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GrouchoDuke

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I'm branching out my software business a little and designing some rocketry electronics. To make sure they work for the most people, I'd love to hear what battery voltages people are running in their rockets. I typically fly on 1S or 2S lipos, depending on the specific electronics. I know some people use 9V batteries. Are people running any higher voltages than that?

If your specific voltage isn't listed in the poll list, please just select the next voltage up from what you run. If you're one of the people in the "higher" category, it'd be great if you'd post a reply with what you use.

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Usually 1s, occasionally 2s. I'd like the ability to use 2s, as it opens up lots of battery options for size, shape and capacity.
 

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I use no larger than 2s but could vary depending on the electronics between a 1s or 2s battery. Used to use 9v alot but lipo today are much better.
 

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For the altimeters I use I have gone to 2s lipo's exclusively. As Conway stated, I believe todays lipo batteries just out preform 9 volts
 

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Thanks for the inputs so far, everybody. If you haven't yet, please click the poll answer that matches what you do.

So far, only 1 person has clicked anything higher than 9V. It looks like lots of people use 9Vs though.

Keep 'em coming!
 

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Depends on payload.
I've run radios that want 3S.
I've run lights at 36V.
Most normal rockets are 9V or 1S.
 

cerving

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Most Eggtimer altimeters will support a 3S, since there are some non-pyro deployments out there such as trapdoors using 12V solenoids. 3S Lipo's work well for that.
 

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Thanks everybody. Cris, great point about the non-pyro uses.

Anyone powering cubesats out there?
 

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2s for most electronics but 3s for my vertical trajectory system. It is nice to be able to feed the power supplies to my telemetry for confidence before launching.
 

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I use 3 types of altimeters....Strato likes 1s missleworks like 2s and 9v.....Telemaga 1 S.


Since I have so many rockets already set up for 9v, I continue to use, otherwise it would be 1S and 2S
 

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Let me just toss in the thought -- I LOVE 9V's because of their internal resistance.
You can't pull more than 4A from one and that's very friendly for electronics that fire near-zero Ohm pyro's (during the plasma ball stage)
Flight computers with PWM outputs do not care, but low-cost units don't bother and you can end up frying the output devices with a LiPo and no current limit.
 

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I have an old obsolete altimeter that uses a 12v A23 battery, all the others are 1s and 2s
 

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I use a 5v solid state circuit to hold and distribute the current. Add capacitance if I need more V.
 

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Let me just toss in the thought -- I LOVE 9V's because of their internal resistance.
You can't pull more than 4A from one and that's very friendly for electronics that fire near-zero Ohm pyro's (during the plasma ball stage)
Flight computers with PWM outputs do not care, but low-cost units don't bother and you can end up frying the output devices with a LiPo and no current limit.
Valid point, Fred. I suppose flight computer MOSFET outputs could have limits built into them too. Thanks.
 
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Add capacitance if I need more V
Huh?
A cap will supply more current to help hold up the 5V output during current surges, but in no way will it increase the voltage unless you are talking about a switched-cap charge pump which I highly doubt.
 

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Thanks for all the poll votes & replies, everyone. This really helps. It's great to see that very few people are using anything over about 12V.
 

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Huh?
A cap will supply more current to help hold up the 5V output during current surges, but in no way will it increase the voltage unless you are talking about a switched-cap charge pump which I highly doubt.
Not really talking about that. Caps can be use in circuit to hold then distribute when triggered. Bigger cap, bigger output. Likewise smaller cap.... Circuit distributes the current evenly when needed. No batteries required.
 

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