Amps and Volts? Answered

So i have a atx pc power supply and i am going to use a pci cable to draw power from it for a led lighting system and the led light system can only take up to 12 v at 2 a, will that destroy the led light system or will it be fine? (also i cant open up the box that controls the light system to fix the blown fuse)

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Volts and current ? Answered

I'm confused what's the difference between voltage and current ? also what's the difference if I power a 1.5v motor with 3 1.5 battery's in parallel and same motor in 3 1.5 battery's in series

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converting 9 volts to 6 volts? Answered

I have a small r/c tank that is 6 volts  .the problem with it is it is made to take CR123A 3 volt camera batteries  .which run about 5-7 dollars each  .i could by rechargeable ones for 50 but i thought it would be easier and more cost effective to convert it to run on a nine volt rather then four AA or AAA  .not just do to the cost but also because the space limitations i know how to solder and built circuits if i have a schematic provided .so could anyone provide me with a small circuit schematic or is it just in need or putting a resistor in between the terminals?

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3 volt signal to trigger 7 volt? Answered

Ok,so I get a 3 volt signal from a detector and use this 3 volt to trigger an alarm which atleast need a decent 7 volts to function.The detector could take a max. of 5 volts input which I got from the 7 volts DC supply.This 5 volts fed,gets transformed into 3 volts after the detection.So let me make this clear,I have a 3 volt and a 7 volt supply.I need to use this 3 volt to trigger the 7 volt circuit.I know what you are thinking-a relay !right?but I couldn't get  a 3 volt relay anywhere(though I got a 5 volt relay).I can tackle this situation in two ways.1)Either by stepping this 3 volt to 5 volts and making the relay do the job.but how? 2)Or some circuit to use this 3 volt to trigger the 7 volts(like a relay but maybe by using ic's).This is the final part of my project and so please help me.

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5 volts ballast

Can I have the circuit for the 5 volts cfl lamp ballast. Please! Thanks.

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1.5 volt LED?

well im putting an LED to my coilgun so it would turn on when  the gun was on (lol) and i was thinking about putting it "between" the 1.5v battery and the charging circuit BUT! i found out that the f*cking LED is a 3v, I tried with all of the LEDs I have but I think non of them works with 1.5 volts does the 1.5 volt LED actually exist? (LOL) or, in the case that I do not find any LED like that one, how could I use the 3v one so it could turn on with 1.5v?? maybe the drawing can help... help pls thnks **the circuit has a red led that lights up when the capacitors are charged, this one is just something i thought it would be nice to have to have it and tell you when its on** **ALSO** this is just a part of the entire circuit, its not the complete circuit, right?, the drawing is just to give an idea of the led part

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6-Volt Lamp

I have this 6-volt Lamp it's kind like what you would find in one those 6-volt flash lights except that this is like a stand alone lamp and it has two wires that come out of it but only seems to work at 6-volts, so I have a large 6-volt battery and a 7.5 volt output power adapter I was wondering if 7.5 volts would be too much power to use to power the lamp I don't want to blow it up. I don't know if it'll even work at 7.5 volts because I tried a 9-volt battery and it won't power on with it.  The image is the same lamp I have except mine is connected to a base and has two wires that come out the bottom I would like to find another way to power it besides using a large 6-volt Battery.  Any Suggestions.

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16 volts and a LM7805? Answered

I was wondering I'm making a very tiny project with that requires 5v. I'm using these little 3v batteries (CR2016). If I use like 6 of those and a 5v regulator, approximately how fast will they drain? Is that not a good way to lower the voltage? 

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Gameboy Volt / Speed ?

Hi, I am working on a little project with my olde Gameboy Color ! I am taking it out of its case, and building a wooden / bronze one in SteamPunk Style. Now to get even Nerdier i am considering to build a "Stirling engine" and power the little machine with a Dynamo attached to it! However this might turn out, i would like to know if the dynamo generates more than 3V if that would speed the Gameboy up, or simply fry it? I will add a Good Resistor to prevent that btw :p

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240 volt timer ?

