NiMH Battery Pack Charge Controller
The DS2715 is well suited for cost-sensitive charger
applications where the battery is either internal or in a
unique battery pack. It has been optimized for safe
reliable charging of 1 to10 NiMH cells in series. The
DS2715 has an internal gain block that can be
selected as either a comparator or transconductance
amplifier for charge current regulation. The DS2715 is
configurable as a switched DC charger, a linear
current regulator, or a switchmode current source.
The DS2715 pre-conditions severely depleted cells
are pre-conditioned before entering full charge mode.
The DS2715 terminates full charge using the dT/dt
technique. It requires an external thermistor for dT/dt
detection. Over-temperature, under-temperature, and
over-voltage detection prevents charging under
unsafe environmental conditions. A user selectable
charge timer allows charge rates from 0.15C to 2C.
Fast-charge, top-off and charge done modes are
included for highly reliable, safe charging of NiMH
cells. Discharge mode allows the DS2715 to enter a
low power sleep state while the cell pack is being
§ Charges 1 to 10 NiMH Cells
§ Fast Charges up to a 2C Rate
§ Pre-Charge and Top-Off Charge Modes Help Cell
§ Load Detection Allows the DS2715 to Enter Low
Power Sleep Mode (Less than 10µA) while the
Cell Pack is Discharged
§ dT/dt Charge Termination Eliminates Cell Charge
§ Monitors Voltage, Temperature, and Time for
Safety and Secondary Termination
§ Regulates Current through Either Linear Control
or Switch-Mode Control
§ LED Outputs Display Charge State
§ Small 16-Pin SO Package
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See Table 1 for Ordering Information.
Table 1. ORDERING INFORMATION
+ Denotes lead-free package.
16 SO Tape-and-Reel
Divide by n
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