The Gertbot board works as either a stand-alone power controller connected to a computer via a serial link and controlled from Windows or as a plug-in to the Raspberry Pi environment. It has four channels each capable of driving 30 V at 2.5 A and can drive both capacitive and inductive loads. Besides four H-bridges the board also has two open drain N-MOSFETS which can sink 3 A at 30 V. The board is primarily targeted to drive stepper motors, brushed motors and other robotic hardware but it will be just as much at home controlling power in other applications. The outputs have short-circuit and thermal protection.
The Gertbot Power Controller - [Link]
An app note(PDF) on smart on/off controller and voltage monitoring chip from STMicroelectronics.
These devices allow easy and safe control of applications run with one or two push-buttons by securely starting or powering down a system and also resetting the processor or disabling power in case of a non-responding application (e.g. code in a dead loop). This makes the STM660x devices suitable for a broad spectrum of applications such as terminals, audio and video players, smartphones, PDAs, PCs, or any portable device.
Using the STM6600, STM6601 smart push-button on/off controller - [Link]
It’s not often that I finish the various small projects I undertake. Tesla coils, mass spectrometers, automated tomato plant watering systems, homebrew heaters have all been conceived and sometimes parts bought and assembled with some even making it as far as working. This project however made it all the way to finished.
Bike Light Controller Re-Design - [Link]
Low-cost, high quality reflow oven for surface-mount PCB assembly at home. Get professional results consistently and reliably!
ControLeo2 Reflow Oven - [Link]
by Boris Landoni @ open-electronics.org:
Since when white light emitting high brightness LED are available, the handover from traditional lighting bulbs to the solid-state lighting has become irreversible: LEDs have an efficiency (expressed in lumens/watt) higher than that of almost all the traditional lamps (except, at the moment, the large sodium vapor lamps used for street lighting, unusable in closed environments for the high power required and the chromatic aberration they produce) at a cost that is today less prohibitive than it was a few year ago. They are indeed very sturdy and have a very acceptable ratio of luminous flux and size.
The perfect Remote, Programmable, Controller for interactive LED strips - [Link]
The LTC3350 is a supercapacitor charger and backup controller IC that includes all of the features necessary to provide a complete, standalone capacitor-based backup power solution. Many applications require reliable short-term uninterrupted power in the event of a main power failure. Examples include data backup for solid state drives (SSDs) and nonvolatile dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs), power fail alarms in medical and industrial applications, as well as a host of other “dying gasp” power fail indicators. The LTC3350 provides all PowerPath control, capacitor stack charging and balancing, and capacitor health monitoring to ensure that the backup system is capable of reliable operation.
LTC3350 – High Current Supercapacitor Backup Controller and System Monitor - [Link]
Diogoc shared his Hakko T12 soldering controller in the project log forum:
I finally finished my Hakko T12 soldering controller.
Thanks to sparkybg and arhi for all help and sugestions.
Some features of the controller:
– 3310 graphic display
– rotary encoder for easy and fast temperature selection
– sleep mode when the iron is in the stand
– turn off when a long time in sleep mode
– audible indications
– intuitive menu navegation
– percentage visualization of output power
– powered by a compact and lightweight 24V dc laptop power supply
– ambient temperature sensor for a better cold junction compensation
– lcd backlight control
– alarm for very high temperature, turning off immediately the heater
– indication of tip removed to allow hot swapping the tips
– bootloader for easy firmware upgrade via integrated usb port
– usb port and c# software to monitoring all parameters and help to adjust the pid parameters
The controller still need a little adjust in the PID parameters but for me it is almost perfect.
Hakko T12 soldering controller - [Link]
0xPIT @ github.com writes:
This Reflow Oven Controller relies on an Arduino Pro Micro, which is similar to the Leonardo and easily obtainable on eb*y for less than $10, plus my custom shield, which is actually more like a motherboard.
As I believe it is not wise to have a mess of wiring and tiny breakout-boards for operating mains powered equipment, I’ve decided to design custom board with easily obtainable components.
The hardware can be found in the folder hardware, including the Eagle schematics and PCB layout files. It should fit the freemium version of Eagle
Reflow Oven Controller with graphics TFT - [Link]
Julian Ilett demonstrates his Arduino Solar Charge Controller. He has mounted all of his Arduino modules to a piece of wood to keep everything nice and neat. [via]
“High efficiency values (96% – 97%) are achievable when the buck converter is stepping down from 18v to 12v. With a 72-cell panel and the converter stepping 35v down to 12v, the efficiency drops to around 88%.”
Arduino Solar Charge Controller - [Link]
Zak Kemble build an AVR based PWM fan controller. He writes:
So this is a bit of a continuation on my 555 timer based PWM controllers, but now using microcontrollers and MOSFETs instead of 555 ICs and transistors. I made 2 versions, one with switches for speeding up and down and the other with a potentiometer like the previous controllers. I used ATtiny25 controllers running at 31.25KHz (8MHz internal RC / 256 prescaler) with a 3.3V supply, the MOSFETs I used are STP36NF06L with 0.045Rds and 2.5Vgs max, perfect for 3.3V, the MOSFETs only generate ~180mW of heat at 2A ((0.045Rds * (2A * 2)) = 0.18W) so no heatsink needed, you can barely feel them getting warm.
AVR microcontroller based PWM fan controller - [Link]