Voltage regulator?

I need to know how to build a 12v-5v pulse regulator for my fuel level sending unit/gauge in my truck. I would like to know what parts to buy and the order of everything. Thank you in advance. Daniel

Posted by gungfudan 5 years ago

Help with Voltage Regulator

Hi, I have put one of these together for an ATX power supply and have come across something that I might be getting wrong.... In mocking up the LM317 circuit in breadboard (standar one found everywhere on line and on the LM317 pages), I have got the thing metering -11v to +11v??? I am using one of the black ground wires of the PSU on the black side of the volt meter, but cant figure out why I am not just getting positive voltages??? Could the diode be faulty? Or is this in fact correct? Any help appreciated...

Posted by lone_viper 6 years ago

12v to 6v voltage regulator at about 15 amps

Hi, i have a 1963 VW bug that is very stock, but the 6v lights just dont work very well (dim at idle, then not too bright at speed) it is very simple to use a later 12v generator and then swap out all the lights, battery, coil and relays and it works great. BUT i have a 6v wiper motor and also a 6v gasoline heater that i will need to keep at 6v (the 12v parts are just not available or too expensive) I have found an article that recommends building a cheap voltage regulator using a 7806, ( 6 volt, 1 amp regulator) and 2 1uF 35v tantalum capacitors, then a NPN transistor which the original poster says is a 2N5881 npn transistor. here is the scematic. the pdf article is attached and the link to the original article is here http://www.studebaker-info.org/tech/6-12V/6-12-6.html  The questions i have 1. what is a 2n5881 been replaced as? i cannot find it at jameco and the original posted doesn't give any specs for it. 2. how would i "pump up" the amps available from 10 to anything else (looking for about 15 amps) thinking that the npn transistor is the key but i am new to this and wouldn't even begin to know where to look. 3. what happens if any item fails? can i put some sort of safety into this so it quits rather than passing any addition voltage through additional info the heater runs at about 85 watts so 85 watts / 6volts = 14.616 amps  the wipers run at much less than that so building 2 of this would work great.  Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any insight to this 

Posted by starvin 6 years ago


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Posted by smallludwig2 10 years ago

Small Voltage Regulator

I am looking to buy or build a small voltage regulator that can fit in an O gauge electric train engine. It needs to have a 18-20 volt AC input and 10-12 Volt AC 1 amp output. I would like to buy one already built, buy a schematic or a schematic with the parts to build. Thank You

Posted by frankv6 3 years ago

Needing Schematic for a High Amp Power Regulator

I have two transformers ( 430-7101A) that're wired together from a APC Battery Back-up that I'd like to turn into a high amp regulated power supply. I've been looking through the site and have seen very few options. I'm positave that (sorry for the pun) there's a shematic somewhere out there and would Love to get my hands on it. These are a very nice pair of transformers that I'd Hate to see go to waste. And help would be Great! TIA

Posted by your_dragon113 6 years ago

Zener Diode to regulate solar voltage

I'm new to electronics, and I'm having trouble with varying voltage. I'm running a 6V solar panel through a charge controller, and out to a lithium battery (3.7V) and a load (3.7V), in this case a GPS data logger. My issue is the varying voltage to the GPS. The GPS works perfectly off the battery (constantly diminishing voltage), but when the solar panel kicks in the voltage increases, the GPS thinks it is being charged, and switches off. The GPS will work on any voltage above 2.75V I was wondering if I put a 3V zener diode in series between the charge controller and the GPS, would this keep the voltage at a constant 3V even if the solar panel is producing the 5V needed to charge the lithium battery?  I hope this makes sense Thanks

Posted by blakea 5 years ago

Voltage Control: 20v DC

I am trying to find an electronic part that will take in anywhere between 12-36v and put out a consistent 20v. What could do this? And how can I get one? If amperage matters, I'll probably be putting between 1 and 4 amps through it.

Posted by V-Man737 10 years ago

strange motor driver (early stepper?) what do you think?

