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PowerBank Click with EasyPIC v7

Published Nov 01, 2023

Click board™

PowerBank Click

Development board

EasyPIC v7


NECTO Studio



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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

PowerBank Click is based on the MP2632B, a highly integrated 3A Li-Ion and Li-Polymer battery charger from Monolithic Power Systems (MPS). It can supply power from the connected battery through a USB port and charge the battery. The MP2632B can operate in charge and boost modes to allow for full-system and battery-power management. It has an integrated VIN-to-SYS pass-through path to pass the input voltage to the system. The pass-through path has built-in over-voltage (OVP), over-current protection (OCP), and a higher priority over the charging path. This board can also recharge the connected battery from a micro USB connector on the bottom side by providing input power. The MP2632B operates in charge mode when the input power is present. The MP2632B detects the battery voltage automatically and charges the battery in three phases: trickle current, constant current, and constant voltage. Other features include charge termination and auto-recharge.

The MP2632B also integrates input current limit and voltage regulation to manage the input power and prioritize the system load. Without an input source, the MP2632B switches to boost mode through PB to power SYS from the battery. In boost mode, the OLIM pin programs the output current limit, and the MP2632B automatically turns off at light load. The MP2632B also allows output short-circuit protection (SCP) to disconnect the battery completely from the load in case of a short-circuit fault. Normal operation resumes once the short-circuit fault is removed. The operational mode selector button on the PowerBank Click has a few purposes. If the button is pressed for more than 1.5ms, the boost is enabled and latched if V IN is unavailable. LEDs 1-4 are ON for five seconds whenever the button is pressed for more than 1.5ms. If the button is pressed for more than 1.5ms twice within one second, it serves as a torch light ON/OFF switch. If the button is held pressed for more than 2.5 seconds, this is defined

as a long push, and the boost is shut down manually. A 4-LED driver is integrated for voltage-based fuel gauge indication. With torch-light control, the MP2632B provides an all-in-one solution for power banks and similar applications without an external microcontroller. The PowerBank Click is also equipped with an MCP3221, a successive approximation A/D converter (ADC) with a 12-bit resolution to monitor battery voltage over an I2C bus over a mikroBUS™ socket. This Click board™ can only be operated with a 5V logic voltage level. The board must perform appropriate logic voltage level conversion before using MCUs with different logic levels. However, the Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.


Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v7 is the seventh generation of PIC development boards specially designed to develop embedded applications rapidly. It supports a wide range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip and has a broad set of unique functions, such as a powerful onboard mikroProg programmer and In-Circuit debugger over USB-B. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements in one place, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others. With four different connectors for each port, EasyPIC v7 allows you to connect accessory boards, sensors, and custom electronics more efficiently than ever. Each part of

the EasyPIC v7 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An integrated mikroProg, a fast USB 2.0 programmer with mikroICD hardware In-Circuit Debugger, offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides it also includes a clean and regulated power supply block for the development board. It can use various external power sources, including an external 12V power supply, 7-23V AC or 9-32V DC via DC connector/screw terminals, and a power source via the USB Type-B (USB-B) connector. Communication options such as

USB-UART and RS-232 are also included, alongside the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, three display options (7-segment, graphical, and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from PIC10F, PIC12F, PIC16F, PIC16Enh, PIC18F, PIC18FJ, and PIC18FK families. EasyPIC v7 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

EasyPIC v7 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

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PowerBank Click accessories image

Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

I2C Clock
I2C Data
Power Supply

Take a closer look


PowerBank Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v7 as your development board.

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 40 hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click complete accessories setup image hardware assembly
EasyPIC v7 Access MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto DIP image step 7 hardware assembly
EasyPIC PRO v7a Display Selection Necto Step hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

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Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for PowerBank Click driver.

Key functions:

  • uint16_t powerbank_read_data ( ); - Function is used to read raw data from MCP3221.
  • uint16_t powerbank_read_voltage ( uint16_t v_ref ); - Function is used to calculate voltage of the connected battery.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * \file 
 * \brief PowerBank Click example
 * # Description
 * This application is example of the PowerBank Click functionality
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initalizes I2C driver and makes an initial log.
 * ## Application Task  
 * This example shows the capabilities of the 
 * PowerBank click by measuring voltage of the connected
 * battery. In order to get correct calculations user should
 * change "v_ref" value to his own power supply voltage.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "powerbank.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static powerbank_t powerbank;
static log_t logger;

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    powerbank_cfg_t cfg;

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Init ----" );

    //  Click initialization.

    powerbank_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    powerbank_init( &powerbank, &cfg );

    Delay_ms( 100 );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "     PowerBank click    \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );

void application_task ( void )
    uint16_t voltage;
    uint16_t v_ref = 5075;

    voltage = powerbank_read_voltage( &powerbank, v_ref );
    log_printf( &logger, "Battery voltage: %d mV\r\n", voltage );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );
    Delay_ms( 2000 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );
// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

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