Hi all I have a 240v fog machine makes fog like a disco I wish to run it on a timer. For an outside dragon smoke display. I can easily time it purely off /on with a basic 24 hour  household socket cheap timer MY PROBLEM The fog machine after getting power needs a press of a button to activate it. I need a circuit / timer  so  that when it gets 240v power can then "press the button "ie activate I bought a hi tech machine to try  but it loses it's memory setting when timed out on  240v. I need something that keeps its timer cycle intact. Maybe an expert out there can help? Happy to modify something etc. Nick Tasmania

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How to get 12 volts from 18 volts

How would i regulate 18 volts(2 9v batteries) to put out 12 volts instead? im doing this because 2 6v batteries is really heavy(im replacing 2 6v batteries, and they are also broken... dont ask how) thanks

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How to increase an output of 5 volts to 9 volts?

I have a fixed input and the output is 5 volts. What type of design must I create to increase my output voltage to 9 volts with the already given output of 5 volts? I am trying to make this charger project as small in size as possible. Any assistance with this would be great. Thank you all!

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120 volt ac to 5 volt dc circuit?

How to build the circuit that is in those devices that plug into 120 volt receptacle and can have a usb charger cable plugged into it. I just need the circuit diagram. I am a little familiar with schematic reading. It all fits in that little plug in device, so it can't be that much, right?. Thanks.

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Step up 6 volts to 9 volts? Halp!

I have a GB Instruments dmm i got at a Hamfest (Ham Radio Fest) in Peoria, IL a few years back for like $6. It's great, and its more accurate than my father's Craftsman from Sears that he paid $40 for about a year ago. I have replaced the 9 volt battery twice in it. 9 volt batteries are horrible for capacity, and I use this DMM so much it's almost a high drain on the 9v. I know that a standard 9v holds 500-700mAh. I have a whole box of old AAA batteries that have about 1.4+ volts still in them from a stupid car toy that drained an AAA .1v-.2v and called it dead. A standard AAA alkaline battery (E92 or equivalent) holds 1,200 mAh or 1.2Ah@1.5v. 4 alkaline AAA batteries holds 4,800 mAh@6v. I can fit 4 AAA batteries in the 9 volt holder in my DMM snugly with a piece of foam for anti-rattle. That's only 6 volts. The DMM will power on very dimly at 6v, so is there any circuit to make up for the lost 3 volts without adding a bulky power pack? There is a LOT of room in the DMM for mods n stuff. Thanks for any help Is there any way to step up

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Volts from an USB cable

I need to know how many volts a usb cable provides from a laptop. I couldnt find any information on google and I know that someone here has to know.

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What's the best way to lower 6 volts to 5 volts?

Hey friends!  I have a question. I want to be able to use 4 AAA batteries (6v) to power an IC. The IC's max voltage is 5.5. Is there any kind of way I can use two resistors as a voltage divider to lower the voltage 1 volt or should I just use a diode(which would lower it by 1.4v)? Thanks!

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I want to power a 3 volt devise with a 9 volt?

How do you lower the output power of a battery

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i have a battery just say 1 volt 1000 mAh and charge it with another battery 2 volt 1000 mAh how long will it take? Answered

How many mA go from the battery to the other? how do i calculate this??

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How can I raise 1 volt to 5 volts?

I have a TLC module that i can get to produce about 1 volt from my hand.  I would like a way to turn this into 5 or more volts.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

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How to drop 9 volts to 3 volts at 32 ma

Hello, I am a new B here. I would like to use a 9 volt battery to power lights for my RC car. The led lights operate at 3 volts 32 ma. What size resistor will I need to make the voltage drop. Will this also control the current so I do burn up the lights. The lights are somewhat expensive so would like to get it right the first time. Thanks for anyone's help.papadewey221

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Trying to change 120 volt AC to 120 volt DC.

