White Paper: Power

Why You Need Bidirectional DC Power Supplies to Test Batteries


In today’s fast-paced world, the need to create quicker, more mobile mechanical devices is steadily increasing. One primary method for doing this is to replace traditional gas-powered or plugged-in devices with battery power. Batteries have become smaller and increasingly efficient as a result. In order to keep up with the rate of technology advancement, the equipment used to test advanced technology must also be advanced, flexible and responsive. For these reasons, the bidirectional programmable DC power supply with an integrated regenerative electronic load is a perfect fit for advanced battery test. This bidirectional supply can seamlessly switch between providing power to charge the battery and controlling the discharge of the battery.

Specifying just the right equipment, this white paper will provide some basic guidance and considerations on how to build a robust battery test system to ensure the safety and proper functioning of all test equipment and batteries under test.

The most important thing to remember is to plan out your test procedure and setup before attempting to use a programmable DC power supply for battery testing. A simplified approach may work for some, but most will need to protect their battery under test, the DC power supply, and of course the operator. Planning with three elements in mind – control, monitoring, and safety – will give you the best chance at developing a complete and safe battery test solution.

Using the described bidirectional programmable power supply will further simplify a system by being able to charge and discharge from one unit, avoiding the need to move the battery around or utilizing multiple relays to switch between a power supply and load going to the battery. Read the full white paper to learn more.

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