The BattHawkâ„¢ is designed and manufactured by Muncie/Delaware Robotics, FRC Team 1720, PhyXTGears. BattHawkâ„¢ is a voltmeter which can take the place of a battery flag. It measures the battery voltage without discernible drain during a robot competition time frame. This product is especially useful for rows of batteries. When a BattHawkâ„¢ is plugged into each battery in a line, the status of all batteries is always visible. This allows for monitoring of the charge of each battery with just a glance. The purchase of the BattHawkâ„¢ helps fund ongoing efforts for FRC team 1720.
Battery Life with BattHawkâ„¢:
- Immediate visual check of all batteries not currently being charged or in use
- Voltage range from 4.5 volts to 30 volts (Accuracy 1%)
- Low trickle-drainage (16 ma, one five thousandth the current of an FRC robot)
- Measures state of charge (SOC)
- Replaces the Battery Flag
- Instant comparison of available batteries
- Provides â€œgrab-and-goâ€ of the highest charged battery in the pit or robot cart
- Mates with FRC battery connector (Anderson Power Products SB-50A 600V)
- Intended for continuous use while at competitions
- Comes with a convenient, cinch drawstring storage/transportation pouch
- Made of durable polypropylene
- Colored bright green for easy identification
- Keyed for correct instant â€œno mistakesâ€ insertion
- When used with am-2070a Power Pole Adapter, BattHawkâ„¢ can be used with TETRIXÂ® or FTC batteries
- The BattHawkâ„¢ is angled such that the voltage display is not blocked during insertion
A BattHawkâ„¢ may be left in a battery for weeks without harming the battery. Batteries should NOT be stored with the BattHawkâ„¢ inserted as it will eventually discharge the battery fully (about 47 days).
How to Use:
Recommended Usage Cases:
- Charge Battery
- Unplug from Charger
- Test Battery with Battery Beak
- Plug in BattHawkâ„¢
- See Constant Visual Status of all Batteries!
- 12.0 and below â€“ seriously? Put that one on the charger!
- 12.1 â€“ 13.0 â€“ Practice ready â€“ go break your robot!
- 13.1-13.3 â€“ Competition ready â€“ head directly to Einstein!
â€œOur team used the BattHawkâ„¢ to be sure our batteries are â€œready to goâ€ as we zoom out of the pits to the next match! It has allowed us to grab a fresh battery when weâ€™re in a hurry from the practice field directly to a match!â€ â€“ John
â€œDuring the playoffs, we had four charged batteries on our cart ready to go. In the heat of the battle itâ€™s sometimes confusing which batteries are fully charged and which one just came from our robotâ€™s last match. With a BattHawkâ„¢ plugged into every battery, the choice is obvious! Just â€˜grab â€˜nâ€™ goâ€™!â€ â€“ Mike
â€œJust for grins, we inserted several BattHawkâ„¢s into our batteries back at home, and the battery stayed fully charged for over a weekâ€¦when we stopped our test. We calculated that our standard 18Ah (amp hour) robot batteries would last 1,125 hours with a continuously attached BattHawkâ„¢. Thatâ€™s 46+ days! Yep, we love this device!â€ â€“ Rob
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Please know this is a totally different product than the popular
Battery Beak, which tests batteries under a load. The Battery Beak's test is a battery health condition test along with a load test, while the BattHawkâ„¢ is simply a voltmeter. We suggest a robot competition team to have 1 or 2 Battery Beaks and at least 4 BattHawksâ„¢."