App note: How to shrink your USB Type-C battery charger

Maxim’s app note on a highly compact Type-C charger solution. Link here (PDF) A highly integrated solution, as seen with the MAX77860 USB Type-C 3A switch-mode charger, dramatically reduces system complexity by integrating the charger, the power path, the Safeout LDO, ADC, and the USB-C CC and BC 1.2 detection in a small 3.9mm x […]

App note: Active cell balancing in battery packs

Cell balancing implementation from NXP Semiconductors. Link here (PDF) Batteries made of multiple cells connected in series are often used as a power source for common electronic devices. In multicell battery chains, small differences between the cells (due to production tolerances or operating conditions) tend to be magnified with each charge or discharge cycle. In […]

App note: Power battery charger application guidelines

App note from Holtek on smart battery chargers. Link here (PDF) Battery chargers usually are products which transfer alternating currents to low voltage direct currents and which are widely applied in various rechargeable battery application fields. According to different applications, battery chargers can be divided into two types, namely digital chargers and power battery chargers. […]

App note: Switching battery chargers

App note from Richtek about several aspects of switching chargers for single cell Li-Ion batteries. Link here (PDF) Longer battery life and shorter charging times are some of the challenges in battery management in modern hand-held applications like Smart-Phones, Tablet PCs, POS and other portable equipment. Devices with powerful processors are more power hungry and […]

App note: High-speed lithium-ion battery charger

C8051F300 implementation of Li-Ion battery charger from Silicon Labs. Link here (PDF) Driven by the need for untethered mobility and ease of use, many systems rely on rechargeable batteries as their primary power source. The battery charger is typically implemented using a fixedfunction IC to control the charging current/voltage profile. The C8051F300 family provides a […]

Solar battery charge controller teardown

A teardown video of a solar battery charge controller from Electronupdate: A solar battery charger: one side goes to a Solar Panel, the other to a lead-acid battery. A charge controller allows the battery to be safely charged. Snagged off of Amazon. Seemed really cheap at $17.36. A look at the assembly quality tells me […]

Teardown of a Vivitar Rapid battery charger

Kerry Wong did a teardown of a Vivitar rapid battery charger for the NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery pack used in Sony A6000 digital camera: The circuit board itself though looks surprisingly clean and well designed. It does not use any dedicated lithium ion battery charging ICs however. Rather a MC34063A buck/boost DC-DC converter chip is used […]

Capacitive battery charger

Marcus Jenkins made a capacitive battery charger using Dirty Board PCB’s to revive rechargeable batteries: This is really a basic, bare-bones circuit. I’ve prepared the PCB with a view that it could be used as a module in a rather more-sophisticated charging system. You could imagine using a microcontroller (e.g. Arduino, PIC, etc.) to monitor […]

App note: Get a constant +5V output by switching between a +5V input and a single-cell LI+ rechargeable cell

App note from Maxim Integrated on providing smooth power from two sources. Link here (PDF) Design provides a simple method for maintaining an uninterrupted +5V even while switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Li+ battery.

3.7V Li-Ion battery charger circuit

From the comments on our earlier standalone Linear Li-Ion battery charger with thermal regulation in ThinSOT app note post, Jan writes: Nice chip, indeed. Unfortunately not easy to find stocked – here I can get it only from Farnell (5 euro + VAT a pop) or Digikey ($3/pc + VAT + import duties). I would rather […]

Simple automatic car battery charger

Dilshan Jayakody has published a new build, an automatic car battery charger: This is modified version of commonly available automatic car battery charger system. I obtain original layout of this charger from one of the commercially available Chinese car battery charger and modified some of the sections of original schematic to improve the performance and stability […]

Lithium iron phosphate (LIFePO4) battery charger

After two DIY Li Ion chargers this week (first, second), here is a lithium iron phosphate (LIFePO4) battery charger. These batteries are a safer cousin to the standard Li-Ion batteries, but sacrifice some of it’s energy density for the safety. The charger above is designed around the PIC12F510 microcontroller which implements a rudimentary USB powered […]

£1 Lithium Ion battery charger

Here’s another custom Li Ion battery charger and holder. Yesterday we ran a post involving a custom battery holder for cell phone batteries, today it’s a holder for a more conventional 18650 type Li Ion batteries. To make a battery charger, just solder the red and black leads to the BATT+/- terminals on the charger […]

Open source DIY friendly Li Ion battery charger

Miceuz designed 2 open source single sided boards for Li Ion battery chargers. He used the MAX1555 and MCP73831 ICs as the charging controller, power is provided through USB. We especially like his battery holder rig. For a long time I wanted to enter the 21st century by stopping using NiCad or NiMH batteries and […]

App note: SMBus-programmable battery chargers

rsdio writes:  SMBus is similar to I2C, and should therefore be easily connected to most PIC or AVR projects. Highly integrated, 850kHz/500kHz SMBus-programmable battery chargers: MAX17435/MAX17535, highly integrated SMBus™ battery chargers capable of operating at 850kHz and 500kHz, respectively. Unlike competitive solutions, MAX17435/MAX17436 allow the charge setting to be programmed via the SMBus interface, eliminating […]