The MAX1879 is an upgrade to the popular MAX1679, incorporating more safety features like a built-in 6.25hr timer to prevent infinite trickle-charging. Other safety features include continuous over/undervoltage protection, ± .75% charge voltage tolerance, precharging near-dead cells prior to fast-charging, and over/undertemperature sensing.
The MAX1879 and an external P-channel MOSFET make a complete stand-alone charger for a single-cell Li+ battery. An inexpensive current-limited wall cube sets the charging current, and the external FET is pulsed either on or off, so that unlike a linear regulator, the MAX1879 dissipates virtually no power. The MAX1879 accepts inputs of 5 V to 22 V. Charge current is up to 800 mA.
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