Method and apparatus for charging a battery

  • US 6,104,167 A
  • Filed: 10/08/1999
  • Issued: 08/15/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/03/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for charging a battery, comprising:

  • a first positive electrical connector to couple to a positive terminal of the battery and carry an electrical signal;

    a second positive electrical connector to couple to the positive terminal of the battery and carry an electrical signal;

    a first negative electrical connector to couple to a negative terminal of the battery and carry an electrical signal;

    a second negative electrical connector to couple to the negative terminal of the battery and carry an electrical signal;

    an electrical charging source to provide a charge signal to the first negative connector and the first positive connector to thereby charge the battery; and

    battery test circuitry operably coupled to the first negative connector, the second negative connector, the first positive connector, and the second positive connector, the battery test circuitry having an output related to cold cranking amps (CCA) of the battery as a function of the electrical signals carried by the first negative connector, second negative connector, first positive connector and second positive connector.

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