Single-Cell NiMH Charger

Charges NiMH from a USB Port Without Fear of Overcharging an Alkaline Cell


The DS2710 is ideal for in-system charging of single-cell nickel metal hydride (NiMH) cells for low-current portable applications. Inputs to the DS2710 include USB voltage sources and 5V regulated adapters. Temperature, voltage, and charge time are monitored to provide proper fast-charging control algorithms for single-cell NiMH or nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries. The DS2710 includes battery tests to detect defective or inappropriate cells such as alkaline primary batteries.
DS2710: Typical Operating Circuit DS2710: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Charges Single-Cell NiMH Cells
  • Switch-Mode Topologies Supported by Hysteretic Control Technique
  • Precharges Deeply Depleted Cells
  • Fast-Charges NiMH with -ΔV Termination Sensitivity of 2mV (typ)
  • Monitors Voltage, Temperature, and Time for Safety and Secondary Termination
  • Regulates Charge Current
  • Designed for External pMOS
  • Rail-to-Rail MOSFET Driver
  • Tiny 10-Pin TDFN Package (3mm x 4mm)


  • Battery-Powered Toys
  • Cordless Mouse
  • Small Rechargeable Devices
  • Voice Recorders
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Charge Rate Set by Max. ICHG
Charge Termination Charge Regulation Oper. Temp.
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DS2710  5.5 5.5 Resistor 4 -ΔV Switchmode -20 to +70 $1.84 @1k
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Pricing Notes:
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DS2710EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the DS2710

Technical Documents

Tutorial 4803 The Basics of USB Battery Charging: A Survival Guide

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: DS2710.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

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