NiCd NiMH Battery Charger using PIC16C711






NiCd NiMH Battery Charger using PIC16C711


This is the battery charger circuit for NiCd and NiMH battery tipe. The circuit is using microcontroller PIC16C711 for constant current supply. A constant current supply is switched on and off as required by a micro-controller. The microcontroller senses the battery voltage and internally uses an analog to digital converter to read the battery voltage. The microcontroller, requires its own 5V regulated supply and displays the current charging status on two LEDs. The smallest and cheapest micro-controller that could be used to perform the Analog to Digital function and still have the necessary functions and control lines to do this is the PIC16C711.

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About Power Supply
A power supply is a device that supplies electrical energy to one or more electric loads. The term of "power supply" is most commonly applied to devices that convert one form of electrical energy to another, though it may also refer to devices that convert another form of energy (e.g., mechanical, chemical, solar) to electrical energy.
A power supply may be implemented as a discrete, stand-alone device or as an integral device that is hardwired to its load. In the latter case, for example, low voltage DC power supplies are commonly integrated with their loads in devices such as computers and household electronics. More explanation about power supply can be found at wikipedia.org

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