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Charging 18650 cells


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I'm intending to "upgrade" an old SLA+halogen bulb lantern to LiPo+LED, but I'm not sure about charging the battery. Looking on eBay I've seen balance boards for 2 or more cells, and chargers (using TP5100 chip) which seem to charge the cells connected in series with nothing extra.
What should I be using?
Thanks :)

Nigel Goodwin

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It really depends what you want - if you want the best 'safety', then fit a balance/protection board on the battery pack, and then use the TP5100 to charge it.

As long as the batteries are brand new, and identical, then you 'should' be OK without a balance board - much commercial equipment doesn't use balance boards, even if they do use a protection board.


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Ahh, I wondered if it was something like that. Thanks Nigel :)

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