Archive for the ‘Power Supplies’ Category:

2019-06-11 Selenium Rectifier Burned Up, How To Replace

from FB group Vintage Transistor Radios Jun 12 Bob Kirsch has the right idea, but the single replacement diode *must* be rated for 400 V peak inverse voltage or more. A 1N4007 is cheap and readily available. I assume you’re in a country where the AC line voltage is 120 VAC, because the rectified DC

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2019-04-21 Adjustable Switching Power Supply RFI Suppression

I’ve been experimenting with a switching power supply I got for $51.00, Model QW-MS3010D. It puts out 0 to 30VDC at 0 to 10 amps, adjustable voltage and current limiting. As would be expected, it puts out a lot of RF interference. I’m using an old Motorola AM radio as the receiver. I set the

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2018-12-12 LM78xx Linear Regulator Disadvantages

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-13 Joseph Rotello I agree with some of your claims. But I know far more about 3-terminal regulators than you think. First off, your claim that they are more efficient is unproveable. There are linear PSes that are more efficient. That was the reason LDO regulators were used. You

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2018-07-20 My Digital Dice Were Loaded!

From FB group Building Transistor Radios, Jul 27 Rolando Fernández I bought a kit for a digital die (one die of a pair of dice). I assembled it and then I rolled the die many times and wrote down the values to see if it was random. I was shocked! It was loaded! It was

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2017-09-23 Cellphone Charger Secret Circuit

Posted to FB Arduino group Sep 23 Mbihi Oliver Four hours is twice as long as 2 hours with the correct charger.  Here is a secret many don’t know:  Smartphones don’t necessarily charge at maximum, especially if they’re charged by a charger not made for their phone. Smartphones often have a sensing circuit that checks

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2017-06-15 Capacitor Leakage Tester Ideas

I was asking about very old capacitors and their shelf life on FB vintage test equipment group.  The guys tell how good the old capacitor testers are because they have the “magic eye” to check for leakage. I was thinking that it would be easy to test any capacitor for leakage.  All that’s needed is

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2017-06-01 How To Disable 5V Regulator?

I’ve been getting PC boards that have all the chips operating at 5 volts, but the input voltage has to be between 7 and 12 volts.  The board has a 5 volt regulator on the board, and often it is a surface mount chip.  But I have dozens of 5 VDC, 1/2 amp AC adapters,

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2017-05-04 Interrupting The Supply V to the Oscillator

I was working on the 27 MHz oscillator for testing the regens, and I thought it would be a good idea to turn the carrier off for a small fraction of a second every 1 or so seconds.  So I built a two transistor flasher with a third transistor to invert the pulses.  Instead of

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