LTC4012 - High Efficiency, Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger with PowerPath Control


  • General Purpose Battery Charger Controller
  • Efficient 550kHz Synchronous Buck PWM Topology
  • ±0.5% Output Float Voltage Accuracy
  • Programmable Charge Current: 4% Accuracy
  • Programmable AC Adapter Current Limit: 3% Accuracy
  • No Audible Noise with Ceramic Capacitors
  • INFET Low Loss Ideal Diode PowerPath™ Control
  • Wide Input Voltage Range: 6V to 28V
  • Wide Output Voltage Range: 2V to 28V
  • Indicator Outputs for AC Adapter Present, Charging, C/10 Current Detection and Input Current Limiting
  • Analog Charge Current Monitor
  • Micropower Shutdown
  • 20-Pin 4mm × 4mm × 0.75mm QFN Package

Typical Application

LTC4012 Typical Application
LTC4012 Typical Application


The LTC4012 is a constant-current /constant-voltage battery charger controller. It uses a synchronous quasi-constant frequency PWM control architecture that will not generate audible noise with ceramic bulk capacitors. Charge current is set by external resistors and can be monitored as an output voltage. With no built-in termination, the LTC4012 family charges a wide range of batteries under external control.

The LTC4012 features fully adjustable output voltage, while the LTC4012-1 and LTC4012-2 can be pin-programmed for Lithium-Ion/Polymer battery packs of 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-series cells. The LTC4012-1 provides output voltage of 4.1V/cell and the LTC4012-2 is a 4.2V/cell version.

The device includes AC adapter input current limiting, which maximizes charge rate for a fixed input power level. An external sense resistor programs the input current limit, and the ICL status pin indicates reduced charge current as a result of AC adapter current limiting. Ideal diode control at the adaptor input improves charger efficiency.

The CHRG status pin is active during all charging modes, including special indication for low charge current.

 VfloatVfloat Range/ACP Pin
LTC4012 Adj. 2V-28V Yes
LTC4012-1 4.2V 1-4 Li-Ion Cells Yes
LTC4012-2 4.1V 1-4 Li-Ion Cells Yes
LTC4012-3 Adj. 2V-28V No


For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LTC4012CUF-1#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012CUF-1#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012CUF-2#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012CUF-2#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012CUF#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012CUF#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF C 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF-1#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF-1#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF-2#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF-2#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS
LTC4012IUF#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 UF I 05-08-1710 RoHS

LTC4012 Package Drawing
LTC4012 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LTC4012CUF-1#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $4.64 $3.25 Yes
LTC4012CUF-1#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $3.31 Yes
LTC4012CUF-2#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $4.64 $3.25 Yes
LTC4012CUF-2#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $3.31 Yes
LTC4012CUF#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $4.50 $3.15 Yes
LTC4012CUF#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 C $3.21 Yes
LTC4012IUF-1#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $5.64 $3.95 Yes
LTC4012IUF-1#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $4.01 Yes
LTC4012IUF-2#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $5.64 $3.95 Yes
LTC4012IUF-2#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $4.01 Yes
LTC4012IUF#PBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $5.43 $3.80 Yes
LTC4012IUF#TRPBF 4x4 QFN-20 I $3.86 Yes
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* The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Linear Technology sales office or authorized distributor.

Demo Boards

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Part Number Description Price Documentation
DC1256A LTC4012CUF-2 Demo Board | Multi-Chemistry, 3A Sync Buck Battery Charger with PowerPath Control $150.00
DC1614A LTC4012CUF Demo Board | Multi-Chemistry 8A Buck Battery Charger with PowerPath Control $150.00
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