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28 Jul 2014


This project is a solution to power up most of devices or projects requiring dual (+/-12V) power supply.

Symmetric +/-12 VDC power supply has been designed for audio applications, can power up microphone pre-amplifier, audio buffers, audio mixer, distributions amplifier, headphone amplifier, VU meter and few o other equipment or projects required dual supply.

+/-12V Dual Power Supply - [Link]

17 Jul 2014


Programmable DC, AC, current- and high-voltage power supplies, electronic loads, UPS, inverters and chargers of small and high power suitable for production and servicing – this is Elektro Automatik.

When we establish a production or testing workplace, we usually can´t omit a suitable power supply. Sometimes a „universal“ like 2x30V/3A is sufficient, but often not. It´s well known fact for those of you, who produce devices various devices requiring higher current or higher voltage. Typical representatives are equipment for automotive industry, various drives, backup sources, solar devices etc. In these case tens to hundreds Amps and/or hundreds to thousands of Volts are no rarity.

Right for these purposes, German company Elektro Automatik produces devices and systems for power supply and simulation of conditions in a real operation. Adjustable DC and AC power supplies, current sources, electronic loads and other devices can serve for a thorough examination of your devices even in “border conditions” and they can help to discover eventual hidden faults which might occur later in a real operation. Many Elektro Automatik products are programmable and they´re also connectable to some of common buses like CANopen, Profibus, ProfiNet, DeviceNet, Modbus, Ethernet and also RS232. Also interesting are for example electronic loads with energy recovery, where the lost energy doesn´t transform to heat but returns back to mains line with efficiency of about 93%.

Upon request, we´re able to provide you with any product from the Electro Automatik catalogue (14,5 MB).

Where common power supplies end, there the Elektro Automatik begins - [Link]

30 Jun 2014


An SMPS application using PIC16F785 from Microchip. [via]

In this application note, we will examine a typical buck topology intelligent SMPS design using the PIC16F785.

The design presented here shows an alternative single-chip approach to adding intelligence to SMPS designs. The basic design is really unchanged. There are current and voltage feedback loops, a counter-based PWM is used to generate the reference voltage to the voltage loop, and the microcontroller uses the reference voltage to modify the operation of the system in response to conditions sensed through the ADC.

App note: Switching power supply design with the PIC16F785 - [Link]

26 Jun 2014


This project is a solution to power up most of devices or projects requiring dual (+/-) adjustable power supply. The circuit is based on LM317 positive and LM337 negative voltage regulators. LM317 series of adjustable 3 terminal regulator is capable of supplying in excess of 1.5A over a 1.2V to 30V DC output range, due to TO3 package of IC and large heat sink the power supply can handle maximum load current.

Dual Adjustable Power Supply - [Link]

23 Jun 2014

An all-in-one breadboard with Oscilloscope, Spectral Display, Function Generator, and Power Supply.

We are excited to bring a low-cost audio range electronics development board to classrooms, labs, small businesses, and techno-geeks everywhere. This idea has been bouncing around in our family for many years and now the technology has caught up to make it a reality at a price that schools and individuals can afford. We have paired a traditional prototype board (or breadboard) with an electronics suite so that the experimenter does not have to purchase the expensive electronics test equipment needed during development. It is everything we wish we had when we were learning about circuits on a breadboard.

Bakerboard: The Educational Breadboard with More - [Link]

19 Jun 2014

w2aew @ youtube.com writes:

This video describes and demonstrates a fun little circuit that is designed to create a automatically switching, dual-range analog voltmeter which is intended to be built into a variable power supply. By using two ranges, it permits accurately setting a low voltage such as 3.3 or 5V, as well as accurately setting a higher voltage like 24V. Setting a low voltage using a high voltage meter is not very precise, hence the reason I put this together. The circuit is demonstrated, and the schematic is reviewed to describe the operation.

Of course, there are many ways this can be done – this is just one example. It uses one of my favorite little analog ICs, the LM10 op amp and reference. The LM10 (designed by the legendary Bob Widlar) is used as a voltage reference and comparator with hysteresis. A zener diode is used as a shunt regulator. There’s an indicator LED to show when the meter is in the high range, and a 2N7000 enhancement mode n-channel MOSFET is used to change the resistors associated with the analog meter.

Auto-ranging Analog Voltmeter for a variable power supply - [Link]

9 Jun 2014


by Electro-Labs:

Prototyping is a useful and powerful method in electronics which lets us analyze a circuit before using it in a system or turning it into a product. In this process we may need a single supply or multiple supplies to power the circuit depending on the type of the application. For example, an op-amp circuit may need a symmetrical supply such as +12V and -12V or a logic circuit may require both 5V and 3.3V at the same time. Some applications may need three or more. This means we should have a bench supply with multiple outputs or multiple bench supplies in the environment. This may not be always possible. This DIY Prototyping Board is designed to provide all the most used supply voltages that a designer will need during prototyping a circuit. The switching power supplies on the board output 3.3V, 5V, 12V and -12V rated at 1A independently. In addition those there are two precise voltage references at 5V and 2.5V provided especially for op-amp based applications.

DIY Prototyping Board with 3.3V, 5V, 12V and -12V Built in Power Supplies - [Link]


12 May 2014


Jan Rychter @ jan.rychter.com designed his own Nixie power supply that except the high voltage has two voltage outputs to power the logic circuitry, he writes:

This project is a HVPSU (High-Voltage Power Supply) that generates up to 220V from a 12V input. In addition to that, it also provides 2*Vout (so, up to 440V, for dekatrons), and two outputs for powering digital logic: 5V and 3.3V. The primary HV boost circuit reaches 88% efficiency when going from 12V to 185V at 55mA, with a 3% output ripple.

I designed it because I couldn’t find anything that would make sense for my Nixie projects. There are plenty of tiny power supply modules available on eBay, but most of them end up being impractical: no 3.3V (for my microcontroller) and 5V (for my 74141 nixie drivers), no mounting holes, no >400V output for powering dekatrons. Some supplies make a token gesture towards practicality by sticking a 7805 on the same board, but you quickly find out that the current draw of 6×74141 is enough to require a large heat sink on a 12V-powered 7805 (one 74141 consumes 12.5mA!). This means that instead of a single-board power supply you end up routing your input power all over the place, implementing your power supply in several places.

High Voltage Power Supply for Nixie Tube Projects - [Link]

12 May 2014


Alan Parekh of Hacked Gadgets writes:

Thanks to Circuit Specialists for sending in this 3 chanel power supply. The Hantek PPS 2320A sure packs in a ton of features for the price. The video below goes through the unboxing of the power supply and a quick run through its features. Overall it functions quite well, there are a few questions that need some clarification. I will have a look through the manual and reach out to the guys over at Circuit Specialists if I can’t find the answers.


Hantek PPS 2320A review - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


A simple current-limiting power supply from Micrel, app note here.

Just three ICs are required to build this adjustable-voltage, adjustable-current-limit power supply that operates like a laboratory supply. It offers an output voltage range of 0V to 25V and a current limit range of about 10mA to 1.5A. The Micrel MIC29152 LDO Regulator has a ground-referred bandgap (reference) voltage. Other adjustable regulators with ground-based reference voltages should also work.


App note: Simple Current-Limiting Power Supply - [Link]





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