# How to calculate the battery percentage under load...?

I want to display the battery percentage of a flooded lead acid battery.
I know that the percentage of the charge can be achieved from the voltage of the battery, bot only of the battery was free for at-lease an hour from either discharge or charge.

Below I have attached the terminal voltage chart of the lead acid battery

But I am worried that the terminal voltage under load will not show the actual battery voltage.
How can I display the percentage under load and free from load..?
The display will constantly be fluctuating..

The battery voltage under load generally cannot be used to measure the charge state.

It's difficult. When the battery has been resting You pick up the initial data.
During load You can integrate the current drawn from the battery and calculate reminding battery capacity. That way heavy commercial battery powered fork lift trucks are built.

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How does a mobile phone show constant charge percentage left..?

The phone probably integrates the current and voltage to get total charge or energy delivered, and compares that to a model for the battery capacity.

If the load is variable, the battery voltage has no fixed relation to the state of battery charge. For example, when a fully charged 12V automotive battery is cranking an engine, the voltage may drop to around 6V.

And they don't manage when the battery has deteriated a bit. After a running low on battery, cutting off and the charger is applied I've seen negative percentage......
Know Your battery and judge what time is left when the reading shows lower numbers.

Below I have attached the datasheet
slusb55b.pdf (1.1 MB)
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I do it by averaging the voltage over time under operation, so you get a reasonable estimate of the condition…

You can see the voltage trending down over time, and make informed decisions based on that.

I use almost exactly the same thresholds as your chart to identify…
High, ok, warning, and crash stop (shutdown)

My concern is the load will be dymanic and the voltage will keep changing with different loads, which will cause the readings to go sometimes down and sometimes high.. How can I prevent that..?

Have a look here this may help you. Has you have to read voltage and current over time to work out how much you have taken out of the battery.

I've built one modified it to use an 16bit ADC and it seems to work really well.
I've got a battery load tester where I used an 22Ah battery where I set the load to 1.1amps and after an hour it took 1.13Ah out of the battery, Charged it back up to 100%, Set the current draw to 5amps which you would expect the battery to last 22/5=4.4 hours but it only lasted just under 2.7 hours.

There is something known as peukert's law where you take more then 1Ah out of a battery this has an major effect on the actual runtime of the battery. When you use this calculator like this one
Peukert Number Battery Life Calculator (csgnetwork.com)
Using the Manufacturer's 80% Discharge Time you can see that it should last just under 3 hours which is close enough for what I need. Even though mine only lasted 2.7hrs has the age/quality of the battery plays a major part in it.
The link for the cheap battery monitor use's the peukert's factor for charging and discharging the battery to calculate runtmie left and battery percentage.

Averaging over time…

This was answered in #3, you measure the current and integrate. This is known as coulomb counting.

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