"low-power" refers to components and circuits which are designed to have a lower power consumption than their common counterparts. This is most often a requirement because of limited available power, as in battery operated devices.

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What is more power efficient: GPRS or SMS for a GSM sim Arduino application?

I have a GSM shield for my Arduino and am wondering the most power efficient way to receive and send data from and to the cloud. The specific project I am looking to accomplish is starting my car ...
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operand isolation in RTL

I'm trying to build some low power circuits at the RTL level. How would I go about coding operand isolation so that the synthesis tool (ASIC/FPGA) recognizes it. Assuming the spec requires the output ...
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Low voltage drop transistor/mosfet switch - 3.3V 200mA

I need to make a switch. However p-n junction drop seems to be a problem for my use. Hence I am unable to use something like this: In this case, my load won't be getting exact 3.3V across it. ...
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Arduino and GSM Module running on Li-primary batteries for years

For one of our projects we need to run an Arduino board + GSM module (SIM800C for example) for many years on batteries without recharging. The Arduino should be in power down mode for 99,99% of the ...
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Solar cell charging and battery chemistry for low power 2.4-3V supply?

I've recently been looking into the possibility of using an amorphous silicon solar cell (like they have in calculators) to supplement my very low power BLE system's current consumption to extend the ...
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Building a battery powered flood sensor

I'm trying to design a device to trigger an email when water is detected on a sensor (i.e. a flood sensor for a laundry or similar). For the sensor, I'm considering a couple of electrodes/contacts ...
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Voltage reference for an OCXO

I have a no-name OCXO with pins marked by seller (VCC, GND, RF OUT, Vadj). I have checked its output frequency against rubidium oscillator using the following method: I connected them both to ...
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Dual power supply for the LMV324M

This smartplug reference from TI makes use of a LMV324M for the metrology bit, which is the low power version of the popular LM324. Its being powered from a +/-3.3V supply in the design however the ...
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Low-stroke, high-force linear actuator solutions with one dimension below 5 mm?

Scenario: I am working on a wearable actuator that requires an output displacement of 3 mm at 30 grams-force throughout (preferably more early on) and occupies at most 5 mm in the Z dimension. The X-Y ...
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Finding a diode with a low vDrop at low currents

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab So, I'm designing a circuit which has to work with current flowing in both directions through a resistor. I need to measure the ...
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Rotary Encoder for Android GPIO

I'm not too sure if this is the place to ask but I'm not sure where else this question belongs. I'm trying to hook up a rotary encoder to an Android dev board's GPIO pins, although I'm having trouble ...
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Electronic circuit to power on module in intervals

I have a WeMos D1 R2 ESP8266 based board thats compatible/running Arduino libraries that consumes approx 1.7mA on it's deepsleep. A 9V battery of 600mAh wil last 14 days only using the power of ...
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lipo pack to 16vac inverter design

Im looking to drive a 16 vac solenoid from a battery pack. Specifically I want an electric door catch to function when mains are down. I want to do this with out with out using a commercial UPS. Im ...
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Lower Power Inductive Heating Circuit Design Questions

I'm trying to design a very low power (<=10W) inductive heating circuit that will heat the work material to 40-50degC. I've seen plenty of Royer Oscillator circuits online (see here: ...
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Power supply safety standards

I want to build radio/alarm clock that power itself from the wall. I live in Canada. What safety standards should I follow? And is it free to acquire the datasheet of these safety standards or does it ...
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LDO regulator below minimum input voltage

I'm designing a circuit that will run from 3V battery. The battery can get as low as 2V and I want to use it as much as I can. I'm using a PIC24 that operates with the integrated regulator for ...
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Battery Bank - How to achieve full amp-hour ratings with simultaneous series & parallel connections?

I have four 12V batteries (all with the same watt-hour rating), and I would like to achieve dual voltages by interconnecting them, while achieving the following: 48V at the full amp-hour rating of ...
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How to efficiently power wireless sensor node from a 9V battery?

Context I have recently set out to add some wireless features to my entry-level smoke detector. Problem In order to achieve that, I will be adding a custom pcb embedding an ATmega328P and a ...
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Implement ac-dc converter for low frequency and very low voltage without external powering?

Iam using a basic cascade voltage multiplier to boost and rectify the 0.3v ac signal. The circuit rectifies but the boost is very less. So I thought of using LTC3105 after this stage to get a ...
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Low power device in sealed unit — design help

Main question: can I build an arduino-based sensor that'll use such low power that something like inductive charging will suffice to power it? Details: I've got a "holding tank" on my boat ... a ...
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controller pins issue during hot swapping

I am using CortexM3 controllers(LPC1769,1778) in my embedded applications. I terminated UART pins to the connectors with TTL level. If I am connecting or disconnecting the UART cable during power on ...
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Does it use less power to process and compress data on a chip, or to transmit it to a station?

Let's say I had a grid of force resistors laid out in a pad. Every 5 minutes I'd apply power to the pad and read the resistance of every force resister. The pad itself would be powered by a battery, ...
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Is Energia buggy when it comes to using Serial.print() near sleepSeconds() call?

So, I've been experimenting with sleep, sleepSeconds, suspend() and wakeup. These are AWESOME by the way... Here's what I've found. suspend() puts the controller into LPM4 which makes it ONLY come ...
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Measuring quiescent current of a voltage regulator

I purchased 10PCS Socket Adapter plate Board For NRF24L01+ Wireless Transceive​ module and would like to know how much current/power it will draw as I want to run a project on batteries. A close-up ...
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Lighting LEDs from high current source [duplicate]

I have an circuit with six high torque servos connected parallel to power brick that provides 5V @5Amps. Everything is running fine. But I wanted to add few LEDs to circuit but I dont know how do I do ...
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What's the most efficient way to detect a break in a circuit [closed]

I'm building a sensor that detects when a refridgerator door is left open. my goal is to use 2 contacts that close the circuit when the door is closed. So, when the door is opened, the contacts open ...
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How do you use low-power mode on an MSP430G2553 using an Energia sketch?

