I have designed the circuit around BQ24133 and in my humble opinion, chose the right components while following the datasheet. I had the PCB made, soldered the components and started testing. The next picture show the schematic from the datasheet:


At first, nothing worked. I knew the reason...an assistant profesor at my college, who has little skill in soldering, told me to tin the pads first, place the ic on the pads, we placed it in the PCB oven and I was sure the chip didn't solder properly on the PCB. I know that this procedure is a legitimate one, but I had the solder paste and didnt't know why he didnt want me to use it...

Anyway, went to another lab, used a hot air soldering station to take the chip off and saw that not all pads on the desoldered IC had solder on them which confirmed my theory. I had cleaned everything and resoldered the chip. Also, before desoldering it and resoldering, I asked this question, because I was afraid desoldering and resoldering might damage the chip.

Also had to desolder one resistor (R6) conected to OPVSET, because originaly I made a mistake connecting it to the VREF and not to the input 12V adapter. I desoldered it and soldered a through hole resistor betwen 12V and OPVSET as seen on this picture. I also soldered a LED to STAT to see everything. You will also see that I used too small footpring for the 10uF caps, but i soldered them anyway and tested them with continuity. All in all, not my best work.

BQ24133 PCB

After that, everything worked, but the battery charging.

  • Input voltage: 12V
  • Battery: 2S 18650 Li ion 7.4V 2900mAh
  • VREF: 3.3V
  • AVCC: 11V
  • VBAT: 7.13V
  • OVPSET: 1.1V

OUT was 7.13 when no there was no 12V adapter present, and 12V when there was a 12V adapter present.

I also used NTC thermistor and its voltage was ok.

Every measured voltage was within its limits by the datasheet.

This is my schematic (where I corrected the OPVSET resistors):

BQ24133 my sch

The led was on when everything was connected (see page 23, Table 3. STAT Pin Definition in the BQ24133 datasheet). I disconected the thermistor to see if led would blink...and it did. So everything should be ok, battery should charge. but there was no current going in the battery.

Yesterday, I accidentally shorted the Rsr to the GND and burned it. I dont have a replacement. I also bealive I have burned the IC with my fingers because I'm not grounded. The LED dosent work anymore (the LED works, but the STAT pin doesnt). BUT, I still get 3.3V at VREF, I get 7.13V out when adapter is not present, and 12V out when adapter is present.

I'm making another revision of the board and ordering more components, so I would like to know why dosen't my battery charge.

Quesiton: Why dosen't my battery charge? Is there something wrong with my layout or components, do I need to change them?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you read ti.com/lit/ug/sluu476/sluu476.pdf? \$\endgroup\$ – Leon Heller Jul 4 '18 at 10:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually, I made the PCB design with the help of this pdf (page 9). \$\endgroup\$ – Lazyboy Jul 4 '18 at 13:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ The layout should be OK, then. \$\endgroup\$ – Leon Heller Jul 4 '18 at 17:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why doesn't your design charge? To start, I would say that the inductor is too small. Overall, this is not the project for a junior class to handle. The only way you can succeed if you copy the TI's 4-layer reference board exactly, including BOM, at least for critical components like inductor, power capacitors, and transistors. NOTE - they don't use tantalum caps. \$\endgroup\$ – Ale..chenski Jul 19 '18 at 22:45

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