First Try

A project log for Coin Battery Shield for D1 Mini

Small battery for your ESP8266 devices.

dehipude Éhipu 07/04/2019 at 10:250 Comments

There is a battery shield for D1 Mini development board, produced and sold by Wemos, but I find it a little lacking for some specific use cases. It wastes power by boosting the battery voltage to 5V and then letting the on-board LDO bring it back to 3.3V. It has a separate USB socket for charging the battery. It doesn't have a power switch. And most of all, it doesn't contain an actual battery — you have to connect that separately. That means it not suitable for some really small and portable projects. So I made this.

It's a very simple shield. It only has the battery itself, behind a shottky diode to protect it from your USB power, a charging circuit connected to the 5V pin, with an indicator diode, and a power switch. That's it.

There are two down-sides for using this design. First, the battery is tiny — only around 40mAh — so it won't last long. Second, it only provides between 3.6 and 4.2V to the 5V rail, so if you have anything that actually requires 5V, it won't work. But I think it's still useful for certain projects.