Lipo Fuel Gauge

by luca
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In my recent review about the Li-po Rider module, I wrote that a little problem was the absence of a chip that could monitor the state of charge (SoC) of the connected battery.

You can find several IC for that function; I chose the MAX17043 by Maxim, for the following interesting features:

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  • it doesn’t require an external sense resistor
  • you can use an i2c interface to talk with it

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This IC isn’t friendly for hobbistics: Maxim manufactures it in packages that aren’t easy to be soldered; this is the reason why I brought from DSSCircuitsbreakout boardLipo Fuel Gauge.

 

That module has two JST connectors (2mm pitch), one for the battery and one to connect in cascade the system to be powered; in addition you can find the PINs for i2c signals (SDA and SCL) and for alert signal (ALRT).

I wrote an Arduino library to use the MAX17043 IC; the connection between Arduino and the Lipo Fuel Gauge module is very simple:

  • SDA -> AN4
  • SCL -> AN5
  • GND -> GND

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Reg Sunday January 29th, 2017 - 07:22 AM

Hi there, this is great board. I think every ESP8266/32 portable project should have way of determining the SOC. Is this board about to supply 3.3V to esp8266

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Reg Saturday February 11th, 2017 - 06:51 AM

Looks like the board is no longer available from dsscircuits.com. Is the board available anywhere else?

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