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    Default Recomendation for IC to build iphone battery pack

    What I want to do is build my own iPhone power source, I just want a universal USB out, so 5V up to what, 800mA? I considered building this with a large prismatic lipo cell, but then I would need a boost circuit. Blech. Or, I wanted something I could connect to a RC lipo pack, or like the one posted by Kospap here: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...45#post3750345 4 18650, either 2S2P or 4S. Of course, for efficiency I don't want to use a linear regulator to do it. While a built in charge controller would be nice, I wouldn't be completely adverse to using my hobby charger, if need be. I just want a decent amount of watt hours, maybe 3 times that of the iPhone battery, or better.

    I suppose these may exist already, but seems I could do it with what I have on hand mostly, since I am a flashaholic and not just an ordinary citizen

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    Default Re: Recomendation for IC to build iphone battery pack

    As a Flashaholic, you would surely go for one of these Power packs - with White and UV light built in

    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/2400mah...adapters-73078

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    Default Re: Recomendation for IC to build iphone battery pack

    I use something that looks just like this to charge my phone or Ipod from a 18650.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Output-D...item2a127c6841

    however, the one I got from Ebay looks a little different than this one and is no longer listed from the seller I bought it from (he sells mini stereo amplifiers). Also it had a tiny blue led to indicate charging and required a 470k-ohm resistor placed between the + output and both data pins (center) to charge the Ipod. I would imagine this would be the same for an Iphone. I haven't tested it on a Iphone yet but it recharged my friends' Blackberry and Android. It recharged my Motorola phone with or without the resistor.

    Also, it does not have reverse polarity protection which I learned the hard way (fried the diode) and had to order another.
    Last edited by lilmarvin4064; 11-18-2011 at 06:55 PM.

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