BQ25010: can i short USB, BAT/OUT1, BAT/OUT and CE to a 6.8v battery

Part Number: BQ25010

Hi, I am trying to modify an old design using bq25010.  In the old design, CE is grounded, and it use bq25010 to charge a 3.7v Li battery, as well as generate 3.3v for my board.

for my new design, I need to use a different 6.8v Ni-MH battery with an external charger.   But I do not want to change my old board design, so I will keep the bq25010.

so I have two questions:

1. I am thinking of shorting 4 pins:  USB, BAT/OUT1, BAT/OUT and CE to the new 6.8v battery, is it OK?  basically I am using bq25010  only as a buck converter to generate 3.3v for my board. 

2.  if I tie EN and CE pin permanently to 6.8v,  will it be ok?  any long term reliability issue?   the datasheet only specify absmax for EN is 7v, but didn't specify absmax for CE pin.

Please advice.

Thanks.

John

4 Replies

  • Hello John
    Running this close to the Absolute Max Rating long term makes me nervous. Configuring the unit as only a buck converter has not been done.
    Have you been able to run test on the unit in the proposed configuration?

    It will be early next week before I can look at this more.

    Best Regards,

    Bill Johns,  Applications Engineer

    Texas Instruments Inc

    Dallas, Texas

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  • In reply to Bill Johns:

    Hi Bill:

    Please let me know once you found out the answers next week.

    Thanks.

    John

  • In reply to feng John:

    Hi John
    Have you tested this configuration on your with your board?

    Best Regards,

    Bill Johns,  Applications Engineer

    Texas Instruments Inc

    Dallas, Texas

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  • In reply to Bill Johns:

    Hi Bill:

    No, I cannot just test one board to reach a conclusion. This question should be answered by the application or designer.

    Could you check with the designer whether I can do the following two things:

    1. I am thinking of shorting 4 pins: USB, BAT/OUT1, BAT/OUT and CE to the new 6.8v battery, is it OK? basically I am using bq25010 only as a buck converter to generate 3.3v for my board.

    2. if I tie EN and CE pin permanently to 6.8v, will it be ok? any long term reliability issue? the datasheet only specify absmax for EN is 7v, but didn't specify absmax for CE pin.

    Please advice.

    Thanks.

    John