Charger Click is a compact add-on board providing a standalone battery charger and monitor. This board features Microchip's MCP73831, a miniature single-cell, fully integrated Li-Ion, Li-Polymer charge management controller. The charge voltage of the MCP73831 is set to 4.20V, and a charge current to 250mA with an external resistor. In addition, this Click board™ features the DS2438, a smart battery monitor that monitors the total amount of current going into and out of the battery. This Click board™ makes the perfect solution for battery charging interface with precise monitoring for Ly-Ion and Ly-Polymer batteries, applicable for all sorts of devices, with precise monitoring.
Charger Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development. This Click board™ comes as a fully tested product, ready to be used on a system equipped with the mikroBUS™ socket.
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Charger Click is based on the MCP73831, a miniature single-cell, fully integrated Li-Ion, Li-Polymer charge management controller from Microchip. The MCP73831 is a highly advanced linear charge management controller that employs a constant-current/constant-voltage charge algorithm with selectable preconditioning and charge termination. The constant voltage is fixed to 4.20V, while the constant current value is set with an external R5 resistor to 250mA with a 3K9 resistor. The MCP73831 limits the charge current based on die temperature during high power or high ambient conditions, where this thermal regulation optimizes the charge cycle time while maintaining device reliability.
The MCP73831 charges the battery cell over a battery connector, with a STAT LED indicator for visual presentation of charging status. Please remember that battery connectors are not standardized, and the wrong polarity connection can damage the battery, this Click board™, host MCU, or all mentioned.
As a smart battery monitor, this Click board™ features the DS2438 from Analog Devices. It comes with 40 bytes of EEPROM that is available for storing important parameters about the battery, such as chemistry, capacity, and such. It eliminates the need for thermistors by sensing battery temperature on-chip. An onboard ADC converter allows battery voltage monitoring for end-of-charge and end-of-discharge determination, while an onboard integrated current accumulator facilitates fuel gauging with elapsed time meter in binary format. The Charger Click communicates with the host MCU over the 1-Wire interface with either OW2 or OW1 pins selected via OW SEL jumper with OW1 set by default. As each DS2438 has its unique ID, several units of these Charger Clicks can work on the same 1-Wire bus.
This Click board™ can only be operated with a 5V logic voltage level. The board must perform appropriate logic voltage level conversion before using MCUs with different logic levels. However, the Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.
Can be used for battery charging interface with precise monitoring for Ly-Ion and Ly-Polymer batteries, applicable for all sorts of devices, with precise monitoring
MCP73831 - miniature single-cell, fully integrated Li-Ion, Li-Polymer charge management controller from Microchip
DS2438 - a smart battery monitor from Analog Devices
Communication via 1-Wire interface, selectable constant-current charging via external resistor, smart charging monitoring, high accuracy, low power consumption, and more
Click board size
M (42.9 x 25.4 mm)
This table shows how the pinout on Charger Click corresponds to the pinout on the mikroBUS™ socket (the latter shown in the two middle columns).
|1-Wire Data IN/OUT||OW2||1||AN||PWM||16||OW1||1-Wire Data IN/OUT|
|-||PWR||-||Power LED Indicator|
|-||STAT||-||Charging Status LED Indicator|
|-||OW SEL||Right||Communication Pin Selection OW2/OW1: Left position OW2, Right position OW1|
|R5||-||Populated||Constant-Current Programming Resistor|