Tag: power electronics

12v dc to 12v ac inverter

Don’t build this 12V DC to 120V AC inverter circuit

A description of how a popular 12V DC to 120/240V AC inverter circuit works and its MANY limitations. Watch this video before you build inverter circuits you find online else you risk damaging your equipment!

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schottky diode

What is a schottky diode? A schottky diode tutorial.

A tutorial covering the advantages and disadvantages of schottky diodes over regular silicon diodes including forward voltage, efficiency, leakage current and recovery time issues.

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boost converter

DC-DC Boost converter tutorial

In this tutorial I explain DC-DC boost converters – a type of circuit used to step up voltage in an efficient manner. Towards the end I show how to construct a 50 watt adjustable boost converter circuit. Parts list: LT1370HV: http://octopart.com/lt1370hvct7%23pbf-linear+technology-532702 Electrolytic capacitors: http://octopart.com/eeu-fm1h471-panasonic-208645 Input and output ceramic caps: http://octopart.com/partsearch#!?q=UMK325BJ106MM-T Schottky diode: http://octopart.com/stps5l60-stmicroelectronics-334357 10uH inductor: […]

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adjustable dc to dc converter

Adjustable switch mode power supply tutorial

This video explains the purpose of feedback resistors in a buck converter circuit and shows you how to calculate them. Then I show you how to build a high current adjustable power supply using an LM2678 and a potentiometer. Parts list: LM2678T-ADJ: http://octopart.com/lm2678t-adjnopb-texas+instruments-15290279 Input electrolytic cap: http://octopart.com/eeu-fm1h221-ecg-208642 Output electrolytic cap: http://octopart.com/eeu-fr1c102b-panasonic-18987619 Input and output ceramic […]

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Switch mode power supply buck converter

Switch mode power supply tutorial: DC-DC buck converters

Switch mode power supplies are a more efficient way to regulate voltage than linear regulators. In this video I explain buck converters, which are a type of switch mode power supply used to step down voltage. I also show you how to build a 5V 5A power supply using an LM2678. Parts list (Octopart) Schematic:

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Class D amplifier

Class D Amplifier Tutorial

There are many different types of amplifiers. The most commonly used in audio are class A, AB and D. Class D amplifiers are inherently efficient reaching efficiencies >90%. This video shows you how class D amplifiers work, and how to build your own 2x15W stereo amplifier on a breadboard. Class D amp kit mentioned in […]

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H bridge

H Bridge Motor Speed Controller Tutorial

An H bridge is a type of circuit that you can use to control the direction of electric motors. In this video I show you how an H bridge works and show you how to build one that can control the speed and direction of a brushed DC motor using PWM. Parts list: NE555 timer: […]

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LM317 Adjustable Voltage Regulator Tutorial

A tutorial on the LM317 voltage regulator. Shows you how to make a 1.25 to 25V adjustable voltage supply, or choose any other output voltage you want. An example of a fan speed controller is shown. This video builds on material covered in the fixed voltage regulator tutorial so you should check that out if […]

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voltage regulator

Voltage regulator tutorial and USB gadget charger circuit

This video covers the basics of linear voltage regulators – what they do, how to wire them up, and where to find them. Then I give a basic example of how to build a 5V supply that can be used to power USB powered gadgets. This video builds upon material covered in the transformer and […]

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Diode tutorial and AC to DC conversion

This video covers the basics of diodes, bridge rectifiers, and how to build simple unregulated AC to DC power supplies than can handle a few mA up to several Amps. I recommend watching my transformer tutorial first if you are confused about where I am getting the AC voltages from. The voltage regulator tutorial is […]

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electrical transformer

What is a Transformer? An Electrical Transformer Tutorial

Afroman covers the basics of how transformers work, where to shop for step down mains transformers, and how to wire one up to mains voltages without killing yourself. European and North American wiring is discussed. He finishes up with a quick example of AC to DC conversion in an unregulated dual rail power supply. Remember […]

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Pulse Width Modulation

What is PWM? Pulse Width Modulation Tutorial in HD

PWM circuits are fun. You can use them to dim LEDs, control the speed of fans and motors, control the power going to a thermoelectric cooler, or control the power going to pretty much anything you want. Just make sure that you don’t exceed the maximum voltage rating of your device. The video explains it […]

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