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2-amp Maximum Power Tracking Charger

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2-amp Maximum Power Tracking Charger
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R1 = 100kOhm 5 % 0.125W, SMD 0805
R2,R5,R6 = 10kOhm 5% 0.125W, SMD 0805
R3 = 470 kOhm, 1% 0.1W, SMD 0805
R4,R10,R11 = 68.1kOhm 1%, 0.125W, SMD 0805
R7 = 1MOhm 5% 0.125W, SMD 0805
R8 = 499kOhm, 1%, 0.125W, SMD 0805
R9,R12 = 196kOhm 1% 0.125W, SMD 0805
R13 = 0.05Ohm 1%, 1W, SMD 1206
P1 = 47kOhm 20% 0.15W, trimpot, top adjust
C1 = 10µF 50V, +80%/–20%, SMD 1210, Y5V
C2 = 4.7µF 25V, 10%, SMD 1210, X7R
C3 = 2.2µF 25V, 10%, SMD 0603, X5R
C4 = 10µF 25V, 10%, SMD 1206, X5R
C5 = 47µF 25V 20%, SMD 2220, X7R
C6 = 100µF 25V 20%, Radial Can SMD
FIL1,FIL4 = NFM41PC204F1H3L (Murata)
FIL2,FIL3 = NFR21GD4702202L (Murata)
L1 = 22µH 11A, 20%, 14.6mOhm (Würth Elektronik 74435572200)
D2 = BZX84-B10,215, SMD SOT-23
D3 = LED, red, 3mm, through hole
D4 = LED, green, 3mm, through hole
D5,D6 = 1N4148, SMD SOD-123F
D7 = BZX84-B6V2, SMD SOT-23
T1 = SI4401DY-T1-E3, SMD SO-8
F1 = 2A antisurge (T), 5x20mm, with PCB mount holder and cap JP1 = 2-pin pinheader, 0.1’’ pitch
JP1 = jumper, 0.1’’
K1 = 3-way PCB screw terminal block, 5mm pitch
K2,K3 = 2-way PCB terminal block, 5mm pitch
TP1,TP2 = solder pin
Case: Teko 2/A.1, aluminum, size 57.5x72x28mm
PCB # 130145-1 v1.1 [1]

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