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for a project I'm looking for a charging solution to charge a lipo battery, while at the same time being able to power a microcontroller with 3.3v.

For that purpose, I bought a few TP4056 boards that also include a DW01A and a FS8205A and should be able to provide charging and protection.

The schema of this circuit is:

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I've been experimenting with these 2 batteries:

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One is a 3.7v 1200mAh battery, the other is a CN18650 9800mAh battery (Or at least, that's what the printed on them.

Charging them seems to work fine, after a while the green led on the TP4056 lights up, indicating that charging is done.

At full charge, both batteries give just over 4v. Since my microcontroller requires 3.3v, I used a XC6203P332PR (datasheet) to regulate the voltage. I hooked the Vin up to the OUT+ of the TP4056 circuit, Vss (ground) to OUT- .

I expected OUT+ and OUT- to give the same voltage as the B+ and B-, but unfortunately, it doesn't. With the 1200mAh, I only get about 0.7v on OUT+ and OUT-, with the 9800mAh, I see erratic behavior, sometimes it geve the proper output voltage, but a lot of times, I also only get 0.7v out of it.

I can't quite figure out what's going wrong. I've tried multiple TP4056 boards and multiple batteries, but did not get a consistent figure. Googling around, I find mixed information about the TP4056, apparently there are also cloned versions of this chip around.

I was wondering if anyone knows the cause of my problem, am I doening something obviously wrong, or is the TP4056 just not the right way to go? and if not, are there any other suitable (and preferably affordable) solutions around?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm having similar problems with my cheap Aliexpress TP4056 board: looks like the DW01A's overvoltage and/or overcurrent detector is (incorrectly) triggering, which disconnects the battery. I found that momentarily shorting the B- and OUT- pins causes the part to work (by lowering the battery voltage once the load is connected or reducing the initial current the part senses). I'm trying to figure out a decent circuit fix, but haven't so far. I could add a momentary switch "start" button, but I'd like to avoid that and just have the board operate as it's supposed to. \$\endgroup\$ – Fred Hamilton Dec 20 '17 at 17:26
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Desolder any of the output pins from the TP4056 module to the regulator and then solder it back. The voltage will return.

I am using this module with a boost convertor in my RC transmitter as a 10v battery and this situation happens time to time. I have no idea why though.

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