An electromagnet combined with an actuator to convert electrical energy into linear physical motion.

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arduino mosfet solenoid

I'm trying to drive a solenoid with an arduino pro. I've assembled the typical MOSFET approach with a protection rectifier: The circuit works, and the solenoid is triggered, but very weakly. In ...
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EMI/EMC filters for different frequency sub-circuits

I am designing a PWM based solenoid controller. The PWM controller works at 23kHz with an average circuit consumption of 23-45mA. The PWM controller is powered by a non-isolated SMPS with 12V output ...
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mechanical relay output voltage doesn't change

As a followup to my previous question, where a 2222 npn transistor wasn't beefy enough to handle the load I was putting on it to activate a solenoid valve, I decided to try a mechanical relay board ...
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transistor toggles an LED, but not a solenoid valve

I'm working on a hobby project where I'm trying to drive a solenoid valve with an arduino (for some automated plant watering). The solenoid valve takes 12v, so I've rigged up some smaller batteries ...
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Actuating a solenoid through a capacitor

I would like to actuate a latching solenoid through the following circuit: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab A capacitor is charged over a resistor. When this ...
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Latching solenoid control

I am working on a personal project that will involve driving a latching 9V/DC solenoid from an arduino. The circuit I've come up with is dependent on two things, that I haven't quite figured out yet: ...
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Simple ESD protection for MOSFETS

I'm designing a MOSFET (FQP30N06L) circuit to drive a (50V, 3.4ohm) pinball solenoid controlled by a PWM pin on an Arduino DUE: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab ...
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solenoid hammer trigger control

I am new here and a newbie regarding electronics, I shoot PCP air rifles and have a small project regarding the air rifle. The shooting mechanism is consisted of a trigger releasing a spring loaded ...
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Electrical behavior of holding magnets when you pull them apart

I'm going to buy a holding electromagnet and a strike plate to hold some things, and I want to design my circuit (arduino-controlled) not to fry like bacon. I'm aware that since a holding magnet is ...
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Determine the speed of a solenoid

I've found this solenoid online. In my current project I try to generate fake recoil for a lasertag marker. Now my question is: Can I determine the time the solenoid needs for completing one cycle? ...
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Magnetic flux outside a solenoid perpendicular to the direction of axis of solenoid

I know that using straight forward Biot-Svart law it is possible to calculate field inside a solenoid or at a point on an axis away from the circular coil. Now is it possible to calculate the Flux ...
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Alternate to a proportional linear solenoid

I am trying to build a circuit using gears, motors, and relays only which mimics the motion of a proportional linear solenoid i.e. Hold a spring compressed at a certain distance depending on the ...
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Using a solenoid to open a door

I'm trying to rig up my door to be unlockable using RFID and an Arduino. The problem is the actual mechanics of unlocking the door. There's a few limitations: I can't actually unlock the door. It's ...
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Bistable solenoid unlatching voltage

In my design two solenoids (MagLatch C5-L-272-B-1 and MagLatch B22M-L-154-M-36) are used. Each solenoid is driven by a H bridge powered by a voltage selector (12V or 24V). The command signals are ...
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change polarity of Solenoid

I am working on a project which includes a couple of Solenoids (Link to the used Solenoid: ...
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Using a MOSFET or BJT instead of solenoid

I'm trying to convert all relays and solenoids to transistors in a circuit to make it solid state. I have a small (150cc) 12V DC starter motor that is currently turned on by a small transistor turning ...
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Are all solenoids waterproof?

I have an application where I need a solenoid to control a valve at the bottom of a tank. For unimportant reasons the valve needs to be inside the tank at the bottom. I was wondering are all ...
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Supercapacitors vs. High Voltage Capacitors with Inductive loads used in CoilGuns or Solenoids

I'm looking for some insight on whether an 1000 Farads at 2.7v or 5.5v would be more effective than say 10,000uF at 400v-450v when creating a strong magnetic coil. The intent is something similar to ...
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Linear regulated supply from noisy input voltage

I have been working to redesign a faulty circuit board. One of the problems I have identified is the power supply on the board. The input voltage is nominally 13.8V DC from an AC switchmode ...
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LED monitor for solenoid

I'm trying to determine whether it is more appropriate to place an LED in series or in parallel with a solenoid. The application is to monitor the solenoid, i.e. if the solenoid is burnt out, the LED ...
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Selecting continuous pull type solenoid

I own a Rail track master and it needs two pull type continuous solenoids. The age of this machine is from the 1950's and both of the previous solenoids were unidentifiable. These solenoids operate ...
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Driving a solenoid with a relay

I'm trying to run a backup pump that will be actuated by a no flow condition from the primary pump. Everything is 12V DC. The flow switch can only handle 0.4A at 12V DC. The issue I'm running into is ...
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Minimal pulse width to actuate a solenoid

I'm powering a solenoid from a battery, so I want to spend the minimum amount of power to get the job done. In this case the solenoid doesn't even have a return spring, so as soon as the armature has ...
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How to actuate 24V solenoids from 3.6V batteries

I want to build a battery-powered device that actuates a 24 V solenoid when a button is pressed. How could I power it from a 18650-sized lithium-ion cell? It should work down to about 3 V, when it's ...
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Solenoid Fail - No Force

I have designed and built a small solenoid and... it doesn't exert any force on the steel bolt I am using as a plunger. I could freely move the plunger back and forth without any resistance. I am ...
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Bidirectional solid state switch for solenoid

I'm building a circuit to control a flip dot display, which is basically a matrix of solenoids which you control with bidirectional current across the 25 columns and 7 rows of the board. The ...
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24V failsafe switch that cuts power untill power is removed and reapplied

Does anyone know of a device that when current is applied it will stay on for a certain period of time then turn off until current is removed and reapplied? Basically I have a float switch that, ...
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Can a solenoid have its magnetic field “focused”?

