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]
My name is Karel and I’m creating an open source temperature controller. Please see the FAQ for open source licenses. I initially started this project because I make my own prototype PCBs at home, using the toner transfer method, and found out the laminator I use, a Scotch TL-901, doesn’t run hot enough and it took several passes to get the board hot enough. Instead of taking the time to reverse engineer the control board that was in the laminator, I decided to make my own.
After I finished the first prototype, I quickly realized there could be a lot of uses other than controlling a laminator. Some that came to my mind included using the board to modify a window A/C to be used in a walk in cooler, measuring inside and outside temp to control a green house, using it to control an aquarium heater, or even controlling egg hatching. I’m sure there are lots of other uses that the open source community will find.
Open source temperature controller - [Link]
TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver
LT3799 isolated LED controller with active power factor correction (PFC) is specifically designed for driving LEDs over a wide input range of 24V to 480V+. It is ideal for LED applications requiring 4W to over 100W of LED power and is compatible with standard TRIAC in-wall dimmers. The LT3799’s unique current sensing scheme delivers a well regulated current to the secondary side with no opto-coupler, enabling it to provide ±5% LED current accuracy. It also offers low harmonic distortion while delivering efficiencies as high as 90%. Open and short LED protection ensures long term reliability and a simple, compact solution footprint addresses a wide range of applications.
TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver - [Link]
Custom Controller V2. Patrick writes – [via]
Hello adafruit industries. My name is Patrick McCabe and I am a 17 year old senior in high school. I was on the second ”show and tell” of yours. I showed off my custom controller I made. I made it so I can provide input to my robots and get information returned. It contains a LCD, Xbee transceiver, custom LCD Arduino micro-controller backpack, 3 button inputs, a potentiometer, and a Wii Nunchuck circuit board with joystick. The buttons will allow navigation through the menu system and sending simple commands within the menu. The Wii Nunchuck will allow for manual control of a robot by using either the joystick or through tilting action read by the accelerometer. The potentiometer will allow variables like speed to be adjusted on a robot.
Custom Controller V2 - [Link]
viswesr writes: [via]
Cypress has a new USB 3.0 peripheral controller EZ-USB FX3 – CYUSB3014 with ARM926EJS core. It has an architecture which enables data transfers of 320 MBps from GPIF II (a 32bit Port) to USB 3.0 interface.This value includes protocol overheads. This is a promising device for Open Logic analyzers, DSOs and any data acquisition system based on USB 3.0 streaming interface. The associated promo video mentions about support of ARM GCC toolchain, ideal for Open Hardware project. With availability of PCIe USB 3.0 expansion cards costing just $22, we could easily use USB 3.0 devices.
The downside :
1) at present they are only sampling with FBGA footprint, might require 4 layer PCB . 2) Require costly USB VID 3)No price info is available
USB 3.0 peripheral controller EZ-USB FX – [Link]
Andrew Angellotti writes:
Hey folks, this post is about my approach to building a pretty basic dual brushless motor controller. I’m going to focus on the power section in this post, and as soon as I have time I’ll discuss the code/FroBoard side of things in another post. I got started on the power section last night after a copious amount of coffee, and wrapped it up this morning- it’s a pretty simple build if you’re used to building stuff on perf board. I firmly believe that the best way to learn how something works is to build it yourself- that’s how I learned about electric cars, and brushless motor control is no exception. So if you want to learn how brushless motor controllers work, build one!
DIY Brushless Motor Controller – [Link]
Motor control is the core heart of robotics. Without locomotion or any movement a robot is dull and lifeless. The H-bridge is a tried and true concept for DC motor control. It allows you to move motors forward, backward and with varying speeds through PWM (pulse with modulation).
This tutorial will take a few steps back from the all-in-one L298 or LMD18245 motor control ICs and look more into how we can build our own H-bridge without the need of an IC.
10A H-Bridge Motor Controller - [Link]
This is a picaxe-controlled LCD thermostat. The cheap heating pad I bought didn’t have any sort of temperature control and I couldn’t find a cheap thermostat online that would do what I wanted : easy push-button controls and a simple LCD to show temperature info. Of course it could be used for things other than brewing beer, for example as a pet bed heater, aquarium heater, etc. The temperature sensor works from -55 to +127 degrees celsius.
Home Brew Heater Controller – [Link]
This instructable explains how to build your own 100 HP (peak) motor controller for use in an electric car or motorcycle conversion. It can take any voltage up to 144v, and the peak current is 500 amps. The cost of the components is a few hundred dollars, which means you can save over $1000 by putting one together yourself. At 144v, you can expect a top speed of around 75 MPH in a car.
Check out http://ecomodder.com/forum/open-revolt-open-source-dc-motor-controller.html
if you want to read about the whole story!
Homemade 100 HP Motor Controller for an Electric Car - [Link]