Supercapacitor protection IC is a complete solution for backup power charging

12-03-2024 | Mouser Electronics | Semiconductors

Mouser now stocks the Littelfuse LS0502SCD33 supercapacitor protection IC.

The supercapacitor protection IC is a complete solution for systems with a backup storage capacitor or a capacitor bank. The supercapacitor IC combines input overvoltage protection, an overcurrent protection circuit, a reverse blocking switch, and a supercapacitor charging control circuit. This protection device for backup power also includes a built-in cell balance to protect a two-cell supercapacitor system. When the main supply is present and above the minimum system supply voltage, the system draws power from the input supply. An integrated linear charger charges the storage element at up to 300mA current. When the storage element is charged, the circuit draws only 2.5μA current while maintaining the supercapacitor or other storage element in its ready state. When the main supply is removed, the integrated reverse blocking switch blocks current flow from the system rail to the input.

The linear charger is turned on to supply power to the system rail with a low resistance path providing up to 2A current. The integrated cell balancing circuit monitors the cell voltage when charging and keeps the voltage of the two cells at the same level. A user can externally program the IC for input current limit, input overvoltage, charge current limit, and charge voltage limit. This protection IC supplies a flag signal when the input supply is unplugged so that the primary system can take action.

Applications for the IC include handheld industrial equipment, dash cameras, IoT, smart meters, and portable devices with removable batteries.

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By Seb Springall