by EEVblog @ youtube.com:
Want to include a small Lithium Ion or Lithium Ion Polymer battery into your next project? It’s easy! Dave gives you the low down on how they work and how to charge them and select a suitable charging IC.
NOTE: For safety you should always use circuit protected cells as per the larger cell I was holding up. It protects against over-discharge, over-voltage, shorts etc.
(BTW, the reference to Lithium Ion Polymer being the same as Lithium Ion is in terms of charging, if that was not clear. The Ion Polymer type have polymer anode material and hence a different construction that allows the small pouch type cells shown in the video, and other thin odd shapes shown toward the end)
EEVblog #176 – Lithium Ion/Polymer Battery Charging Tutorial - [Link]
Lithium-polymer battery charger chips @ Dangerous Prototypes – [via]
Lithium-polymer batteries are an excellent choice for portable projects. They are relatively cheap, hold a significant charge, and last for a long time. The drawback with these batteries is that they require rather complicated charging protocols. You have to watch out for overcharging, undercharging, overheating, etc…
We are looking for a standard part to use in our projects, so we decided to do a roundup of open source lithium polymer chargers from SparkFun, Seeed Studio, and Adafruit. With the exception of Seeed, all the chargers are based on Microchip’s MCP738xx family of battery management ICs that come in SSOP and DFN packages. They handle all the charging algorithms and usually only require a single external capacitor.
Lithium-polymer battery charger chips - [Link]
Power packs to propel your projects! – If you want to take your project portable you’ll need a battery pack! For beginners, we suggest alkaline batteries, such as the venerable AA or 9V cell, great for making into larger multi-battery packs, easy to find and carry plenty of charge. If you want to go rechargable to save money and avoid waste, NiMH batteries can often replace alkalines. Eventually, however you may want to upgrade to the shiniest new technology – rechargable lithium ion/polymer batteries…
Li-Ion & LiPoly tutorial. Power packs to propel your projects! - [Link]
Lithium Polymer Batteries are a very common source of power today. Many electronics gadgets have one inside, and they have some reasonable features. I’ve bought great batteries, with different sizes and capacities for my electronics projects. So long I’m using this batteries, coming the problem: charge them.
USB Single Cell LiPoly Charger - [Link]
Alex at Tinkerlog writes:
For my latest projects I used a lot of single cell LiPo batteries. They are really nice. High power density, low self-discharge, no memory effect and they can deliver quite an amount of current. But LiPo battery handling is a bit more complicated than other rechargeable batteries. You have to take care of under voltage and over charging as that may destroy the battery.
I used the Sparkfun LiPoly charger, based on MAX1555, for some time and it works really well. The only thing I missed was a way to control the current. After some research I decided to try another chip, the Microchip MCP73833. [via]
LiPoly charging with MCP73833 - [Link]
Here is a nice baterry charger made by Don Carveth that can charge Nicad, NiMH, LiIon (or LiPoly), sealed lead acid and rechargeable alkaline batteries. The charger has two channels and can charge two different types of batteries at a time at up to 2 amps each. Channel A can alternatively be used as a discharger. A 2 x16 LCD display with a 5 key keypad allows one to set all necessary parameters and displays charging/discharging values including mAH when complete. As a bonus, a fixed voltage, current limited output, a fixed current, voltage limited output and a variable PWM output are provided. An ATMEGA32 microcontroller running at 16 MHz provides the brains.
Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger - [Link]