homemade battery powered usb supply

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Joined Apr 3, 2009
hello, i just got a bright idea the other day. i want to make a portable battery powered USB supply to power my friends E-Cigarrette on the go. i drew up a quick schematic, just need some critiques before i build it. it looks right to me, but would like your opinion before i put it together. ty



Joined Sep 9, 2010
That'll work, but realize that 4/9 of what the battery supplies will be burnt off as heat, and that a 9V battery just doesn't have much juice to begin with. Under much load at all, it won't even be able to hold 5V at the output because there's some drop across the regulator itself and the battery will be pulled down to 7V or below. You might consider 4 AAs and drop the regulator, or use a 12v supply in the car.


Joined Sep 9, 2010
The datasheet says it needs 7.2v minimum to maintain regulation at 0.5A. At 0.5A, the 9V battery will not supply 7.2v.

On the upside, I don't think you need the capacitors when battery-operated.


Joined Apr 16, 2010
Three AA or AAA batteries in series will do the job without any other components except the USB jack. And they will last a lot longer than a standard 9V battery.


Joined Feb 19, 2009
cool. on this link http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/parts.html

schematic version 3 do all the circles labled 5v get connected together?
Yes, it makes the schematic a little easier to follow simply noting frequently used common lines (if done properly).

Circuit board is only $5, so if you order that and the switching IC, it would save a lot of time. Though you could order the switching IC and the rest of the stuff needed at the same time you get parts for your amp and save a lot on shipping as well.