Category: Intermediate Tutorials

laser tachometer

How to build a simple laser tachometer

Did you know you can use an LED as a light sensor? In this video I show you how to use this phenomenon to build a laser tachometer capable of measuring the RPM of mechanical devices.

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UPS

How to Turn an Old UPS into an Alkaline Battery Charger!

I recently lost my collection of electronic components, and was looking for a cheap source of parts I could use in my projects. It turns out that my old, broken uninterruptible power supply was a goldmine of useful components! Check out the video to see what I found inside. It turns out that I had […]

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LM386 amplifier

How to make a simple 1 watt audio amplifier (LM386 based)

A tutorial on how to use the popular LM386 class AB audio amplifier IC to build a simple mono 1 watt audio amplifier. It costs less than $3 in parts! There is also a brief discussion of how to use high pass filters to prevent op-amp oscillation and subsequent noise. Sponsored by The Great Courses […]

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Arduino tutorial

You can learn Arduino in 15 minutes

The ultimate Arduino microcontroller tutorial for beginners. Learn what Arduino is, how to choose an Arduino, then build a simple data logger, LED dimmer and motor speed controller. Sponsored by Audible – Get a free 30 day trial & download one free title Example UNO kit Example UNO robot kit

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