I have the full wave rectifier rated at 400 volts and 8 amps and need to know what kind of capacitor/ voltage regulator I might need to accomplish this. I'm powering two 100 watt lights off this. Thanks!

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What are the effects of powering a 14 volt system with 12 volts?

I have some older, but nice yamaha computer speakers. there is an external transformer, and it says the out put is 14v dc, 800 mA. I am wanting to skip the transformer, and us a 12 volt sealed led acid battery battery to power them, placing it after the transformer. I would prefer to use the 12v battery as a 12v 5 ah battery is around 25-35 dollars, and a 14.4v 2ah battery is around 70 dollars. Would this do any damage to the amplifier circuit within ? What effects would this have on the sound quality of the speakers? Would I be able to be switch from 12v dc, skipping the transformer, and plugged into the wall using the tranformer if i wired it to be able to do so, and would that have any long term effects on the speaker?

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What is the simplest and most efficent way to convert 3v to 5v?

There are several circuits out there on how to up-vert a 3v input to a 5v input, hwever I would like to know the simplest way.

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Tiny circuit to measure amps?

I am going to use a ATTiny43U to obtain the voltage of a 2vdc solar battery, via self powering (0.8-5.5VDC). Using ohms law I know I can obtain the amps as I will have the voltage and a resistor. I want to know what resistor to use? I will feed the amps result back into the ATTiny43U as well as the temperature from another sensor. Can someone please advise me what tiny circuit I can use to get the amps as I do not know what size resistor to use? The operating voltage should be between 1.55 and 2.67 vdc give or take a bit. Thanks and kind regards, jB

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boost volts deflate amps? Answered

I recently came to know about a "mintyboost" from "steveastrouk"( a very helpful and trusted member of instructables).It boosts up volts while bringing down amps very much like a step up transformer.Well I've got 2 AA rechargeable batteries rated 1.2 volts and 1900mAh.So here's my first question-I connect these batteries in parallel and they give out a total of 2.4 volts okay fine....but what about the amps?will they get added up like volts and produce 3800mAh current?The latter part-I need to boost this 2.4 volts to 5 volts by bringing down the amps(any value is fine as long as its above 0.7 Amps).Could you please give me a specificated instruction on how to do this?If to use a "mintyboost"what software should I use to calculate the required values and......... the rest...... Pls don't think I'm lazy.I really want to do this so badly...

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Whats Better Volts or Amps? Answered

I know the two are completely different, just so you guys don't leave any I'm an idiot comments.  I was wondering if anyone knew what makes a better electromagnet for my coil gun.  Should I look for higher amps or just as many volts as I can find

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100 volt ac motor

I have a Sony 100 volt AC motor and would like to use it with 120 volts.  Can anyone give me some advise? The motor came out of a Sony tape recorder.

Topic by ecafighter   |  last reply


3 volt voltage regulators?

Hi,I need a 3 volt voltage regulator,1 ampere(or lower).I tried looking for Lm 7803 but couldn't find it any local shops.Anyother alternatives?

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"5 volt limit" circuit? Answered

Is there a circuit that will take a range of voltages and make all of the voltages that are over 5 volts be 5 volts  like so: 3.5 => 3.5  4.2 => 4.2 4.9 => 4.9 5.1 => 5.0 6.3 => 5.0

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12 volt soildering iron? Answered

I am looking for a cheap dependable way to make a no more than 13.8 volt D/C soildering iron that can be powered by the common cigeratte lighter plug or with clips on to the battery terminals any ideas?

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Volt conversion with mobile charger ?

Hi, I have to DC device  a) works with 5.V    (b) 1.5 Volt...  I am using mobile charger as a power supply.  How can i connect them with one mobile charger....as the charger output is 5.V  only.  a) works fine but as the other device require 1.5 Volts . Which type of power  component should i use to supply additional appox. 1.5 Volts ? will any of these can device blast ? Any type of tips n tricks will be very help full. Thanks, Richi

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About boosting battery volts? Answered

 If i use an XL6009 module to boost up my battery for example from 3.7 to 5 volts how it will effect on the battery my battery will drine much faster ?  will stay the same ? 