Imagine a solenoid generating a magnetic field. Can this field be focused so that it exists only in a certain section of that solenoid at a given time. If a typical solenoid looked like: ...
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Solenoid to launch a ping pong ball

I've been looking for ideas on how to launch a ping pong ball a small distance (< 1 metre) for a game. Solenoids look like they might be useful but I'm not 100% on what force/type I need. I can ...
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Can I use a LED Driver to control a Solenoid?

I have on order an LED driver and I want to use it as a simple 12v DC output to control a Solenoid Valve. The Driver says Constant Current & Constant Voltage. I obviously don't want 1A pumped ...
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Alter Solenoid Stroke

I am looking into using push type solenoids to push microwave touch pad buttons. I understand that the force a solenoid exerts is dependent on stroke length. One site I was looking at listed two ...
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Can a Solenoid be driven from one of the pins of a Servo controller?

Would it be possible to operate a solenoid (e.g. this Plastic Water Solenoid Valve - 12V - 1/2" Nominal, suggested for use with "a TIP120 or N-Channel power FET with a 1N4001 kickback diode to drive ...
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Arduino - Controlling Electromagnets/Solenoids

I'm a French student and today I have to control some magnetic things with an Arduino. It seems to be electromagnets, but I'm not sure, since I'm a complete novice to electronics. I saw some ...
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Solenoid stays on when output turned off

I have a power supply with 12V running into a the common on my PLC. Output 0 on the PLC is wired into a solenoid. The negative on the solenoid runs into the ground on the power supply completing the ...
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How the wire of an electric motor produce electricity [closed]

If the wire of a electric motor is insulated, then how will it produce electricity? ??
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Controlling Solenoids using Relay vs Transistor

In several examples, relays were used to control solenoids, others use the transistor. In my question, I'm looking at controlling 24VDC solenoid pneumatic valves. What are the advantages and ...
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Control 12 solenoids with a raspberry pi

I'm a musician and I'm working on a funny project : control solenoids with a midi keyboard. So I have a MIDI keyboard connected to my raspberry pi connected to my breadboard. Until now everything is ...
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2 momentary switches, controlling 4 outputs in sequence using latching type relays

I am interested in building a solenoid controller using latching type relays(containing 2 coils and DPDT). The relays are controlled using two momentary switches. The action I am looking to get is by ...
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Need a transistor to drive 12v 400mA Solenoid

I need a transistor whose base will be driven by a controller (3mA max base current). the Vce(sat) should be less than 0.5 or max 0.7. And collector current required by solenoid is 400mA. I am unable ...
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How to supply power to a 12V solenoid from China, getting hot

I bought this solenoid from ebay and was wondering how to power it. It says 12 volts as you can also see from the picture, but I tested it with putting a 9V battery straight to its terminals for a ...
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Bidirectional driving solenoid using H bridge and raspberry pi

I want to drive a old phone ringer solenoid bidirectionally (20 Hz) using raspberry Pi GPIO pins. I am new to electronics, but I thought a H-bridge design would work to do this: The solenoid is 500 ...
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My DIY solenoid does not work

DESCRIPTION: Hi there, I don't know lot about electricity and I`m having problems with my first solenoid-prototype, I tried to build it watching you tube videos. I have attached the pictures of the ...
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When -EMF is induced can we keep current the same?

I'm confused at how Back EMF or (-V, -EMF) reduces current, and conserving the overall power. Let use the following simple example to help my understanding: A solenoid produces a magnetic field B, it ...
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How much force does a solenoid really have?

This hopefully isn't too off topic for this forum, but here goes: after many days of tinkering I managed to get a circuit working that, in the end, energizes a solenoid to pull a lever. Sadly, even ...
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Powerful electromagnet?

Is it possible to produce over 1000 lb of magnetic force over a distance of 4 inches(0.101 meters), using an electromagnet? How difficult would it be? Explaining the general spec's of such an ...
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AC solenoid valve with DC

I have a 24VAC/60Hz solenoid. I used 12VDC just to try, and it worked good (well needless to say it worked as expected with 24VAC/60Hz). What are the effects of a solenoid that's projected for AC ...
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PNP (MMBT4403) based solenoid driver?

I'm trying to drive this solenoid with an inverse logic output (from a 74154). Here's what I have in mind at the moment. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab R3 is ...
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How to power a 12V solenoid

I bought 2 solenoid valves. I'm looking to turn them on/off using my relay. However, I'm not sure what the best way to power them would be. Do I plug them directly into the wall (after attaching a ...
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Linear motion - 50mm / 15 N

I need your help or advice. I need somehow to make a linear motion with stroke of 50 mm and starting force about 10N, the holding force after pull (stroke of 50mm) should be at least 20N. The holding ...
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How to decrease solenoid speed?

My project is Speed Control of a solenoid. In this project, stroke is 30 mm and I want to plunger cross 30mm in a few seconds (like 5 seconds). For this purpose I want to control the current of the ...