Monday, 24 December 2018
ESP8266 brownout again
I've a big pile of 18650 cells recovered from laptop batteries and in anticipation of trying this I bought a few of those ubiquitous TP4056 charger & protection boards as these cells don't have protection built in. Running down a LiPo below about 2.5v is a death sentence for it.
Running the ESP8266 straight off the cell wasn't an option this time either. The 4.2v from a fully charged LiPo is in principle enough to kill it. Having managed to run microcontrollers completely out of spec with no trouble before I expect 90% will survive just fine, at least for a while but if I'm ever to turn this into a completed project I wouldn't want to rely on that across a large number of devices. So I also stuck a little 3.3v regulator in line.
This made for a slightly untidy test rig, but it's functional.
As expected the LiPo lasted much better. I lost track of uptime as I reprogrammed it a few times while working on my code, but I got over 30 hours of constant running.
So I reckon 18650s are a great option for the wearable parts of the project I have in mind, even if they do add complication.
Update: I did this test again and got twenty seven hours runtime.