Cell Phone Charger Circuit

Mobile phones generally charge with 5v regulated DC supply, so basically we are going to build a 5v regulated DC supply from 220 AC. This DC supply can be used to charge mobiles as well as the power source for digital circuits, breadboard circuits, ICs, microcontrollers etc.


You can also build 6V DC, 9V, 12V, 15V etc by using proper transformer, capacitor and voltage regulator. The basic concept remains the same, you just need to arrange a heat sink for higher voltage and current.


This circuit mainly consists a step down Transformer, a Full wave bridge rectifier and a 5V voltage regulator IC (7805). We can divide this circuit into four parts: (1) Step down AC voltage (2) Rectification (3) Filtration (4) Voltage Regulation.


1. Step down AC voltage

As we are converting 220V AC into a 5V DC, first we need a step-down transformer to reduce such high voltage. Here we have used 9-0-9 1A step-down transformer, which convert 220V AC to 9V AC. In transformer there are primary and secondary coils which step up or step down the voltage according to the no of turn in the coils.


Selection of proper transformer is very important. Current rating depends upon the Current requirement of Load circuit (circuit which will use the generate DC). The voltage rating should be more than the required voltage. Means if we need 5V DC, transformer should at least have a rating of 7V, because voltage regulator IC 7805 at least need 2V more i.e. 7V to provide a 5V voltage.


2. Rectification

Rectification is the process of removing the negative part of the Alternate Current (AC), hence producing the partial DC. This can be achieved by using 4 diodes. Diodes only allow current to flow in one direction. In first half cycle of AC diode D2 & D3 are forward biased and D1 and D4 are reversed biased, and in the second half cycle (negative half) Diode D1 and D4 are forward biased and D2 and D3 are reversed biased. This Combination converts the negative half cycle into positive.

full wave rectifier

A full wave bridge rectifier component is available in the market, which consist that combination of 4 diode internally. Here we have used this component.

Full Wave Bridge Rectifier


3. Filtration

The output after the Rectification is not a proper DC, it is oscillation output and has a very high ripple factor. We don’t need that pulsating output, for this we use Capacitor. Capacitor charge till the waveform goes to its peak and discharge into Load circuit when waveform goes low. So when output is going low, capacitor maintains the proper voltage supply into the Load circuit, hence creating the DC. Now how the value of this filter capacitor should be calculated. Here is the formulae:

C = I * t / V

C= capacitance to be calculated

I= Max output current (let’s say 500mA)

t= 10ms,

We will get wave of 100Hz frequency after converting 50Hz AC into DC, through full wave bridge rectifier. As the negative part of the pulse is converted into positive, one pulse will be counted two. So the Time period will be 1/100= .01 Second= 10ms

V = Peak voltage – voltage given to voltage regulator IC (+2 more than rated means 5+2=7)

9-0-9 is the RMS value of transforms so peak voltage is Vrms * 1.414= 9* 1.414= 12.73v

Now 1.4v will be dropped on 2 diodes (0.7 per diode) as 2 will be forward biased for half wave.

So 12.73 – 1.4 = 11.33v

When capacitor discharges into load circuit, it must provide 7v to 7805 IC to work so finally V is:

V = 11.33 – 7= 4.33v

So now C = I * t / V

C = 500mA * 10ms / 4.33 = .5 * .01 / 4.33 = 1154uF ~ 1000uF


4. Voltage Regulation

A voltage regulator IC 7805 is used to provide a regulated 5v DC. Input voltage should be 2volts more than the rated output voltage for proper working of IC, means at least 7v is needed, although it can operate in input voltage range of 7-20V. Voltage regulators have all the circuitry inside it to provide a proper regulated DC. Capacitor of  0.01uF should be connected to the output of the 7805 to eliminate the noise, produced by transient changes in voltage.

Voltage Regulator 7805 Pins



Here is the complete circuit diagram for cell phone charger circuit:

Cell Phone Charger Circuit Diagram

You need to be very careful while building this circuit, as AC mains 220V is involved here.


Comments (86)

  • siva's picture

    i need a charger circuit

    Dec 11, 2015
  • Peterwan's picture

    Good brother i think the schematic is clearly given on this page(:

    Jan 11, 2017
  • Muashra Nabi 's picture
    Muashra Nabi

    Sir i don not know how to connect transformer to the circuit.

    Mar 26, 2018
  • Diler's picture

    What is output of circuit
    If lower than 2A how to get it there

    Jan 31, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    It will depend upon the Transformer, here 9-0-9 1A Transformer is used.

    Feb 08, 2016
  • Peter's picture

    The 7805 regulator will only supply up to 1A, so the circuit is not suitable for 2A even with a different transformer.

