DIY Voltmeter using a simple voltage sensor and Arduino Uno and a Nokia 5110 LCD

In this video we are going to learn how to build our own voltmeter using a very inexpensive sensor. The voltage we measure is then displayed in a Nokia 5110 LCD display. This project is very easy to build and great learning experience.

With this project we can measure the voltage of our voltage sources, or monitor the battery level of our projects. Let’s see the project in action. I have connected two wires to the voltage sensor module I am using today. I place the red wire to the positive terminal of an AA battery and the black wire to the negative terminal of the battery. In the display we get its voltage. Let’s now try this 18650 battery, we get 3.6V. Let’s now measure this big 12V battery. The voltage is 12.2V. If we compare the readings with a Multimeter, we can see that the measurements are really close! The project is working fine. But be careful, the maximum input voltage that this sensor can measure is 25V, so if you exceed it, you are going to burn your Arduino Pin. Let’s now see how to build this project.

DIY Voltmeter using a simple voltage sensor and Arduino Uno and a Nokia 5110 LCD – [Link]

Fluke 279 FC Thermal Multimeter Review

Fluke 279 FC True-rms Thermal Multimeter helps you find, repair, validate, and report many electrical issues quickly so that you are confident problems are solved.

Fluke 279 FC Thermal Multimeter Review – [Link]

5V TO -12V Inverting Switching Regulator

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The DC/DC inverting switching regulators project is specifically designed to invert input voltages to negative outputs. It offer input voltage ranges from 4.5V to 6V and output -12V 100mA The MC34063A IC is heart of the project from On semiconductor. The MC33063A is a monolithic control circuit containing the primary functions required for DC-DC converters, This device consist of an internal temperature compensated reference, comparator, controlled duty cycle oscillator with an active current limit circuit, driver and high current output switch. This IC specially designed to be incorporated step-down, step-up, and voltage-inverting applications with minimum number of external components.

Features

  • Input 4.5V To 6V DC
  • Output -12V 100mA
  • Output Fine Adjustable By On-board Preset
  • Header Connector for Output/Input Connections
  • Low Standby Current
  • On Board Filter To Provide Low Ripple Output
  • PCB Dimensions 31.75mmX34.93MM

5V TO -12V Inverting Switching Regulator – [Link]

42V, 3.5A-out buck regulator operates at 175°C ambient

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LT8610AX is a 3.5A, 42V input-capable synchronous step-down switching regulator, which operates in ambient temperatures up to 175°C. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 3.5 µA in no-load standby conditions.

The device’s 3.7V to 42V input voltage range is suitable for high temperature applications such as down-hole drilling equipment with power sources ranging from 5V to 40V. The LT8610AX’s electrical parameters are 100% tested at 175°C, offering a VREF accuracy of 2% over the entire -40°C to 175°C temperature range.

42V, 3.5A-out buck regulator operates at 175°C ambient – [Link]

LED current regulator has low dropout

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Peter Demchenko @ edn.com

This Design Idea circuit regulates the current through one or more LEDs, making it almost independent of supply voltage. Its main advantage is a very small dropout voltage, which can be less than 100mV. The design could find use on LED strips, where the voltage can vary along the length due to resistive drop, and small voltage changes result in large current changes

LED current regulator has low dropout – [Link]

Use a Fingerprint sensor module to add biometric security to your Arduino projects

educ8s.tv has a new video on how to use a fingertip sensor with Arduino.

If you want to add biometric security features to your Arduino projects, an easy way to do so, is to add a fingerprint sensor module to it. In this video we demonstrate how easy to use a fingerprint sensor with an Arduino Nano and a small display.

I always wanted to try a fingerprint sensor module in order to learn more about its technology and use it in some of my projects in order to add biometric security to them. While searching for a nice and low cost sensor, I discovered this sensor module on Gearbest.com. The sensor costs around 30$ and you can find a link for it in the description of the video. Gearbest.com was kind enough to send a sample unit in order to test it and share my opinion about it with you.

