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blazen

Right now my Arduino Uno is being powered by a 7.4V Lithium Ion battery pack. The battery pack is connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on, the Arduino is powered through Vin.

I want to be able to charge the battery pack through the DC barrel jack of the Arduino. From my understanding, when powered through the DC jack, the Arduino is powered with regulated 5Vs, and the unregulated voltage can be accessed from Vin.

The problem is that I am using a smart charger for the Lithium Ion Battery and want to be able to safely charge and utilize the charging indicator on the smart charger. But when plugged in, it also powers the Arduino board. Is there a way to bypass powering the Arduino and just access the power through Vin.

Also, can someone further explain the 3 connectors of the DC jack. I saw a post explaining it but can someone give me an example. Thanks.

elandd2011

The DC connector act like a switch.when you plug DC wall adaptor

Grumpy_Mike

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Is there a way to bypass powering the Arduino and just access the power through Vin


Only by hacking the arduino board with a scalpel and soldering iron. See the arduino schematic to find out where to cut tracks.

blazen


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Is there a way to bypass powering the Arduino and just access the power through Vin


Only by hacking the arduino board with a scalpel and soldering iron. See the arduino schematic to find out where to cut tracks.


If I just disconnect the power pin from the board and then connect that directly to the battery do you think that will work?

Grumpy_Mike

Not sure I understand that. If you disconnect the power pin on the DC jack you might as well not plug it in, in the first place.

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