Questions regarding Li-ion batteries (Lithium-ion), including proper charging and usage.

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Lengthen charge times with batteries

Would replacing a 3.7v 1000mAh lithium ion battery with a 3.7v 5000mAh lithium ion batter make my projects last longer between charges?
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Using Li-Ion battery while charging

I'm trying to design a custom intelligent electronic cigarette battery, but I'm more of a programming guy. I know basic electronics, but I need some help with the details. I've sketched up an outline ...
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Finding the right battery?

I have a 5v circuit that's running on a 3.7v 1000mAh battery. I got it changing just right and the circuit is running fine but it doesn't last as long as I want it too. So how can I find the right ...
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How do phones charge their battery at seemingly any rate with no issues? 500mA or 1A or 1.2A depending on the charger?

If most use some sort of li-ion battery, and those batteries like to be charged in CCCV format how can my phone charge just fine at 5V, 500mA or 5V, 1A or 5V, 1.2A just fine (actual current delivered, ...
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Will voltage or current determine a diode drop for this battery charging circuit?

I am using a li-ion battery charger IC that regulates an output to 4.2V. I have a schottky diode in series with the output that then connects to the battery. How do I determine the voltage drop? If ...
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Is this Li-Ion safe? [closed]

"TIANPENG li-ion 1300mAh 7.4V" is what the text on the battery is. Do you need internals of the charger? The battery 'case' (or whatever is holding packs of cells together) is cracked in some places, ...
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How To Blink LED's with MOSFET in response to Music?

trying to blink LED's by music. i've done this circuit no problem: Now wish to accomplish the same thing using an N-channel Mosfet. I tried this circuit, and got no blinks. Also no success with ...
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Alternatives to relay/contactors in DC circuits

I wanted to switch a 60Vdc line to ON/OFF using a 60Vdc controlling signal for some kind of a feedback system (yes both are 60Vdc). Presently I have two options visible: Solid State 60Vdc input ...
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Getting 12V out of 60V battery bank

I have a 60V battery bank with 16 Li-ion cells in series. I was wondering if I could get 12V output by connecting a wire across 3 or 4 cells in series and using it to control the 12V dc fan of the ...
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Is there any way to control a 12Vdc relay using 60Vdc line

I have a 60V li-ion battery back with PCM board attached to it for protection. According to the PCM datasheet, under fault condition the PCM cuts off the load and thus isolates the battery bank. The ...
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Temporary, high-power energy storage

I'm currently building a small, portable human-powered charger for supplying a 1W led. I salvaged a dynamo core from a torch, but I'm unable to use other components inside since the torch is only ...
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Charge a Lipo with only Constant-Current Stage?

I'm following this standard algorithm: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/charging_lithium_ion_batteries Algorithm for charging LI-PO batteries? but am wondering if I can get ~80% of the ...
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Is it ok to use an old phone as an universal battery charger?

We know that a charger is just an adapter that supplies a constant voltage (5 volts usually). The actual charging circuit is in the phone itself. With a bit of soldering and wiring, can I use my old ...
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Can Lithium Ion Batteries be used to generate heat for a RC Hot Air Balloon? Any particular heat-generating device?

First the background: OK - this is a personal project that I've always been interested in trying but never got around to it - a remote controlled hot air balloon. Sadly I am not technically-inclined ...
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Confusion regarding the design of Lithium Ion PCB

From this site and many others, it seems to be universally recommended that a lithium ion battery not be discharged lower than 3.0 volts. Most actually recommend to stop discharging at around 3.3 ...
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Simplest possible circuit for charging a li-ion cell

I want to create an ad-hoc single cell li-ion charger. I have a buck step-down that can supply 4.2 volts. If I connect a 1 ohm resistor in series with the lithium cell, the current should go down to 0 ...
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Calculating battery percentage using an Arduino

I'm doing a little project using a Lipoly charger and a 2500mAh 3.7V battery, both from Adafruit. I'm trying to display the percentage left on the battery. For that I'm using this little sketch : ...
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Replacing li-ion cells in handheld drill battery [closed]

I am considering to replace the 18650 battery cells in a 3S1P 11.1V cordless drill battery pack rated at 1300mAh, with three 2200mAh cells from a salvaged laptop battery pack. One of the four cells ...
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Can you use an iPad battery with an Arduino?

I'm looking to power an Arduino based project with a sufficiently large lithium battery so it can run for hopefully a week or more of constant use (ultrasonic based traffic counter). For large ...
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Can a 9v battery be substituted with an array of LiIon 3.7v?

I use some audio devices (mixers and effect boxes) that literally drains out my 9v cells (specially the rechargeable). I'm thinking on doing arrays of LiIon batteries (rated at 3.7v-4000mAh each), ...
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Why is balancing used for lithium batteries only?

I have never heard of a lead acid battery having any electronics to balance it's cells, or even any manual way to balance them. But I think all lithium batteries have, or at least lithium batteries ...
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Charging 7.4V Li-Ion battery

I'm making a battery out of two 3.75V Li-Ion cells to go into a speaker system that powers an amplifier. I was wondering on the PCM, how many volts would be max to charge these cells? The cells I have ...
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Measuring smartphone's battery State-of-Charge during charging

I'm designing a mobile device that uses a Li-Ion battery. It is required to indicate to the user the State-of-Charge of the battery, similar to how it's done in smartphones. At first I considered ...
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Charging 2 Li-Ion Batteries via a single charger

I'm currently building a portable USB charger. It uses 2 Li-ion batteries in series connected to a USB port via a 5V regulated buck converter. While a single Li-ion battery would suffice for most ...
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Is charging an empty Li-Ion cell to 50% more or less efficient than charging it from 50% to 100%?

