DC stands for Direct Current, which means the flow of electric charge in a single direction. Examples of a DC source are batteries, solar panels, dynamos.

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rfid and arduino

I want to ask, I want to create a project using RFID barrier gate. I want the way it works when the RFID is scanned then the bar will be open 90 degrees, and after the vehicle passes through the ...
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Can I use a stepper motor driver to control a brushed motor?

I'm doing a bit of shopping lately and I pretty much see stepper motor drivers everywhere, although I couldn't find any for brushed DC motors. I attempted to use a 2n2222 but it's probably a bad idea ...
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Powering a LED off a 1,2 volt rechargeable battery

I would like to power a LED off a 1,2 volt rechargeable battery,850mAh,energizer without any resistors.Since the LED has a forward voltage around 2 volts,working fine when connected to a 1,5 volt ...
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Using/hacking an ATX psu - voltage and current

Preface: This is my second attempt in modifying an atx psu for harvesting its high power outputs. I don't have any dummy load as many instructions in the internet have suggested because I think ...
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Varying Voltage across a DC motor

I have a solar panel hooked up to a 12 V battery that it powering a DC motor. What is an easy, efficient way for me to change the voltage across the motor. I would like to include a knob so I can ...
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Use of frequency multipliers for a signal with DC component

Is there a frequency multiplier (say frequency doubler) that can deal with a signal with DC component? (so 0 hz is still 0 hz, while 1 hz becomes 2 hz, etc.)
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is it possible to connect ac power source to battery in parallel connection ?

Is it possible to connect ac power source & a battery in a parallel connection where a battery is low voltage & have current more then the internal resistance of circuit ? As the battery is ...
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Reverse current frying a boost converter?

AFAIK, most boost converters incorporate a diode or some mechanism for ensuring that current flows from the battery to the output. For instance, TPS61030's datasheet says that This device however ...
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Bi-directional DC Motor Controller

I am using small 1 AMP DC motor the speed of which is controlled by a small controller that actually generates a variable V from 3 to 12V. I can change the direction of the motor by using a DPDT ...
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What type of DC power connector do I need? [migrated]

I have the LG Flatron IPS224V-PN monitor and I need a power connector for it. The socket can be seen on the back of the monitor: I want to know what is the name of this type of power connector.
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How to determine the maximum power required by given devices? [on hold]

I need to power 4 devices with these power input specs: ...
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Can a charged 120v high voltage capacitor really kill you? [duplicate]

recently I have been hacking few psu and have to deal with some high voltage caps. It sort of scared me, but thinking about it, what is the chance of it really killing me. Is it safe to touch one ...
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DC-DC SPMS Boost Converter DCM Prevention

Sorry for the long question, it's really opinions I seek which is why I felt I needed to explain the scenario and how much I know/don't know. I would really like some input on my design. I am ...
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Control DC Motor with Micrcontroller

I would like to use a microcontroller to control when a pump turns on and off. I will use a 12 volt battery to supply both the dc motor for the pump and microcontroller. How can I interface the ...
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DC motor - selection

I'm not an electrical engineer . I would like to know whether a normal DC motor will hold the load when the power is turned off?? Or should I need to install a controller to hold the load at that ...
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Homework: DC circuit help

I need help with the following problem: Find range of resistance R4 and voltage U4 so that the range of current I is $$I \in [-3A,-1A]$$ E=5V, E4=6V, Ig=1A, Ig4=-3A, R1=2ohm, ...
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Minimum current draw of AC to DC converter at no load

I wanted to know if there is a minimum current draw on the AC to DC converters from the AC source when it is connected to an input voltage of 120V (60Hz), when no load is connected at the output of ...
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dc motor amp draw based on HP and watts

I repair treadmills and occasionally the motor causes the controller to fail. I use a 20v dc source with no load for the test.I have determined thru testing many motors of the same specs that a ...
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Timed motor switch

I'm very new with electronics and I'm working on a project, I need to make a motor go forward then after a few seconds reverse, then forward then reverse and so on. I found this tutorial (How to ...
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Transformer hum - DC offset? Does this cause transformer breakdown?

I have an integrated amplifier that I like, but it hums - it's an Arcam A22 and contains a big toroidal transformer. It sits on the desk right next to my monitor and I can't live with it. I just ...
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Using a 12v switch in 120v circuit

Can I use a 12vdc switch rated at 16A on a 120vac that only use 0.5A-1A? I have a similar switch, that is 120v rated at 10A, but it's a little too small. doesn't fix.
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Could most AC devices run off of DC rather than AC?

To be clear - I have absolutely ZERO intention of ever doing this. But when I learned what a rectifier does (flip the negative portion of the voltage into positive), it occurred to me that it ought ...
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Do I need any special equipment to make my circuit run off power from a phone/laptop charger?

Is it safe for one to replace a 5v battery source with a phone charger without installing any other components to prevent power surges or injury to any people in contact with the device? Also, is it ...
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AC Watts to DC Watts Calculation

Okay, so I'm new to the whole electricity field and I'm trying to get a handle on something so I apologize for any ignorance displayed here. I've purchased a new graphics card for my computer and I'm ...
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How can I model a relay in LTSpice IV?

