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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How to wire this component (-4dB audio)

Getting frustrated because I don't understand what this -4dB thing is in the circuit and I can't figure out how to wire it correctly or even if I have the right part. I have a 3.5mm mono audio jack ...
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Why is DC Voltage called Direct Current ?

I have had this question since a long time, and didn't find any other place to ask this. So thought will just ask here. The "DC" in DC Voltage/Supplies stands for Direct Current. So why is it ...
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How to add ground to DC circuit?

I'm just a dabbler in electronic circuits and I'm really still kind of a noob. I am working on a project called the "Atari Punk Console" (Originally known as the "Stepped Tone Generator") but there ...
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Canon no longer makes CanoScan 8800F AC adapters, help needed to replicate its functionality

The CanoScan 8800F uses a proprietary 32VDC AC adapter that's no longer manufactured. A Flickr user did the trial and error to find out how to modify another 32VDC AC adapter for use with the 8800f. ...
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Charging a bank of lead-acid batteries in paralel

I have a lead-acid battery similar to the one in the picture (mine is 15Ah) and I also have a spare car battery (50Ah). Is it safe, or a good idea to put them both in paralel to achieve a bigger ...
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6w 12v 5a peltier only drawing 1a, I am supplying more current but its only drawing 1 amp?

I just bought the peltier and its of 60 watt 12v 5a and its maximum capacity is of 90 watt power. I am using my Pc power supply which have ability to provide 12v and 15a maximum. I connect to that ...
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Question about LDOs and the practicality of this application

I'll try and keep this as organized as possible so everyone can understand my thought process as easy as possible. I will be using a 12V 5A switching power supply (available on eBay) to convert my ...
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Replacement transformer specs [on hold]

EEs I'm looking for a replacement transformer for a Vacuum Tube driven audio amplifier's power supply. The transformer label is titled as 240v but below reads as follows: 2 x 150v 35mA DC ...
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Determining DC gain of single supply op-amp (no AC component)

I'm building a homebrew PIC programmer, and want to support devices with varying Vpp voltages, so I'm using the DAC output of a PIC16F1825. But the PIC is supplied with a +5V Vdd, so that's the ...
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DC offset spike?

A week or so ago, I accidentally damaged one of the speakers of my audio system, most probably because of a loud and high-pitched distortion (noise? - it's basically a "pop" when ...
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How to implement an adjustable DC offset removal with single supply?

I want to make a circuit where I receive very weak badly shaped constant frequency pulses with DC offsets and obtain an ultimate output with adjustable pulse amplitudes, and with adjustable dc offset ...
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How to implement a variable offset voltage in a single supply non-inverting Op-amp? [duplicate]

I want to add or remove some DC offset from the output of single supply non-inverting Op-amp. When I connect the inverting input to a voltage source(instead of GND) lets say V volts, the output has -V ...
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How do I build a DC time out circuit that stays off until power is toggled?

My girlfriend bought an LED faucet that is actuated when you turn the water on and is powered by a battery pack of 4 AA batteries (2 wire out). However, when the water is turned off, the slope of ...
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Can a diode effectively regulate a supply voltage?

I have a 6V DC battery that's rated at 2A. My microcontroller uses 5V supply at about 50 mA. I've been told I shouldn't worry about the current since the microcontroller will just take what it needs. ...
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Possible to take 110 down to safe level to run LEDs?

I'm working on a lamp project that I found online. It's a DIY lamp with a whiskey bottle for the base. The project itself just uses a standard 110V plug that goes right in to the wall, but I wanted to ...
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Transformerless rectification is giving out AC component [duplicate]

I want to convert 240V AC 50hz to 12V DC without transformer.I want the output (12V) to drive 25 white LEDs.The circuit is giving an output of ~14V DC.But the problem is that it is also giving out ...
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DC Motor Speed Control With 555

Can you please explain why this circut is not working in simulation. I get GMIN Stepping failed, too many iterations errors. Is there something wrong with the design?
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N-Channel MOSFET as 12 VDC switch

A little background: I have a 12 VDC "cigarette" socket in my car which is a non-switched circuit (so, always on). I'm in need of a switched socket, whereby power is cut when the car is not running. ...
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Is Deuterium arc lamp a AC or DC light source?

I have created a prototype photo-detector circuit to use in spectroscopy. The micro-controller code take 120 A/D readings and then returns average. I have noticed that when I use visible light ...
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Is the armature resistance of a DC motor the sum of the resistance of each winding?

I am aware of a number of methods of measuring the armature resistance of a DC motor including locking the rotor, giving a fraction of the rated voltage, measuring the current and calculating the ...
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Frequency design parameter for DC signals

I have been using some online tools to design a circuit to amplify photo-diode current. I have understood that all such tools needs a frequency/bandwidth to drive the calculations. For example, a Low ...
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Replacing a Piezo with a button

In my senior engineering design class for high school, my teacher bought a toaster oven and microcontroller and tasked my group to make surface mount digital dice kit for him to teach surface mount ...
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How to supply 5 to 12v amplifier LM386

I started electronics recently and I'm trying to make the most basic mp3 amplifier. First I tried to make the amp myself with reused electronic parts but I didn't succeed... Amplify speaker with 9v ...
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Non-zero output from a LM741 in a differential configuration

I'm trying to amplify a DC voltage coming from a strain cell (with a built in Wheatstone bridge). The voltage swings from -1mV to about 4mV depending on the strain. I've set up a differential ...
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Frequency DC voltage

