USB ports are very handy around the house, you can use any USB port that is on a motherboard. If you are using 500mA charge rate, try to avoid using extension cords! Even for 100mA charge rates, we suggest not plugging into unpowered hubs (most hubs are un-powered), keyboard ports, monitor ports, etc.
You can use USB wall adapters such as those for tablets, phones, GPS, MP3 players, too!
There are two LEDs on each MicroLipo charger.
- Red - this means the chip has detected a cell and is charging it
- Green - this means the chip has completed the charge cycle and the battery is ready to go
Both - this means the battery is damaged or isn't plugged in.
We strongly encourage using Adafruit batteries for your projects since they are new, come with protection circuitry and have the right polarity JST cables.
There may be situations where you need to charge a random battery and you can't solder a JST cable to it! In this case, you can usually hack something together.
For example, here's a GoPro battery that discharged all the way and couldn't be 'revived' by the camera.
On the back, though, there are these clippy connectors!