Questions tagged [outdoors]

To provide a focus for design issues that arise in harsher environments - either electrical, mechanical, thermal or other things that need to be dealt with.

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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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Connectors in outdoor enviroment

I designed multiple modules which have to be connected in an outdoor environment but are located in rainproof casings. These modules don't get wet from direct weather and have no direct exposure to UV ...
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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 ...