper. Their memory effect, however may be a problem. (in the long run, I think NiMh would still be a better investment than NiCad). Charging: As I said, I would ideally like to have a single charging unit for all 4 or 8 setups. But with all the research I am doing, I am nervous about which battery-type would be best for this purpose and if it would be safe to do it. I have owned paging devices in the past that had really simple charging racks. – Each pager had a dual-AAA-sized NiCad pack inside and the charging rack contained a simple circuit board with 8 sets of terminals in parallel (with no other circuitry in line). Charger was an external power-supply type. Multiple racks could be strung together with jumper wires – in parallel. That design is basically what I want to create; but with all that I am reading, I am worried parallel charging higher amperage batteries (looking at 2.5 Amps for each setup) could be dangerous and / or damage some of the packs. My latest brain storm is to build a charger circuit into each box and simply connect them in parallel to an external “power supply” (I would like to input low-voltage for the power supply… I prefer not to have any live AC inside the box – save for the inverter, but that would be a self-contained unit.) – This will, of course add some cost and complexity to my project. Can anyone offer advice on the following: A) What batteries sound most ideal considering what I’ve laid out? B) Is parallel charging doable for this design without building in individual charging circuits? C) If I can parallel charge the batteries, would picking a charger be as simple as finding one that could charge the total amperage (say 2.5 Amps x 4 setups) in a given amount of time? (I’m fine with overnight recharging.) (Example: 10 Amps total per rack… use a 1amp charger to charge the group in 10 hours – ignoring inefficiencies for now.) Furthermore, would this charger, if only charging, say one setup at a time, charge it faster or over-charge? (Can I find a smart charger that can adjust its output based on the battery pack draw?) Thanks in advance for the advice! J

On May 12, 2013, jack wrote:

it depend on what type of battery you are talking about. but for 2 battery with different potential connect in parallel, current will flow from the higher potential to the lower potential. you may want to check the internal ESR rating of both of the battery and the maximum Current allow for the cell. another way is to discharge both of the cell to the same voltage level and charge them up together. do you mean the amount of current draw from each cell? the compensation will actually ensure both cell will reach 0% soc at the same time(if they are the same type of battery)

On May 6, 2013, Jackson wrote:

I have a scenario that I am wondering about. If you have 2 batteries that are supposed to be 12v, but one of them is actually 12.5v and the other one is 11.5v. You connect them in parallel, so that there is a 1v difference between the two. Would the 12.5v battery discharge to 11.5v through the internal resistance of the other battery? Carrying on that thought, the following scenario: the voltages of 2 batteries in parallell are identical but the discharge rates are different and they are being used, so that one voltage decreases faster than the other voltage...and then would the theoretical 2-voltage discharge problem appear again...so I am thinking that connecting up batteries in parallel causes inefficiencies because it causes the combination's voltage to lower to the value of the lowest battery?

On April 29, 2013, Lynn Ellsworth wrote:

To begin with you do not have 3 batteries - you have 3 cells. When you connect your cells together then you have a battery. You describe connecting 3 cells in parallel and 1 cell in series. This makes no sense. Do you have 4 cells? Even if you have 4 cells your connections make no sense. When you connect cells together in parallel the voltage remains the same but amperage increases. When cells are connected together in series the voltage goes up but the amperage remains the same. There seems to be a difficulty on this site understanding that any cells or any groups of cells (batteries) you want to connect in parallel or series MUST BE ABSOLUTELY IDENTICAL! NO, do NOT connect 3 cells together in parallel and then add 2 cell in series. In your case it sounds like you want to connect 3 identical cells together in parallel but then connect 2 of the cells together in series. FORGET IT! You will be connecting 7.4 volts (3.7v x 2) volts to 1 cell of 3.7 volts. What the hell are you thinking!? 2 IDENTICAL cells in parallel (3.7 volts - 1 battery) could be connected to 2 IDENTICAL cells in parallel (3.7 volts - 1 battery) in series to create ONE battery of 4 cells equaling 7.4 volts. OR The two 3.7 volt batteries could be connected together in parallel to make ONE 4 cell 3.7 volt battery.

On April 29, 2013, suhas wrote:

I have 3 Li batteries each of 3.7V 2600 mAH. I wanna make a Battery Management system by connecting them in parallel configuration of one series three parallel (1S3P)(B B B). so plz suggest me any IC that will work best to charge the battery pack of 3.7V,7800mAH.

On April 12, 2013, Lynn Ellsworth wrote:

3 ways. 1st way: Just connect the 12 volt winch to one 12 volt battery. 2nd better way: buy a 24 volt input to 12 volt output transformer. Obviously connect the input to both batteries and connect the 12 volt output to the 12 volt winch. 3rd way: check your cigarette lighter voltage. There is a good chance your truck already has a transformer that reduces the voltage to accessories such as the cigarette lighter and the 12 volt winch could be plugged into the cigarette lighter. (use a volt meter to make sure which is the plus and minus output of the lighter if this is necessary for your 12 volt winch) Truck stores and Fry's Electronics type stores should sell transformers and wiring adapters for the lighter. Always keep something plugged into your cigarette lighter so you will not be tempted to smoke:-).

On April 12, 2013, Mike P Brophy wrote:

My truck runs on a 24 volt system using 2 x 12 volt batteries. I want to connect a 12 volt winch into the system.How do I do it???

On March 19, 2013, Daniel wrote:

90% I can't give you an exact voltage if you don't provide one.

On March 19, 2013, debarshi biswas wrote:

if i add 10 equal cells in series and one of them gets out of order then what is the voltage that e will get at each terminal of the damaged cell?

On March 15, 2013, Jay wrote:

Hi Mary, Considering that the original light strands ran off of 2 C Batteries, and the other set off 2 AA batteries, I am assuming that bulbs are designed for 3 Volts. (As you found out, 12v is way too much.) If they are wired the way I have seen battery-powered Christmas lights wired in the past, each light socket is wired in Parallel. Since you are simply adding more lights in Parallel, your voltage requirement is still only 3 Volts. It is the AMPERAGE (and not the voltage) that needs to be increased in order to supply power to all of the lights. As I do not know the wattage of the bulbs, I am going to guess and say that 2 D batteries might do the trick (D's have the same Voltage but more Amperage than C's and AA's). They will likely light all of the strands (after you replace all the dead bulbs) but I can't say for how long. If they do not power the lights for a long-enough period of time, you might consider wiring multiple groups of 2 D batteries in PARALLEL. (Again, the goal is to keep the Voltage at 3 Volts and increase the Amperage) I hope this helps. J

On March 14, 2013, Mary wrote:

I have a science team parallel wiring 2 sets of 10lights christmas lights which ran off 2 C batteries each and 4 small lights which run off 2 AA each all to one switch and one battery. They wired it and it worked. They used a 12v battery and after turning the lights on and off several times during the course of 10 minutes only one light worked. They checked them and they had all burned out but that one. Each bulb was dark. They have decided the battery was two powerful but do not know what type of battery to use. Can anyone give us any information. Thankyou

On March 12, 2013, Daniel wrote:

You're looking at it the wrong way. The current output of a charger dictates how long a battery will take to charge. The current capacity of a battery (ampere/hours) dictates how long said battery will last for with a given current being drawn from it. If a charger had a greater current capability than the battery it was charging, the battery would....at a guess...explode. It's like forcing 300 litres of water through a pipe in 30s, yet the pipe can only carry 200 litres in 30s. Any more and it goes bang. To be perfectly honest and I mean this with all due respect, this is a primary school question. So as a matter of personal safety, I suggest you learn the basics of electricity before blowing something up and injuring yourself.

On March 12, 2013, Uttam thakur wrote:

Why does mobile battery get charged up with charger, as current of charger is lower than mobile battery?

On March 10, 2013, bob gill wrote:

Hello. I purchased a 1000 lumens led bulb for a radio controlled airplane. when I hook the bulb up directly to two, non-rechargeable, 123a lithium batteries, the light shines brightly for a minute or two, and then the batteries discharge to a really weak state. im totally new to battery power and electronics. can someone tell me why the batteries work fine in a flashlight, but drain drastically when hooked directly to a 1000 lumens led bulb? please reply to: rjgillcorp@yahoo.com. I really need the help. best regards...thank you.

On March 7, 2013, Daniel wrote:

Goodwin - that depends on the voltage of your batteries as well as current capacity. If you can tell me what batteries you want to use, I can point you in the right direction. Manuel - Keepiong the individual protection circuit shouldn't be a problem. I may be you're taking too much current or not charging them properly if it's "inflating and damaged". I'd look into how you're using the batteries and see why they may be overheating and warping. Maybe also check the protection circuits to ensure they've not failed.

On March 7, 2013, Manuel.M wrote:

Hi, I have a question: If I connect 2 LiPO battery (with the original factory protection circuit inside every one), I can without problems or I must replace every protection circuit with only one that serve all two batteries?. I ask this, because I have connected the batteries with its original protection circuits and , after some months, one of two is inflated and damaged. This is happened to many devices with same configuration. Very compliments for the website. Best regards

On March 5, 2013, Godwin wrote:

how to connect batteries to get 24 volts DC and a amperage of 3amps

On February 26, 2013, Daniel wrote:

M.Sohail - Connecting 2 batteries together of differing voltages, as mentioned in several places above, isn't a good idea. All details as to why you shouldn't do it can be found in the above articles. Michael - I'm intrigued by your request but I have no idea which country that mobile number is for. I'll post one of my email addresses here for you to contact me directly on. emc_danny@hotmail.com NOTICE TO OTHERS - PLEASE DON'T CONTACT ME VIA MY EMAIL FOR QUESTIONS WHICH SHOULD BE ASKED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL NOT RESPOND.

