Quick question: - how much quicker (if at all) will a 6AH lipo cell discharge if it is permanently connected to an idle stepper motor?
I bascially have two alternatively design scenarios: A. cell permanently disconnected from stepper motor and then plugged in when needed - which I presume will keep the battery life for longer. I should say that the cell provides power to the stepper alone, a separate circuit provides power to the arduino which is controlling it. B. cell permanently connected to stepper motor but without the stepper being used (because the separate circuit to control the stepper is off).
Is 'B' likely to lead to much quicker discharge of the cell - becasue all those coils in the stepper will increase its discharge rate, or will it not make much difference?
I have, of course, thought about just experimenting with this, but a 6AH cell left to discharge is going to be a lengthy experiment.
thanks in advance.