Hello everybody, i got this motor out a damaged cine cam.playing about attaching power to the trailing wires from the board i get 2 speeds. orange -0v green +6v high speed brown +6v low speed motor makes a nice thrumming noise as it runs.looking forward to using it in something. putting power direct to the motor wires is quite unresponsive. going to try a pot between the 2 +ves that, work maybe getting variable speed. (puting the +ves together got the same high speed as just the green wire) anybody recognize this system? know how it works? thanks

Posted by crazyg 5 years ago

2 Voltage Regulators, 1 Power Source?

Is it possible to use two voltage regulators of different values with one power source?

Posted by flagrantfouler 9 years ago

in where do I find and how do I tell if it is a 5v regulator?

I need to find a five v regulator(7805) for a portable 9v battery charger and i cant go out and buy one. can someone tell me in what device i can find a resistor(specifically 5v).  And i need to know how to tell if it is a 5V Regulator. heres one i found.. does it look like a 5v?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       thanks,                                                                                                                              The DoctorOfAwesome

Posted by Dread_Neck 7 years ago

How to make a 1-1.5 volt voltage regulator at 15 amps?

Hi, I want to make a high current (15 or 16 amp) voltage regulator that outputs around 1 to 1.5 volts. Does anyone know how this could be done cheaply and easily? I've looked at the 15 amp schematic in the LM338 datasheet (http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lm138.pdf  page 11), which uses 3 LM338s in parallel, but I'm pretty sure that takes the minimum output voltage to about 4v, way too much for me. I've looked at using 2n3055 transistor, but it seems like I'd need ridiculous heatsinking and probably fans to avoid thermalling out. I'm thinking of taking my power from an old PSU, 5 v rails, so not too much of a voltage drop, but it's hard to find stuff that can handle these kind of currents. I'm pretty much stumped right now, anyone got any ideas?

Posted by lolkent 6 years ago

Voltage regulator for laptop

Hi there. I have a problem for which I'd like some opinions: I have a PB laptop which has fried its inverter for the LCD due to the input voltage towards the inverter being too high (19v while it should be 12v and can only endure upto 13v). Most PB models have this problem. I looked around and some people suggest making a voltage regulator with a 7812 and some capacitors that gets its power directly from the input of the power adapter on the laptop (19v, 6+ amps). But since I am not really that into electronics, I have no idea if this will work, especially towards the heat that comes with the 7812, will it be high? The inverter needs around 0.5 amps input current. Others suggest a setup with (zener) diodes, but I have no clue how to start on that. Anybody have a suggestion? Many thanks.

Posted by .conne. 10 years ago

Voltage regulator for solar panel

I have built a solar panel as a fun little project, now it has come upon a big problem. The solar cells that I am using seem to have a higher amperage output and a lower voltage output in high intensity sun while having a high voltage and low amperage output in medium and low intensity sun. This poses a problem as my batteries were able to recharge during late winter and early spring but now are not able to recharge when there is the most energy to be captured during the summer. The average voltage during high intensity is about 11 while the voltage during medium or low is around 12.5 and 13. I want to know if there is a way to create a transformer to step up the voltage or create a voltage regulator that can withstand 13 amps so the battery can recharge properly. A link or any suggestions would help.

Posted by menace 9 years ago

Free electricity for a bicycle headlamp

A really good bicycle headlamp needs quite a bit of electricity to make it bright and last a couple of hours. A dynamo requires extra leg power to operate. Yet, there are power distribution lines along the roads where I ride and they emit electro-magnetic lines of force. Imagine a coil of wire on the bicycle that follows the triangle portion of the bicycle frame and it receives these lines of force, converting them to a low voltage AC current. That current would then be passed through a bridge rectifier and a voltage regulator to charge normal size flashlight cells powering the light. Technically, it is probably illegal. Certainly it would be if you were using a coil of wire on your lawn positioned under the power lines to power your house. If it could be done safely, the power company would have a hard time tracking you. It is probably impractical, but it is interesting to ponder.

Posted by Phil B 6 years ago

Higher efficiency (high amp) 12V regulator alternative to 7812

I need a high efficiency 12V DC regulator to supply my thermoelectric modules (they're very inexpensive so I had no choice but to use them). I found that the modules are most efficient at 12V @ ~7A each. I could use many 7812s in parallel but they are too inefficient and too much energy is lost to heat. Is there any alternative? Electricity bills are going up so it'd be very good if I can find an extremely efficient step-down or step-up regulator, short of using an expensive 'gold standard' ATX PSU (which are usually upwards of 500W so the power savings don't matter).

