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July 23, 2011

LiPo Charger Serial Data Hack

at 8:44 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

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If you are dealing with LiPo batteries it is wise to use some commercial built charger since they have some special charging needs which is harder to pull off with a dead simple circuit like we could do with NiCad cells for example. Dane had one of these special charging units but has now hacked it to allow him to stream out the serial data from the unit so he can log exactly what it going on with the battery charging!

“I noticed, while toying with the menu’s, That there was a USB enable mode. That nice, however, there’s no USB port. It led me to believe, for the sake of simplicity, the firmware running on the eco-6 was a copy of a larger unit, that supported USB. Ok, that nice, but what the heck I’ll enable it, see where it goes.”

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2 Responses to “LiPo Charger Serial Data Hack”

  1. Bill Says:

    Tease. I hope you would take this further. Please post more.

  2. Haku Says:

    “If you are dealing with LiPo batteries it is wise to use some commercial built charger since they have some special charging needs which is harder to pull off with a dead simple circuit like we could do with NiCad cells for example.”

    Actually quite the contrary with single cell lithium charging; enter the SO23 sized MAX1551 & MAX1555 ICs which handle charging of single lithium cells. Some commercial lithium cell chargers use this IC because it’s virtually foolproof.

    http://datasheets.maxim-ic.com/en/ds/MAX1551-MAX1555.pdf

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