Re: [PATCH v7 1/4] gadget: Introduce the usb charger framework

From: Felipe Balbi
Date: Mon Apr 18 2016 - 06:33:04 EST


Pavel Machek <pavel@xxxxxx> writes:
>> > Very often, you want to charge using 1.8A from an old desktop PC.
>> if that old desktop's port is not a charging port, you shouldn't be
>> allowed to do that. Not ever.
> Yes, Felipe just decided that I should not be able to charge my N900
> in useful way.

you can do whatever you want with *your* kernel binary, but we're not
gonna ship something potentially dangerous. If that PC port is telling
you it can only allow 100mA, you should *not* be allowed to overcome
that limitation from the device side, sorry.

>> >> a) you are connected to a dedicated charger
>> >>
>> >> In this case, you can get up to 2000mA depending on the charger.
>> >>
>> >> If $this charger can give you or not 2000mA is not detectable,
>> >> so what do charging ICs do ? They slowly increase the attached
>> >> load accross VBUS/GND and measure VBUS value. When IC notices
>> >> VBUS dropping bit, step back to previous load.
>> >>
>> >> This means you will always charger with maximum rating of DCP.
>> >>
>> >> Why would user change this ? More is unsafe, less is just
>> >> stupid.
>> >
>> > Actually, less is not stupid. Charging li-ion battery from li-ion battery might
>> > be stupid. Imagine I'm on train, with device like N900 (50% battery) and power bank
>> > (3Ah). I'm actively using the device. If I let it charge at full current, I'll waste
>> > energy. If I limit current to approximately the power consumption, it will run the
>> > powerbank empty, first, then empty the internal battery, maximizing total time I
>> > can use the device.
>> why would you waste energy ? What the charger chip would do is charge
>> battery to maximum then just to maintenance charge from that point
>> on. Where is energy being wasted other than normal heat dissipation ?
> Physics 101, of course wasted energy goes to heat. Lets not waste
> energy by charging li-ion from li-ion when it is not required.

your cellphone has no means to know that it's connected to a Li-Ion
battery. We don't have visibility on what we're connected to, just how
much it can source.


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