On February 21, 2013, Michael wrote:

Hello- i have a question, i prefer to not correpond in amnner where the dialougue is visible to others-- Would you mind getting touch and I can outline the circustance? Thank you so much- Micahel Murphy Torrent EMS (716) 725-8977 mobile

On January 29, 2013, M.Sohail wrote:

how to joint two unequal volt batteries

On January 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

Hey Daniel, I didn't think you were suggesting I was wrong :-) Anything is possible... I have always been into electroncis, so my initial thought went immediately to the obvious - musthave shorted the batteries. I just remember not finding a short so I was perplexed. (Obviously I have been losing sleep over this for 15 years! Ha ha - actually I just happened to find this site yesterday and thought I'd pose the question.) Knowng that the batteries SHOULD have been OK in parallel, I am going to have to assume that there was a short that I didn't notice. It was certinaly not the temperature of the bus or anything... I remember these batteries were literally too hot to touch. (I remember that I really was kinda stressed over it - thinking that I could have inadvertenly set the bus on fire or something - oops. - Glad I just had a dead battery pack and a useless "Bag Phone") Thank you again for your input. J

On January 25, 2013, Daniel wrote:

Jay - I wasn't suggesting you were wrong, I was just trying to figure out the possibilities. A single dodgy battery in a set of parallel batteries "shouldn't" cause any issues in theory. In practise this isn't always the case. What you say is right in that the batteries should equalise out but to have that heating effect you saw, something must have been wrong. My only other thought is that you may have had something in your bag which may have shorted the connector...although you'd most likely see melting of wires etc, something you didn't mention above so I don't know if this happened or not. Was it a hot day? Was the battery pack maybe resting on the floor above the exhaust or something? Other than that, i'm at a loss for ideas.

On January 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

Thanks for the replies! When it first happened, I thought that despite the battery having polarity, it still may have allowed some electricity to flow in the opposite direction, creating a "closed cicuit" (For instance, I knew that if you had series cells and placed one backwards, the voltage would drop but the bulk of the electricity would continue to flow). The first time I started wondering what really happened was later when I bought an Energizer flash light that had 2 "barrels" for batteries... 4 AA's in each barrel - the 2 barrels in parallel (obviously to make the light last longer). I wondered why those batteries didn't get hot like mine did. I had chalked it up to a theory that the switch must have been DT disconnected the batteries from each other as well as the bulb when turned off. Of course, I've encountered several battery packs with parallel cells, since, so my mind always went back to this incident and why it happened. Remembering things pretty well (it was like 15 years ago!) I'm pretty sure none of the batteries were backwards- they were standard Duracell 9V batteries.. I just lined them up, ran wires across the tops of the terminal clips. Myr first thought when I found the untouchable pack was that one of my leads (or perhaps 2) was inadvertenly touching the body of the battery, causing a short. I kinda remember looking for this and not seeing it, but that doesn't mean I didn't overlook it. So inconclusion, if there are no defects, you SHOULD be able to create a higher-amperage battery pack by simply putting cells in parallel and NOT get hot, drained batteries? And if you did have one slightly weaker cell, does it stand to reason that the other cells may deplete somewhat, as shown above (though that bad cell), but once all the cells "equalize" there should no longer be any drain? Or would one weak cell always kill a parallel battery pack? Thanks again for your input! Jay

On January 25, 2013, Daniel wrote:

Mohit - Any current going to a motor will flow through its control board. You're limited by the current capacity of said board. Increasing the number of batteries will either have no effect as it's limited by the driver board, or it will blow the driver board up. I'd buy another driver board which is rated higher than the one you currently have. Think of it like this: Adding more fuel in the tank of a car doesn't make it go faster as it's limited by the engines capabilities.

On January 25, 2013, Bart wrote:

I think Daniel's reply nailed it. I'm no battery (cell) expert but I found similar comments to Daniel's on other forums. I'd go with the "bad cell" theory.

On January 25, 2013, Daniel wrote:

I'd say it was either a dodgy battery or 2 as you say, or perhaps just a partially discharged battery which would cause an offset in the balance of power between all the batteries in parallel. Either that or one or more batteries were wired the wrong way around.

On January 25, 2013, Jay wrote:

Many year's ago, I took my parent's mobile, "bag" phone on a school trip. Though it was made for a cigarette lighter plug putting out 12V (14v?) I found that it would turn on with a 9V battery. (I guess it was enough to power things.) So knowing that I would need more amperage, I remember creating a rather large bank of parallel 9V batteries. (I recall using pieces of decent-guage wire run across the leads and holding everything in place with electrical tape.) The bag sat on the bus all day long and when I got back to it at the end of the day, the 9V battery pack, which I purposely left disconnected from the phone, was EXTREMELY HOT! (I remember being very alarmed, thinking that I could have blown up our bus or something) and ripped the battery pack apart immediately. What had occurred to me was that though the batteries were in parallel, one or more of them was letting the electricity pass through causing a closed circuit (short) and they heated up. It always stuck in my mind that though parallel batteries would increase amperage and allow a device to work, the pack itself would dischage and heat up if left alone because it would self-short out through the cells. However, there are plenty of battery packs (and this article) that cotradict my new belief.... ...So I wonder why did this pack heat up and short out? Was it a bad 9V battery ot two in the pack? Can anyone share some thoughts onto why this might have happened? Thank you very much! Jay

On January 16, 2013, Mohit wrote:

hi, I want to give more current to a dc motor, but without burning the motor driver board. How can i connect extra battery ? Series or Parallel ?

On December 28, 2012, PeterSw wrote:

Mayby a simple Question, but I did not found the answer so far... I have a lot of 1,2V AA NiMH 2000mAh Akkus and a "Multi-Charger". Typical Charge: 200mA for 15h. Q1: When I want to charge 4 in Series, the current is 200mA (at 4,8V) Q2: When I want to charge 4 in parallel, the current is 800mA (at 1,2V) Thanks!

On December 27, 2012, Lynn wrote:

Sorry I don't know why the amperage isn't going up in your circuit but please don't use the word battery when you mean cell. You are connecting two AA CELLS. Connecting CELLS together in either series or parallel will create a battery. Yes, I know we say battery when buying CELLS at Walmart but here in a more technical setting we should use words more preciselyl.

On December 26, 2012, Bart wrote:

Whew! Looks like spell checker and I parted company. In my previous post about batteries in parallel and amperage "configuration" and "noticeable" were misspelled. Sorry 'bout that.

On December 26, 2012, Bart wrote:

What am I missing? I soldered a 20 gauge copper wire across the positive terminals of two 1.5V, 2.0 amp AA batteries from the same package and a wire across the negative terminals of the same batteries for a parallel configuaration. The voltage is 1.5 but the amperage is only 2.5. I thought the amperage should approach 4.0. It looks to me like I've introduced some serious resistance in this circuit. Is it possible the solder I used is adding significant resistance? Would 18 gauge wire make a noticable increase in the amperage? Thanks in advance for any ideas you can offer.

On November 26, 2012, James wrote:

is it correct connecting 12V, 80AH with 12V 120AH series to get 24V for 250kVA DG starting

On November 18, 2012, Ujang Sumarwan wrote:

I enjoy reading the article because it met with my objective to know how to build batteries with combination series and parallel connection. My question is how to make power bank with a number of NiCd or NiMH cells for 19.5 V and about 18000 mAh. Thank you. Ujang Sumarwan, Lecturer Bogor Agricultural University Bogor Indonesia

On November 5, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Doc: I assume you want to run house lighting etc from 12V and not anything higher? If so, you want to wire the batteries in parallel, + to +, - to -. If running them in series, it's far less forgiving if the capacities are different. If you need a higher DC voltage than 12V, series is the only real option and just make sure your batteries are all the same capacity, ideally the same manufacturer/model. Neel: There won't be a backflow if the first is dead...but the circuit will try to charge it and balance them out. This is not desirable though. Dano: Adding 6V to an already 24V supply will give you 30V. Why add more if you need 24V and have 24V? Sorry for my confusion. Also, ideally the batteries should be the same voltage/capacity as well but this isn't as critical for parallel connections.

On November 4, 2012, Dano wrote:

I have an backup equipment that requires 24V to start. I have connected two 6volt (155Ah) batteries together with a 12volt(100Ah) all in series. What will be the resultant voltage & current if i connect another 6volt(155Ah) battery in parallel with this circuit?

On November 3, 2012, Neel wrote:

From the figure of series/parallel connection given above, wont there be a backflow of electrons if the 1st battery gives comparatively low voltage or current output than the previous? Or should we just add the v and I, without considering their positional values to get the final output???? pls reply soon.

On November 1, 2012, Doc Connick` wrote:

I want to loop several car batteries in a series to allow a wind turbine i have constructed hold and supply electricity to my house. How do I go about connecting these batteries? do I need to check voltages on each individula battery?

On October 18, 2012, Daniel wrote:

I'm not certain what the problem is then...it sounds like everything is balanced. I'm not certain what's causing one cell to become weak but over stressing a battery will certainly show the problems you have. I'd look very closely at the wiring around that particular cell. Perhaps also try your experiment at 2500mAh for 4 hrs...It may be that a slower discharge doesn't show the problems indicating that a fast discharge is causing the issues. Alternatively...the battery voltage when half the current capacity has been used won't still be 1.2V...hence why after 1hr you're seeing problems. If you need 4500mA for 2hrs minimum...it may be beneficial to have 5 sets in parallel, not 4. An increased current capacity will have less of an effect on the voltage and also saves you from deep cycling the batteries...something I'm not certain how NI-MH react to.

