Coloumbic Efficiency

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The coloumbic efficiency of a battery is defined as follows:

[math] \eta_{c} = \frac{Q_{out}}{Q_{in}}\, [/math]

Where [math] \eta_{c} \, [/math] is the coloumbic efficiency (pu)

[math] Q_{out} \, [/math] is the amount of charge that exits the battery during the discharge cycle (C)
[math] Q_{in} \, [/math] is the amount of charge that enters the battery during the charging cycle (C)

Coloumbic efficiency is not 100% because of losses in charge, largely because of secondary reactions, such as the electrolysis of water or other redox reactions in the battery. The coulombic efficiency of a typical lead-acid battery is >95%.