Programmable battery charger meets safety requirements
PowerStream Technology's BCC-103 portable battery charger, measuring 4 ?? 1.8 ?? 1.75 in., can be programmed to recharge lead-acid, NiCd, and NiMH batteries. Battery packs are fully charged in 30 to 60 minutes.
A microprocessor optimizes the charging process by controlling current flow to minimize power losses and monitor the battery's level of charge according to OEM specifications. The microprocessor then drops to the trickle-charge mode when the battery is fully charged. The charger delivers 9.6 V at an output current that is adjustable from 50 mA to 2 A.
The unit features a universal input and meets all domestic, European, and medical safety requirements, according to the Orem, Utah-based company.
Other features include an LED indicator that signals end of charge; peak detection; and output-overcurrent protection. The plastic enclosure meets heavy-duty, industrial-grade requirements, the company says.
Pricing is $18 to $24 for the medium-power-grade unit and $14 to $16 for the low-power-grade unit.
Nickel-based multilayer caps trim costs, boost capacitance
A line of nickel-based multilayer ceramic capacitors from Taiyo Yuden U.S.A. Inc., San Jose, offers lower costs and higher capacitance than aluminum-electrolytic and tantalum parts, according to the company.
The CE line has a range of 0.1 to 100 mF. It uses nickel-based compounds for internal and external electrodes, reducing costs over competing technologies.
Pricing begins at 1 cent and ranges as high as $1.50. Shipments are from stock to four weeks.
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Chemical-resistant connectors feature non-metallic shells
New connectors from Lemo U.S.A. Inc., Santa Rosa, Calif., have non-metallic shells for environments requiring non-conductive components.
The Model ENC.0B.302.96090 fixed-receptacle, and the FGC.0B.302.96090 cable-mount plug have three keying configurations to prevent cross-mating. They can withstand -76??F to +446??F, can house up to seven contacts, and are chemical-resistant.
Pricing for the connectors starts at $38.38 for 1,000 mated pairs.