Questions tagged [outdoors]

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Is my PCB lightning or ESD safe if it has a weatherproof plastic enclosure? It is going to be installed in the roof of a building [closed]

we are designing an electronic device that is going to be installed in the roof to measure weather conditions, and we know that it has to withstand storms and rain, any weather condition. So we wanted ...
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Should I use AC or DC between buildings?

I’m planning to install solar panels on the roof of one building (the charge controller and batteries are in this building), to power a DC circuit in another building. No AC equipment needs to be ...
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What keeps frying my RF switches?

Short version: What might be breaking the first sensitive component connected to an ungrounded 14cm UHF dipole antenna mounted 30' above the ground? Could it be related to static electricity? I have ...
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Charge protection thermistor proximity to battery

I am working on designing a low power wireless sensor intended for permanent installation outdoors. Since this device will be used outdoors during the winter months I need to leverage the temperature ...
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How can I safely get power into an outdoor enclosure from mains without a receptacle?

I’m building a weather sensor suite for a small privately-owned airport, and I’m wondering how to safely and compliantly get power into one of the enclosures. My concerns are safety and code-...
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UDP streaming over WiFi problem when operating outdoor at ground level

I am working with the following setup: I have an SBC running Ubuntu 18. The board is installed on an outdoor device. The board generates a wireless hotspot and runs a python script which streams UDP ...
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Air circulation and condensation in custom enclosures for outdoor project

I am designing 6 custom enclosures in mild steel to be placed outdoors for 5 months in London UK. They will be interconnected, only one will contains 4 power supplies, all with conformal coating and ...
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What method can be used for outdoors circuit protection when transmitting DC or analog signals?

For long time I have been looking for a source for this but I dont know how to articulate it. Sometimes I need to send analog signal or DC voltage for hundreds of meters by using STP cables. But the ...
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Power Sources for outdoor electronics/electrical projects

Very new to Electronics Fields but compelled by my obsession. I would like to start with small projects which is very necessary at my house. I will explain some of my project ideas here. First stage ...
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Conformal coating of shielded RF modules

What is the best practice to protect a circuit with shielded RF modules? I have a feeling that conformal coating is difficult since the shield is not sealed.
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How mount IR gas detector sensor for outdoor use

I'm in search of a Gas detector sensor for outdoor use and I've found this sensor. My only concern is how do I mount it for outdoor use as, on the datasheet, there's no information about the mounting. ...
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Joining high current wires outdoors

I am conducting an experiment where I would like to heat up 18 AWG copper cables outdoors using to 50-60°C using 60 amps. The wires are wrapped with teflon to prevent damage to the cable. Can I use a ...
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Is Peltier Cooler Good for Outdoor Application?

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 w/ an Intel Movidius Neural Network Compute chip attached via USB. It has recently come to my attention that I may be asking the Movidius chip to perform too much work and as a ...
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What is a reasonable way to connect small wires?

These wires will carry up to 1.5A at 5V outdoors in clear weather. Would it be reasonable to connect them by simply taping them together with electrical tape? I'm new to electronics outside of ...
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Ideal Energy/Battery Source for a Battery Powered Lamppost

​Hello everyone, Relatively new to electrical engineering (my background is more in coding), so, thank you ahead of time for all your help! Project: I was tasked with creating an outdoor lamppost ...
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Raspberry pi for extreme outside using [closed]

I want to use raspberry pi for a vehicle park project. The Raspberry will stay in a metal box and it will never power off. The metal box is waterproof but its in middle of a empty area so it will get ...
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Is there a wireless protocol for 100m-1km range in rural property?

I am an electornics hobbyist. A friend of mine, who is building an organics farm, wants to wirelessly automate some devices in his property, and asked for ideas. His problem is to "talk" to remote ...
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Lightning protection for underground loudspeaker wires

I am tasked with running a loudspeaker to a remote building. The total run length is around 275 feet, with the outdoor portion being around 165 feet. The cable is Cat5e 24awg unshielded, silicone ...
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Electronic component that is like an LCD version of an LED?

Is there a liquid crystal display version of a light emitting diode? I want a visual indicator that is a small and simple 2 pin device like an LED, but instead of emitting light it just turns black or ...
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Electronic devices in outdoor use

I'm going to use my Raspberry Pi and Wifi router on my terrace (roof covered, no direct rain, but low temperatures, down to -15 celsius in winter and high humidity are possible) and I need to power ...
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Cooling an outdoor electronics enclosure

I built an outdoor enclosure which contains electronic devices (cable modem, router, battery backup, MCU, etc) for a long-distance internet connection. The enclosure is made of insulated metal panels ...
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Connection to ground for a Cat5e Shielded outdoor rated cable

My ISP installed the cable modem in my entertainment room. I am trying to have internet also in my STUDIO with an access point to broadcast a second WIFI from there to other parts of the house. (My ...
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Circuit with 2 reed switches (proximity sensors) output to single GPIO

I would like to use 2 magnetic proximity sensors (normally open reed switches) to determine the position of a chicken door (vertical sliding door) which in turn controls a motor. If the door comes ...
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How do I supply power to two 18v 2.4 amp motors?

I have two of these motors: http://www.radioshack.com/radioshack-super-speed-9-18vdc-hobby-motor/2730256.html#q=motor&start=6&tab=tab1 According to Radioshack's specs (which may be off, not ...
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Standards for vehicular lighting connections

I am a cyclist and electronics hobbyist, so I am designing an electrical system for my bicycles. THE QUESTION "What do I need to know (standards, available components, good practices) so that I can ...
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Industry standard for outdoor appliance AC input bulkhead connector

I am looking to spec an AC input receptacle that is appropriate for outdoor use. The equipment for which it is required is essentially a relocatable enclosure that is designed to operate unattended ...
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Water Sensors Outdoor Analog

Problem: I own a home that I'm not always at, It rains there a lot and I need a way to monitor if there is rain by using a sensor so i can turn on a pump to move the water away from my house. ...
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How to water-protect my Arduino?

I am building a watering system with an Arduino. Basically it runs on a track with a hose that drips water down on plants a couple of times every day. Its outside, and water might sometimes get from ...
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Designing electronics and their enclosures for the outdoors

I think the title captures it, but to expand upon this further. What are some of the best practices that you use to place electronics outdoors? Include what you do for the cases and mention issues ...