Solar Power Module v2
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Solar Power Module v2

Chip McClelland @ hackster.io published his solar li-po battery charger based on MCP73871 to manage the solar and DC charging of the LiPo battery, TPS63020 Buck-Boost Converter and Maxim 74043 LiPo Fuel Gauge. He writes: I build connected sensor which are often deployed in local...

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Fuel gauge needs no battery characterization
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Fuel gauge needs no battery characterization

by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com The MAX17055 single-cell fuel gauge from Maxim not only eliminates battery characterization, but also keeps SOC (state-of-charge) error to within 1% in most scenarios. With its ModelGauge m5 EZ algorithm, the device provides tolerance against battery...

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Simple circuit indicates health of lithium-ion batteries
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Simple circuit indicates health of lithium-ion batteries

Fritz Weld @ edn.com proposes a simple circuit to check li-ion battery health. He writes: Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to bad treatment. Fire, explosions, and other hazardous condition may occur when you charge the cell below the margin that the manufacturer defines. Modern...

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Simple circuit indicates a low battery
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Simple circuit indicates a low battery

James Wood @ edn.com writes: The Design Idea in Figure 1 indicates a low-battery condition in an audio test instrument that is powered by four AA cells. As the instrument was otherwise an all-discrete design, this same approach seemed more in keeping with the spirit of the project...

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Flow battery can run for 10 years with zero maintenance
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Flow battery can run for 10 years with zero maintenance

by Jan Buiting @ elektormagazine.com: Harvard University researchers have developed a low-cost flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. In their report (see below) they claim that the new battery can run for a decade or more without...

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2.5V-4.2V input to 3.3V output – 1A Buck Boost Converter using LTC3441
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2.5V-4.2V input to 3.3V output – 1A Buck Boost Converter using LTC3441

This circuit can produce an output of 3.3V and 1A current continuously for a voltage input varying from 2.5V to 4.2V. The LTC3441 is a high efficient buck boost converter which plays a vital role in portable instrumentation because of its fixed frequency operation. This circuit...

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Replacing a dead iPhone battery
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Replacing a dead iPhone battery

Brian Dipert discuss his experience replacing an iphone battery @ edn.com: About a week ago, in preparing to run some errands, I plugged my iPhone 4S into the charger in my car so that I could stream Pandora while I drove. Oddly, a "this accessory may not be supported" message...

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New PWM controller IC By Microchip Charges Batteries of Any Chemistry
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New PWM controller IC By Microchip Charges Batteries of Any Chemistry

Battery technologies of all chemistry are experiencing revolutionary changes nowadays. Nanotechnology is leading this revolution by yielding new battery technologies including but not limited to Tiny Supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries that never explode at any condition. But, it's...

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