Features and Benefits

  • Simple Design Minimizes Heat
  • Low Component Count, No Inductor
  • Battery-Full Indicator
  • 0.75% Accurate Battery Regulation
  • 1.5µA (max) Battery Current Drain with Wall Cube Removed
  • Restart Charging at 4.0V
  • Continuous Overvoltage and Overtemperature Protection
  • Safely Precharges Near-Dead Cells
  • Automatic Power-Down when Power Source is Removed
  • Charges 1 Cell from as Low as 4.5V
  • Pin-Compatible Upgrade to MAX1679

Product Details

The MAX1879 single-cell lithium-ion (Li+) battery charger utilizes an efficient pulse-charging architecture to minimize power dissipation in portable devices. This architecture combines the efficiency of switch-mode chargers with the simplicity and low cost of linear chargers. This simple device, in conjunction with a current-limited wall cube and a PMOS transistor, allows safe and fast charging of a single Li+ cell.

The MAX1879 initiates charging in one of three ways: battery insertion, charger power-up, or toggling the THERM pin. Key safety features include continuous voltage and temperature monitoring, a preset charger time-out, and an 8mA precharge current mode to charge near-dead cells. Automatic detection of input power removal shuts down the device, minimizing current drain from the battery. An overall system accuracy of 0.75% ensures that the cell capacity is fully utilized without cycle life degradation.

The MAX1879 is offered in a space-saving 8-pin µMAX® package. An evaluation kit (MAX1879EVKIT) is available to help reduce design time.


  • Cell Phones
  • Consumer Audio
  • Cordless Phones
  • Digital Still Cameras
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Pagers
  • Palmtops, Handy Terminals
  • Pen Entry Palmtops, PDAs and Organizers
  • Smart Battery Packs/Chargers

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At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

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