SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus

The SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus is the souped-up power option in the SparkFun line of single-cell lithium polymer (LiPo) battery chargers. With this iteration, we've changed the input charge connector to USB-C and provided charge rate selection as well as optional thermal protection. Charge, power, and done LEDs clearly indicate the status of your charging process. This board can be used for any of the 2-pin JST connector single cell LiPo batteries we carry.

With an input voltage between 3.75V-6V, the MCP73833 can charge up to a maximum rate of 1000mAh and provides two forms of thermal protection. An internal sensor maintains maximum charging rate until the die temperature of the IC reaches ~95°C; the charge controller will then reduce the charge rate to prevent overheating. The MCP73833 also has an optional input pin for an NTC (negative-temperature coefficient) thermistor, thus gating the battery against possible damage.

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  • Complete Linear Charge Management Controller
    • Integrated Pass Transistor
    • Integrated Current Sense
    • Integrated Reverse Discharge Protection
  • Constant Current / Constant Voltage Operation with Thermal Regulation
  • Programmable Charge Current: 1A Maximum
  • High Accuracy Preset Voltage Regulation:
    • 4.2V + 0.75%
  • Preconditioning of Deeply Depleted Cells
    • Selectable Current Ratio
    • Selectable Voltage Threshold
  • Cell Temperature Monitor
  • Low-Dropout Linear Regulator Mode
  • Supply Voltage: 3.75V-6V

SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus Product Help and Resources

LiPo Charger Plus Hookup Guide

May 30, 2019

This tutorial shows you how to hook up and use the SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus board.

LiPo Fuel Gauge (MAX1704X) Hookup Guide

February 23, 2023

Monitor your LiPo battery with the LiPo fuel gauge! In this tutorial, we will be using the MAX17043 and MAX17048 to monitor a single cell, LiPo battery over the Arduino Serial Monitor. We will also connect a display to view the output without the need to connect the microcontroller to a computer.

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  • Member #1549806 / about 5 years ago / 2

    Is it possible to power the device and charge the battery at the same time?

    • Alex the Giant / about 5 years ago / 2

      You should be able to. The battery pins are broken out that you could attached a cable to. This assumes your load is less than the charge current, which can be less than your set current value if the charger IC is hot.

  • pdShelley / about 5 years ago / 2

    Can this power a device and charge the battery at the same time?

  • Weasal / about 2 years ago / 1

    I am planning on using this for an always-connected system where the battery will be "trickle charged". Obviously, this is far from ideal for battery health if it is left charging indefinitely. As such is there a way to configure this to "float" the battery at a lower voltage than fully charged, or will I need to get a bit more creative with my project? Is this even a concern with this specific board or is it smart (smarter than me) enough to avoid this pitfall?

  • Member #1714898 / about 2 years ago / 1

    Can this be used to charge 18650 cells?

  • BerenV / about 3 years ago * / 1

    “the MCP73833 can charge up to a maximum rate of 1000mAh”

    mAh are not units for rate of charge. Rather, they are often used for battery capacity ratings. Should probably just be 1000 mA in this case according to the datasheet. I wish Sparkfun would put a little more effort into accurate product descriptions, because they are a reputable US based electronics company after all and I would hope that everyone is required to have at least basic working knowledge of these sorts of concepts.

  • Member #852408 / about 3 years ago / 1

    If powering the device and charge at the same time, does this circuit protect lipo from undervolting?

  • Member #327230 / about 5 years ago / 1

    Does this support USB PD, QC 3.0+, or any other common quick charge capabilities? Looking at the MCP73833 datasheet, it looks like "no" but I'm super rusty on my hardware design

    • Alex the Giant / about 5 years ago / 1

      The MCP73833 has a input voltage range of 3.75-6V, so no it does not support PD. There are 5.1k pull down resistors on the CC pins of the type-C connector which set the maximum amount of current to I believe 3A at 5V.

      • Member #765083 / about 5 years ago / 1

        Ok, So..... as pdShelley asked, can this charger power a device and charge at the same time ? assuming i hooked up uController at the + - connectors at the back of the JST ?? Will this put a toll on the MCP73833 ??

        • Member #1549806 / about 5 years ago / 1

          I would also like to know if it is possible to power the device and charge at the same time

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