Patent 4385269 Issued on May 24, 1983. Estimated Expiration Date: January 9, 2001. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A battery charger is provided which supplies pulses of charging current to a battery and discharges the battery between each charging pulse. The change in the battery terminal voltage over a predetermined period during each charging pulse is measured, and the pulse charging is terminated when a parameter of the measured voltage change exhibits a predetermined characteristic. Pulse charging may be terminated as a result of the measured voltage change exceeding a predetermined threshold or as a result of the detection of a point of inflexion in the variation of measured voltage change with time.