Components are the most basic elements in an electronic circuit. Characteristic is that they're in a single package. There are passive and active components, from as simple as a zero -ohm resistor to as complex as a multi-billion transistor IC.

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16x2 LCD Missing Components on the Back

I'm quite new to electronics and am doing it as a hobby. I recently bought a 16x2 LCD display online to use it with an Arduino. When I received it, it noticed that there were a few components missing ...
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What do you call a rotary switch that does not have a max turn degree?

Exactly like on the Logitech G35 or Logitech F540; not a rotary switch because those have notches and a physical limit. Instead of turning clockwise, or counter-clockwise, you rotate it 'up' or ...
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seraching for laser diode [on hold]

I am searching for a laser diode as a replacement part, but have not had luck identifying it. The small brass component labelled XW080 or 080MX I am not certain, about the centre of the image, with ...
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accelerometers vs gyroscopes

In terms of semiconductor integrated circuits, is there any difference between an accelerometer or a gyroscope? are they the same part? Can I get a IC recommendation for something with 3 axis?
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PCB Mount Push Button Identification Help

Can anyone help me identify the push button on this PCB board taken from a router? The button is circled in RED and is the one on the backside of the router, used to turn it on/off. I would like to ...
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Using Electronic Components To Make A Chain Reaction

I've been tasked with creating a Rube Goldberg machine that employs mechanical, chemical, and electric components as a school project. I've got ideas ready for the two former topics, but I'm stuck on ...
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Manually removing bulk components from cut tape?

I ordered a bulk quantity of components for experimentation and they were shipped in a cut tape format. I've been removing components individually from the tape but it requires a large amount of ...
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What are these electrolytic capacitors?

I am restoring a stereo amplifier circa 1985 (specifically the Technics SU-Z55). Part of that is replacing the electrolytic capacitors on the mainboard due to some audio popping and general age. There ...
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Texas instruments component size

I am about to make a pcb footprint for this package: http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/mpds049b/mpds049b.pdf But I am not sure what the two numbers mean, for example at pin 5 that 0,30/0,15. Are these ...
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Identifying a component on the circuit board of a mobile phone

I need to identify this component which I found on a circuit board inside a mobile phone.
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Rubber push-button

On lots of electronic devices, such as this Korg drummachine/sampler, there are some soft rubber push buttons. What are they called? (I'm looking for the most common name, so I'll can find them ...
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Should I build my own parts for making PCB with eagle or is there a database somewhere?

I'm trying to build a custom PCB for a project I'm working on. I'm building a small robot that navigates using a color sensor and moves using two motors. For logic I'm using an Arduino Nano. My ...
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What is that? component identification

What is that? A capacitor or something else? Sorry for the bad quality... It is labeled with: [strange symbol] X50 YKRA
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Do ‘wiperless’ potentiometers exist?

Potentiometers are renowned for wearing out (at least in my experience); the little wiper eventually just wears its contact and nolonger has a firm electrical connection. For an audio device, this can ...
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Identifying electronic components in Robotale Electronics fans package

I am trying to figure out what the following components. Is the blue component to the left a potentiometer? I would guess that the two black cylindrical objects are buzzers? Is there any way to ...
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Help Identifying Capacitor

I was given the following capacitor by a spare parts shopkeeper when I asked for a polypropylene capacitor (to be used in RC snubber circuit for a mains load). Can someone confirm this is the right ...
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What's the name for this connector?

Recently bought 3.7mAH li-ion batteries on ebay (it's labelled for use with RC toys, but I'm using it for DIY projects). Will need to buy the female adapter. Here are some pics: EDIT: Well then, ...
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Automatically distinguish between various two terminal components

I would like to distinguish in the easiest and safest way possible between the following kinds of components attached to my circuit: resistor diode zener diode capacitor polarized capacitor ...
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Should I avoid BGA?

I am designing a board and have found that a BGA component is cheaper than the larger footprint. I am curious if I should be reluctant to implement a BGA with regard to extra steps during ...
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What is the temperature vs time relationship for derating soldering iron dwell time?

Another question here involves someone using a 100 W iron to solder electronic components. This is much hotter than required, in my experience. The soldering specs for ICs are typically ...
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100W Soldering Iron Risks And Arduino

So I bought a 20W soldering iron a while ago and I found the experience very frustrating as the tip does not get hot enough quickly and when it does melt the solder it gets cold so quick I cant get ...
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LED capable of either IR or visible light (not at the same time) [closed]

I'm looking for a type of LED (or some other small light emitter) with two modes: IR light only Visible light, if it also emits IR light here it doesn't really matter Could something like an "RGB ...
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What is this component (copper package)?

I found the following items in a box of random discrete components. Each item has 3 leads all he same length with a machined copper package cylindrical in shape. They must be pretty valuable items ...
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Which MOSFET is best for me? [closed]

I plan on driving a heating coil of about 1.4 Ohms from a 3-4V power source; which gives an current draw of 2.14-2.85 A. So Watts from the following info is 6.42-11.4 W of power. The MCU will output a ...
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How are Operating Temperature Bands Determined?