On October 18, 2012, Zoli wrote:

Thanks Daniel, Sorry I just miss type it! I want it to say 10aa in series and 4x 10 parallel! Sorry to confuse you with the numbers! The battery's is all brand new from maplin! I checked the data seen of the battery and the diagram showing the discharging algorithm, what is allowed me to discharge the 2500mAh battery even with 5000mA for 1/2hour! What is say to, must be fast charged the battery for this capacity! Can be a slow charge creating uneven charged cell in the packs and putting that cell for a big stress a make it die? Thanks Zoltan

On October 18, 2012, Daniel wrote:

This problem is mentioned several times above. Firstly...8x 1.2V isn't 12V. 10x 1.2V is 12V... Heres my suggestion: You want 12V and 10,000mAh correct? I'd use 10x 1.2V in series to give 12V. I'd then take 4 sets of these and wire them in parallel to maintain 12V but increasing your mAh capacity to your requirements. ONLY CONNECT THE FIRST AND LAST OF EACH SET TO THE PARALLEL CONFIG...DO NOT CONNECT INTERMEDIATE BATTERIES IN PARALLEL! Also ensure every one of the batteries you're using is of the same quality as each other..ideally all brand new. The one cell warming up could be because it's more "used" than the others and no longer has its rated 2500mAh capacity....it gets warm because the other batteries are effectively charging it. This may all occur because you're running a 12V system from 9.6V (8x 1.2V) putting extra stress on the batteries and potentially pulling more current than expected which in turn would cause even more stress on the batteries. I hope something I mentioned will help you but be aware, if a Ni-MH battery gets hot, it can explode if you're unlucky and just leak nasty chemicals if you;re lucky.

On October 18, 2012, Zoli wrote:

Please help me! I build a NI-MH battery pack as follows.....8x AA 1.2v 2500mAh in series so is 12v 2500mAh, and I have 4 of these in parallel so is must be 12v 10000mAh! If I am right and I discharge it with 4500mA is must be run at least 2hour! I did monitoring the voltage and is cascading down nice and slowly, but after 1 hour one cell is starting warming up and shorting out the other battery's! What is happening??? I changed the faulty cell and test it again...but the replaced cell is blow out again, but only that battery pack from the 4 is having the problem every time! I changed the wiring and the cells again, but the same result! Is must be work....no? What can be a problem? Thanks Zoltan

On October 10, 2012, Bob wrote:

Yeah, I thought that last one might be out of balance. Appreciate the input. Thanks again.

On October 10, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Firstly the last config isn't a good idea. If you have 3 batteries in parallel and force that through any in series...the series batteries will either restrict the maximum current flow or worse...you could be charging the series batteries which could cause them to fail/leak/explode. It's NEVER a good idea to have any batteries in series with a parallel set. Here's my suggestion...which may be what i've already said above... You need 4.8V...so connect 4x 1.2v in series to achieve that. Once you've got your required voltage...stack enough of those series groups in parallel to achieve your current requirement. 2 rows will do but a 3rd/4th will provide a greater current capacity.

On October 10, 2012, Bob wrote:

Good morning. Your assumption is correct. The top config is 2 parallel connections , at each end of the batteries in series (at #1 and #4 battery ends)and there are 2 rows of 4 batteries, with each row connected in series. The 2nd config is 4 parallel connections, at each battery end, also 2 rows of 4 batteries, each row connected in series, and of course the 3rd image is 3 parallel connections with 3 batteries connected across their + and - terminals., and a single row of serial connected batteries to make 4.8V . The designations don't mean much really, its the way they are connected I'd like to get feedback on please if you can. Are there pros and cons or is one a standout ? Hope this clears up my examples.

On October 10, 2012, Daniel wrote:

I'm having your trouble with working out what's meant :-) What does 4S2P etc mean? I assume 4 Series, 2 Parallel...but is that 4 in series x2, each in parallel...or 4 in series with 2 in parallel to those 4? Or something else :-) In terms of battery life...the more batteries you have in parallel, the better. That's the short answer. In terms of voltage, the more you have in series the better...for information sake. Does that help?

On October 10, 2012, Bob wrote:

Ok, you've got my curiosity up now Daniel. Can you tell me if any of these designs has any advantage over the others with respect to battery life, and also if the bottom figure calcs are correct..ie 7500mah? 4S2P 4.8V |+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-| @2500ma cell capacity=5000 total |+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-| 4S4P 4.8V |+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-| @2500ma cell capacity=5000 total |+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-|+&#123;===]-| 4S3P 4.8V |+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]-+&#123;===]|+&#123;===]-| @2500ma cell capacity=7500 total |+&#123;===]-| |+&#123;===]-|

On October 8, 2012, Daniel wrote:

You're very welcome.

On October 8, 2012, Bob wrote:

just like connecting 2 battery packs together, red to red, black to black. Yikes! An unpaid moderator...we are all very appreciative Daniel. Thank you!

On October 8, 2012, Daniel wrote:

You're correct in the first instance. Make a 4.8v "battery" by wiring 4x 1.2v in series. Take each 4.8v "battery" and connect the end terminals of the same polarity together, + and +, - and -. Don't cross connect any of the middle connections as that will mess things up. The - and + connector I showed above was a poor attempt at showing the "master" connections where one bank of series batteries is connected to the next bank of series batteries but only at the ends...not in the middle. Showing a circuit diagram using just text isn't easy :-) Also...it's not my site...I just help where I can. I also found it useful and full of good information. I read through this list of questions and decided to start helping those who need help/guidance etc. Batteries can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Admittedly it's only really big lead acid batteries that pose a real threat but certain Li-ion ones can explode if mistreated. Anyway...I hope this time that makes sense :-)

On October 8, 2012, Bob wrote:

Check me on this please: both rows of serial connected batteries (4 per row outputting 4.8V each row of 4 , that is 1.2+1.2+1.2+1.2=4.8V) and the last + of each row (at that 4.8V output) gets connected together to make the final positive pole (also totaling 4.8V), while the last - of each row get connected together to make the final negative pole ? Or do I cross-connect either row & if so, how ? Just not understanding the - connector and + connector you show in the middle between the 2 rows. Sorry for being dense. Love the site.

On October 8, 2012, Daniel wrote:

I don't fully understand what you mean. + to + and - to - for a parallel connection. + to - for series. Wire it like this if this makes sense: (- 1.2v + / - 1.2v + / - 1.2v + / - 1.2v + ) - connector &#123; &#125; + connector (- 1.2v + / - 1.2v + / - 1.2v + / - 1.2v + ) "- 1.2v +" is one battery I hope that makes sense.

On October 8, 2012, Bob wrote:

Thanks Daniel. Would I simply tie the outputs (+) to (+) and (-) to (-) from each (parallel and serial) together or is there a different way?

On October 8, 2012, Daniel wrote:

No ignore that...monday morning is never good... 4x 1.2v in series is 4.8v If you must...run (4x series) - in parallel with a second 4 in series

On October 8, 2012, Daniel wrote:

I only reply to this site when i'm at work. I don't work weekends...apologies. Mixing up batteries in series and parallel can be very risky. It's often considered a better method to stick with either series or parallel and ensure one of your requirements is more than you need. SImply wiring 4x 1.2v in parallel will give you the 4.8v you need. As each of them is 2500 mAh, your total will capacity will be greater than 5000mAh meaning the light will stay on longer. It's never an issue to have more capacity than you need as the device you're powering will simply last longer. As 4.8v is achieved and greater capacity...it's a win-win situation. Any questions? :-)

On October 6, 2012, Bob wrote:

OK, no comments yet, so maybe I figured it out myself ? I think I will need to connect a total of 8 AA batteries, that is to say, 4 pairs , with each pair connected in parallel as well as in series with the other pairs so the total voltage stays at 4.8V but the current rating will go up to 5000 mah Sound better ?

On October 5, 2012, Bob wrote:

I have a solar powered LED pole lamp and would like to increase the operating time. Can I wire 2-2500mah 1.2 Ni-Mh AA batts in parallel, and then feed that output into 3 more 1.2V-2500mah 1.2V AA batts wired in series to get 4.8V @5000 mah ? Or am I asking for a failure ?

On October 5, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Hmm...well without knowing your exact setup (descriptions can only go so far), I don't think I can help. Apologies and I wish you the best of luck tracking down the issue.

On October 5, 2012, Aziz Jiwani wrote:

Thanks Daniel for the reply. I have informed manufacturers regarding the same issue and they feel that something is not correct with the setup. According to them batteries are fine as they have sent me fresh sample batteries.

On October 5, 2012, Daniel wrote:

1: I can't answer for sure but I don't see any problem with using a resister network. 2: It sounds to me like one of those 2 li-ion batteries isn't in as good a condition as the other, hence it's lower post-drain voltage. I'm not that famiuliar with li-ion batteries characteristics but here's something interesting I found on wiki: Self-discharge rate of approximately 5-10% per month, compared to over 30% per month in common nickel metal hydride batteries, approximately 1.25% per month for Low Self-Discharge NiMH batteries and 10% per month in nickel-cadmium batteries.[47] According to one manufacturer, lithium-ion cells (and, accordingly, "dumb" lithium-ion batteries) do not have any self-discharge in the usual meaning of this word.[35] What looks like a self-discharge in these batteries is a permanent loss of capacity (see Disadvantages). On the other hand, "smart" lithium-ion batteries do self-discharge, due to the drain of the built-in voltage monitoring circuit. If one of your li-ion batteries is old, then its capacity could be reduced hence why the voltage reduces sooner in one than the other. Other than that, it could be a setup issue...but from what you describe, I doubt this.

On October 5, 2012, Aziz Jiwani wrote:

I have few questions, kindly help 1. What is the ideal way of discharging two Li-ion batteries connected in series? Is it okay if I do it with resistor bank or a constant current source is required. 2. I tried discharging batteries (two batteries connected in series) through resistor bank (series combination of four 10 ohm, 5W resistor). Initial voltage on the batteries was 4.15v and 4.18v respectively. After discharging it for two hours, I noticed that one batteries are showing unequal voltage 3.5v and 2.5v respectively. What can be possible reasons behind this?

