Batwatch is a simple monitor for a solar panel battery charger, using an Atmel ATtiny13V. It periodically measures the charge current and battery voltage, and shows them by blinking two LEDs. I built this circuit into the plug of a VW solar charger panel that is used to prevent a discharge of the battery when a car is not used for some time. A modern car contains a large amount of electronics, and a quiescent current of 40-50mA (about 1Ah per day!) is considered “normal”.
Every couple of seconds, the software samples the two analog inputs, calculates the charge current and battery voltage, and shows the voltage on the red LED and the charge current on the green LED. The voltage is shown in units of 0.1V using three decimal digits, and the current is shown in units of 10mA using two decimal digits. Each digit is represented by a number of short flashes corresponding to the value of the digit. A zero is represented by a single longer flash. When the charge current is below 10mA (after rounding) or negative, the green LED is not turned on at all.
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