Involving or pertaining to electronic component or circuit substitution.

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How to choose an alternative for a specific BJT transistor?

I'm trying to reproduce some circuits with electronic pieces that I've at home. Unfortunately I miss some recommended transistors so I'm trying to understand how to replace them with an alternative ...
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Substituting capacitors

I have a nicely-spec'd wireless router that doesn't work any more. (Sorry, I don't have a schematic, but it's an Asus RT-N16.) I popped it open and found that it has one capacitor with a bulging ...
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No germanium diode available for small crystal radio — can active components handle the task?

I know that germanium diodes are trivial to find online, but as this is for a demonstration I'd rather not spend $6-7+ on shipping for a single 5 cent part for a project that's academic in exercise ...
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Is there a relevant difference between these capacitors?

I am planning to try designing a board that incorporates a switch-mode DC-DC converter, using this Texas Instruments reference design for their TPS54386PWPR ...
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Can I safely substitute a 4.7uF cap for a 5uF cap?

I'm working on a circuit that calls for a couple 5uF caps. I have 50v and 25v 4.7uF at my workbench. No cap voltage is specified in a schematic or parts list. The circuit has 12VDC coming in, one ...
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What is a secondary transformer?

On a number of projects I'm building, there's a transformer between wall power and device power. In the parts lists, the transformers are usually designated by "12v secondary transformer" or "18v 4a ...
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Can I substitute a mono potentiometer for a stereo one?

I have a PCB for a headphone amp that has a 6-hole pad for a single potentiometer. I've only got 3-pin ones in my box o' parts. Can I substitute the mono pot for the stereo pot, tie the sets of pads ...
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Question about long-term support for legacy board designs

This question is summarized from a discussion on the Electrical Engineering StackExchange chat. It is reproduced here in hopes to generate a discussion with long-term value Question for anyone with ...
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How do I determine if I can safely substitute potentiometers?

I've got a number of audio projects on the workbench, and of course, each of them requires different potentiometers. Instead of waiting for another box o' parts to arrive, can I substitute? What are ...