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Questions tagged [power-supply]

An electronic device which supplies electrical energy to a load. Can be AC or DC input. Typically DC output.

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Radio module resetting when fluorescent tube switched on/off

I have a PCB powered by an IRM-30-12 power supply (230VAC to 12VDC). On this PCB, I have a MRF24J40MD from Microchip and a Udooneo to drive it + a 5VDC regulator and the 3.3VDC of the Udooneo. After ...
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Can I generate following voltage waveform with single PWM FET?

I am designing power supply which must output following voltages at a maximum of 1.5 A stepped down from a 24 V DC supply. 24 V 13-15 V 0-5 V Waveform for one of the inputs requires following ...
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ignition timing light trigger current

I've built an ignition timing light, following: http://citroen.tramontana.co.hu/en/ignition/stroboscopic-timing-light here the original schematic: I've changed some components: Instead of the ...
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55-650V to 5V DC/DC convertor design

For an application I am building I need a custom DC/DC convertor that can convert a voltage ranging from 60V-600V to a contant voltage of around 5V. Using the TI Webench with the paramaters Vin_min = ...
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Connecting the output of two motor controllers together - even if briefly

I am building a dark ride at my house for a party (long story), where the I have a ride vehicle that is a wooden base with 4 casters and 2 powerchair motors hugging a center 2x6 rail on a plywood base ...
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Badly designed USB power supply?

Purchased a device from an online retailer (fairly well known and reputable), they ship from internationally and often include a local USB wall charger to replace the one in the box of their goods. ...
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Advanced ATX Power Supply Modifications

I know there are multiple tutorials and questions regarding converting an ATX power supply, new or old, to a benchtop power supply for projects. I'm fully aware of how to make the basic conversion to ...
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Design for a balanced (positive and negative) HV DC regulator

I'm trying to design a high voltage DC regulator for driving a PZT that will provide both +200 and -200 V outputs referenced to ground. The input is a rectified AC waveform that will provide UK mains ...
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Deriving PI controller transfer function when input is reversed

I'm developing the compensator for the linear DC Bench Power Supply I'm designing. As I've come to deriving the transfer function for the op amp-based compensator, I realize I've been depending on a ...
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High Frequency Ferrites for Transformers

There are many Ferrite material grades Available.The optimum frequencies start around 20KHz and extend well into the MHz range.There are also many core sizes to go from watts to Kw .Planar cores are ...
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Why does a motor not work after the power supply?

I have a fairly cheap breadboard power supply and a motor. Now if I touch the wires from the adaptor (the thing that plugs into the power supply to provide it with electricity) the motor works fine ...
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Can an inductor lose its characteristics permanently after short saturation?

I was testing a SMPS (boost) where I had an overcurrent due to overload for a few seconds. The inductor saturation current is 2A. Although I could not measure the current, I am quite sure that the ...
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3.3V LDO Selection

If you've ever tried to find an appropriate LDO for your project you may have noticed the incredibly vast range available on the market. During my searches, I discovered this particular regulator ...
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How does this negative voltage generator work?

I managed to fry a piece of moderately rare equipment due to connecting it to the wrong voltage power supply, and I'm now trying to diagnose what's wrong. Luckily, reverse engineered schematics are ...
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Op Amp-based CV LM317 power supply

As many others before, I'm aiming to build my own simple CC CV lab bench PSU based on the LM317 regulator. Now, I've defined most of the circuitry, but I'm stuck with a particular design choice ...
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What are these programming terminals for a 2 kW power supply?

Does anyone recognize the programming terminals on the real panel of this power supply? I would like to get the 50 amps out. It is an ATE1 made by Redfern radio, it is an old army surplus. Going in ...
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Cant recognise a Damaged component of switched-mode power supply

I was repairing an smps ATX power supply I found a damaged component that I could not it recognise. I thought it's a power switch since it was mounted to a heat sink along with tow D13007 NPN power ...
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Which power converter topology has higher benefit of EMI/EMC?

Which power converter topology can be best suited for EMC compliance for small power converter to be used in LED lighting products. In my context I'm using a 5W non-isolated AC-DC converter which is ...
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2 Switch Forward Converter Volt-Sec/Charge Balance

I am attempting to design a 2 switch forward converter. I understand how to do the volt-sec balance and charge balance when the converter is as shown in the ideal 2 switch forward converter below. I ...
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Voltage drop on power bench supply for channel being off

If I measure voltage drop between terminals of my bench power supply (spec) I get -15 mV when channel output is turned off. Why it is not reading 0? I believe it's due to internal impedance of the ...
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Can I connect 2 power supplies for 16 meters LED RGB strip?

I've bought 2 sets of 10 meter LED RGB strip (7.2w/m) for a room. Then I've cut them to around 8 meters each to get 16 meters. Everything seemed fine but one thing, because it's 2 separate controllers,...
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What factors should I consider when choosing a high amperage power supply?