On October 1, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Pos to Pos, Neg to Neg is how to connect a second battery in parallel, which is what you'd want. However, it's only worth doing ideally if the batteries are of the same manufacturer and model...but same ratings will suffice providing it's in good condition...assuming the original is also in good condition. Connecting a new battery in parallel with an old one won't damage anything but it will hide the true performance of either battery ie you may not realise one of your batteries needs replacing as the other will still supply power. Id say connect them up as intended but it might be worth taking them off one at a time say once a year and charge them on a separate mains powered charger with a battery quality/health indicator so you know which battery is going strong and which is failing.

On September 29, 2012, MIKE wrote:


On September 18, 2012, Bruce Jenkins wrote:

Thank you very much Daniel.

On September 18, 2012, Daniel wrote:

In parallel yes it will effectively increase it's cranking amps capability. In theory it should increase it to 1000A but due to losses it might be slightly less than this. Also depends on battery quality/age/use etc.

On September 17, 2012, Bruce Jenkins wrote:

If I have a 60ah vehicle battery that has 500 cranking amps and put it in parallel with another one, will the cranking amps increase to 1000?

On September 13, 2012, Daniel wrote:

30v x 8 = 240v so you'd want 8 batteries in series for one bank. 16 batteries will give you two banks of 8. Simply put those 2 banks of series batteries in parallel with each other. I'll try and show it in a diagram...B is the battery, - is a series connection, [ and ] are parallel connections. [B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B] terminal 1-----[ ]-----terminal 2 [B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B] That's the most efficient method of achieving a 240V output across terminals 1 and 2. The current required (70A) will simply dictate the duration the batteries will last for...although if it's for an electric vehicle, you won't be using it until the batteries are flat so working out the useful duration might be easiest by simply building and testing it. I hope that's clear enough. Text based diagrams are't great :-)

On September 12, 2012, bigblue1 wrote:

This question is about an electric vehicle.What is the best wiring diagram to meet the cars 240 volt 70 Amp service. If each battery pack has a voltage of 30 volts and 35 amps and there are 16 battery packs. How would I wire the batteries to meet this criteria.

On September 11, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Abdul - Regardless of the what you measured, you should never have 2 batteries of differing voltages in series or parallel. Putting a 10v in parallel with a 5v will effectively force current backwards into the 5v battery risking leaking or possibly it could blow up (chemical composition dependant). There's a reason on every single pack of batteries and battery powered equipment that they state "never mix 2 different type of batteries or mix new with old" as it's dangerous to your product and mostly to your person. Using power supplies isn't the same as using batteries for your information as they probably have reverse voltage diode protection...something a battery doesn't, hence why you measured 10V. Use batteries and you'll see around 7-8v (at a guess)...as well as seeing the 5v battery heat up and leak due to the 10v battery effectively charging it. Stick with the same batteries, same type and same voltage to ensure safety and correct operation. I hope that helps.

On September 11, 2012, ABDUL SHAHEED M wrote:

I have conducted the experiment using two power supplies it proved that the voltmeter shows the reading of 10 v.(higher voltage)

On September 11, 2012, ABDUL SHAHEED M wrote:

I HAVE 2 BATTERIES ONE IS 5V AND ANOTHER ONE IS 10V. IF I AM CONNECTING THESE IN PARALLEL WHAT WILL BE THE TERMINAL VOLTAGE? In above fig 4 it says the voltage will be 10. but SANDY in fifth comment says it will be lower vpltage? what is correct answer?

On September 3, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Johan - A 555 timer or some form of PWM signal to control the LEDs will reduce heat as the LED won't be on 100% of the time...that said, it won't be any brighter either as it's not on 100% of the time. Perhaps experiment with duty cycles eg 70% on/30%off timing. That might give you sufficient light output without overheating. Maybe even 90/10 will work...hard to say without experimenting. Julian - I fully agree that many people don't know they're out of their depth but that said, there's only one way to learn. I'm always happy to help where I can but with something dangerous, I will make sure they know the risks like my comment on a car battery above. I've seen a 13mm spanner vanish into a cloud of smoke and sparks. There wasn't much left of the car battery either...

On September 3, 2012, Julian wrote:

I agree with you - I've no problem with people improving their skills and knowledge at all of asking questions on forums, which is why I mentioned books. What I'm saying is that people do need to understand the limits of what they know and choose what they attempt to match their capability. Many of the questions here show people who are so far out of their depth they represent a danger to themselves and others not to mention to the gear they are playing with. Also if you don't know what you don't know you can't learn properly. We should all learn and experiment, but we should also understand and respect what we don't know.

On September 3, 2012, Johan wrote:

Dear Julian... I thought this site was Called battery academy... Not electricians ego place. Do you honestly think that people shouldnt be allowed to put a battery and a led together without proper education? People like me Who has a good job and no intentions to start school all over again needs a hobby. I can and will do that with succes after a while, with or without guys like you. Let people who knows and whants to share knowledge post comments in forums. May i remind you about Steve Jobs (r.i.p) WHO dropped out of school and started experimenting. I Would say he succeded fairly well. Before commenting on My bad language skulle... I am from Sweden. Any comments about that I Would prefer in Swedish (yes There are schools for that as well My friend) best regards Johan

On September 2, 2012, Julian wrote:

What's really scary about the serious ignorance shown in many of these comments is not the level of ignorance itself which is understandable, but that nobody seems to know how much they don't know. People have lost the ability to know when they are out of their depth. Is it the internet, does everyone think they can do anything? It's a big worry and I sympathise with those who lay the blame with the post-modernist idea that 'everyone is equal, so everyone's opinion is worth as much as anyone else's regardless of their training, experience or skill'. Once upon a time people knew that they didn't know about electronics or electrical theory, now everyone just thinks they know enough apart from a few questions they might need to put on the internet. Most of the questioners here should not touch a battery until they've increased their knowledge a great deal. That's what schools, universities and books are for.

On August 27, 2012, Johan wrote:

Hi ! Thank you Daniel for your reply! I Liked this forum, so i fire a new query. If I Would like to get maximum light out of My powerleds, without geting to much heat... Could I somehow use a 555 to create a pulse modification faster then the blinc of an eye? My leds consume 350mA each, powered by 4AA in series, resistants not yet calculated. Max drive is 500mA, but I was thinking of oscillating 400mA / 0mA to save battery. Would that be doable, or is There a better (and inexpensive) way?

On August 22, 2012, Daniel wrote:

Wow some people have no clue... Pranabesh - if you understand what an ampere/hour is then you'll understand what 7.2Ah means. Your batteries can supply upto 7.2A for 1hr. Halve the current needed to double the life of the battery - 3.6A for 2 hrs, 360mA for 20hrs etc. Johan - you should be restricting the current flowing through the LEDs, not the voltage across it. Just ensure your resistors are sufficient value to limit the current to the maximum allowed for the LEDs you're using. I'd also say use 4x batteries for greater capacity (life) and adjust your resistor values to only allow for example 20mA to flow through the LEDs for your 6V supply. Solarguy - that sound's risky like you may end up shorting a car battery - this is a massive no no as a car battery can flash fry any size spanner you have in your tool box, even the big ones! Yes, I did say flash fry and that's if you're lucky...if you're unlucky, it'll just explode in your face! I'll respond to more later.

On August 15, 2012, Pranabesh Dutta wrote:

Dear Sir, I have 2 batteries in series and each of them are 7.2 Ah. What is the current rating of each batteries?

On August 14, 2012, Johan wrote:

Hi I am building My own bicycle light with 2 powerleds 2 resistants of each 1 ohm. To power My light i have calculated usling 3 R6 in series to get correct voltage. I found a batteryholder with powerswitch for 4 R6. Now to My question... What Would happen if the fourth battery Would be placed in parallell with the 3 in series? Would it add to added Ah? Or Will it not work at all? I could keep 4:th empty...

On August 9, 2012, anesh wrote:

if few batteries are connected in series then why one of them get charged earlier than others?

On August 5, 2012, Eddy Jacobsen wrote:

Wooooh!!! Here are so many new things to learn and consider..... I have just wired up many car and mower batteries (all 12 V, in parallels) for lightening up the house with LED, and also ventilation fans - and now I see that the current increases twice for each added battery. Question is; Will this be bad for the LED lamps and ventilation fans? But this is very interesting, and I understand I have a lot to learn; I have always resorted to manuals before as the last resort, but I see now that is a good idea to use manuals/advices in the first place..

On July 25, 2012, solarguy wrote:

OK here's the problem: A solar panel puts out 36Volts. This will charge 3 Car batteries placed in a series, after the regulator. Now, there are many 12v inverters, 36v inverters are harder to come by. Can I take the leads from the three 12volt batteries in parallel while they are still hooked to the panels in series, and attach them to a 12 volt inverter? Would a car voltage regulator for each battery be able to replace a solar charge controller?

On July 13, 2012, Amitabh wrote:

@nova & andrew : Regarding the electric field, if you are asking whether the electric field inside the batteries increase then i don't think so, cause the voltage diff across the terminals of each cell remains the same (actually it will change slightly depending upon the voltage drop across the internal resistances of the cells).. Maybe smne from chemistry background can comment about this better, regarding what actually goes on inside the cell. As far the overall circuitry is concerned, then yeah the electric field inside the conductor carrying the current, does indeed increase. This is mainly due to the increase in small amount of charge that gets deposited near the surface of the conductors, which in turn guides the flow of the electrons through it.

On July 13, 2012, Amitabh wrote:

@ajay - Your config. will generate 48V theoritically (Open Circuit)... As far as the current requirement is concerned it will depend upon your load, and the C- rating of the LiFePh battery pack u're using. Generally the continous C rating of Li phosphate batteries is around 20C and it can go upto 40-50C for Burst ratings. Implying that you can safely use it for the range of 10-15 amperes as specified by you. In short your config should work without any problem. Hope this helps..

