Most of the electronic projects and electronic devices are required 12V power source; typically a 12V sealed lead acid battery or AC powered power supply. These are typically large, heavy, difficult to handle, and expensive; portability is less. The best solution is to use a DC-DC Step up converter. These types of convertors are inexpensive, light weight and easy to use. Also provides power management and easy to work with renewable energy sources.
The input power source could be rechargeable AA batteries. Let’s make an environment friendly 12V/130mA power supply!
Step 1: Design the Prototype
The heart of this application is LT1073 IC. It is a power management IC which steps up low voltage into high voltage by switching.
First I etched four PCBs for the prototype using a PCB design software and some other tools. The PCBs are very small (4cmX2cm) because components need to be solder as close as to the IC; because of the performance issues. I made ground copper track as wide as possible.
Now my prototype works fine and I decided to make the PCB in large quantity. I did some changes and sent my PCB file to a local PCB production company and first I got 100 pieces of PCBs. The PCBs are in good quality with solder spots and copper shield; easy to solder.