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Coil to give 3 volts

I need 2.5 volts from a coil when a 10mm magnet is passed over. What awg of copper wire and how many turns do I need for an air core coil. This is to charge a super capacitor.

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4000 watts @ 220 volt?

How can i (step by step) generate 4000 watts and 220volt from a car alternator ?

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How to generate 100,000 volts? Answered

For a special project I need to generate 100,000v to turn hydrogen into plasma.  Can anyone tell me how to do that?

Question by Kalrag   |  last reply


12 volt incubator circuit

I need to build a dc circuit which will maintain a certain temperature using a globe as the heat source for the purpose of making a small incubator.?

Question by gozitano   |  last reply


too many volts to an LED

I have an LED that is supposed to take about 2.8 to 3.4 volts.  A single 3v coin cell works great.  However, if I use two or three of those batteries, it gets ULTRA bright.  My question is, what harm is this doing?  Risk of burning out the light, causing heat, other bad things???  What exactly would happen over prolonged use?

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How to convert ohms to volts?

I want to make a taser and the circuit i have needs an audio transfomer 1k to 200k but i cant find it coz im in india can anyone please tell me which power transformer am i supposed to use thanks in advance jumper1111(not my real name of course)

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48 volt power supply

Hello everyone. i am interested in building a power supply from 0-48 volts and able to push a good amount of amps. any one have a ruff idea on how to beable to adjust the voltage and not limit my current to 2 amps i would like to puch say 15-20 amps. i can build the rectifier i have a 600v i think 30 amp bridge rectifier. just not sure on how to do the adjusting without useing a regulator chip that only pushes a few amps. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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How can I make a 9 volt shocker?

Okay.I want to build a shocker with a nine volt battery.No soldering iron.I have lots of 9 volt batteries. Note:A 9 volt shock is wanted .Not 300 volts. Thanks,bylerfamily

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Question dealing with high volt capacitors in series

As we all know (at least most) you can get free cameras at places that recycle disposable cameras. After having my fun hooking then in parallel to attempt coil gun, or just melting holes in water-filled soda cans. But I wanted to try to hook some in series, so instead of 320V, i got 640. I know series adds up so both are fully charged to 320V, but heres my question. 1: Can they ever blow seeing that the output is 640 yet their rated 320? 2: If i discharged between then, can i have a greater chance of them exploding comparing to parallel hooked?

Topic by Killa-X   |  last reply


How many Volts come out of a USB plug, i mean the female part not male? Answered

Need to know soon, it's for a project

Question by cd41   |  last reply


I have a small fan that I want to hook up to my usb port...

but it's a 12 volt not a 6 volt, and it runs to slow on 6 volts. what do I do?

Question by oldanvilyoungsmith   |  last reply


Power Supply

With this circuit, does it matter how many amps the input is rated at? The output is supposed to be 2 amps at 9 volts

Topic by TheLostAmish   |  last reply


What's up with this transformer!

Hey I have a litte problem! (sorta, not yet!) So, I have one of those wall adapter things, and it says it outputs 12vDC and 1 amp. Out of curiosity, i hooked up my volt meter to it and the output was a whoppin 20 volts! Why was it 20 instead of 12 like the transformer said? This is making me worry about my other ones!

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply


HELP please!! with Li Ion battery

1 st question: i have a 7.4v 2200mA li ion battery. my ip camera takes 5v 2amps what color resistor should i use and how many ohms? 2nd quesiton: i have a class 2 battery charger 12 volts 300mA is it good to charge my 7.4v li ion battery?

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how does voltage affect leds and charging batteries? Answered

Assuming amps are the same how would a different voltage affect powering an led or charging a battery and im assuming there's an upper limit and if so, r u able to find it out without a data sheet (since leds pretty much never have any markings on them)?

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