MP2636 Power Booster & Charger Module (DFR0446)

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Hi. Still learning about power management with lithium batteries.

Does this module provide protection from over-discharging the battery? I know it doesn’t explicitly say it does, but it’s claimed that it works like a USB powerbank, and I think all (OK maybe not ALL, but all reasonable quality) USB powerbanks provide this feature.


Hi Alex,

I’ve taken a look through the datasheet, and unfortunately can’t find anything mentioning undervoltage protection.

Generally though, these protections (such as the ones built into our LiPo cells) let the battery discharge too much for regular use anyway.

What I’d suggest is having your host microcontroller measure the battery voltage with a voltage divider and ADC, possibly incorporating a follower op-amp circuit if your ADC doesn’t have a high-impedance frontend. More on all that here:

Hi James, Alex
I think a lot of these cells have this over discharge cut out built in at the top or nipple end. Beware though this adds a little bit to the length and causes a VERY tight fit in most cell holders.
The cell must recover a bit after cutting out as once activated the cut out would prevent access to the cell for charging if cut off circuitry remained OFF. For this reason it would not be a good idea to “coax” a bit more out of the cell because if it went so far down so as to not recover you would never charge it. I am not aware of any provision to allow a charge if the cut off circuit is off but there may be.
Cheers Bob