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Circuit Project: Solar Panel Voltage Regulator

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Our energy-hungry and environmentally aware society has been slow to make good use of the sun’s “free” power. But now it’s finally taking off. Using the sun’s heat directly, for cooking and other applications, is already a common and popular technology in countries that have good weather. Hot-water panels are… Read more »

Low-Drop 5V Regulator

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A 4-cell pack is a convenient, popular battery size. Alkaline manganese batteries are sold in retail stores in packs of four, which usually provide sufficient energy to keep battery replacement frequency at a reasonable level. Generating 5 V from four batteries is, however, a bit tricky. A fresh set of… Read more »

High Current Low-Dropout Voltage Regulator

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This circuit was designed to allow a laptop computer to be powered from a solar power setup. The computer requires 12V at 3.3A. The circuit is a linear regulator with Mosfet Q4 as the series pass device. A 100kO resistor provides Q4 with a positive gate-source voltage. Any tendency for… Read more »