Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cell Phone Li-ion battery tester

Li-ion Battery Tester
While working at Macalegin Electronics I discovered that many times we need to verify the charge on a cell phone battery. We have a multimeter but is a little cumbersome to use especially when testing several batteries at once.
So I had the opportunity of designing and building a Li-Ion Battery tester for quick and easy battery charge indication.
It consists of one green LED, one red LED, and adjustable leads.
When the leads come in contact with the battery the LED's will light up as follows:
Green only - the battery charge is ~80% to 100%
Green & Red - the battery charge is between 0% and ~80%. If the green LED is noticeably brighter than the red LED, then the battery charge is between ~65% and ~80%. If the red LED is noticeably brighter than the green LED, then the battery charge is less than ~10%.
Adjustable Leads
Internal Circuit

Simulation: http://everycircuit.com/circuit/6522073815973888

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