Use a Fingerprint sensor module to add biometric security to your Arduino projects – [Link]

Battery-pack fuel gauge with SHA-256 authentication prevents pack cloning

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Implementing pack-side battery gauges in portable devices is easier and more secure, Maxim asserts, with its ModelGauge m5 portfolio of MAX17201/MAX17205 and MAX17211/MAX17215.

Fuel gauging can be difficult because battery voltage varies with temperature and load, while coulomb-counting requires sophisticated compensation to eliminate offset accumulation errors. Maxim’s ModelGauge m5 fuel gauges include a sophisticated algorithm that converts raw measurements such as battery voltage, current, and temperature into accurate state-of-charge (SOC%), absolute capacity (mAhr), time-to-empty, and time-to-full (while charging), all of which improve the user experience of the host device while enabling maximum run-time.

Battery-pack fuel gauge with SHA-256 authentication prevents pack cloning – [Link]

How to Improve Buck Converter Light Load Efficiency with an LDO

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By Michael Hartshorne @ digikey.com:

Designing a DC/DC converter that only consumes micro amps of current at no load can be compared to fueling a muscle car with lighter fluid – you may get it to work, but it won’t be easy. High efficiency at full load currents is commonplace in most modern DC/DC converters; however, achieving high efficiency when the load is disabled or disconnected is still a difficult and/or expensive task.

How to Improve Buck Converter Light Load Efficiency with an LDO – [Link]

Parallel Port Breakout board with Buffer for CNC & Routers

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Parallel port I/O break out board designed for Hobby CNC, Routers and Motion controller ,  This Board is an easy solution to driver stepper Motor driver, AC Servo (with Step-DIR Driver) and DC servo (with Step-DIR Driver), The Board is compatible with various CNC software specially made for LPT port data out. The board has been tested with MACH3 CNC software.   All outputs are buffered, all inputs are optical isolated and can be used as emergency switch, limit switch and home switch.

The board has 12 output pins that can control various devices such as stepping motor drivers, AC Servo Driver, DC Servo Driver,  Plasma Torch, Pump for coolant, spindle, 5 Input pins are provided for limit or home switches, feedbacks, Emergency switch.  All inputs has 470E for current controlled and TTL Voltage input required driving the inputs. This board can be powered with USB input or DC input supply 7V to 36V, keep jumper J2 open in case of USB supply input. Board has Screw Terminals for Inputs and out connections and also provided with 4X6Pin header connecters for outputs. J15 is connected directly to parallel port pins for testing purpose.

Note: For 24V input signal replace of R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 with 2K2 Ohms.

Features

  • Supply 7V to 36V DC
  • 25 D SUB Female Connecter for PC LPT Port Interface
  • On Board Power LED
  • On Board USB Connector for Supply from PC or other USB source
  • Jumper Selection for USB Supply Input or External Supply
  • All Outputs are buffered
  • All inputs are optically isolated
  • Two Options for Outputs, Screw Terminals and Header Connectors
  • 4X6Pin Header for easy motor driver interface
  • On Board L317 Regulator for 5V DC
  • Heat sink for regulator
  • 5V DC Output for External Circuits
  • 3X3 Header Connector for Relay Driver for Spindle, Plasma, Laser, Pump ON/OFF

Parallel Port Breakout board with Buffer for CNC & Routers – [Link]

Arduino Lightning Detector

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This is an Arduino tutorial on how to detect lightning from far away.

In this tutorial, we will build a lightning detector using an Arduino Uno, a few resistors and some jumper wires. Most lightning detectors often cost too much for the normal hobbyist, however this does not mean one cannot enjoy lightning detection and the physics behind it. In this tutorial, using a surprisingly simple circuit we will be able to detect lightnings from around 10-20 km away, which is to say the least impressive.

Arduino Lightning Detector – [Link]