On July 9, 2012, davecardin wrote:

A lot of people asked questions, but where are their answers? I was waiting for the question to be answered about the 80AH and 100AH batteries in parrallel. I have the same problem, or no problem. I bought for my new solar system all the batteries in the city (Nicaragua has little to choose from in DEEP CYCLE battereis), 6 were 105 AH and 2 were 60 AH. That's all they had, so I bought them thinking that they are all 12 V just different hours of output. I've been told that "IN SERIES" they would burn up the smaller "60 AH" during charging, but "in parallel" it doesn't matter. I don't need 24V so only in parrallel would this combo help me, but I would feel better knowing from a different source, because the next time they get batteries, it could be a 200 AH, which I would prefer, but I don't want to throw away or just inventory the NEW but smaller ones I've already purchased, that's over a $1000 in this 3rd world country.

On July 7, 2012, winston duffney wrote:


On June 29, 2012, ajay wrote:

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hi i need make 48v , 10 to 15 amp battery pack can i use LiFePo4 batteries 3.2v, 15 cells in series. 1cell has 1200mah. ? if not how many cells and volt and amp i need to use. please replay on my email address thanks.

On June 23, 2012, alphalee wrote:

hello I am wondering if I take two cellular phone batteries and take them apart and rebuild them in Parallel will that give me more mah? the batteries in question are http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Battery-LG-P990-Optimus-G2X-2X-Extended-Door-T-mobile-3500-MAH-/170854215958?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item27c7b47116#ht_500wt_1396 these ones for my phone? will that work or will it just waste the battery and if it does work will it keep the voltage at 3.7 but double my mah? thanks in advance!

On June 23, 2012, Gorzideudeus wrote:

So, I have two 12 volt, 9.5 ampere-hour rechargeable battery packs. Putting them in parallel would result in more amperage, but still at 12 volts? I am using this to build a stereo system.

On May 27, 2012, Tausif wrote:

hello, i want to make a battery pack from several mobile batteries using Li-Ion 3.7V for my RC CAR that uses 8 AA 1.5v cells. actully i have few mobile batteries which is of no use so i thought to use it in my RC car. please help me with this problems, 1)how i should connect those batteries with each other (parallel or in series?) 2)I also have a ac / dc universal adaptor so can i use it for charging, if yes then tell me which current should i use ac or dc? and my rc car has a charging port in which my adaptor fits perfectly. please help me with this i shall be really thankfull to you...=)

On May 16, 2012, MARK WILSON wrote:

I too am looking to construct an extended range battery pack, but for my 48volt Super Elite 1000 scooter. I have 28 brand new lithium ion laptop batteries. I am still trying to decide how many packs to make and of what capacity each. The laptop bats. are 11.1 volts and 6.6 amp hours apiece. The scooter comes stock with one 48 volt/ 12 amp hour bat. that gives me about 12-15 mile range and takes 6 hours to charge. The laptop batteries are stated to have 11.1 volts, but are they likely 14.4 volts in actuality? This information is important as it will help me to decide whether to link 4 of them in series(bringing the pack to 44.4 volts and under the required 48 volts, potentially) or linking 5 of them in series(bringing the pack to 55.5 volts and safely within range of the stock battery voltage without being under). If they are actually 14.4 volts though----4 in series would more than suffice without being too high in voltage @ around about 58.4 volts(which is what the charger puts out,- at 2 amps.. 5 bats linked @ 14.4 volts would be too high a voltage to be fully charged by the charger, I think, but would it still put out the higher voltage but with less overall capacity? That would likely cause me to waste battery potential while adding excess weight to the scooter.---OR---- at worst case scenario, damage the electronics and/or the 1000 watt motor due to excessive voltage. Maybe it is time for me to own a multimeter. I loved finding this site!! Good stuff.

On May 16, 2012, carston55 wrote:

PLEASE HELP.. I have a 2 12Vs in series to run a 24V motor I also want to run a stereo and other 12V unit off of these batteries, can i tap into each individual battery and run 24V and 12V system at same time? or will one battery drain at a diiferent rate and is this a problem

On April 30, 2012, Marco wrote:

Hi, I'd like to make a battery for my ebike (36V10Ah) with li ion cells. the cells are 3.6V 2.2Ah. Is it right to make series first and then parallels? So N.5 parallels of 36V2.2Ah or is better N.10 series of 36V2.2Ah? Thank's to all!

On April 13, 2012, zoren wrote:

if you are goin to connect the battery in parallel connection ye sit will increased the overall amps. in my opinion its better to use a battery with the same rating. using battery with different ratings could overheat the other battery with small ratings.

On April 11, 2012, Peter Hogben wrote:

I am lloking to construct a battery bank using 12v leisure batteries for my static caravan and have 2 questions 1. The voltage must remain the same (12V) but I would like to increase the overall Amps, I am thinking Parrallel configurstion is this correct? 2. Does each battery have to have the same AMP? I currently have 2 rated @ 120amps each and am looking to purchase 2 more that are rated @110 amp. Is this configuration okay to use?

On April 7, 2012, NobleKattalistt wrote:

The previous post, of course, refers to me wanting to add the new cells in parallel in order to increase the per charge use of the motorcycle. Sorry, I got completely sidetracked mid-post and forgot that part.

On April 7, 2012, NobleKattalistt wrote:

I am looking to buy one of the Evolve 2012 Xenons (Tron light bike replica). It runs on an electric motor, fueled by a 96v 120ah LiFE PO4... The maximum operation, per charge, on the battery in the bike is only 30 minutes. If I were to fabricate room for 1-2 extra PO4's, would the addition in current cause damage to the motor? Also, would the charge time incrementally or exponentially increase?

On April 2, 2012, bowgey wrote:

i want to build 7.2volt battery with 2400 mAh. so i need 18battery with spec 1.2volt and 800 mAh. is it true?

On April 2, 2012, bowgey wrote:

i want to build 7.2volt battery with 2400 mAh. so i need 18battery with spec 1.2volt and 800 mAh. is it true?

On March 30, 2012, DashaButts wrote:


On March 19, 2012, Martin Roules wrote:

I am connecting four AA batteries in series to power some LEDs. I need 300 mA, which is LESS than the combined amps this configuration will supply. How do I get to 300 mA? What do I have to put in-line to control the amps?

On March 18, 2012, prathamesh wrote:

deer sir i have 5V &0.7A from 9V battery

On March 14, 2012, brad wrote:

hello, new to this so bear with me! for an EV kart i have the option of 24, 3V cells at 120Ah in series giving me 72V and 120Ah, costing and weighing a considerable amount more than if i had 24, 3V cells of 40Ah connected in packs of 8 in parallel and 3 packs of the parallel batteries connected in series to give me less cost and weight for the same 72V and 120Ah. does this sound feasable to do? are there any disadvantages to using series/parallel

On March 4, 2012, Uganda Safari wrote:

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On March 4, 2012, sahil wrote:


On February 24, 2012, Nova wrote:

same doubt as that of Andrew: What causes the battery voltage to rise when you hoo batteries up in series? Does it change the lines of electricity (electric field)?

On February 18, 2012, Steve wrote:

HI guys! I have a battery that is totally screwed! It's a 4CGR18650A2-MSL as seen here - http://www.batteries-laptop.co.uk/batteries.php?productcode=951 I'm considering doing a rebuild but i'm confused about the voltage per cell. Everywhere seems to have 3.7v cells but if it's only a 14.8V battery, surely i only need 1.2v cells each? Which way do i go? Where do i turn? What would you suggest i do if i was to do a rebuild?!! As you may have guessed, i'm a bit new to all of this so any assistance you can provide me is really welcome and i'm thankful for it :-) Many thanks in advance, Steve :-)

On February 8, 2012, Andrew wrote:

What causes the battery voltage to rise when you hoo batteries up in series? Does it change the lines of electricity (electric field)?

On February 7, 2012, Tiger R. wrote:

I have a question about running multiple 12V batteries in parallel. They are all the same type, brand, voltage, and amperage. 12V @400a If I had 10 of them in parallel that would give me 12V @ 4000a. Since this is DC current what gauge wire is appropriate between each of the battery posts? Any other useful information is very welcome. Oh, and these are gel-cell PureLead batteries.

On February 7, 2012, Ron satt wrote:

I need to charge a separate battery on my motorcycle for nightly use in a campground to power my cpap machine. It would be discharged nightly and needs to be recharged daily thru the motorcycle charging system. Should i connect Series or parallel ? Thx

On January 26, 2012, Bill Heintz wrote:

In Figure 5: Serial/Parallel connection of four cells. Is there an Advantage/Limitation to connecting the Cells in the middle as well? For instance if there was a weak Cell in Figure 5, would it make any difference if the was a connector in the middle?

