Building a complete charging system with the LTC4000 and a DC/DC converter is nearly as easy as using a dedicated charger IC. Figure 5 shows the LTC4000 controlling an LT3845A buck converter in a charger designed for a 3S LiFePO4 battery pack (3S refers to three cells in a series configuration). The LT3845A buck converter is chosen here for its simplicity and high, 60V input voltage capability.
Tools & Simulations
LTspice® is a powerful, fast and free simulation software, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of analog circuits.
To launch ready-to-run LTspice demonstration circuits for this part:
Step 1: Download and install LTspice on your computer.
Step 2: Click on the link in the section below to download a demonstration circuit.
Step 3: If LTspice does not automatically open after clicking the link below, you can instead run the simulation by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As.” After saving the file to your computer, start LTspice and open the demonstration circuit by selecting ‘Open’ from the ‘File’ menu.