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Do you know, what´s a top-class programmable power supply capable of?

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If you need to simulate overvoltage, slow start, fluctuations and other situations, which may occur in real life, then the TDK Lambda power supplies won´t disappoint you.

Imagine a laboratory (testing) power supply able to provide a virtually any function. Switching on, drop-out, repeated switch-on and many other functions, by which we can test our product in a „single shot“ – those are programmable laboratory power supplies from company TDK Lambda. Perhaps the biggest advantage of programmable power supply is the fact, that there´s no need to adjust, watch, set at testing itself. It´s obvious that this sophisticated device is feelingly more expensive than usual laboratory power supplies, however it´s able to bring enormous time savings and reliability into your work.
In majority of cases it´s possible to reach simulation of a real-life voltage fluctuations, dropouts, disturbances,… This „dynamic“ testing is also able to discover the risk of „freezing“ of your product (undervoltage lockout) at a short-time undervoltage..

Company TDK Lambda belongs to the very top in this segment and its devices provide a literally unlimited possibilities of usage, configuration and control. Whether it´s extremely fast response, possibility of a parallel operation of several units, control over LAN,USB, RS485, GPIB,… almost all possibilities and options known in this field can be found in the TDK Lambda power supplies.

Main series:

  • Z+ (200-800W) – extraordinarily low and compact series. Arbitrary functions generator with 16 bit resolution (+ inner memory), max. output voltage 10-650 VDC. RS232/485, USB and analogue interface. Active PFC (typically 0,99). Advanced parallel master/slave mode.
  • ZUP (200-800W) – max. out voltage 6-120V, max 132A. CC/CV, software calibration, last setting memory, active PFC. RS232/485 and analogue interface.
  • GENESYS (750-15000W) – extraordinary reliability and power. Max 650V, max 1000A. Auto-restart or safe start (user selectable). Last setting memory, available in four sizes – GENH, GEN 1U, GEN 2U and GEN 3U. Optional USB or LAN interface and further accessories.

Possibilities of power supplies are really extensive what´s illustrated in enclosed pictures. Detailed information will provide you the catalogue of programmable laboratory power supplies as well as in the TDK Lambda powers supplies and DC-DC converters brochure.

We´re able to supply you TDK Lambda products within 4-12 weeks at advantageous conditions.

Do you know, what´s a top-class programmable power supply capable of? – [Link]

An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W already on stock

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New series of Friwo FOX mains adapters meets the most stringent energy regulations already now and at the same time it´s more compact than its predecessors.

DoE 2016 is a known term naming stringent regulations established by DoE (department of energy USA) valid from year 2016. Among other things it brings a requirement for a standby power consumption of small adapters to be below 0.1W. In Europe we have here a limit of 0.5W for majority of small adapters, but even here can be expected toughening in the nearest years.

That´s why German company Friwo as a long-term long-term OEM producer of power supplies and adapters comes with a new line of mains adapters named “FOX”. Besides high efficiency, these power supplies are also extraordinarily compact. Already recent series MPP and GPP are very compact, but FOX is a “step further”, as also illustrated on attached picture. System of exchangeable primary and secondary adapters (connectors) enables to use the same power supply for various applications and in various countries.

Even the FOX series meets various international requirements and obtained many approvals. a medical version will be also available soon. The FOX series is a novelty – 12W types are available upon order. Gradually also other types – FOX 18, FOX 30 a FOX 6 will be produced.
FOX series, as the only type on the market that meets criteria for IP42 protection – with selected primary adapters (connectors).
The first type from the FOX series – FOX 12 Office 5V/2200mA (1896623) with the 5V output voltage can be already found in our standard stock offer. As the power supply is designed as “modular”, it´s necessary to also buy appropriate primary and secondary adapter (connector) and the output cable, i.e. for example FOX Adapter/EURO (1844847) , COAXCON5.5/2.1/9.5 (1807700) and FOX Distribution DC-Cord.


An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W already on stock – [Link]

Short circuit protection for (almost) any power supply

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by TrichogasterAzul @ instructables.com:

This instructable is about a universal short circuit protection that I’ve designed to use in bench power supplies. I’ve designed it to fit in most power supplies circuits. In order to this circuit fit in your bench power supply, you will need to do some calculations, but don’t worry, I’ll explain everything on the next steps.

Short circuit protection for (almost) any power supply – [Link]

Breadboard Power Supply

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The Breadboard Power Supply includes AMS1117 5V voltage regulator and AMS1117 3.3V voltage Regulator, providing fixed supply voltages. It features three voltage input options: a screw terminal connector, DC adapter connector and USB connector. It can operate on 6-12V DC power supply and has separate screw terminals for 3.3V and 5V outputs.

The AMS1117 series of adjustable and fixed voltage regulators are designed to provide up to 1A output current and to operate down  to 1V input-to-output differential. The dropout voltage of the device is guaranteed maximum 1.3V,decreasing at lower load currents.

Hardware and PCB were designed with Cadsoft Eagle 7.1.0 version.