On January 11, 2012, Andrew Darlow wrote:

Hi Bill: I personally would just buy AA or AAA LSD NiMH batteries (Eneloop brand are my favorite, though there are others), and a 12v or 120v plug-in charger for them to recharge (they need about 3-5 hours to recharge - avoid 30 min and 1-2 hr chargers since they will limit the life of the batteries). Then charge them in sets and put 4 AA's or 3 AAA's in a flashlight (depending on model) like this one from Harbor Freight (you can buy 3-4 of them and have a huge amt. of light). The light is very bright. http://www.harborfreight.com/3-1-2-half-inch-21-led-flashlight-98503.html or this one sold on Amazon.com that takes 3 D cells: http://www.amazon.com/AMAZING-95-LED-Aluminum-Flashlight/dp/B000Z7GCRS/ or this lantern: http://www.amazon.com/Rayovac-SE3DLN-Sportsman-300-Lumen-Lantern/dp/B0018S4XIS/ You can get convertors from D's that use AA's: http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-Eneloop-Spacer-Pack-Packaging/dp/B003EJ1QL6 Rechargeable D cells have about 5-10 times the capacity (mAh) of AA's, so check the est. run time with alkalines and divide by about 5-10 to determine how many hours you will get from them. Hope that helps, Andrew Andrew Darlow Editor, The Imaging Buffet http://www.imagingbuffet.com

On January 11, 2012, Bill wrote:

I do night work in the oil field and am trying to build a battery powered light that I can attach to equipment from job site to job site, and charge while in the truck. A 12-18V, 6W LED will serve my purpose. I will have AA batteries connected in series to supply approximately 12V. My question is in regards to charging. Can I simply connect the 12V battery pack in parallel to charge the batteries or will the amperage get too high and cause the batteries to explode? Could I avoid such circumstances by making a battery pack to supply a higher voltage, such as an 18V Li ION or NiMH battery pack. They would never reach an over-voltage during charge, but would they still be subjected to too high an amperage? I realize that they would never reach a full charge, but since it is simply a light that requires 12V I don't think that would matter would it?

On January 11, 2012, Andrew Darlow wrote:

Hi Charlie: I would highly recommend trying AA Ni-MH LSD (low self-discharge) rechargeable batteries. I like the Sanyo Eneloop batteries a lot. They are rated for 1500 recharge cycles (that's a lot of flights!). I think you might see as much as 4x more flight time as well based on my tests of compact photo flashes. I can't say for sure if you will get the same performance, but it is definitely worth a try. Keep in mind that they are heavier than most Alkalines, which may be an issue. You can check the specs on various websites. All the best, Andrew Darlow Editor, The Imaging Buffet http://www.imagingbuffet.com

On January 4, 2012, CharlieN wrote:

I recently purchased a lot of rc helicopters . 12 of them actually . My friends and I are in the process of weekly helicopter wars . Although we can only fly 3 at once it is a lot of fun ! Problem is , I am eating up 'AA' batteries like crazy . My question is : What is the ac to dc equivalent of 6 AA in series ? I would like to cut out the AAs altogether and use one of my many adapters connected to the + and - terminals on the charger/remote with out damaging the charger/remote and/or the 3.7v 70mAh in the helicopter itself . Any help would save me midnight runs to the drug store to buy AAs . The clerks must think I'm a Smurf !!

On December 6, 2011, G.Suresh wrote:

Can any one clarify my doubt. If the UPS DC Input is +192 -0- -192, Current at both +ve and Negative limb should be equal or need not. Suppose if we provide Current sensor to measure the discharging Current Do we need to put the sensor in both arm seperately or not?

On November 19, 2011, ogbu abraham wrote:

how does the contact points of batteries connected in series add to the resistant of the circuit.

On November 9, 2011, Garrett wrote:

Running an approximately 3HP winch Motor off a 12V Deep Cycle Marine Battery. The winch is being used in a way that it runs for 40 seconds, off for a bit then runs again. We use a rapid battery charger hooked to a portable electric generator. Having problems occasionally where the batteries lose there charge and motors start to overheat. Would I be better to run 2 12V Deep Cycle Marine Batteries in parallel? Are there any drawbacks to doing this? Thanks

On November 8, 2011, aung wrote:

I have 12V 12AH battery only one. I want to get 2V 72AH output to load. Please advise properly connection for it.

On November 4, 2011, Joe wrote:

lawrence have you tried taking a measurement with a voltmeter off of the positive and negative terminals of one battery while all the batteries are hooked together? your setup should be like figure 5 of this page but instead of two batteries down your setup has three down and two across. right?

On November 4, 2011, Lawrence R Crim wrote:

Ok, here's one for you. I need to wire 6 12volt batteries together to get 24volts and triple amps (3 bats. parallelled twice then seriesed together). Easy enough, however, I also need to be able to wire a 12 volt starter to the same system. Anyone got a clue? I've tried the manufacturer's web site (Tronair ground power units) to no avail. I've called and left messages and no calls back. I've tried several configurations, no luck. Anyone?

On October 19, 2011, Muhammad wrote:

I constructed a 12v battery charger bt is getting heat too much. What is the problems?

On October 19, 2011, rishikant wrote:

sir there are two batteries one is 5v second is 10v . when we use parellel combination of batteries and connect with a network then it shows inregular circuit why?

On October 13, 2011, Gurumurthy wrote:

Dear sir , I have 1 no of 12 V battery and two solar panel its rating is 17V +17 V . please let me know the connections? sires or parallel connection is use full?

On October 8, 2011, Jimmy Wilson wrote:

Learning about primary cells atm and they say never to connect cells of different types, why is that and does that rule comply with secondary cells???

On September 27, 2011, Kiptum wrote:

What will be the electromotive force forTwo battery cells 1.5V each connected in parallel to one cell 1.5V. Thanx.

On September 25, 2011, suhas wrote:

I have 800 kva APC ups, what type of rating batteries to be conected and how many nos of batteries to obtain full load, please give formula to calculation .

On September 13, 2011, mike sharpe wrote:

I am interested in this "4S2P, meaning 4 cells are in series and 2 in parallel." mentioned in the beginning of the article. This is my understanding, please help me fill in the blanks though. (A) if I run 4x1.2v 1800 mah in series I get 4.8v 1800 mah. (B) if I run 2x1.2v 1800 mah in series I get 2.4v 1800 mah. (C) if I run (A) and (B) in parallel I will get 3600 mah, and I hope 4.8v (?) This idea of doubling the output time without having to double the number of batteries is compelling. Will this be a safe configuration for Ni-MH AA's? would I need some "insulating foil"? How would this portion work? I really enjoyed the article, and am looking forward to hearing a response to my query. Thanks.

On September 12, 2011, Richard Maier wrote:

I need to run 4 twelve volt batteries in parallel. is there a way to connect a battery charger and charge all the batteries at once without disconnecting them?

On September 9, 2011, joe wilson wrote:

I run 2 interstate 4d deep cycle batteries in parrallel, via, power invertor to power machinery in my work van. recently the power invertor as well as the batteries, crapped out, i tested the batteries and they were shot. the power invertor was sparking and smoking, so i replaced that. It's a 2500 watt invertor. replaced one battery so far, the other is on order. however the alarm on the invertor goes off immediatley and i'm unable to run machinery. is keeping the old battery connected in parrallel with the brand new one causing this? i went for six years, no problems then the batteries died(which i expected) the invertor crapped out and now i can't seem to get it running again.

On September 3, 2011, BWMichael wrote:

Lynn: You would connect them in the same way (spot weld tags onto the contacts) I hope this helps

On September 3, 2011, Lynn Ellsworth wrote:

Our bike shop has taken apart many 24, 36, and 48 volt lithium batteries used for electric bikes looking for bad cells so we know how the round cells are spot welded to metal strips. I have seen a new type of lithium cell that is flat (not round) with the two contacts sticking up on top. How are these flat cells physically connected together? I think we may be able to assemble batteries with these flat cells that will save space.

On August 22, 2011, Virian Bouze wrote:

I would like to know just how volitile the lithium polymer battery is and how can i process the use of this kind of battery. thanks Virian

On August 22, 2011, stephen wrote:

all cells will drop performances after certain cycles of charging and discharging. If you use cells from same produciton lot, it is likely that no particular one single cell will break down while others still working in very good condition, however, It is also likely that each cell will drop performance slightly different as time gone. As a result: 1. one cell totally fail while others still working properly seldome happen; 2.. it is certain that each cell will have slightly different capacity after certain time. As a result, in series will give better engineering result than in parallel.

On August 18, 2011, ferd wrote:

There should be a disclaimer warning that this article is overly simplified and does not account for many problems that can occur in the field. Some of the statements are wrong if taken literally. "On charge, the low cells fill up before the strong ones" is not true if the low cells have high internal resistance. “most battery-operated devices can tolerate some over-voltage" needs to be more clearly defined - while a few tenths of a volt might not matter, tens of volts could fry things. "A higher voltage has the advantage of keeping the conductor size small" is misapplied: for a particular power output, higher voltages allow smaller current flows which in turn allow smaller conductors (ignoring start-up surges and increasing current draw as batteries lose voltage as they deplete). "Parallel/connection with one faulty cell A weak cell will not affect the voltage" actually the weak cell can draw enough current from the good cells to lower the overall voltage of the connection. "The serial/parallel configuration shown in Figure 5 allows superior design flexibility" but also increases complexities of battery management and system troubleshooting immensely. The article then jumps to tips about household batteries without explaining the difference between primary and secondary batteries, nor this section's relevance to the previous discussion. I realize that you are attempting to present technical information to a lay audience, but please be careful. The confusion shown in the comments proves that this article hasn't achieved its goals.

On August 12, 2011, navneet gupta wrote:

can i add eight 7volt lithium batteries of cameras to get 56V?? what be the result?? is it risky to try that? i need a 50v source for my project... pelase help..

On August 1, 2011, David wrote:

I have 3 12v X 16aH batteries i want to connect? Since i want to increase the wattage and amperage, can i connect these 3 batteries by series and parallel?

On July 22, 2011, Julius wrote:

I have 8 12v deep cycle batteries to be connected to an 24V inverter. I know that I need to connect 2 together (+ -) to get 24V. What would be the correct way to connect these 4 cells to the inverter.

On July 15, 2011, ihab wrote:

we want to buy 400 Battery 1.25V , 5A/H ,NI/CAD , Dimentions : 35mm . 35mm . 82 mm

On July 13, 2011, Benedict wrote:

I just want to know if what happens if one cell(Battery) in placement is reversed in series and parallel?

On July 11, 2011, kel wrote:

I have two 12v deep cycle batteries in parrell. Doe one drain before the other or do they both drain equally?

