pictured schematic diagram is just a standard
constant current model with a added current limiter,
consisting of Q1, R1, and R4. The moment too much
current is flowing biases Q1 and drops the output
The output voltage is: 1.2 x (P1+R2+R3)/R3 volt.
Current limiting kicks in when the current is about
For a 6-volt battery which requires fast-charging,
the charge voltage is 3 x 2.45 = 7.35 V. (3 cells at
2.45v per cell). So the total value for R2 + P1 is
then about 585 ohm. For a 12 V battery the value for
R2 + P1 is then about 1290 ohm.
For this power supply to work efficiently, the input
voltage has to be a minimum of 3V higher than the
P1 is a standard trimmer potentiometer of sufficient
watt for your application.
The LM317 must be cooled on a sufficient (large)
Q1 (BC140) can be replaced with a NTE128 or the
older ECG128 (same company).
Except as a charger, this circuit can also be used
as a regular power supply.
R1 = 0.56 Ohm, 5W, WW
R2 = 470 Ohm C2 = 220nF
R3 = 120 Ohm
R4 = 100 Ohm
C1 = 1000uF/63V
Q1 = BC140
Q2 = LM317, Adj. Volt Reg.
C3 = 220nF (On large coolrib!)
P1 = 220 Ohm