Anton/Bauer's Chargers are designed to charge all Anton/Bauer battery chemistries using efficient charge control circuitry coupled with a detailed communication protocol to make up the InterActive charging system. The "InterActivity" allows Anton/Bauer chargers and batteries to communicate with one another, thus ensuring that the proper charge routine and termination algorithm (TCO, -ΔV temperature compensated VCO, dT/dt, CCO, FUL, or I-min) are selected for each particular battery. In turn, the communication ensures safe battery charging, maximum battery performance, superior reliability and legendary cycle life.
Other battery/charger systems employ less sophisticated charge routines that apply a "fast" charge followed immediately by a "float" charge which subjects the battery to excessive wear and tear. Excess heat generated during the "fast" charge can lead to accelerated cell imbalance and, when followed by a "float" charge, can further lead to battery cell anode/cathode material degradation. Over time, not only will cell performance and cycle life be reduced, but safety is compromised. Excessive battery charging can also lead to voltage instabilities which can potentially lead to thermal runaway conditions and catastrophic battery failure.
For exceptional performance and overall battery safety, Anton/Bauer employs a three stage routine to charge batteries in a timely fashion without subjecting them to undue wear and tear.
Stage One: Delivers a high rate charge matched to the capabilities of the battery. During this stage, seven separate cut-off methods ensure the fastest, safest charge for a particular battery.
Stage Two: This "balancing" mode calculates each battery pack type to offset cell imbalance caused by unequal self-discharge or improperly matched cell capacity. It also compensates for any excess heat generated during the primary charge.
Stage Three: In the final charging stage, Anton/Bauer's patented Lifesaver® mode provides a pulse routine to keep batteries fully charged and free from self-discharge indefinitely. The exclusive Lifesaver mode also prevents heat damage.
The three stage charging system provides overall battery safety and exceptional performance.
Field Upgradable Firmware: All Anton/Bauer InterActive Chargers are designed with field upgradable firmware, facilitating seamless upgrades and future compatibility with any new battery and/or cell chemistry. So a QUAD 2702 charger purchased in 1996 is compatible with a DIONIC HCX battery designed in 2010.
Diagnostic Discharge Module (DDM): Developed by Anton/Bauer in 1991, this feature allows the PowerCharger series to test a battery for routine maintenance purposes, to ensure that exceptional battery performance is maintained over the entire lifetime of the battery.