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Questions tagged [charging]

Battery and battery operated devices' charging methods and problems encountered relevant to charging.

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Can the negative impact of mixing new and old batteries be mitigated?

Mixing old and new batteries is bad. But there are various options how they can be mixed, and I guess there are use cases in which certain ways of mixing can be justified. In my off-grid solar ...
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Heat lost in ideal capacitor charging

If we use an ideal capacitor to charge another ideal capacitor, my intuition tells me no heat is generated since capacitors are just storage elements. It shouldn't consume energy. But in order to ...
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Charging a L-ion battery 3.7V/850mAh with terminal connectors

How do I charge a battery with a connector as shown in this link: https://uk.farnell.com/bak/lp-503759-is-3/battery-lithium-pol-3-7v-1300/dp/2077882?MER=bn_level5_4NP_LastViewed_1
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Devices drawing current

I was recently reading a passage discussing the effects of a replacement (mobile phone) charging plug. Suppose that the original charging plug is marked 2 A and 10 V and is replaced with a ...
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How can i calculate the life of a battery while it is also currently being charged by a solar panel? [on hold]

Presuming the battery is using more power than what the panel can produce? 3716 mAh battery Consumption of 250 mA with a rate of 0.7 While I can use this to calculate the battery life, how would I do ...
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How Fast / VOOC / Dash charging works? [closed]

A battery can be modelled as Equivalent series resistance. So Battery connected to a charger is similar to a resistor connected to a voltage source which draws constant current. Will the type of ...
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USB Port Amperage

So I have built a Benchtop Power Supply out of an old computer power supply to power and test misc. gadgets I have created. I would like to attach 2 salvaged USB ports from a junked computer to the 5v ...
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Default behavior of a USB device in the presence of 5v [duplicate]

This is a follow on from this question Given a home made USB charger that simply provides 5 volts across the GND and VCC pins of a USB port, what should the default behavior be of any mobile device (...
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Minimum current to charge a 5v device? [duplicate]

I'm trying to use a DC-DC converter to charge a mobile phone. This is the converter....TRACO 12v-5v converter The converter is relatively low power, (5w) and can supply a maximum of 1amp. Testing ...
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Two solar panels with separate battery or one panel with one battery?

I have already bought a 12 V 40 W solar panel. Its controller is also on the way. I will be using it to charge a lithium ion battery pack of 12 V 13 Ah. The charge controller ...
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Inductor and capacitor for energy storage instead of battery

I am trying to see if it would make sense to use a LC network to store small amount of electrical energy (500 mWHr or less) as an alternate of a 3.3 V battery. What I understand is that L and C are ...
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Thinkpad 420 battery not charging despite of Cells inside are good [closed]

My thinkpad 420 battery is not charging. So far I have done following. Put another battery in my thinkpad and it is charging perfectly. Opened the defective battery and checked all three sets of 2 ...
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Low current LiFePO4 battery charging

I have a portable solar panel capable of delivering 21W at 5V. I would like to be able to charge my 12V LiFePO4 battery with this panel. My AC-powered charge controller is rated at 14.4V 4A which I ...
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Is charging 18650 lithium ion cells with lower current better? [duplicate]

I have a 3p12s 18650 Li-ion battery pack that I use for my e-bike. I charge it with a balance charger. I know that charging with too high current is bad for battery life. But is it "the lower the ...
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charger design for 48V 20Ah lead acid battery

I have to complete project of battery charger for 48 V 20 Ah Lead acid battery having 5 A max charging current. I have designed boost pfc using UC3854 and buck converter . Output of buck converter is ...
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How to efficiently trigger QC and convert it to constant 5V and a peak of 5A?

Introduction For a university project I started working on RGB LED Shutter glasses, which are based on the idea of a kickstarter by Macetech. However, these glasses miss some features I was looking ...
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Help adding a battery charger

hey there I designing a RFID locking system that i will be running off 12v battery and i have the base circuit built but i would like to add in a system to charge the battery thought the usb port. ...
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Quick charge negotiation device [duplicate]

I'd like some advice on how I can negotiate a Qualcomm Quick Charger up to a certain voltage. I have a "dumb" appliance which usually uses its own transformer/"wall wart" at 12V 1A. I also have a USB ...
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Lt-spice switch model

I have a very simple circuit and want to see the current in the inductor. But I do not know why switch is behaving like that... Actually, I supposed to get KA range current. but it gives me very ...
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built in charge controllers take amps they need?

Many devices have built in charge controllers that stop charging when battery is at 100%. I read several places that you can charge devices with the manufacturers recommended voltage and that higher ...
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What will happen if I use laptop charger (3.42A, 19.2V) to charge 12V battery? [closed]

The battery's voltage normally is 13.8V when it fully charged. Say I have 5.7Ah motor bike's battery. The laptop's charger will be connected to a battery. The positive port of the charger to positive ...
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trickle charge backup battery

I would like to know if the schematic below would work to keep a 12V SLA battery at or close to float voltage to be used as a backup battery? R1 will limit the charge current to the battery, but am I ...
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Battery float voltage of CN3722

I want to charge a 2-cell Li-ion battery with CN3722 charging IC. According to my circuit design, the float voltage at the battery terminal should be 8.4V. But, the float voltage is measured as 13.44V ...
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Conflicting information on Qualcomm quick-charge 3.0 standard

Out of many fast charging protocols, Qualcomm quick-charge 1.0/2.0/3.0/4.0/4+ is a prominent one. I tried to find the specification of quick-charge 3.0 protocol. However, the material spread across ...
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One Way Current Restrictor

