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USB Single Cell LiPoly Charger

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Many things happen since the last post, but now this blog won new projects. First one is a USB Single Cell LiPoly Charger. I have many Lithium Polymer Batteries for my projects and charge them maybe a tricky borring if you don’t have the correct charger.

Really, this batteries needs a specific charger, and may explode if you use other type of charger.

So, we start to find the correct circuit for my DIY charger. After some Google research I find the MAX1811 IC. I’ts a single-cell lithium battery charger that can be powered directly from a USB or from an external supply up to 6.5V. Use a SO-8 Package, easy to solder and can be sampled at Maxim.

It’s only need a feel external components to work. Above you see the schematics and PCB of my version 1:


After the PCB fabrication, solder and wiring, this is the charger working:



Some things about the charger and the MAX1811:

  • The SO-8 Package can handle 1.4 Watts.
  • You can select between 4.1v and 4.2v battery regulation point.
  • You can select between 100ma and 500ma current drain from USB.
  • There’s a open drain pin (pin_8) for signaling end of charge condition (2.5V < VBATT < BATT Regulation Voltage). Normal charging resumes when the battery voltage exceeds 2.5V.
  • A internal thermal loop limits the MAX1811 die temperature to
    +135°C by reducing the charging current as necessary.

Now that i saw my circuit work, I’m design it to be a USB stick. After some mistakes and bad design, this is the final version:


Written by forrequi

June 11, 2009 at 20:44

Posted in electronic, pcb, projects, USB

8 Responses

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  1. Hi..nice blog
    I’m interest too at electrical and mechanical stuff..
    nice PCB
    Are you machining your board yourself ?



    September 14, 2009 at 08:20

  2. […] that I use the greatest MAX1811. It’s a great IC too, but can deliver up to 500mA! See one of my first post to check more […]

  3. Hi, please, could you post the eagle files?
    I wanna build this little beauty …
    Nice work man!!!


    July 27, 2010 at 21:48

    • My next post on blog is about my Eagle files for share. Thanks. Are you Brazilian? I’m.


      July 28, 2010 at 01:14

  4. hey,
    i am send mail u du not reply me ,
    please send me related information in above mail ..and component list.


    October 13, 2010 at 12:30

  5. I personally want to book mark this particular blog, “USB
    Single Cell LiPoly Charger | Rustic Engineering” Blinds on my personal site.
    Do you really mind in the event I actuallydo? Thank you -Vivien


    March 1, 2013 at 00:03

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