P.S., Amp hours and Milliamp Hours are similar in the following fashion. There
are 1000 milliamps in 1 amp. Even some AA batteries now have 1200 Milliamp
hours. This would be 1.2 Amps for for 1 hour.
I stumbled across the following while researching comments for this posting.
Visit it, it may help. But look below the quoted text for an easier solution.
"Cell capacity is rated in amp-hours or milliamp hours. The symbol for
capacity is C. This is amps times hours. Divide by hours and you get amps,
divide by amps and you get hours. For example a 5 amp hour battery is the same
as a 5000 milliamp-hour battery. If you want to discharge in 10 hours, you can
get a current of 5/10 = 0.5 amps. If you need 100 milliamps current, then you
can run for 5000/100 = 50 hours.
Often a discharge or charge rate is given proportional to C. So a discharge
rate of C/5 means C/(5 hours), or the constant current to fully discharge the
battery in 5 hours.
The calculation of run time versus current is a rough estimate, but is
accurate under the right conditions. The faster you discharge, the lower the
capacity of a battery. This trade-off depends on the battery chemistry and
construction. Usually the capacity of a battery is quoted at a C/20 discharge
rate. So an 12 amp hour battery sealed lead acid battery will actually put out
a steady 0.6 amps for 20 hours. However, if you discharge the same battery at
12 amps, you would expect to run an hour, but you will only last for 22
minutes. Also, if you wan to run at 10 milliamp you will get less than the
expected 1200 days, since self-discharge of the battery will limit your run
Different battery chemistries differ in this respect. Lead acid batteries are
probably the worst at the rapid discharge end of the scale. NiCads and NiMH
are much better."
Or the easiest way is to get a pre-fabricated 12V pack with charger. There
must literally be tons of them available. They usually look like small blocks
with a cigarette lighter jack.
Here's one that I found. http://www.batterybusters.com/PowerPac12.htm
Hell, for that matter, a 12Volt pack with recharger for a modern hand drill
But looking at the hand Drill specs, I don't think that the amp hours (2) are
great enough. Refer to the links for the Power Packs.
>I am trying to build, or at least cobble together, a battery pack for a
>receiver. I will only need one (1) amp of power. The battery will have a one
>(1) amp fuse on both the lead in and out of the radio just for safety. What
>I have not been able to understand is what amp hours are. I need a twelve
>(12) volt battery that will last a while, or at least five hours, and be
>rechargeable. I have been looking at UPS battery pack, or even small car
>batteries. Any help? Thanks.
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