Understanding the battery current waveform

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autodoc
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Understanding the battery current waveform

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So I purchased my scope a while ago but I'm now going through the basics with it. I was told that after the car starts and runs you should see a net current of 3 to 5 amps, but what I'm seeing is -26 amps. How does -26 amps equate to 3 to 5 amps?

The vehicle is a 2019 nissan sentra and the battery is relatively new. I'm using the Pico2205A 2 channel scope with imported presets from Pico 6 automotive software, and the TA167 current probe.

Please help, anyone!
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Re: Understanding the battery current waveform

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Who told you that? Fun stuff. Did you believe it actually?

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Re: Understanding the battery current waveform

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autodoc wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 11:23 am
I was told that after the car starts and runs you should see a net current of 3 to 5 amps, but what I'm seeing is -26 amps. How does -26 amps equate to 3 to 5 amps?
This spec doesn't make any sense out of context. All I can say is review this charging system video with Pete Meier and Vince Fischelli:

https://youtu.be/4EFzX3SN6ck

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