I am using an energia sketch to program my MSP430G2553 controller. I need to know how to use low-power mode. Do I leave the loop section of the sketch empty and set up an interrupt in the setup ...
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Efficient toggle switch

Is there a way to circuit a power efficient toggle switch controlled by a SINGLE button so that absolutely no current from the power source is drawn at it's OFF ...
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lowest loss for switch

Are there any other options for an extremely low loss switching circuit with extremely low switching frequency (about 4 times per day) and voltages from 0-3V with currents <2mA. Current ideas ...
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How to calculate voltage and current of a circuit with input / output MCU pins

I would like to know the method to calculate both voltage and current in a circuit that use MCU input / output pins In this example, how can we find the V / A of all resistances and Capacitors.. ...
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How to compute the maximum power I can get from an optical fiber?

I'm thinking of a project which requires powering a device with an optical fiber, but I don't know how to compute the maximum amount of power it can supply at the end. These are the parameters I ...
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Low RPM, Low Power, Low Torque Motor (to be solar powered)

I am trying to build a small contraption/artwork to be mounted on a wall indoors. Ideally it will solely solar powered from a small solar panel (10cmx10cm). It needs to spin slowly anywhere between ...
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Energy Harvesting Primary VDD and Battery Backup VDD power for MCU

Currently I am in the design process of circuitry for my energy harvesting circuit. I am using the CC1110F32 MCU from TI. I am using the Development kit boards that they created for this project. The ...
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Very low power voltage regulator - diode?

I'm developing a very very low power system, and it has some components that need 3.3V. These components are actually spec'd to operate anywhere between ~1.8V and 3.7V, so theres some wiggle room ...
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Battery Protection IC: How to ensure that even under-voltage batteries are allowed to be charged?

As I understand, the battery protection circuit isolates the battery from the battery connector if it detects undervoltage condition. If this happens, how can the system ever charge the battery and ...
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Eliminate standby leakage current of output capacitor in a DC/DC converter charging a battery

I am using a DC/DC converter to charge a battery. The output current of the converter is about 6 Ampere at 41 Volts. I'm trying to eliminate the standby leakage current of the output capacitors in ...
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Minimum energy required for LED blink to be visible

I have a 5V schematic with 15n capacitor and I wondering if I will be able to blink an LED, powered from this capacitor. My calculations is that the capacitor will have about 0.2 uJ of energy. This I ...
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Using super-cutoff to reduce Direct Source to Drain Tunnelling

I was wondering if anyone had any insight on how useful it would be to reduce direct source to drain tunnelling by applying negative gate bias voltages on sub-10nm FinFETs. Has anyone looked at this ...
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Problems when loading an Ultrasonic transducer (reflected power)

I have a very simple setup that is giving me problems I cannot understand: Apparently, the reflected power is the same as the power generated by the amplifier (both measured by the amplifier, ...
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Long lived LED indicator

I want to have an extremely long-lived (at least one year) blinking LED with a single battery, like one 9V. Think like the battery indicator light in a smoke detector. The LED doesn't matter to me. ...
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Strange behavior of USART in PIC16LF18313

I am using this 8-bit, 8-pin mcu for asynchronous EUSART. Sometimes when I power it up, it gives me correct characters (e.g. I send 'w', it returns 'w'), but sometimes when I power it up, it returns ...
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How do I limit the current supplied to a DC motor?

I am designing a robot and my motors are taking up too much current when the robot runs into a wall or has the motors forcefully stopped. How do I limit the amount of current I give the motors?
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Detecting open circuit, very low power

We need low power consumption (1nA - 1uA) while the circuit is closed, and then wake the microcontroller when the circuit is opened. A the moment the design includes a custom metal switch which will ...
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Convert low voltage accelerometer to Wake ATTiny Open Source Binary Watch, activate on wrist motion

I'm working on building a binary watch similar to njeer's binary watch featured on hackaday I am planning on using a cr2032 3.0V 190mAh battery. So in order for this to run for any length of time ...
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LTSpice power supply simulation: what is wrong with it?

I have simulated the LM723 based regulator circuit in LTSpice And after running it I got 16A currents (blue/green) on diodes in rectifier. The max current I supposed to get here was 3.3A. Please ...
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Dealing with different voltage needs on a battery driven low-power board

I'm going to design a small wireless sensor box for a weather station project. This involves: A sensor running at 3.0-3.6V (1mA) A MCU, running at 3.0-5.5V A 433MHz transmitter which takes about ...
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How to claculate LM-723 regulator circuit headroom above the intended output voltage

I need to calculate the transformer VA for bipolar regulator circuit using LM723 so I need the voltage drop or may be a headroom for LM723 under load. The data sheet is silent about it. Is there ...
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Ultra low power 555 timer circuit

I am trying to design a circuit involving an LMC555 CMOS timer operating as a monostable multivibrator. Essentially, I want a momentary switch to turn on a set of LEDs for ~20 seconds and then turn ...
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How to modify a voltage regulator to make it very low quiescent current

We have built a hand held RF remote controller, powered by two CR2016 batteries in order to supply 6V. We used a microcontroller in the circuit, which runs under 3.3V. That's why, we used a voltage ...
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suggestions for solar charging battery-operated device

My battery-powered wireless device draws about 50mA @ 5V. I’m thinking of powering this off a 12V 7Ah SLA battery that is topped up with a small solar panel (12V, maybe 500mA or so). 12V to 5V will ...