Lowering output DC voltage from 5.2v to 4.2V to charge a 18650 battery pack

I need to manually balance one of my low voltage packs.

I have a 5.2V 1.35 cell phone charger, what would be needed to lower the output voltage to 4.2V?

I found another power supply, it has 4.35V output, would it be safe to use that one?

I’ll keep an eye on the pack voltage all of the time.

Is this on the pack that you’ve discharged to 0 several times. Remember what I said about more likely to catch on fire?

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Either use resistors or get a step down converter. Pay attention that to the voltage range it can adjust to.

EDIT:: but don’t fiddle with sketchy packs.

That packs a has already been discarted, after I saw it had zero volts. I replaced it with a new pack of brand new Samsung 25R 18650, but I made a mistake and didn’t balance the pack before building it, that pack reached 1.75V once but recovered. I’d like to balance it without disassembling.

Hope to get some suggestions on how to do it.


But if you want to simplify it even further… The leads on the power resistor linked below would fit in the JST balance plug. Just attach a voltage meter to each end of the resistor to monitor the cell during discharge. The switch is not essential; it just makes it easier to compare voltage under 2A load to resting voltage

So all you need is a 10W+ power resistor and a DVM. Done.


@jmasta This was indeed really helpful, thanks a lot for the time to write this down.

I’ll do it today, I’m on my way to the electronic shop

This is awesome. My cells are out of balance as well, and this looks like the best solution I’ve read so far.

For jmasta or anyone who might know, is it necessary to connect the power resistor to the JST balance plug? Could I instead just connect the leads on the power resistor to a pack that I want to lower the voltage on? For example, connect the leads to the sides of the pack that I highlighted below:

I ask because my balance leads are all hot glued to the JST balance plug. I could try to remove it, but I am afraid I’ll accidentally damage my BMS. Here’s a picture of the JST balance plug, in case someone sees an easy way to deal with it. If it helps, this is an Enertion Spacecell, 10s3p.

Thanks, guys. Looking forward to rehabilitating my gimpy battery.