The MAX1666 provides complete protection against overvoltage, undervoltage, overcharge current, overdischarge current, and cell mismatch for 2-cell to 4-cell lithium-ion (Li+) battery packs. The voltage of each cell in the battery pack is checked and compared to the programmable threshold and to the other cells in the pack.
The MAX1666 protects the battery pack in an overcurrent condition by disconnecting the pack from the load at a programmable limit. On-chip power MOSFET drivers control external P-channel MOSFETs to disconnect the cells from external terminals when faults occur.
The MAX1666 employs a unique timing scheme that allows three modes of operation for optimal performance and battery power conservation. The MAX1666 can operate in a stand-alone configuration or in conjunction with a microcontroller. It is available in four versions: the S version monitors two Li+ cells, the A and V versions monitor three cells, and the X version monitors four cells. When the charge path is disabled by the charge control pin, the MAX1666A reduces current consumption compared to the MAX1666S/V/X.
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