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Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery charger

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery charger which built based single chip MAX1879. This is the simple and low cost battery charger for single-cell Li+ battery that does not dissipate power (no heat.

Circuit diagram of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery charger

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery charger circuit schematic

The MAX1879, in conjunction with the AC linear transformer adapter and a PMOS FET, allows safe and fast charging of a single Li+ cell. The MAX1879 is not only an inductorless required solution, but also the lowest power dissipated solution among single-cell Li+ battery chargers.

The MAX1879 with a current limited linear wall adapter can produce the most economic and efficient solution for the single-cell Li+ off-line cradle charger, with virtually no power loss on the PMOS FET. It can be easily designed for handheld devices or battery packs without excessive power dissipation and heat problems. 

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About MAX1879:

The MAX1879 single-cell lithium-ion (Li+) battery charger utilizes an efficient pulse-charging architecture to minimize power dissipation in portable devices. This architecture combines the efficiency of switch-mode chargers with the low cost and simplicity of linear chargers. This simple device, in conjunction with a current-limited wall cube and a PMOS transistor, allows safe and fast charging of a single Li+ cell. 

MAX1879 Features:

  • Low Electronic Component Count, No Inductor
  • Simple Design Minimizes Heat
  • 0.75% Accurate Battery Regulation
  • 1.5µA (max) Battery Current Drain with Wall Cube Removed
  • Restart Charging at 4.0V
  • Battery-Full Indicator
  • Safely Precharges Near-Dead Cells
  • Automatic Power-Down when Power Source is Removed
  • Continuous Overvoltage and Overtemperature Protection
  • Charges 1 Cell from as Low as 4.5V
  • Pin-Compatible Upgrade to MAX1679

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