Power MCU with home made battery

Step 1: Make a simple Salt Aluminum Battery

How to: https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/aluminum-air-battery

Size: 30mm x 30mm x 23mm
Include: 3 Cell Stack to create 1.5v voltage. (2.2v without load)
Current: 3mA @ 1.25v (tested after 24+ hours of lighting).
Current Range: 1 to 3 mA current @ 0.7 to 1.25v. (voltage dropped to 0.7v last night and boost up to 1.25v, which is strange.)
* above voltage are source voltage.

Step 2: Make a joule thief

To test battery, I need a small device to consume power. There are two kind of chips that able to do this trick. YX8018 and QX5252.


Japanese Edition
Chinese Edition

How To:

Pros: YX8018 can run with a power source under 0.6v (maybe 0.5v is possible) under a LED load.  YX8018 can go as low as 3mA (from power source) when pair with a high 560uH inductor, which is good for weak power source (battery with high internal resistance).

Cons:  YX8018 will not able to withdraw more than 30mA from power source. Since this is a step up boost converter, the load (LED, etc.) side will have even less current (~10mA).

I use YX8018 for Salt Aluminum Battery load test, since the battery cannot withdraw much current.



560uH inductor, 1.25v Power source.
with LED:         Current: 3.5mA   Duty Cycle: 44%  Freq: 200khz
Remove LED:  Current: 3.0mA   Duty Cycle: 30%  Freq: 400khz


English version

Pros: QX5252 can draw much more power from power source (300mA).



Step 3: ???

To be continued …



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