Breadboard Power Supply – [Link]

 

nScope | a lab for every laptop

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nScope is a USB-powered oscilloscope, function generator, and power supply that turns any laptop into an electronics workbench.

nScope is a usb-powered device that plugs into an electronics prototyping breadboard. nScope’s main function is an oscilloscope. Much like a multimeter, an oscilloscope measures voltages in a circuit. But unlike a multimeter, it stores voltages over time and displays them in a graph. This makes nScope much more useful for observing sensor signals and dynamic circuits. nScope’s software interface maximizes the graph space, and provides controls for setting the measurement speed and range.

nScope | a lab for every laptop – [Link]

3A Power supply for USB devices

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Jayakody published a new project, a 3A Power supply for USB devices:

This is 5V 3A power supply to drive two USB based devices simultaneously. This power supply is design around LM2576-5.0 switching regulator IC and the main reasons to choose this IC is its low parts count, small heat sink requirements and its inbuilt current limit protection feature.
We specially design this power supply to work with development boards / single board computer (SBC) platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, BeagleBone, etc. This power supply can also be used to provide power to USB OTG peripherals over USB Y cables. We test this setup and got successful results with Huawei Ascend P6 mobile phone.

3A Power supply for USB devices – [Link]

Pocket Voltage Supply: A USB Powered Variable Voltage Supply

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The Pocket Voltage Supply plugs into any 5V USB hub & allows the user to output 5V,3.3V,2.5V,1.8V,&1.5V. Use it for all your projects!

The Pocket Voltage Supply is a USB powered variable voltage supply. It can be powered with any 5V USB hub and can supply up to 1.5A. 5V USB hubs can be found almost anywhere; desktop computers, laptops, cell phone chargers, even portable USB battery banks. Pairing the Pocket Voltage Supply with a portable USB battery bank allows the user to test circuits and prototypes outside of a lab setting and even bring testing to the field!

Pocket Voltage Supply: A USB Powered Variable Voltage Supply – [Link]

Pocket USB-powered power supply for the hobbyist

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Always handy small but versatile power supply for everyday work with low-power electronic projects

Presenting USBminiPower – the pocket power supply powered from a standard USB port on your computer.

The adjustable power supply is an absolutely vital piece of equipment for any electronics engineer or hobbyist. However in the vast majority of cases the needs presented towards a lab power supply are quite relaxed and usually within the low voltage range. With the modern component base the current consumption is usually also very low, and in a number of cases a large and fancy (and of course expensive) lab power supply could just be an overkill purchase for many users.

Pocket USB-powered power supply for the hobbyist – [Link]

15W Automotive Start Stop Power Supply

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TI’s PMP9476 is a non-synchronous  buck converter plus a non-sync boost controller accepting an input voltage of 3.5V to 40V, with 5V output at up to 3A of current to the load.  It features a small form factor; with PFET to replace LM3481 controller rectifier to improve efficiency and low component temperature rise; and reverse polarity protection built in. The nominal switching frequency of the design is 300kHz. The board is a 4- layer PCB with 1oz copper on all 4 layers. The design incorporates an LM3481 boost controller acts as a pre-boost stage for the LM26003 buck when start-stop occurs.

15W Automotive Start Stop Power Supply – [Link]

Friwo LED drivers will light up your LEDs as much as you just want

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LT series LED drivers with 10-100W power represent a complete solution with wide possibilities of control. Exceptionally narrow and slim design, remained even at high-power versions, provides a high flexibility of use. 

Power supplies for LED lighting (so called drivers) are available from many producers, in a various qualitative level. Why to decide just for the LT series from German company Friwo? Here are few reasons:

  • precise design, safe operation and a long lifetime
  • voltage and current regulation in one device
  • high efficiency and a possibility of dimming in a range of 0-100% directly via a CTRL pin
  • modules are available in 10-100W power, with a possibility of customization by laser directly at production
  •  also available a module for dimming – so called DIMMbox, further expanding possibilities of control (switch, 1-10V, DALI) and with a possibility of synchronization with up to 1000 slave units
  • very small cross section of modules (21x30mm, resp. 24x30mm at LT100) – applicable even in very tiny conditions

Wide control possibilities of LT series modules are perhaps the most interesting. Modules contain a galvanically isolated CTRL input, by which it is possible to switch on/ off the module without disconnecting from 230V mains. CTRL pin also serves for regulation of an output current. For this purpose, only one resistor (or a potentiometer) is necessary – connected between SEC+ and CTRL pins, with a value counted by a simple formula in the datasheet. The output current can also be controlled by an external voltage in the range of 0-1,8V connected to SEC- and CTRL, as well as by means of a PWM TTL (0/5V).

Further possibilities of control are provided by a standalone additional module DIMMbox. DIMMbox operates as an (almost) lossless PWM regulator with a MOSFET switched at f=600Hz. DIMM-BOX connected to any series LT driver enables to regulate an output current in a range of 10-100% or 0% (OFF) via a usual switch („switch-dimm“ mode), via a linear voltage 1-10V and also a DALI interface. DIMMbox tests after switching on, which of three methods of control is used and consequently accepts only signals from a given input – until switching off the module. DIMMboxes can be connected through SYNC inputs, ensuring the same level of dimming for all modules. Enclosed pictures will provide you the best idea about possibilities of connection.

Every power class is available in several versions, with various output voltages and currents . Detailed information will provide you the LT series overview, DIMMbox datasheet, as well as datasheets of particular models, for example LT20 or LT100.


Friwo LED drivers will light up your LEDs as much as you just want – [Link]