On June 6, 2011, Clinton Wilson wrote:

Hey, just wanted to say thanks! Great information. I'm glad I found this site.

On June 5, 2011, anne wrote:

Can I use 4 rechargeable batteries and i non-rechargeable one in a 5 battery recorder?

On May 31, 2011, tanmay sengupta wrote:

how i get 12v dc using 3.7v li-on cells.what will be the connection.

On May 29, 2011, Chuck wrote:

If I have 2 RV deep cycle 12V batteries in parallel, can I place a charger on one of them, and get adequate charging on both?

On May 14, 2011, Iqbal wrote:

Any one can help me to configure a battery bank for solar power system. With 2V each battery what is best way to get required 8500AH. I mean number of battery and each battery AH ?

On May 12, 2011, Lance Edwards wrote:

Hi, can two 12vdc batteries of different Ah, (110ah / 50ah), be connected in parallel for increased Ah capacity (160). To be charged by 100W Solar PV panel via 15A solar charger regulator for leisure use, ie caravan. Many thanks, Lance.

On May 11, 2011, Heza Mahmoud wrote:

if i've four cells in serie connection, how is it possible to measure the voltage or monitor each voltages where there are no the same grounded point?

On May 9, 2011, rohit wrote:

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On May 5, 2011, annette wrote:

this is a good site. very informative.

On March 28, 2011, BWMichael wrote:

There is a mistake at the end of this article. It says "Remove fully discharged batteries from the charger. A consumer charger may not apply the optimal trickle charge and the cell could be stressed with overcharge." I think this is meant to say "Remove fully CHARGED batteries from the charger...."

On March 23, 2011, Matloob wrote:

Can i connect 12V and 24V ups with two 12V batteries connected in series, as we do get 12 volts and 24 volts when two batteries are connected in series.

On March 15, 2011, Lawrence wrote:

I was wondering if anyone could clarify this. If you had a 10v battery in parallel with a 5v battery. what would be the voltage of the circuit.

On March 12, 2011, Brian wrote:

@Kolin No, that's not right at all. 20 batteries @ 1.2V and 4.5 A To get to 12 V you need 10 in series giving 12 V @ 4.5A Do this twice and place the two sets of 12 in parallel, you get 12V @ 9A. You overall battery capacity Wh, can not exceed the sum of the individual pieces. 20 batteries @ 1.2 V and 4.5A = 5.4 Wh per cell or 108 Wh total. The same above, 12V @ 9A = 108 Wh.

On March 10, 2011, Peter wrote:

Is it possible to connect 6 12 volt batteries so as to deliver 48 volts output? Can you have two sets of two in parrallel, then connect these parrallel connected ones in series with the other two and thus get 48 volts total, or will this wreck the charging and discharging rates of the two standalone ones?

On February 28, 2011, Dickson Hatia wrote:

This site is the best place to be. Thnx

On February 27, 2011, krishna wrote:

if we are connected battries in parallel,the life time is some of two r one.

On February 14, 2011, otmishi wrote:

What about the coverning formulas. I thik for series it should be like nV=I(R+n.r)/n and for Parallel nV=I(R+n/r). Is this orret

On February 4, 2011, Kolin wrote:

Great Site, I will be building a 12v battery pack, I have 20 new matched Powerizer 4500 NiMH cells. I was thinking I would place 10 in series and then 10 in parallel to produce a battery system with 12v and 45,000 mAh. Is my math correct? Ten 4500 mAh in parallel would be 1.2 v 45,000 mAh, but if I add the second set of 10 in series, would I also add the 4,500 mAh from that set to total 49,500 mAh? Many Thanks

On January 28, 2011, Jakal wrote:

Can 2 deep cell batteries (12v) of different amperage (say 100 and 80) be connected in parallel and charged with a solar panel in a camper? If your answer is no, what is the rational of why not?

On January 22, 2011, piyush shekdar wrote:

if two batteries are connected in parallel and they have different voltage ,so which one voltage will be shown on multimeter

On January 13, 2011, scott wrote:

I'm thinking of putting three 6 volt baterys together will i be abole to get 12 volt.If not what can i do to get more running time from my battery bank.

On December 26, 2010, Rich wrote:

I have a small radio transmitter that sends brief pulses twice a second. It's in a limited access space. It currently runs on a 300 mah, 3v lithium primary coin cell which gives a lifespan of two years. I need to up the lifespan to 5 years minimum, but I don't have room to put in a thicker coin cell, nor go to a cylindrical battery. But I do have room to add more 300 mah primary cells. Theoretically I can put three of the 300mah, 3v coin cells in parallel, and achieve over 5 years of battery life by doing so. Is there any reason that wouldn't work or any other factor I should take into account?

On December 22, 2010, rasoul wrote:

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On December 17, 2010, Dana du Toit wrote:

I have a question for you. If i have a 24v system with 4 12v batteies ( series and then in parralel to get 24 v) with a load of 18watts. will it be worth wile to run 4 12 v batteries in parralel to get more amp hours out of the system? the load can handle voltage from 12-60 volts.

On December 11, 2010, moin wrote:

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On December 10, 2010, ryan wrote:

@jason: you can spot if you have a bad cell. voltage meter on the 2 ending terminals on the battery. one on the left terminal, one on the right. you can only spot IF you have a bad cell battery.

On December 10, 2010, ryan wrote:

no you can not. you will blow the battery up. charge the battery with a 20 amp car charger and read it then if it still reads 10 volts, get a new battery. but the car should be able to start with voults above 10v. so ide say to charge it first.

On December 10, 2010, Bhargava wrote:

I have my car battery, which is reading only 10V. Can I supplement this with another battery of 2V (of same rating) in series with this 10V battery, and continue using it? Is it feasiblible for a moving vehicle? and If it is possible , please suggest any specific measures to be followed.

On November 29, 2010, Sandy wrote:

Aamir - The voltage would be the lower of the two, as current would flow from the battery with the higher potential to the one with the lower potential. This would in fact "charge" the second battery. For this reason if you are using non-rechargeable batteries it is important to replace all cells at once. Mike - If the only thing connected to the batteries is the lights, then opening the contacts of the light switch opens your electrical circuit. At that point there's no current flow and therefore no drain on the battery. If there are other things wired in there that stay on all the time then a disconnect is a good idea. But sounds like you're okay with tjust the switch. As for the one battery at a time or both at the same time, my answer to Aamir may help... If the two batteries are fully charged and at the exact same voltage, then there's no difference. But if one's a little lower than the other then some energy will be wasted while the batteries equalize. It's not much but if you're trying to squeeze everything out of the cells as you can, it's something to think about. In my mind your answer comes down to a matter of convenience vs knowledge... If it's a pain to wire these in then do it once and get it over with. If not then I'd do it one at a time this way once the first battery's dead you know you're on the second battery. Think of it as a primitive fuel gauge.

On November 28, 2010, Mike TerWisscha wrote:

I have a hunting shack that I power with a 12v deep cycle battery. Would it help conserve power if I have a disconnect switch at the battery to stop leakage from wires when I turn the lights off at night? Is it better to drain one deep cycle first than hook the next one up or hook both up at same time? Thanks Mike

On November 24, 2010, Larry wrote:

Dear Sir., I wonder you can help me in the below query. Given a DC circuit with two 5-volts batteries and two resistors ,1 and 2 ohms respectiverly araanged in series' in which the 1 ohm resistance is connected between the two batteries. What is the total resistance and emf of the araangements Thanls Larry

On November 12, 2010, Jason wrote:

I wish there was a way to quickly identify a bad cell from a laptop battery pack. Often it is only 1 bad cell causing a laptop battery to only charge to 80% or 85% or whatever. Sadly they are always spot-welded together in parallel groups of 2 or 3 forcing you to destroy the nickel sheets holding them together if you want to find the faulty cell.

On November 6, 2010, aamir liaqat wrote:

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if two batteries are connected in parallel and they have different voltage ,so which one voltage will be shown on AVO meter, and merits and demerits


How many batteries can you connect in series and parallel? ›

There is no limit to how many batteries you can wire in parallel. The more batteries you add in a parallel circuit, the more capacity and longer runtime you will have available. Keep in mind that the more batteries you have in parallel, the longer it will take to charge the system.

Can you connect batteries in series and parallel at the same time? ›

Yes. The biggest restriction is that, if connecting in parallel, the batteries involved must have the same voltage. In series, that is not a problem, then the AHr ratings should match. Yes, that is a normal configuration to satisfy voltage and capacity requirements.

Should I put 12 volt battery in series or parallel? ›

Do batteries last longer in series or parallel? Batteries last longer in parallel, because the voltage remains the same, but the amps increase. If you connect two 12v 50ah batteries in parallel, it will still be a 12 volt system, but the amps will double to 100ah, so the batteries will last longer.

Do batteries in parallel drain equally? ›

To join batteries in parallel, use a jumper wire to connect positive terminals together, and another jumper wire to connect negative terminals together. This establishes negatives to negatives and positives to positives. You CAN connect your load to ONE of the batteries, which will drain both equally.

Do amp hours increase in parallel? ›


Connecting a battery in parallel is when you connect two or more batteries together to increase the amp-hour capacity. With a parallel battery connection the capacity will increase, however the battery voltage will remain the same.

What is the formula for parallel combination of batteries? ›

If you are hooking batteries up in parallel, connect all of the positive terminals together then connect all of the negative terminals together. The following formula applies to parallel circuits: (Itotal = I1+I2 etc.) This will provide you with extra current for the load, but no extra voltage (Vtotal = V1 = V2 etc.).

Does battery capacity add in series? ›

Connecting batteries in series increases voltage, but does not increase overall amp-hour capacity. All batteries in a series bank must have the same amp-hour rating. Connecting batteries in parallel increases total current capacity by decreasing total resistance, and it also increases overall amp-hour capacity.

