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Very related to this question.

While it's already clear that several TP4056 can't be used to charge and discharge several cells, it's not clear to me if it's possible to only charge a battery pack with several cells in series.

The input and output GND pads are connected, but what about the battery terminals? From the TP chip datasheet I fear that B- pad is also connected to GND, and therefore i can't charge a battery pack from it's balance connector, but i'm not that good in diagram reading and understanding and i hope to be proven wrong (maybe thanks to the additional protection chip, dw01 if i'm not wrong).

Thanks for your answer.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bimpelrekkie: you're right! Replaced. \$\endgroup\$ – theGarz Nov 19 '18 at 14:40
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it's not clear to me if it's possible to only charge a battery pack with several cells in series.

It is clearly answered in the datasheet:

DESCRIPTION The TP4056 is a complete constant-current/constant-voltage linear charger for single cell lithium-ion batteries.

At the end of page 3 there's a schematic which will be very similar to what is on most TP4056 modules:

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Note how the - terminal of the battery is also grounded. On the module you can also easily see (and measure) that IN- / GND and B- are shorted. So indeed, the TP4056 is not suited for balanced charging of series connected cells.

If you need to charge series connected cells then you need a different IC.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ any recommendation for that different IC? \$\endgroup\$ – Joe Cabezas Mar 31 at 3:59

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