Product Review: Elektor DIY LiPo Supercharger Kit (by GreatScott!)

SparkFun engineer Alex Wende reviews the DIY Supercharger Kit - from opening the kit, to building, testing and using it.

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Last Friday, we released the Elektor DIY Supercharger Kit (by Great Scott!). This kit provides all the materials needed to build a DIY supercharger/booster. Once assembled, it can charge a single-cell LiPo battery; protect it against the effects of overvoltage, overload, and short-circuits; and and can boost battery voltage to 5 V or 12 V. SparkFun engineer Alex Wende spent some time with the kit before we released it and wrote a comprehensive review (as published in ElektorMag - please take a moment to download it and read it.

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Elektor DIY LiPo Supercharger Kit (by GreatScott!)

Elektor DIY LiPo Supercharger Kit (by GreatScott!)

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$29.95
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"As Published in Elektor..."

Alex's review of the DIY LiPo SuperCharger Kit first appeared in the March/April edition of Elektor, which was guest edited by SparkFun. Please check it out: we’re giving away free copies of the English language edition with orders using promo code: MAGAZINE21 (rules and info). In the magazine you’ll see a mix of projects, tutorials, interviews, explainers on some of our product lines, and more!

Elektor Magazine - March/April 2021 (English)

Elektor Magazine - March/April 2021 (English)

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Elektor Tijdschrift - Maart/April 2021 (Dutch)

Elektor Tijdschrift - Maart/April 2021 (Dutch)

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Elektor  Zeitschrift - März/April 2021 (German)

Elektor Zeitschrift - März/April 2021 (German)

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Elektor  Magazine - Mars/Avril 2021 (French)

Elektor Magazine - Mars/Avril 2021 (French)

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Comments 3 comments

  • Does anyone have a source for the small USB-C breakout that comes with this board? At first glance it looks like it's adapting a USB-C jack to the same footprint as the popular through-hold USB-A jack. That would be handy to have a pile of those.

  • I'm just a tad bit surprised that the board doesn't include a JST connector for the battery, since so many batteries (at least on this side of the Pond) have those pre-installed.

    I'm wondering if something like this might fit?

    • The holes a spaced for 0.1" headers so it might be better to use a JST wire harness instead. What I did was instead of soldering the battery, I used an 18650 cell and a battery holder.

      I think the reasoning they might not have gone with a JST is because it has a charging circuit and a boost circuit, so most of the time it might be better to leave it fixed to the board. Plus it's no fun if you're in the middle of a project and want to use the board only to find out that you "borrowed" the battery to use in another project.

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