I've searched around, but I haven't found an answer to this particular question yet. I'm building an elecromechanical project which requires somewhere around 60 Amps at 12 Volts. While this may not ...
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Designing a CCM Boost PFC rectifier circuit

I am working on designing a CCM Boost PFC rectifier circuit, supplying up to 2.8kW at 400Vdc nominal, while taking 230Vac, 50Hz controlled via negative feedback in the average current control mode. I ...
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Designing a +10 V -10 V +7 V DC power supply for audio equipment

I've recently purchased a tape recorder (Tascam Midistudio 644) that was very cheap because the previous owner had lost the power supply. The PS-M1 power supply that originally came with this unit is ...
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XBOX 360 PSU for walkie-talkie chargers

I'm in the process of modifying a 360 power supply to power a 6 unit Motorola radio charger. I've got the +12v and the ground wired to live and ground on an NL-2 connector; and I've jumped the blue ...
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LEDs driven by GameBoy sound

My circuit does not work as I thought it should and I'm really confused now. What I want? Two LEDs which will pulse to audio LEFT and RIGHT channel separately. And same for display BACKLIGHT, but ...
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Linear power supply and mains filtering and protection

I'm designing my first linear power supply for my project which needs dual rail 12V (the regulation from 15V to 12V is on another board, 7812 and 7912). The +12V (+15V) rail will draw about 250mA, the ...
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supply-voltage supervision circuit (follow up)

I am trying to build a supply-voltage supervision circuit based on the design suggested in 2nd answer here (What is the simplest way to turn off some circuit when supply voltage reaches a minimum ...
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Capacitive discharge excess being used for battery recharging

I am currently designing a circuit similar to a cattle prod that is intended to be attached to a drone. The cattle prod is powered by a lithium-ion battery, charging up a capacitor and then quickly ...
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Use of 3 phase transformers which are ∆-Y connected and Y-∆ connected

Different literatures say different things regarding ∆-Y and Y-∆ 3 phase transformer connection... Some say that ∆-Y is used for step down and Y-∆ is used for step up while others say just the ...
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switching between two similar power sources - solar battery and cr2032

I'm trying to create a circuit powered by two alternative power sources. The first one is a Li-Po battery charged by a solar panel and the second one - standard 3v battery, ie. CR2032. The circuit ...
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DC DC converter opamp compensation

I have simple doubt. I am making a closed loop DC DC converter flyback, I am using opamp for compensation. It should be a single input single output network. Input voltage is 24-32 volt, output is 5V ,...
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Why are 65W and 90W common amongst laptop power supplies?

I have seen Dell 130W, Lenovo 120W, some 230W or 210W gaming laptops, etc. . These are different numbers. But I have seen both 65W and 90W power supplies from Lenovo (65W 20V 3,25A with rounded DC ...
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Control variable external power supply with Arduino

I'm currently working on an air pollution controller project and I have a problem to control an external power supply to supply 5V, 1.5V or 0V to an MQ7 gas sensor. Using the direct PWM output to ...
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Magic Eye Tuning Tube Variable Negative Voltage

I am thinking about several applications of magic eye tuning tubes as display pieces and had a question about their operation. I have attached a sample circuit from a datasheet for an EM84 tube. I ...
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Charge car battery with lab bench power supply

Is it possible to charge a lead acid car battery with a lab bench power supply? I am thinking of hooking it up to 13.8 Volts and 1 Amps. Will this work?
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What is the purpose of feed wire and return wire in electric railway?

Looking at the following image: Image source: The Railway Technical Website On the left of the mast there are two cables, feed wire and return wire. Are they acting like a ground cable which ...
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Brick SMPS power supply issues

I'm working on a system comprised of two boards (power board, screen board) powered either via European outlet (220v 50Hz) or a LiPo battery. Power handover is achieved via an autoswitching MUX that ...
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Uninterrupted power supply with auto shutdown lead Acid Battery

Bellow circuit is an uninterrupted power supply(4.7 Vout after regulator) with auto shutdown when the battery is low. I am using a 6-volt lead acid battery with 9v charger. I am looking for an Idea ...
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strong noise in microphone unless usb receptacle is grounded

I installed a Banana Pro (like Raspberry Pi), plugged an usb audio stick in, and a microphone in it. I run this thing with a properly dimensioned usb power supply (tried different ones). This way, ...
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Severe Ringing when turning off bench supply

I have an HP E3610A and I've noticed a huge amount of ringing/hash when turning the supply on and off. This is my test circuit. The bench supply is set to 6V. There are 2 clip leads (about 18" long)...
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Power Supply Fuses and Varistor

I wish to build a little decent power supply for my IoT devices, would like also to implement more protection from the live 230V AC side and I decided to put a fast blow glass fuse in a nice holder, ...
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Theory of Operation for Arc Lamp

I am attempting to power an arc lamp (which I have) using a programmable power supply (which I have yet to source.) Though the lamp is rated at 1000w (37v at 27A) I would like to power it at about ...
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charging Supercap for RTC usage on STM32

Relating to this Thread I have a couple Questions. I want to use the RTC and the Backup-registers of my STM32F413. Therefore I need to supply a Voltage to the VBAT Pin while the Main-supply is off (...
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aluminum anodizing power supply schmetic

It has been a long time since I played with the electrons. In my day filament transformers were common and power supply design included the number and type of tubes being used.LOL Anyway I need to ...
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LT3080 PWM Controlled PSU help

I am trying to build a simple PSU from an LT3080 linear regulator where I can control the output voltage and the current limit with PWM signals from a microcontroller. I have based my schematic from ...
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How to monitor device's AC current profile?

I have a specific question at the bottom of this post, but a little background is needed. I recently got a new medical device (a CPAP machine). Its power supply looks very similar to a typical ...
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Possibility of hybrid forward-flyback topology

Within the context of isolated converters, the flyback topology is nice in its simplicity as can be the forward topology, in spite of needing a second primary reset winding. However, both make poor ...
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Earth leakage from isolated power supply

I have recently put together a DIY bench power supply using a DPS5015 from Rui Deng and an old laptop power supply. Everything seems to be working fine except for a small amount of current leaking to ...
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Using a PC PSU instead of a dedicated professional “brick”?

Usually when choosing a PSU for a scientific instrument going into production I will go to one of the major distributors and buy something like this, which is rather expensive but well specified. ...