I would like to use a 12V relay in my LTspice circuit, however there is no relay in the component list. How can I do? Relay model: SRD-12VDC-SL-C
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Calculate power supply for step down modules

i'd like to build a system in which there will be step down modules that get their power from an ac-dc converter. there are 5 modules connected to the ac-dc converter (each of them steps down to ...
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Calculating voltage in a simple circuit

If I had a 12V battery and wanted to use an LED that used 2V and 20mA, then I need a resistor that will drop 10V and provide enough resistance to produce a current of 20mA. Therefore I would use R=V/I ...
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DC Forklift high current power supply

I have an old 36v DC battery hydraulic indoor forklift. The batteries are 23 years old, and no longer hold a charge for more than ten minutes, although they are a good counterweight. I have tried ...
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Braking of Motors

Is an induction motor delivering or drawing mechanical power in the braking region? . according to the torque slip curve of an Induction motor,torque is positive and the motor continue to rotate in ...
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DC--> AC Inverter Connected to a single battery in a 6 battery series

I have 6 x 8V batteries connected in series (i.e.48V) and have a 48V smart charger attached which charges them from regular electricity main supply. What happens if I connect, say, a 24V DC to AC ...
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Send signal to gpio when 8V power drops

I want to be able to detect when a 8V signal goes low and send a signal to a raspberry pi over GPIO. A java app will be listening on the GPIO pins for any changes. I would check if the voltage drops ...
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Replacing parallel 12V incandescent bulbs with LED “bulbs”, voltage problems

My van has six "25W" bulbs in parallel on a 12V-nominal circuit. If I unplug all the bulbs, leaving six empty sockets, then I see pretty much the same 12.5V at the sockets as I see at my battery, and ...
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Need help with stepping down DC volts

I don't have much experience with electronics, I'm simply trying to get (at least what I think) is a fairly simple circuit running. I've got a blower fan that I need to get running. It uses 12VDC at ...
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Fail circuit with N MOSFET, what is wrong?

I have a circuit with two DC power lines coming from BATT A (1A) & BATT B (2A) (two outputs of a power bank). There is a sliding switch on the power line of BATT A. I would like to keep only one ...
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How can I detect which DC power source to send to an underwater camera housing?

I have a small problem and hoping someone can help: I am trying to design and build a reasonably universal underwater housing for some different cameras. there is a breakout box on the surface and ...
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Stabilize a 12V DC supply (from Lipo)

I'm newbie in electronics, but I want to learn some basics things. I have a 12V DC output (from a charging/discharging PCB Lipo battery), and I would like to stabilize it to run a mini-amplifier ...
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How to emulate a switch on power line

I have a circuit with two DC power lines coming from BAT1 (1A) & BAT2 (2A) (two outputs of a power bank). There is a sliding switch on the power line of BAT1. I would like to keep only one switch ...
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Why does a capacitor block DC and not AC? [duplicate]

If someone can explain why a capacitor blocks DC, but not AC, with some math, I will understand all of that much better. I know that there are picture animations illustrating this, but I really want ...
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What's the easy way to measure a DC hobby motor's inductance?

When using simulations(SPICE), I need to model a DC motor or an electromagnet, relay ect. as an RL in series. I can measure the R resistance by an ohmmeter. But I couldn't find an easy way to find ...
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Voltage regulator current consmption

Our pcb current consumption is less than 0.5mA . We use a 3.7v lithium battery, and the battery goes through voltage regulator ...
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Does electrical current flow from positive to negative or negative to positive?

When you listen to people wiring up a DC circuit they seem to mumble about the electricity flowing from positive to negative. However in school I was always taught that DC electricity flowed from ...
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Why the diode has higher impact on dc characteristics than ac?

Consider this circuit which consists of a DC bias and an AC source connected with a diode and resistor: Source: Boylestad and Nashley book 11th ed. Using superposition theorem the circuit was ...
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How to wire many bi-color LEDs to a single power supply, and switch them on/off individually

My goal is to have 13 separate stations, each with a bi-color, common cathode LED (Dialight 606). These LEDs do not require external current limiting resistors. Each LED can be 'On Green', 'On Red', ...
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Modifications to Neon Sign Transformer to turn it into a variable DC power supply?

I would like to turn a neon sign transform into a DC power supply. Looking into this it would appear I need some rectifiers to turn the AC output into DC. I could use a variable resistor to adjust ...
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Customized Digital Clock(two power sources)

I am quite newbie in electronics. Recently I bought a Digital Alarm clock and tried to customize it by adding DC motor wheels . Idea is to set an alarm , when its alarm time apart from sound it should ...
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Single Transistor DC TO AC Circut

I have a question that may be rather difficult to ask and format however I will try. Now I am very new to electronics in general but in my spare time I play around with them a little bit. I have ...
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How to add solar DC output, Wind DC output and Fuel cell DC output to create a DC bus

How to add solar DC output, Wind DC output and Fuel cell DC output to create a DC bus. My doubt is, Is it possible to connect the outputs of different type of power sources(considering the DC voltage ...
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DC motor selection criteria for electric vehicle application?

I read that for DC electric motors you should generally use the motor with the highest "motor size constant" you can (motor size constant Km = Kt^2 / R, where Kt is motor torque constant i.e. N*m/A, ...
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Why are home appliances and other devices made to operate on dc?

Why are home appliances not designed to work on ac?why cant we just stepdown the incoming 230V and design the systems to operate at low ac voltages,instead of converting ac to dc?
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AC Wire Resistance

I stumbled across some unexpected data points when measuring the AC resistance of magnet wire. I varied the frequency of the AC voltage and measured the corresponding impedance of half a meter of 32 ...