    Feb 29, 2016
  • Firoza patel's picture
    Firoza patel

    Hi. I'm making a similar circuit and would just like to know the specifications of the full wave bridge rectifier used above.
    Thank you

    Feb 03, 2016
  • Muhammad afzal's picture
    Muhammad afzal

    sir what's value of C2

    Feb 04, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Its mentioned in circuit diagram, its 0.01uF (capacitance code 103)

    Feb 08, 2016
  • Firoza patel's picture
    Firoza patel

    I'm making a similar project. I'd just like to know whats the model of the rectifier that you've used.

    Feb 08, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Its 400v 1A Full Wave Bridge Rectifier, can be easily available on any electronics components shop or online stores like ebay.

    Feb 08, 2016
  • Ade Bab's picture
    Ade Bab

    How can this circuit be adapted in a locality where voltage fluctuate. What is the efficiency?. From your figure, the voltage measured was 5.11v. How about over voltage, overcurrent protection?ī

    Feb 27, 2016
  • Peter's picture

    I think you have drawn the circuit incorrectly. The way you've drawn it, diodes D1 and D3 short out the transformer output on negative cycles. Your circuit has the junction of D1 and D3 is connected to the transformer centre-tap, although that's not very clear the way you've drawn it.

    You need to remove D1 and D3 completely, and the circuit will then work as you meant it to. You do not need and should not use a bridge rectifier with a centre-tapped transformer.

    The other way to fix your circuit is not to connect the centre-tap of the transformer to ground, but then you'll have 18v AC across the bridge, which will be about 25v DC, and the regulator will then dissipate a lot of heat.

    Also, you should put a 0.1uF or 0.01uF capacitor on the input side of the regulator as well as the output side.

    Feb 29, 2016
  • Annie_M's picture

    With the transformer shown as connected in the schematic (ie 9-0-9 - centre tap), you do not need & should not use a bridge rectifier, the common earth on the -ve side of the rectifier and the centre tap will sohort circuit one of the windings. If you use a single winding transformer, use a bridge rectifier; if you are using a cenrre tap transformer, use 2 individual rectifer diodes thus: the centre tap of the transformer is used as the -ve supply to the circuit & the two other winding ends go through the diodes which are commoned to gether at their + ends. This commoned connection is the +ve supply to the circuit.

    Feb 07, 2018
  • manish 's picture

    How to designe a power supply used for mobiles in which rectifier is used before TRANSFORMER.

    Mar 01, 2016
  • Leah 's picture


    Mar 04, 2016
  • Jeremy ronquillo's picture
    Jeremy ronquillo

    SIr i need help designing a power supply unit that has 5V DC output with 2A. Requirements sais i must use a supercapacitor so that the unit will continue to provide electrical energy for 2 minutes even if the unit is unplugged. I hope i can get a response. Thank youuuu

    Mar 17, 2016
  • bat-erdenr's picture

    I tried this circiut and output is 2.2v i need 5 volt when i missed pls help me iam Mongolia

    May 07, 2016
  • shinny's picture

    Hi Bat-Erdenr,
    Could you provide more detail information about your question? Was your experiment result 2.2V? Did you use exactly same components which drawn on this circuit?

    May 10, 2016
  • Allen's picture

    Good day sir! I need to build a 220Vac – 5Vdc, 2A linear power supply. Which of your components do I need to change to accomplish this? Thank you!

    May 10, 2016
  • Biswanath gorai's picture
    Biswanath gorai

    I shall try make this charger

    May 10, 2016
  • Biddut kumar 's picture
    Biddut kumar

    Thank you for setting

    May 11, 2016
  • Atchyut Sreekar's picture
    Atchyut Sreekar

    I need the output to be 9V and 1.2A. How do I regulate or set the current at the output to 1.2A?
    I guess the 78xx series IC's have a maximum current of 1A. Should I use an LM317?
    Can I control current at output using additional circuitry?

    Jun 01, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Use 12-0-12 transformer and yes use LM317 for better results.

    Jun 11, 2016
  • Oba Isaac's picture
    Oba Isaac

    What about inverter

    Jun 06, 2016
  • Vivek's picture

    This is a 5V adaptor not charger.

    charger circuit is inbuilt in phone which gives 4.2V to battery and does cc+cv+trickle charging.

    Jun 16, 2016
  • Parag's picture

    Sir, i want to make adapter with output 5V , 1A.. please guide me which changes i have to do in above circuit. Thank you.

    Jun 20, 2016
  • Cvbjjv's picture

    How can we increase 1a to 3a

    Jun 25, 2016
  • Banjo's picture

    help in making a 5v 2a adaptor like this

    Jul 01, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    @Parag, @Cvbjjv, @Banjo: First you should select the Transformer accordingly, and then you need to select components, that can bear the current according to the Load, so that they wont burn up. Like roughly IC7805 can handle 1A current, depending upon the load.

