Introduction: Inexpensive Variable Power Supply

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Simple Power supply from LM2596 assembled module.

Can give output up to 35V.

Range 1.25V - 35V

Current up to safe 2.5A

Designed with

1. 2 Banana jacks for output

2. 1 Ammeter connection + its output

3. 1 External Voltmeter Connection (Can be used for output also)

4. USB output via Ammeter connection

5. DC Input via USB or Barrel Connector

6. 5mm LED for indication

7. DC Power switch

Step 1: Components Needed

1 x External 30V 3A Power Adapter

1 x Barrel connector female

2 x Female Usb

1 x 5mm LED with holder

1 x 1.2kohm Resistor

1 x Slide switch

1 x Small cabel gland

DC DC Buck converter LM2596 Module

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DC Voltmeter

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10 x Banana connectors Female

2 x 12 Channel Terminal strip (to be cut into desired channels and be looped)

(Here I have used 4 channels 4 pieces looped one end)

Step 2: Drilling and Cutting

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Position the components accordingly as required

I used a Power plus Die grinder for various drilling.

Step 3: Glued Fitting

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These components needs to be glued to stay firm in place.

USB Female

LED with holder

Slide switch

Step 4: Circuit

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Self Explanatory


1. Ammeter jacks can be jumped to use the third Output jacks on the right.

2. Voltmeter on board will not display less than 4.5V. Use the Yellow jacks with external Multimeter in voltage mode.

Step 5: Assembled

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All connections made and ready to test.

Step 6: Samples

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1. Battery bank charged via USB with current Indication.

2. 5V Output

3. 12V Output


Sudharshan A made it! (author)2017-05-20

very useful project uncle

billbillt (author)2015-10-12

very good...

samern (author)2015-05-09

How much current are you getting out of the circuit?

kumaran512 (author)samern2015-05-09

Upto 3A acc. to specs.
Reliable to use upto 2.5A.

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