Why is it better to connect batteries in series than in parallel? ›

Advantages. Wiring batteries in series provides a higher system voltage resulting in a lower system current. Low current indicates that you can use thinner wiring and suffer less voltage drop in the system.

Does series or parallel give more power? ›

A parallel circuit has more power.

What happens to voltage if you connect two batteries in series? ›

Batteries correctly placed in series, positive to negative, will add their output voltages, producing a greater voltage. If two 1.5 volt batteries are connected head to tail, the total voltage is 3.0 volt.

Are batteries brighter in series or parallel? ›

Two bulbs in a simple parallel circuit each enjoy the full voltage of the battery. This is why the bulbs in the parallel circuit will be brighter than those in the series circuit. Another advantage to the parallel circuit is that if one loop is disconnected, then the other remains powered.

Do batteries in parallel need to be the same size? ›

We would strongly discourage anyone from connecting batteries in series or parallel applications, if the batteries are not identical in age, size and type.

Does parallel batteries double the amps? ›

Putting two voltage sources in parallel does not increase amperage in the circuit. Ohm's law tells us V=IR, so the only way to increase current is to increase voltage, or decrease resistance.

How many 12 volt batteries can you run in parallel? ›

There is no theoretical limit to the number of batteries that can be connected in parallel. As more batteries are paralleled together, the risk of one faulty battery affecting the entire battery bank increases.

What's better more amp hours or more voltage? ›

The real-world result of the combination can be simplified to say that higher voltage means more overall power and higher amp hours results in more overall run time.

How many amp hours is a parallel battery? ›

The basic concept is that when connecting in parallel, you add the amp hour ratings of the batteries together, but the voltage remains the same. For example: two 6 volt 4.5 Ah batteries wired in parallel are capable of providing 6 volt 9 amp hours (4.5 Ah + 4.5 Ah).

What is the rule for amperage in a parallel circuit? ›

"The sum of the currents through each path is equal to the total current that flows from the source." If one path is drawing 1 amp and the other is drawing 1 amp then the total is 2 amps at the source.

How do you calculate battery capacity in series? ›

When the battery is discharged with constant current its capacity is given by the formula Cd = I·td, where td is the discharge duration. When the latter is expressed in hours, the typical unit for battery capacity is the Ampere-hour.

How many cells in a 52V battery? ›

52V batteries are not actually 52V. They are 50.4V as they use 14 series of 3.6V nominal cells (14*3.6V = 50.4V).

What are the different battery configuration? ›

As we have seen, the nominal voltage of a single Li-ion cell is 3.6 V. A nickel-based battery has a nominal voltage of 1.2 V, and an alkaline battery has a nominal voltage of about 1.5 V. The other lithium-based battery has a voltage between 3.0 V to 3.9 V. Li-phosphate is 3.2 V, and Li-titanate is 2.4 V.

Does series increase voltage? ›

Batteries connected in series stack their voltages in order to run machinery that requires higher voltage amounts. This can prove tricky when attempting to charge your battery, because it becomes necessary to account for the increased voltage levels.

Does stacking batteries increase voltage? ›

In order to increase the voltage between a battery's terminals, you can place the cells in series. Series means stacking the cells end-to-end, connecting the anode of one to the cathode of the next. By connecting batteries in series, you increase the total voltage.

Do you need to balance batteries in series? ›

All series-connected cells need to be balanced

The cells in a battery stack are “balanced” when every cell in the stack possesses the same state of charge (SoC). SoC refers to the current remaining capacity of an individual cell relative to its maximum capacity as the cell charges and discharges.

Do batteries in series drain equally? ›

Since the batteries are connected in series the current through them is exactly the same and they must both discharge at identical rates.

What are the disadvantages of parallel connection? ›

The major disadvantage of parallel circuits as compared to series circuits is that the power remains at the same voltage as the voltage of a single power source . Other disdvantages include the splits of an energy source across the entire circuit , and lower resistance ....

Which arrangement series or parallel takes more current from the battery? ›

Series arrangement take more current from battery.

What is the disadvantage of connecting cells in series? ›

Disadvantages of a combination of cells in series

An increase in the total number of components increases the circuit resistance. The occurrence of a fault at one point in the circuit will break the whole circuit.

Does wattage add in series or parallel? ›

The unit of power is the Watt (W) Power is additive in any configuration of a resistive circuit—series, parallel, or series-parallel.

Is it better to run series or parallel? ›

You can take advantage of the cluster even better when running your jobs in parallel than in series. This way, you could execute much more tasks at once (simultaneously) and achieve a faster result.

What's better parallel or series? ›

Speakers are always louder when wired in parallel. Series wiring leads to more impedance and thus less voltage per speaker which translates to less volume per speaker. A parallel circuit reduces the resistance and impedance on each speaker and equates to more volume.

What happens to voltage and current If you connect two 12 volt batteries in parallel? ›

Wiring batteries together in parallel has the effect of doubling capacity while keeping the voltage the same. For example; 2 x 12V 120Ah batteries wired in parallel will give you only 12V, but increases capacity to 240Ah.

Why would you wire two batteries in series? ›

By connecting two or more batteries in either series, series-parallel, or parallel, you can increase the voltage or amp-hour capacity, or even both; allowing for higher voltage or power hungry applications.

What are the advantages of series circuit over parallel? ›

Advantages of Series Connection

The lifespan of battery in series circuit is more as compared to parallel. It is most simple method of electrical wiring and fault can be easily detect and repair as compared to parallel or series-parallel wiring.

Should batteries be charged in series or parallel? ›

Batteries that are ONLY in parallel keep the same voltage and increase their capacity. Batteries that are ONLY in series keep the same capacity and increase their voltage. Combining the two provides the best of both worlds; increasing Both voltage and amperage.

What arrangement would make the brightest light? ›

In parallel, both the bulbs will have the same voltage across them as that of the battery. However, in series connection, the voltage gets divided between the two bulbs. So, the bulbs which are connected in parallel will glow brighter. Q.

Can you mix old and new batteries? ›

Never use old and new batteries together, as this may cause leakage or worse. The remaining electrical capacity in a used battery is less than a new battery, even when it was only used shortly.

How many lead acid batteries can I put in parallel? ›

Serial and Parallel Connections

You can also increase both the voltage and the capacity by connected at least four batteries both serially and in parallel.

Will 2 batteries in parallel double the CCA? ›

Example: Two 12 volt, 600 CCA (cold cranking amp) batteries in parallel will give you 12 volts and 1200 CCA. This means that the voltage is the same but you have 2x the current reserve so you can operate your electronics for 2x as long before the batteries need to be charged.

Will an alternator charge two batteries in parallel? ›

Yes, as long as the batteries match.

Your alternator actually recharges your batteries while your engine is running. If you have 2 batteries connected, and they're the exact same type, then your alternator will charge both of them.

How many volts is 2 12 volt batteries parallel? ›

Two or more 12-volt batteries wired in parallel—positive to positive, negative to negative—is still a 12-volt system. Two or more 12-volt batteries wired in series—the positive terminal of one battery connected to the negative terminal of a second battery—develops 24 volts, but amperage doesn't change.

How many 12 volt batteries can you wire in parallel? ›

There is no theoretical limit to the number of batteries that can be connected in parallel. As more batteries are paralleled together, the risk of one faulty battery affecting the entire battery bank increases.

How many 12V batteries can you run in series? ›

4 x 12V 120Ah batteries can be wired in series /parallel to give you 24V with 240Ah capacity.

How many batteries can you wire in series? ›

To configure batteries with a series connection each battery must have the same voltage and capacity rating, or you can potentially damage the batteries. For example you can connect two 6Volt 10Ah batteries together in series but you can not connect one 6V 10Ah battery with one 12V 10Ah battery.

Do parallel batteries need balancing? ›

Balancing is only necessary for packs that contain more than one cell in series. Parallel cells will naturally balance since they are directly connected to each other, but groups of parallel wired cells, wired in series (parallel-series wiring) must be balanced between cell groups.

Can you connect batteries in series with different amp hours? ›

You cannot connect batteries of different amp-hours in series with good results. We strongly recommend you DO NOT attempt to mix battery sizes (amp-hours) and connect together. Due to differences in battery management systems and battery cell counts, there may be a charging and voltage discrepancy between batteries.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of connecting batteries in parallel? ›

Connecting batteries in parallel increases total current capacity by decreasing total resistance, and it also increases overall amp-hour capacity. All batteries in a parallel bank must have the same voltage rating. Batteries can be damaged by excessive cycling and overcharging.

How many lead acid batteries can you put in parallel? ›

Serial and Parallel Connections

You can also increase both the voltage and the capacity by connected at least four batteries both serially and in parallel.

How do too many batteries affect the circuit? ›

Each battery can pump a set number of electrons per second, for a given circuit, so if two or more batteries are connected in parallel the number of electrons they push out each second and energy supplied is added, hence the total current in the circuit is increased.

Is there a limit to batteries in series? ›

Theoretically there is no limitations of connecting number of batteries in series. As we connect battery in series, voltage of circuit is the summation of individual batteries. For the time, if we connect large number of battery, we should know the insulation capacity of system.

Do batteries in series drain at the same rate? ›

Do batteries in series drain at the same rate? Since the batteries are connected in series the current through them is exactly the same and they must both discharge at identical rates.

What happens if you connect two batteries of different capacities in series? ›

Summary. In short, connecting batteries of different voltages in series will work, but damage will be done to both batteries during the discharge and recharge cycles. The more one is damaged, the more the other one will be damaged and both will need replacing long before needed.

What happens if you connect two non identical batteries in parallel? ›

In short, when two non-identical batteries are connected in parallel, current will flow from higher voltage battery to lower voltage battery. Which is not good. Small voltage difference between these two batteries can balanced but if voltage difference is high it may destroy lower voltage battery.


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