Will the below circuit act as a one-way current restrictor to allow 100A to flow out of the battery, but limit charging current to 10A into the battery from the alternator?
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Charging my laptop via powerbank, it worked! [closed]

First of all let my say that i'm NOT an electrician or an electrical engineer. i'm just a guy who wanted to be able to chagre my laptop via my powerbank and this is how i did it. The power bank i ...
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LTSpice - PMOS Gate not turning on

My question is why is the M2 PMOS FET not turning on when Vchrg_ctrl is LOW? My problem is Vload never goes high to charge the Capacitor C1. I think I am missing something very silly here. Thank you ...
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USB current draw and CE marking

We have developed a docking station product which charges multiple devices simultaneously, and currently ships with a 5V, 3A barrel jack adaptor. We are looking to move this over to USB power, and ...
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mcp73831 is on and off

I am trying to design a circuit that will be fed by usb and a lipo battery with charging while usb is plugged. I have just built the fist sample, however mcp73831 seems not to be working as it should ...
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LTC 4150 coulomb counter property

I want to monitor the capacity of a 7.4V, 2200mAH Li-ion battery. I have found a that LTC4150 coulomb counter can able to measure the battery capacity. So, suppose I have connected a fully charged ...
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Rechargeable battery datasheet

Some parameters on the datasheet are a little bit confusing. What does the datasheet mean?
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Power bank multiple output currents

I've been working on a simple power bank project that's been built using Li-ion batteries, the batteries are rated 3.3 V. I've implemented a charge controller which can efficiently charge the power ...
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Powering dual 5VDC, 2.4A USB ports via a switch in vehicle

I have an illuminated 2 port usb charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter/accessory socket in a car. The face of the charger is flat and sits flush when inserted into the cigarette lighter/...
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Laptop chargers that say 20V, are they for charging 5s?

I understand that 5s Li-ion should be charged at 21V (4.2*5) however the only laptop chargers I can find are 19V, 20V, and 24V. Each is relatively close to the value that should be used for 4s, 5s and ...
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Power consumption [duplicate]

A phone charger is rated with input of AC 240v 50/60Hz 0.35 amps will it accept only 240 v 0.35 or will it take full 240 v 16 amps and step it down please I am very new to electrical stuff please help ...
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Capacitor charging efficiency with a constant power source

I have a question. It is easy to derive the efficiency for loading a capacitor from a constant voltage or a constant current source, basically because exponential functions and constants are very, ...
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Correct charging current for lithium-ion batteries

I am trying to replace a lithium-ion battery for my Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. I cannot find the datasheet for it. The battery is an AHB110520CPS (AHB110520) by Synergy. It is supposedly an "...
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Balance charging connection for 2 cell li-ion

I am designing a circuit powered using two 18650 li ion cells in series, I will wish to charge it with an imax b6 charger with balance output. Is it enough to connect the 3 terminals of the charger to ...
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Is it safe to charge single 18650 cells without temperature sensing?

I was looking at 'power bank' circuit boards on Aliexpress, the kind that you add to a 18650 cell to make a basic 5V in/out supply. I noticed they all seemed to be lacking any kind of temperature ...
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I need 5v@500mA to 12v@5A for 2.5 seconds every 5 minutes

I've run into quite the problem. I have a load that requires 12v@5A for under 2.5 seconds. However, my supply is a USB 5v@500mA. This is not an immediate load. The load will only need to be activated ...
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Connect 3 Lithium Polymer battery with different capacity in parallel [closed]

I am working on an IoT product with has a total current requirement of 1.3 A at the peak. Due to space constraint, we decided to select Li-Po battery with capacities one with 600 mAh other two with ...
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Understanding constant current/constant voltage charging of LiIon battery

I'm trying to understand exactly how CC/CV charging of a LiIon battery works and I tried to replicate it with a cheap bench power supply (RD Tech DPS3003) and a Samsung INR 18650-25R. The bench power ...
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Difference between more batteries and boosting voltage

For example if i need 18V for a project, what is the difference if i use 2 9V batteries and 1 9V battery boosting it to 18V? Thanks in advance.
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Does a 3rd-Party Cable cause any harm when charging your Phone with the original Power Brick? [closed]

When using the original Power Brick the Smartphone came with to charge it, does a 3rd-Party cable cause any harm to the device or is there no difference to using the original cable?
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Why doesn't my computer USB port break when I plug in a 2A device?

For typical AC to DC power adapters, I understand that the device draws the current it needs from the adapter. If it pulls more than the adapter can supply, this can cause overheating and lead to ...
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Charging 4x 18650 Li-Ion Batteries in series [closed]

Hello StackExchange community. So i have been for a long time wanting to build someything portable and recharchable with the 18650 batteries. the only problem is i cant find any good guide on how to ...
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How to find out what level of battery voltage corresponds to 50% discharge?

In my off-grid solar system I am using 12V lead-carbon batteries capable of surviving 4000 cycles when discharged up to 50%. Capacity is 200Amp-Hours (100 Hour discharge) per battery. There is no BMS ...
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battery load percentage - concept/definition

I have two pairs of bluetooth headsets which are used interchangeably on my smartphone. One of them can indicate the battery level and the other doesn't. I'm curious to know what this feature is ...
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I'm planning to put lots of phone chargers on one circuit, how to calculate this

This would be primarily for samsung S7 devices. Would like to be able to charge, say, 256 of them. They will work in groups of 16, trying to design the power flow of this. Was imagining that each ...
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Mobile charging during low main supply [closed]

Due to some electrical issues in my locality, the supply voltage of 230V was unfortunately reduced to 110V. When I connected the 5V charger (Input: 100-240V AC; 50/60Hz; 0.2A & Output: 5V 800mA) ...