    Jul 09, 2016
  • Jasveer Singh's picture
    Jasveer Singh

    how to make multiple mobile charger at least 10 mobiles charge at once.

    Jul 10, 2016
  • Musou's picture

    How to make the output becomes 12 V?

    Jul 16, 2016
  • Jc's picture

    Will this circuit still work if i replace the transformer . and make it like in a wireless charger, transmitter coil- receiver coil?

    Jul 20, 2016
  • Robert Clark's picture
    Robert Clark

    Could you run a phone charger, or any AC/DC adapter, backwards to attach a battery to the output leads and get AC out of the plug?

    Bob Clark

    Jul 29, 2016
  • Melchor's picture

    i just have a stu[pid question..can i use the transformer found in the cellphone charger the opposite way?

    Aug 01, 2016
  • echo's picture

    Is it okay to use 5v zener diode and 1k ohm resistor to disipate the ripples?

    Aug 11, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    Yes, you can, better use 6v Zener diode.

    Aug 13, 2016
  • Soumen parui's picture
    Soumen parui

    My cell phone charger out put voltage only .3 volt.It is not desirable.But i can not under stand the problem .Please answer me

    Aug 13, 2016
  • Chintan's picture

    Dear Sir,
    I am trying to make mobile charger using wind energy. I also prepared circuit with diode BR10-10, 1000UF/35V CAP., 7805 IC nd 10UF /63V cap. But I am getting only 2mAmp in place of 500mAmp. How can I achieve it? please help me. Nd I also use 500RPM - 12V DC Motor as generator.

    Aug 24, 2016
  • Jagadeesh's picture

    How can I get an output current of 2 amps with 5v/any other voltage ....what are the changes to be made in the circuit toooo....please explain....????

    Sep 19, 2016
  • Surya's picture

    Hey I want the circuit design for making mobile charger........

    Oct 24, 2016
  • MEHMOOD 's picture

    hey everybody...i want to design a multiple current ratings charger of values 1A 1.5A 2A....IN A SINGLE BOX...any knowledge about this project ???seriously neede.....

    Nov 14, 2016
  • Jean Marie 's picture
    Jean Marie


    i have a generator producing 8V AC 3 phases (3 wires) and i would like to charge my phone at 5V 1A DC
    Can i skip the step 1 and directly go to step 2 ?
    And how did you calculate the 100 Hz ?


    Dec 01, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Yes you can skip step first but you also need to consider the current rating your Generator. And AC is of 50Hz so we get 100Hz in DC.

    Dec 10, 2016
  • Sourav Chakraborty's picture
    Sourav Chakraborty

    I need a charger circuit without any tranformar

    Dec 07, 2016
  • Sourav Chakraborty's picture
    Sourav Chakraborty

    How to prepare mobile phone charger without any transformer??

    Dec 16, 2016
  • Ansar Hussain Gilgiti's picture
    Ansar Hussain G...

    Sir I want to make charger 5v to 12v Regulated output. what changes are required in this circuit? if we used SCR instead of Diodes what will the result?

    Dec 18, 2016
  • Sourav Chakraborty's picture
    Sourav Chakraborty

    How to prepare mobile phone charger without any transformer??

    Dec 18, 2016
  • ramoall's picture

    I want to prduce modulated phone wave from 1000 to 2500 Hz . and to be able to tune its intesity for biological stuy
    many thanks

    Dec 19, 2016
  • Biju MS's picture
    Biju MS

    I am trying to make a simple water level indicator using the data taken from internet only. i just wanted to know whether i could replace 9V 1A ac adapter in place of using 9V HW battery for making a simple water level indicator which has resistor 330 ohms and transistor BC 547 in it.

    Dec 21, 2016
  • Sravankumarneela 's picture

    As in transformer o/p power =i/p power then how the electronic devices are working at our homes because of this high i/p power of a transformer.

    Dec 21, 2016
  • mohamed Azeem's picture
    mohamed Azeem

    how to 5v ?

    Dec 22, 2016
  • Mary Jane's picture
    Mary Jane

    Good Day Sir,,

    what transformer should i use in reducing AC 85 - 270 v.

    Jan 03, 2017
  • tonny Anthony's picture
    tonny Anthony

    How do i use a transformer with 11v output

    Jan 05, 2017
  • Maddy's picture

    You can use 11v transformer with this circuit, current rating should be less than 1A, what is the current rating of your transformer?

    Jan 28, 2017
  • Anik's picture

    Please tell me why my mobile charger is showing charging but battery is not charging what could be the problem in any mobile?