Many devices that are powered by a Li-Ion battery can be recharged over 5V DC supplied by a USB connection. Is the 5V voltage internally converted by the charging logic to something lower, and is ...
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Measuring a 2 cell 18650 battery from ATMega328P

I'm using an ATMega 328P (which will be running arduino code) as part of a project (a bicycle lighting system). It runs off of 2 Li-Ion cells, which both are step-up-regulated to 12V for the lighting, ...
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How to efficiently heat a lithium-ion battery so that it can be charged in sub-zero environment?

A common knowledge and practice on lithium-ion batteries is that they significantly loose the capacity and cannot be charged when their temperature drops below 0 deg of Celsius due to increased ...
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Using Lithium-ion batteries in series

I am trying to build a robot with the minimal components and an Arduino UNO. It needs 7V to 12V input or 5V. So I thought as a replacement of using 6AA, I'd use 2 li-ion of 3.7V in series. My ...
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What affect does charger wattage have on lifetime of LiIon batteries?

This questiuon is generic to LiIon and LiPo batteries but a Mac is used as an example. A Mac 'laptop' is provided with a 85 Watt charger. It is possible to charge it with 45 Watt charger that was ...
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Maximum *charging* voltage for Li-Ion battery

I'm implementing a CC-CV algorithm for charging a li-ion battery. I'm confused what is the maximum allowed charging voltage during CC (constant current) phase. All application notes and datasheets, ...
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Li polymer cells in parallel

I am using two 3.7V LiPo cells in series to power a device. The output of battery is converted to 12V using a dc-dc converter. I want to increase the capacity so that the device can run longer. Is it ...
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What does 1.0 It current mean?

A datasheet of Li-Ion battery states "The current should be maintained at 1.0 It or less". What kind of unit is It?
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Combined chip with LDO and Buck, what use?

I am searching for a Li-polymer 1A charger with a 3V regulated output. I have found Linear LTC355x serie but can't, after reading many "LDO vs Switching" debates, understand the use of both on the ...
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Charging lithium batteries with solar panels

Let's say I have a battery pack made from 3 lithium-ion cells connected in a series (making a battery with around 12 volts). That battery pack has a PCB with balancing function and also protects the ...
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Can I use this Anker Astro 3e to power my arduino through the usb?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009USAJCC/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Will there be any electrical problems? I'm building a arduino controlled car (with a chassis like this: ...
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What battery has more capacity: Lithium Polymer or Lithium-ion battery?

In my project I need a battery with a cylinder of 10mm diameter and 35mm high. I thought only Lithium Polymer technology can create battery for this size. Now I discovery Lithium-ion can have the same ...
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How to hack a battery powered device to use 1 Li-ion cell instead of 2 NiMH cells?

I want to hack a cordless computer mouse, so it can be used with 1 lithium ion cell (standard cobalt cathode to be extra precise) instead of the intended 2 nickel metal hydride cells. The main reason ...
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Charging and Using a Li-Po battery simultaneously

My system requires a power which is supplied by a Li-Po. however, I need to keep this Li-Po charging at all time so it won't die. Is it possible to connect the Li-Po to my system and also have it ...
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balance charging current for batteries connected in series

I've been using this simple Li-Ion charger for quite a while. It consists of 4x 18650 Panasonic NCR Li-Ion "unprotected" batteries (3.1Ah), connected in series (2+2). Charging was going well with cell ...
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Can someone clarify how to charge a battery without an off-the-shelf battery charger?

I am a college sophomore studying EE, I am currently working on making a simple battery charger circuit for an integrated device. The device has 3 Li-Ion batteries in series for my motors, and a ...
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Charge controller for Li-ion or Li-Polymer battery

I am trying to work out the good charger for Mobile phones, which can serve as good performer for various smart phones out there in market these days & mostly using Li-ion battery. Charging has 4 ...
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What is the meaning of a battery's “cycle life?”

I started to read about batteries, I am interested in lithium batteries, I found a description regarding the stability and capacity/weight, but I read some unclear descriptions like "cycle." What ...
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Does a crude Li-ion 18650 battery have internal thermal (mechanic?) protection?

For clarification: crude means "it does not have any protection circuit attached". Short history long: I extracted 6 18650 (Sanyo) batteries from an Acer battery pack. They had more than 3V each and ...
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When rechargable battery age, what quality decreases?

When a rechargeable (li ion) battery has many cycles and begins to wear down, what quality actually diminishes? I know it can hold less charge, but is this evident in the potential difference it can ...
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Lithium Ion charging problems - power outages

Does any one know if general charge circuits for lithium ion batteries suffer from this problem: -Flat Battery put on to charge. -A power outage of long duration occurs (say 8 hours). -When power ...
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3.7V Lithium ion battery supply and Arduino Uno

So many people have asked questions related to mine already, but mine is not quite out there. So my question is I have a 3.7V Lithium Ion battery and I need to power Arduino Uno, which requires a ...
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Charging phones via solar battery chargers

For a school project, I want to make a solar iPhone charger (specifically for the iPhone 4) and I've spent about a week looking up stuff all over the Internet, and I'm stuck for the hundredth time. ...
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From Li-Ion to Li-Po battery: design a new battery pack for old mobile phone

I have an old working mobile phone. The battery, a compatible 3.6V 500mAh Li-Ion is almost dead (the original one was 800mAh). Is it possible replace the battery pack with a 1200mAh or so Li-Po ...
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How can a Li-Ion battery maintain decent characteristics for nine years?

Turns out Opportunity Mars rover is already working for nine years. It uses Li-Ion batteries to store energy acquired from the solar panels. In my experience Li-Ion batteries when recharged ...
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Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, shelf life

For Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, that have never been charged, or been charged like 2-3 times at most, some 2-3 years back, and having since-then been in packaged condition, what should I ...