Allowing for the flow of power or information without shared electrical nodes

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Cellphone charger has no transformer?

I opened up a really tiny mobile phone charger I have, to see how it is designed. The entire "charger" is integrated into a small 2-pin mains plug, 1 x 1.25 x 0.5 inch, that has an USB socket for the ...
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Isolation transformer and scope when troubleshooting SMPS

I have a simple question, when troubleshooting a SMPS is highly adviced to use an Isolation transformer. But my question is this, if im using a scope to troubleshoot the "hot" side of my SMPS, both ...
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DC Adapter - AC Potential to Earth

With a switching DC wall adapter, when I measure AC rms voltage from either of the output wires to earth ground, what am I actually measuring and is this a controllable spec of a wall adapter? I am ...
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How to implement an isolated connection matrix

I need to implement a circuit for a researcher, which looks a little bit like this: Description of the circuit: There are two or more fully isolated biphasic current drivers, and N output pins. ...
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Why are the high voltage overhead power lines with the same potential being isolated?

Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 - A zoom of Photo #1 Photo #4 - A zoom of Photo #2 I shot these photos while travelling in a highway. In each line-group has three separate lines. I think that the ...
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How can I do A/D conversion with isolation?

I have to sense a voltage range of 0-25V dc and send to the ATMEGA 32 microcontroller. I want to use a voltage divider for sensing the voltage. But the problem is isolation is required between the ...
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how to electrically isolate a PCB from a heat sink

I have a set of LED driving lights on my motorcycle that must be wired through a ground-leg pulse width modulation dimmer. The problem is the mounting bracket for the lights is grounded, so the lamp ...
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Opto-isolator output from collector vs. emitter

I have an Isocom ISQ2X quad opto-isolator (datasheet) that I will use to drive a logic input. The opto-isolator's simplified model given by the datasheet is pictured below. The transistor base pin is ...
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Where to connect shield and ferrites in PCB with isolated planes

I have a device which has two sections of the PCB completely isolated form each other, but connected by an isolator IC (PN: ????). I think I need to shield the whole device for reducing EMI because ...
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Powering an AMC1200 Isolation Amp

I need to measure a very small current at the high-side of a circuit. The high side is at 3000VDC. The measurement needs to ultimately be in the form of a signal with a peak of no more than 5V, so ...
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what would be the most suitable components to replace some relays?

I'm working on an electronic product based on a microcontroller that must be able to control a series of actuators: 230V AC motors ON/OFF, 24V DC motors ON/OFF, 80V/20A heating element ON/OFF. The ...
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Cutting the ground wire in an isolation transformer?

I bought a non-tech isolation transformer (500w), which I planned to cut the earth mains ground from the output, but leave the chassis grounded; however, when I opened it up I found the output outlets ...
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DC/DC isolated supplies in series for higher voltage?

Can I chain two isolated DC/DC supplies together for a higher output voltage? (Say, a 48V and a 12V to get 60V?) They'd be fed from the same 24V DC source. I've asked a related question before (...
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Why are we not always isolating the mains supply?

Something struck me: to protect people, the neutral of the supply is connected on the supplier side to Earth, so that leakage through ground is detected when for example someone touches the phase (...
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Measuring voltage while maintaining isolation

I'm building a variable power supply, and want to provide the ability to digitally measure the outputted voltage and current. The digital power supply used to drive the ADC, microcontroller and ...
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How to properly isolate multiple power supplies

Say you have a single 110V AC supply and need to use it for a number of devices, each requiring very different characterists. For me personally these are: a direct use of the 110V AC supply for a ...
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How do I (optimally) connect Elk-924 (high sensitivity relay board ) to DSC PGM output (sinks to ground)

This sounds like a very specific question, but I think it boils to a generic one -- not at all specific to this equipment. But it will take a bit of backstory to get there. My background, btw, is ...
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Optoisolator with Logic Output - How To Use IC Circuit Example?

I'm looking at an Optoisolator with a Logic Output..It's an optoisolator with a Schmitt Trigger on the output. I think the datasheet is a little bare for my comfort level, so I'm looking for some ...
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Measuring an analogue voltage with isolated ground

I am working with a solar EV (car), and I need to measure the throttle pedal signal. The throttle peddle is essentially a 10k ohm pot between 5v and gnd on the motor controller. (0-5V signal). As ...
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How to isolate two signals from each other if they use the same power source?

See the very simplified schematic down. As what you can see: Two inputs are in the form of a DC signal. We operate each input individually. RL represents a motor. The two inputs are initialized by a ...
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Can I ground the negative DC bus of a variable frequency drive?

Suppose I have a typical VFD: rectifier, DC bus caps, inverter, feeding a motor. In general it would not be advisable to tie the DC bus to earth ground, because the AC line may also be referenced to ...
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Isolated closing contact other than relay?

I need an isolated closing contact, like a relay, but ideally solid state. Rating 24V 100 mA on the contact side would be plenty. 1 kHz operation would be enough as well. I will drive this from 5V 25 ...