I am confused about how to use LiPo batteries
April 18, 2011
I am currently working on a new robot and I will soon have to choose a way to feed it with power.
I've been reading about LiPo batteries, but I am still confused about how to integrate this kind of power supply in a robot. Here are a few questions I have in mind :
- Can I use a LiPo batterie exactly like a standard NiMH batteries ? (guess not, because of the discharge limit). For instance, can use one of OddBot's configurations for voltage regulation (http://letsmakerobots.com/node/3880) directly with a LiPo battery ?
- I read about ESC, BEC etc. Is a mandatory component to integrate with LiPos or it is just needed to create PWM signals to motors ?
- Is there a simple way to prevent a LiPo battery to go under the discharge limit ? (zener diode ?)
- Oh yeah, important one : to your opinion, is it worth it to use LiPo on a classic robot (with wheels or tracks, and DC/Servos motors)
Thanks for reading :)