This is for a spot welder, not in the esk8 its self.
Since the caps are basically a short circuit, hooking them up to a power supply is going to trip the overload protection on the psu. You would need a constant current power supply. Most of the LED drivers will do that, or power supplies that people modify for charging would work. Meanwell HLG series for example.
i think you are spending too much time working out if you can, and not enough time working out if you should. Ultimately it’s your board but the fact that the potential difference varies so much (and will initially fall crazy fast) means it’s probably not the best idea. You will probably have to put in some resistors to reduce the rate of discharge. However it will still be more expensive and worse than a battery imo. Also if they short circuit without going through the resistor, you are looking at a lot of damage.
also yes the setup will probably be able to charge it, but make you will have to stop and charge quite often. have a look at the charge and disahcrge curves if you haven’t already. you can charge to 90% quite quickly, although the last 100% is going to be a pain
Someone please correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think you need to either balance or use charge protection on supercaps. it’s in the nature of capacitors to simply stop taking power when they are full.
I built a super cap spot welder once, I think the control circuitry was a kit and I probably charged it with a bench power supply. It didn’t work very well but it’s possible that the nickle strips I threw at it were too thick.
You definitely need to balance series-connected caps and prevent overcharge! It’s in the nature of caps to pop if exposed to a voltage over their rating An unbalanced string of caps will cause one or more to go to a higher voltage than the others.
It’s an effect of the resistance of your welding material, the thickness & length of your wires, and your power source.
The welder cannot and does not control the current or rate of weld. It only controls the length of time that the weld happens for. All those other things are effects of your power source, wire, electrodes, procedure, and nickel choices.
yes, but provided your charger stays at one voltage you should be fine. The nice thing about capacitors is that the rate of charge is an exponential decay, so increasing the current should be fine. As battery mooch said though, too high a volatge will definitely pop it.
By this do you mean few welds? Reading this i dont feel people understand he wants to use the capacitors as a power source for a spot welder to make a regular liion battery, unless the language used in intentionally confusing…