Video tutorial on using voltage multiplier

Dave has made an excellent video tutorial on building and using Dickson voltage doubler made if diodes and capacitors. This appears to be a cheap and easy way of rising voltage for low power applications. For instance, if you microcontroller circuit is powered from the 3V power supply and you want to attach 5V LCD, it may be useful to consider a voltage double to increase supply voltage instead of designing additional power supply branch. In the tutorial, there are real measurements made with different loads attached. [source]  

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Simple dummy load for basic testing

I bet you face lots of problems in design process where you simply need to test power supply, or LED by providing/drawing constant current regardless to voltage change. Such device is called a dummy load. You can find lots of DIY dummy load projects and we won’t be talking about commercial ones right now. Nick found out that most DIY dummy loads tend to be complicated or unavailable. So without struggling he decided to start his own simple and reliable load. He wanted it to be simple, self powered and indestructible. Indestructible means that it won’t burn in voltage range up to 30V. With BTS141 FET this became possible as it has built in over-current and over-voltage protection built in. Controlling is done with simple potentiometer attached to operational amplifier positive input. Negative input is connected from current sense resistor. The project is OSHW which can be found on github…

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Fractal antenna technology

A Fractal receiver is a receiver that can be damaged up into lesser parts. Fractal just means a part of, so in this scenario they are referring to a receiver that can have feelers added or aloof. By liability the Fractal receiver is next a notion called the self-similarity expect module. This typically means that you can detach or add in peer parts. If you ever took a lobby in Fractal Geometry, you’d learn the mathematical reasoning behind this. The mathematics behind this stunt is governed by the Mandelbrot Set. Benoit Mandelbrot is the father of fresh day Fractal Geometry. These antennas activate by elate out rare electromagnetic signals that face a certain zone or size depending on how many Fractals the receiver itself has. Fractal Antennas aren’t outsized or awkward by any way. In detail they are very small and have legal world application in cellular phones or microwave…

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What Are Airfield Obstruction Lights?

ATG airfield obstruction lights are specialty lights set up on runways and helipads at commercial airports as well as private airfields. These facilities are required by law to provide this equipment to illuminate objects that pilots may not see when taking off or landing planes at night. According to Federal Aviation Administration rules, obstruction lights need to be a certain height, wattage and distance apart. Due to concerns over rising energy costs and environmental impact, many airports are now adopting solar-powered obstruction lights as greener and more economical alternatives. The Need for Obstruction Marking The FAA sets standards for obstruction lighting installation, and airports that are not up to code risk fines or even temporary closure until the problems are corrected. Standards for this kind of airfield lighting are strict for safety reasons. Pilots need to be able to see all objects that come close to an aircraft’s path even…

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Intrinsically safe laptops

Computer is number one tool in engineering, manufacturing and production. When you need some mobility – Laptop is best choice. We all know that computers are packed with electronics that generate heat, may break easily when dropped and even can generate spark. How about using them in explosive areas where gases, chemicals and dust is present? Using regular computer would be suicidal. No doubt – a special gear is required. Some companies like Ecom instruments Ltd manufacture electronic devices to work in hazardous and explosive areas. Intrinsically safe laptops are on top of the list. Teir current model Getac V100 – EX2 is specially designed and ATEX (Atmospheres Explosibles) certified to be used in dangerous areas. It is pretty challenging design intrinsically safe laptop because it is complex device which has moving monitor, keyboard, bunch of interfaces. Everything has to be rugged, sealed from water, dust and withstand drops, shocks…

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Building simple power supply from theory to working example

A power supply is an essential part of every electronic device. The whole system relies on it. If a power supply fails – device dies too, and there is a chance that sensitive parts may be damaged. Power supply solutions vary from device to device. They may work using different techniques depending on needs. Tim have described probably the simplest power supply solution which converts Alternating Current (AC) to Direct Current (DC). Supply circuit consists of well-known parts that are – transformer, which transforms voltage from 230V AC to 12VAC, them follows diode bridge rectifier, smoothing using large caps and regulation with standard 7805 voltage regulator. Such a solution proved itself in many designs. It is simple, cheap and builds fast. Tim put everything in short and informative post without overhead information. Following it, you will be able to construct a 5V DC power supply in an hour.  

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Right hand for electronics designers – pcb calculator

Designing a good PCB requires some knowledge and good calculator. First one can be obtained gradually by making tons of PCBs and learning from failures. Different thing is calculator. You cannot have all things in mind when tracing crucial traces in your PCB. What is high voltage is present? Or if there are large currents floating. How one or another configuration will behave when high frequency signals are used. There are always a tradeoffs between materials used and price. So measuring things right may save time and cost. Saturn PCB Design Inc. knows these problems and put their experience in a nice free calculator which covers many designing routine calculations. Here you are be able to calculate things like via/trace resistance, capacitance, inductance. By changing inductor width and thickness find its power dissipation. Also you can do quick thermal calculations that will allow to decide if you need a heat-sink.…

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