Maybe it is a silly question, but a microcontroller it is powered up with a voltage of 3.3 DC voltage, and we all know that the frequency of the DC voltage is 0 Hz. Suppose that i want to generate a ...
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Is there any way to use an ac load ssr with a dc load

i have a s202s01 relay that i want to connect to my microcontroller. The problem is that the load i want to control is a DC source. Is there any way to make that ssr (3-24dc, 8A 250VAC) work with a ...
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voltage range of ac signal

I have an ac signal in the range of 1.5v-10v and it needs to be shifted down by 0.5v so it is in the range of 1v-9.5v. How can i do this exactly? assuming it uses a single power supply. any help ...
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Combining 2 or more DC sources

This is a fairly general question with no specific example in mind as I was just thinking about the problem, but was unable to find any answers on the internet (probably because I am not asking the ...
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lmd18245 dc motor driver

How to build dc motor driver lmd18245t. wanna control dc motor with arduino uno by pwm signal so how make driver circuit using lmd18245t ic and in pic. i made circuit schematic is this correct or any ...
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Powering 3 DC devices from one outlet

I have be trying to research how I would go about powering 3 Raspberry Pi devices using only 1 outlet. The raspberry pi require 5v and a max of 2a. I think I know just enough about electronics in ...
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Using DC current to operate a fish feeder that takes 2 AA batteries [duplicate]

I'm a complete electronics newbie. I have a auto fish feeder that takes 2 AA (1.5V) batteries. After changing the batteries quite often I got curious to find out if the feeder can be modified to run ...
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Circuit Q - Calculating the minimum internal resistance for max 2% voltage error

I am stuck with this question. Not very confident with my approach. In the circuit below: Question reads: "Assuming you have a real voltmeter with non-infinite internal resistance and that you ...
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Why does electricity have a phase?

Anyone who's seen the j in electrical formulas knows that electricity has a phase component as well as a magnitude. But where does the phase come from? Does it only ...
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DC analysis of common source MOSFET circuits to find gate voltage using different power supplies

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab strong text I am solving problems on DC analysis of MOSFET circuits. We are supposed to find various parameters like Id(Drain ...
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Why don't DC PSUs need a fuse?

This feels like a silly question, but after taking apart some of our 6W 12V DC power supplies I've noticed that none of them are fused. Out of curiosity more than anything else, I'm wondering why a ...
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Inverter vs Rotating Machine

My question is in how to relate a 3 phase PV inverter to a classical rotating machine. How is the machines power angle realized by the inverter? In power flow studies, real power flows by ...
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Need help with a VU meter analog signal

I am making an Arduino VU meter. I need to convert an analog AC audio signal to a varying positive DC signal. I would like the following outputs: 2.5 V output at 0 V input (from VM1); 5 V at maximum ...
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please help me choose power mosfet for multilevel inverter

I am doing my senior project on cascaded multilevel inverter. I am planning to use MOSFETs as switches in my project.Please kindly give me instructions and respective formulas for getting right ...
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Make a brushed DC motor move “free”

I want to place a DC motor on the driveshaft of a marine steam engine. Since i do not want to loose or add power to the drive but only having the motor there for backup reasons, i want to let the DC ...
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reverse load on dc motor( series/shunt) and its speed control

if dc motor produces 10 Nm torque , and load acting on dc motor in reverse direction produces 6 Nm , then net torque is 10-6= 4Nm, dc motor consumes current corresponding to 4Nm , and so speed becomes ...
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Reverse engineering MOSFET power circuit

I'm looking at a portable heater circuit that uses a 1.4 Ohm resistive load as the heating element. The circuit in question uses an N-channel dual output mosfet, and on the other side of the board a ...
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Switch current rating AC vs DC

I'm looking for a high current DC switch (able to switch something like 5V@30A) and I've encountered several DPDT that might do what I need, however they are only rated for AC applications (3A@250VAC ...
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Controlling audio singal with digital potentiometer?

I am very confused about how to go about using my digital potentiometer to control an audio signal. I have a MCP4231 digital pot and would like to use it as a MCU controlled variable resistor for gain ...
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Dangerous Power Supply [closed]

I recently bought a 3D printer from the USA and imported it to the UK, it came with a Chinese 12v DC 30 Amp power regulator. The PSU is a metal enclosed box. It can take 220 Volts +/-15% so it should ...
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how to compensate power drains in dc circuits?

This has been on my mind for a while. Lets just take any electronics device. Lets say a mobile phone or a laptop. They have fixed voltage and current, but some components needs higher voltage/current ...
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Low Breakover Voltage Diac [closed]

I wanted to know if there is commercially available Diacs with Breakover Voltage of 20V or less. I tried to find in the internet but always ending up to Diacs with Breakover Voltage of around 30V or ...
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Cable parameters calculation for a long 1000 V DC cable

How to calculate the current that is needed to charge the cable capacitance and inductance while switching DC power supply ON? And the current that is released from the cable inductance and ...
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Shared Voltmeter for 2 DC Circuits at Different Voltages (battery & solar)

I want to use one panel mount voltmeter (Powerwerx PanelDVM) for measuring both my 12VDC Battery output and the input voltage from a Solar panel ,which has a higher DC Voltage. This all is hooked to a ...
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bulbs in series with individual power [closed]

Three lamps (with individual power of 30W , 40W and 50W ) are connected in series to a source of 100V . What is the voltage to the terminals of the 40W lamp ?
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How does a bridge rectifier work exactly?

If this question was posted before, please let me know. I searched for "how does a bridge rectifier work" and did not find an answer. The part that I especially find confusing is when I have the ...