Manufacturers like Maxim, Altera, and many more seem to adhere to a commonly defined range of temperatures for applications. For instance, Full military (-55°C to +125°C) Automotive (-40°C to ...
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How to set the offset for the componets name in Eagle Schematic?

I am using Eagle 7.1.0. In the eagle schematic the componet name is started by default by 1, 2, 3..... How can I create an offset so that it starts from diffent value. for eg offset of 100, should ...
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Component naming conventions [duplicate]

Some very common parts have standard acronyms on schematics: resistors are usually named R#, capacitors C#, and integrated circuits U#. Is there a typical standard for these names? If I want my BOM ...
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Find Information On This Component Of Fire Alarm

I have been trying to search for information on the component of a fire alarm that sounds the siren. My goal is to remove the siren and use the power and ground to connect to an arduino. I want the ...
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How do you document your hardware design decisions?

How do you document your hardware decisions in the design phase? How do you avoid having to ask yourself the following questions while reviewing an hardware design that you made in the past: Why did ...
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How to choose a replacement DC power connector

I am making a replacement logic board for my 3D printer, since the original board kersploded and the manufacturer won't replace it as the printer model is 3 years old (...). The original power supply ...
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Is there a sensor that is equivalent to a dry toothpick?

For the non-cooks in the audience the dry toothpick test is used in baking (cakes, banana bread, etc.) to determine when the item is done baking. The procedure is to stick a toothpick into the food, ...
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Identity of electronics component needed

I can not figure what the white colored component labeled "5W3K9J" is. The "3K" part seems to indicate a 3K resistor. Could some one please verify this. Thanks giv
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Salvaging TMP36 [closed]

Looking to scavenge a tmp36 off of some fried electronics, would anybody have any leads on where to look for this type of sensor. I normally wouldn't mind to buy one, but I live in a pretty remote ...
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Use expensive or inexpensive capacitor for decoupling

I'm in the middle of a project to create a small development board using a 100Mhz Cortex M4 MCU and have to buy some decoupling SMT capacitors. I've found the following options: Cheap 10 cent from ...
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Optical coupler and splitter difference and explanation

Internally, what is the difference between an optical coupler and an optical splitter. If I have an input A on a 3db splitter, creating outputs B and C, can I send signals on B and C and have them ...
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How can I make an optical circulator? [closed]

I need to a single mode 1550 optical circulator at my lab. I have a varied supply of components, but no circulator. Any idea how I can make one myself? Perhaps using coupler and isolator? Thanks. -D ...
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What is this component? D5SV17

What is this component? Can someone link me to an equivalent replacement, haven't been able to find anything D5SV17
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Do components have an un-used lifespan?

Lets say for example, that I had a box full of transistors, resistors, capacitors, diodes, leds, this and that, and left it in a cool, average environment for lets say... 50 years. Do these ...
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What are these gray boxy components with R50 written on them? (Photo attached)

My motherboard came gradually to a complete death and I'm trying to figure out if one can repair it by fixing some capacitors like in the old days. I went through all the arrays of caps as well as ...
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Power Inductors in Eagle Software

I want to add the following product into my design in Eagle however I can't find the correct component from the library: ...
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Basic 12v LC Filter for Video noise reduction

I'm very new to electronics and I want to build a basic LC Filter with a 12v regulator and below is my basic schematic. Now i'm sure its incorrect but I want to know why and what i'm missing so I can ...
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Can I feed lower than rated voltage?

I'm poking around on eBay for some capacitors to use in circuits which I'm working on and see that they have a rated voltage. After some quick research, I found that going over the rated voltage of a ...
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How can I tell if a given MOSFET can be fully driven by 5V TTL high signal? (what should I look for on the datasheet?)

How can I tell (by reading the datasheet) if a specific MOSFET can be turned fully on (with the minimum drop) with simply 5V on the gate? (assuming 5V or 12V potential between the drain and source). ...
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How to find out if a microprocessor is powerful enough

Everybody knows its easy to develop a proof of concept for an embedded device on a rasbperry pi or even a PC, although when it comes down to choosing a microprocessor for your product, it is difficult ...
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Permanent ON/OFF tactile switch [duplicate]

I am looking for a small tactile switch that works like: press once -> turn on, press again -> turn off I only found this model http://www.adafruit.com/products/1683 , but i am looking to buy ...
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Is it worth reusing old components

I find myself constantly trying to recycle old components in my new projects. Yesterday, I needed a demultiplexer so I just took it out from some old phone board... Demultiplexers cost basically ...
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Use Cases for an External ADC

Most Microcontrollers (uC) have an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) as part of their peripheral set, which is phenomenal as this integrates two components into a single package. These ADCs are ...
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Sourcing An Image Sensor? [closed]

I'm wanting to create a basic digital camera, I have most of it figured out... except for the image sensor itself. Looking in the normal places (digikey, mouser), I'm finding some very basic, low ...
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How to test Solid State Relay Testing

I am a newbie to electronics and hope someone can help. I am looking to test a SSR for my own experimentation to see if I understand this correctly. I have a SSR for 120 AC. (I am not plugging in ...
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MCP602 alternative?

What can I substitute in place of the MCP602 in the following circuit? It is a pulse rate detector.MCP601/2/3/4 are not available where I live. I have attached the relevant instructable and the MCP602 ...