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

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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: http:/...
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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 ...
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Lithium batteries worries [closed]

For the last few days I have had this strange fear that an external short circuit would cause an explosive fire of my laptop's Li-ion battery. Three questions: Is it true that lithium ion batteries ...
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Silicon-graphene battery energy density?

A startup called CalBattery is touting that their silicon-graphene anodes for li-ion batteries "will improve the anode specific capacity performance of lithium battery anodes by a factor of 3X." Will ...
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Why Trickle Charge a Deeply Depleted Li-Ion Battery?

I'm looking a this to write my own charging algorithm (really not looking to re-invent the wheel here) and have been referencing this article: http://powerelectronics.com/site-files/powerelectronics....
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Designing 14.8v Li-ion battery charger + 5v power regulator for Raspberry Pi (of other 5v device)

The RasPi requires a steady 5V and to this end I build a power regulator circuit using a LM2576T, similar to the one on page nine of the latest MagPi magazine. This works great with an external ...
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Setting a part's VCC slightly lower than board's supply voltage

I'm interested in using the undervoltage detection feature (in addition to the primary function) of this chip. This IC draws 6 uA (microamps), and accepts any VCC between 1.6V and 5.5V. The ...
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DC-DC converter with 200V output?

First of all, I'm a mechanical (robotics) engineer, so I do not know much about electric power systems. I'm making a mobile robot that should have electrical motors and drive system. The problem is ...
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3.3V Power Failover Supply with USB Li-Ion Charger

I am currently designing a "3.3V@500mA Power Failover Supply with Integrated USB Li-Ion Charger" for a uC project. I want the circuit to draw power straight from USB power when available & switch ...
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Auto-charge 8.2V Lithum-ion battery pack

I am planning a device consisting of a load, a battery, and an external power source. The idea is that the battery powers the system until the external power is plugged in -- then, the external ...
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Measure Lithium ion battery voltage (thus remaining capacity)

What I am working with: I am running my self-made Arduino board (in the sense that I use the Arduino bootloader and code editor) at 3.3V, and powered from a Lithium ion battery, which is USB-charged ...
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Regulated 3.3V from a Lithium-ion (or LiPo) battery

Background I wish to power my circuit with a Lithium-ion or LiPo battery (likely a battery with around 1000 mAh capacity). These batteries have a voltage that goes from 4.2V to 2.7V typically during ...
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Battery management circuit for Nokia BL-4C / 5C Li-ION batteries

Nokia BL-4C / BL-5C are 3.7V, 700-1000mAh (variants) Lithium-ion batteries, which are available in abundance and at very low cost ($4 - $7 a piece), since these are used in entry level Nokia phones, ...
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Lithium Ion charging schematic

I am using the MCP73831 along with a Lithium Ion battery to supply an Arduino Mini project. Is it safe to supply my project directly on the battery? Or should I use a transistor to protect the project ...
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What would cause a watch battery to leak?

I am using a CR1220 Lithium Manganese Dioxide battery to keep a real-time clock chip running during periods when batteries are removed from a device. The battery is only connected to two pins on the ...
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How can I charge my beard trimmer's Li Ion battery from USB?

I have just bought a beard trimmer with a built-in Li ion battery. The charger that comes with it says its output is "4.2V, 600mA". I know Li ion batteries will misbehave (!) if fed the 5V from USB. ...
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Is there any sense in this technique for charging Li-Ion batteries?

This is a replication of this question on Android SE. I feel that it is in fact an electrical engineering question, since it covers batteries behavior in details. Basically there's a claim that the ...
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How is fully charging a Li-Ion battery in 35 minutes possible?

I happen to own a power drill/driver that runs on a Li-Ion battery and ships with a charger that charges it fully in 35 minutes and claims to charge it to 70% in 15 minutes. According to answers to ...
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Overclocking my toothbrush

I use these toothbrushes: http://www.amazon.com/Oral-B-Advanced-Toothbrush-Vibrating-Bristles/dp/B00336EUV8 They tend to run out of battery quite quickly. I'm happy to keep buying more because ...
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How many affordable lithium polymer batteries would it take to safely jump-start a car?

I have a couple of these incredibly powerful 12V battery packs and I got thinking about how feasible it would be to MacGyver an engine starter out of them. These things are rated on the package to ...
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How to measure Li-Po battery leakage?

I'm working on a low-low power system, which is powered by a little solar panel and a Li-Po (Lithium-ion Polymer) battery, which can be \$20\$ or \$ 50\:\mathrm{ mAh}\$. The capacity by now is not ...
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how to design switching regulator in battery operated device?

My device consists of ATMega, GPRS modem and sensors. Modem occasionally hangs and I need to reset it from mcu. The whole system is powered from li-ion battery. I can't find any switching DC-DC ...
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Why are Li-Ion battery so much safer than lead-acid?

Recently I asked how to charge a (lead-acid) car battery at home and looks like the answer is very dangerous, don't do it unless you really really have to. Meanwhile people charge Li-Ion batteries of ...
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Properly charging and discharging Lithium cells during battery testing?

I'm working on some software that automates charging and discharging battery cells to generate discharge curves. I have a few concerns about properly charging and discharging of lithium-ion / lithium-...
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How fast can a Li-Ion battery be charged?

So far I've seen many Li-Ion battery chargers that do the full charge in about 1,5 hours or more. There're also NiMH battery chargers that claim they charge a NiMH battery in 15 minutes and then the ...
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Using Dynamo Pull Strings to Charge 9 x 3.6 V li-ion batteries @ 120 mAh in Series

This question has several parts. I ordered this pull string operated flashlight --- http://bit.ly/t1lZF1 --- which charges this coin cell battery --- 3.6 V lir 2450 lithium ion battery 120 mAh --- ...
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How to power a widget, while the li-ion battery is charging?

I am in need of a way to charge a 3.7V li-ion cell (probably an 18650 type) from a 4.5V - 20V input. That's not a problem, there are plenty of (switching) battery chargers around with that kind of ...
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Use a lithium ion battery from a laptop, for a small project?

Now laptop batteries are very expensive, however I have a slightly beefy Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with a half year old battery that works fine. Other than complete depletion, of which I have heard ...
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Using old notebook battery to power electric screwdriver

I have: Dead notebook with live LiIon battery (HP HSTNN-CB50): 14.8V, 8 x 2500 mAh 18650 LiIon cells. Rated at 73 Watt-hour. I haven't managed to open the battery pack yet, but it's clear from ...
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How to test internal resistance on small lithium polymer cell?

I'm coming from a computer science background, and will be writing some software to automate battery testing. I have background in math, but little to none in physics or electronics. Please consider ...
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How to charge Laptop Li-ion Battery cells manualy?

I have received some Li-ion batteries which were originally used in Asus A2 Laptop battery original one and I would like to know if it is possible to charge each cells independently with some device ...
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LDO with low-voltage cutoff?

I'm building a circuit powered by a small Li-Ion battery. The battery will be connected to a 3.3V LDO, which then powers the entire circuit. Li-Ion batteries are damaged if they are allowed to drain ...