    Feb 10, 2017
  • Pushpak's picture

    Hello sir i need sm help please
    i hv transformer now its giving me dc output is near 13v but i wanted to charge my my 2.4v Ni-mh battery so i used 8v mosfet or i think its called as voltage regulator LM7808 and created a circuit but did not work my battery isn't charging...(i checked it using multimeter it gives 7.98v) but its not working at all i dont kno why i need sm solution or is thr any way to increase output voltage of mobile charger like my android charger gives 5v output so if i can increase it to 7-9 v ? please help me out

    Mar 03, 2017
  • Pushpak's picture

    i want to make charger thats gives at digit dc voltage between 7-10 v dc so i can charge my2.v battery using it
    it wud be a big help of some1 show me how to increase voltage of normal mobile charger
    thank you

    Mar 04, 2017
  • Pushpak's picture

    wow kind of a voltage regulator...thank you maddy but can u suggest me sm quick and lil cheap method...

    and can use smtng else instd of LM317

    Mar 05, 2017
  • Chiranjeeb's picture

    i have done it but the percentage of battery coming down, what could do to up the percentage

    Mar 04, 2017
  • Andrew's picture

    which capacitor can i use when designing a mobile charger AC12 input?

    Mar 05, 2017
  • bahaa's picture

    What should we have to do if we need output current of 2A

    Mar 27, 2017
  • Firdous Khosa's picture
    Firdous Khosa

    Input is 100-220v~ 50-60Hz 1.5A
    Output 19V=4.74A

    Apr 15, 2017
  • Faizal's picture

    good day sir..

    may i know, what is the function for C1 capacitor?
    thank you.. sorry for my bad english..

    Apr 21, 2017
  • sushahs's picture

    sir i want to make a fast charger which out put has 5 volt and 3 amp, do you have any diagram ?????????
    i have already 3500 map lipobattrie

    May 14, 2017
  • Andrew Sims's picture
    Andrew Sims

    Thank you Sir, I have copied the end of the circuit, after the bridge rectifier, because I don't need it as I am using a DC Motor. The Motor is rated 12V so the Voltage Regulator with the same Capacitors should do the job nicely, providing a 5V output to a mobile phone or power bank. Would I put a 100ohm resistor in my final circuit?

    May 31, 2017
  • Shahzaib Asif's picture
    Shahzaib Asif

    How many ampere it gives at output ?

    Jun 10, 2017
  • Talha Tanveer's picture
    Talha Tanveer

    why you didn't used a resistor in smoothing?

    Jun 19, 2017
  • Usama Ejaz's picture
    Usama Ejaz

    Sir you just made my concepts better,

    Jul 05, 2017
  • James's picture

    All chargers av seen contains resistors in them , why is that ?

    Jul 07, 2017
  • ajay's picture

    What happen if I connect a 7V DC motor directly to a 220V AC supply by a charger and datacable
    Is it work or get any short circuit???

    Aug 19, 2017
  • B.Aswinth Raj's picture
    B.Aswinth Raj

    Assuming your chargers output to be 5V 2A. Yes you can do it. It will not create a short circuit. 

    But, it is not an effective way of doing it. Because the 7V motor will be powered by 5V which will force it to consume more current and eventually damage it.

    So this will be a temporary solution only.

    Aug 20, 2017
  • vishu's picture

    i need block daigram and circuit daigram power supply. one input and meny outputs.but output current will be different

    Aug 23, 2017
  • Rajiv rajput's picture
    Rajiv rajput

    LED in mobile charger is not glowing and mobile also is not charging..so, i want to take a risk of removing LED and joining both ends..will it work..what is the significance of LED apart from glowing indication..?

    Aug 28, 2017
  • B.Aswinth Raj's picture
    B.Aswinth Raj

    LED is given for indication purpose. Removing it might not help.

    Which LED are you talking about? There is no LED in the circuit diagram

    Sep 01, 2017
  • Bhavesh Chudasama 's picture
    Bhavesh Chudasama

    1 Hors 80 % Mobaile Chargin & All Compny Mobaile Charge ?

    Oct 05, 2017
  • SANDEEP BERA's picture

    i want to know that is it the mobilecharger using buck converter or not?? pls clarify

    Oct 31, 2017
  • yahaya galadima's picture
    yahaya galadima

    good and simple

    Mar 04, 2018
  • moeez 's picture

    what if 2A transformer is used ????

    Jun 02, 2018
  • B.Aswinth Raj's picture
    B.Aswinth Raj

    Yes you can use a 2A transformer, it will increase the output current of the circuit. But since 7805 can supply only upto 1.5A you will not be able to draw more than that without damaging the IC

    Jun 06, 2018

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