Method of estimating remaining constant current/constant voltage charging time
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1. A method, comprising:
 detecting, by an apparatus, an availability of a charger adapter;
determining, by the apparatus, whether a battery charging point is in a constant current phase or in a constant voltage phase, based on predetermined battery charging characteristics, wherein the predetermined battery charging characteristics comprise constant current phase charging characteristics and constant voltage phase charging characteristics;
calculating, by the apparatus, a time remaining to charge in the constant current phase based on the constant current phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant current phase; and
calculating, by the apparatus, a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant voltage phase;
wherein the time remaining to charge in the constant current phase is based on stored charge characteristics in the constant current phase, when the battery charging point is in the constant current phase and wherein battery stored charge characteristics comprises a battery stored charge value based on monitored tracking of battery charging and discharging.
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Abstract
Method, apparatus, and computer program product embodiments are disclosed for estimating the remaining charging time of a rechargeable battery. An example embodiment of the invention comprises a method comprising the steps of determining if the battery charging point is in a constant current phase or in a constant voltage phase; if the battery charging point is in the constant current phase, calculating a time remaining to charge in the constant current phase based on the constant current phase charging characteristics and a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics; and if the battery charging point is in the constant voltage phase, calculating a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics.
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1. A method, comprising:

detecting, by an apparatus, an availability of a charger adapter; determining, by the apparatus, whether a battery charging point is in a constant current phase or in a constant voltage phase, based on predetermined battery charging characteristics, wherein the predetermined battery charging characteristics comprise constant current phase charging characteristics and constant voltage phase charging characteristics; calculating, by the apparatus, a time remaining to charge in the constant current phase based on the constant current phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant current phase; and calculating, by the apparatus, a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant voltage phase; wherein the time remaining to charge in the constant current phase is based on stored charge characteristics in the constant current phase, when the battery charging point is in the constant current phase and wherein battery stored charge characteristics comprises a battery stored charge value based on monitored tracking of battery charging and discharging.  View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)


14. A nontransitory computer readable medium, comprising program instructions, which when executed by a computer processor, perform:

detecting an availability of a charger adapter; determining whether a battery charging point is in a constant current phase or in a constant voltage phase, based on predetermined battery charging characteristics, wherein the predetermined battery charging characteristics comprise constant current phase charging characteristics and constant voltage phase charging characteristics; calculating a time remaining to charge in the constant current phase based on the constant current phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant current phase; and calculating a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant voltage phase; wherein the time remaining to charge in the constant current phase is based on stored charge characteristics in the constant current phase, when the battery charging point is in the constant current phase and wherein battery stored charge characteristics comprises a battery stored charge value based on monitored tracking of battery charging and discharging.


15. An apparatus, comprising:

at least one processor; at least one memory including computer program code; the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the processor at least to; detect an availability of a charger adapter; determine whether a battery charging point is in a constant current phase or in a constant voltage phase, based on predetermined battery charging characteristics, wherein the predetermined battery charging characteristics comprise constant current phase charging characteristics and constant voltage phase charging characteristics; calculate a time remaining to charge in the constant current phase based on the constant current phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant current phase; and calculate a time remaining to charge in the constant voltage phase based on the constant voltage phase charging characteristics, if the battery charging point is in the constant voltage phase; wherein the time remaining to charge in the constant current phase is based on stored charge characteristics in the constant current phase, when the battery charging point is in the constant current phase and wherein battery stored charge characteristics comprises a battery stored charge value based on monitored tracking of battery charging and discharging.  View Dependent Claims (16)

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