DIY IR Droid Module - 3.5mm to Infrared - Breadboard Prototype
I have built this on my breadboard, powered with 6V 150mAh AC-DC converter. First connect saw at least one of the LEDs flicker dark orange and then go out. Assuming this means I burned it out, as afterwards I didn't notice any response.
To prevent burning IR LEDs, I'll use visible LEDs, but I'm still concerned that my breadboard has a mistake. I'm pretty much worthless (but willing to learn, at least outside of the classroom setting!) at Phys II, so the debugging is foreign to me. Pulling out the multimeter... What process should I be using to confirm that everything is powered correctly? The schematic is attached if you would like to customize your response to the hardware, but a general guide to debugging amplified LED circuits would be much appreciated as well!
Additionally, if amplification the best way to go? How about a relay? Does that not offer the same (not Phys II...) amplitude? Smaller the better!
- Schematic - Attached PDF
- PCB Creation - http://www.instructables.com/id/Extreme-Surface-Mount-Soldering/
- Mounting plan - http://www.instructables.com/id/LEGO-Nikon-IR-Remote/
Thanks in advance!
Oh, and I'll post a picture of it within the week to get another set of eyes. I must confess, it is a little ratty...