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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] power_supply: add a charge_type status to the api, and use it for olpc driver
On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:02:39PM +0400, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 04:57:14PM +0100, Mark Brown wrote:

> > I strongly suspect you will find that the "slow" mode there is actually
> > a trickle charge. It's a lot more practical to trickle charge in mobile
> > phone sized systems since the batteries are so much smaller than laptop
> > batteries.

...

> For a Li-ion battery, the precharge current is typically 0.1C
> (C = charge rate = the charge current which will fully charge the
> battery in one hour)."

Yup, that sounds like a trickle charge all right.

> There is also precharge-wait and fastcharge-wait modes, FWIW.
> But we don't expose this information to the userspace.

Those *probably* boil down to one of the other states - without looking
at the datasheet they sound like waiting for the conditions required to
do one of the other charges to be satisfied.

> Probably not, Fast/Slow/Trickle are quite vague terms anyway.
> I'd prefer if we could measure this in some real units, but alas...

Fast and trickle charge are fairly well understood terms, I think. For
specific numbers you'd need to look at the particular batteries
involved, unfortunately, but they do tend to be fairly obvious when
looking at a particular charger and/or battery.


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