Posted by arikyeo 4 years ago

-5v Voltage Regulator

I want to make a -5v Voltage Regulator... Does anyone know if I replace the 7805 regulator with a 7905 would that be enough, or would the capacitors have to be different values?5v Voltage Regulator Schematics

Posted by mrshow555 10 years ago

Varialbe current regulator?

Have you ever seen a variable current regulator? i googled it but i keep getting standard voltage regulators Any help would be appreciated!

Posted by Sandisk1duo 9 years ago

will this really regulate voltage?

Will this really regulate voltage?I would think that voltage could just flow arround the capshttp://electronics.howstuffworks.com/digital-electronics4.htm

Posted by kendallickes 9 years ago

DC motor regulation

I am planning to build a small gearbox that depends on a steady rpm from a 3V dc motor. I understand that the output rpms will change in correlation to the fluctuation of input power. My question is, if I used a regulator to regulate the input voltage from 5V to 3V, will that keep the motor rpms steady?

Posted by Tman179 10 months ago

Voltage regulation

I have a solar charge controller (Velleman SOL4UCN2) that outputs 12v, 6v and 3v. But I need 9v and I'm not sure how to get that.

Posted by pless84 9 years ago

Regulator Help

I am currently building an LED panel, and need some help setting up the regulators. I am using LM1084-ADJ regulators. What I was wondering is if anyone can tell me how to regulate the current, as in the math I need to calculate what resistance value I have to put between the adjustable, and Vout pins. The guy I was using simply stopped replying.

Posted by MaXoR 8 years ago

Is This circut right?

I need to know if circut for a 9v usb charger is right. I didn't have the usb port at the time. Any help?

Posted by Dread_Neck 7 years ago

A 12v Regulator in a USB hub?

I havea spare USB hub and it's not used. I wanted to take it apart and take the regulator out of it. It has a part number: PJ1084/CM 1B1. After Googling the part number I've found that it's a 12v 5A regulator, why? The mains adapter with it is only 7.5v, so where does 12V come from, the only thing that I know is 12V is the PS2, and this is definetly not for that.

Posted by Josho 11 years ago

Build a warming/cooling box for maintaining temperature range year-round

Hi all, I need to build a box about 75cm wide, 50cm tall, 50 cm deep, that will maintain a temperature range of 20-30 degrees C (about 68-86 F) in ambient temperatures of 0-35 C (32-95 F).  What are my best options for heating and cooling? For temperature regulation I imagine I'll be using an aquarium thermostat for the heating end of things.  What would be best for cooling? I am imagining a plywood frame with a plastic tray insert, covered with styrofoam sheets. Pretty simple stuff. It will probably hinge open on the front face.  I'll be keeping fermenting and sprouting foods in it. thanks for any help and ideas! -bs

Posted by bluescrubby 5 years ago

Voltage regulator for trailer brakes

Im planning on building a motorized trailer dolly for my travel trailer, however i want to make a dead mans switch for the trailer brakes.  I was wondering if I took apart an old cordless drill if I could use the trigger as a voltage regulator to regulate the voltage to the trailer brake system.  Without getting into specifics of how it will connect to the regulator, I figure I would have like a bike brake handle that while applied the trailer brakes would be off, but if released that the trailer brakes would be applied incase the trailer started to roll away from you. Any suggestions other than "Go buy a trailer brake controller" would be appreciated! :)

Posted by Thunderbone 11 months ago

Zener Set Voltage Signal Circuit (help)

Hey Everyone- I have been researching on ways to send out an electric signal to trip a relay to shut off my battery charger. I did find some simple circuits and I did the math for what I would need and could not find big enough zener diodes and resistors. Battery+(Resistor)(Zener Diode)(Relay Input)(Battery-) I need this circuit to send a 8.2 or 10Volt 15mA signal to my Relay when the batteries reach 235 volts. Following are the SPECS for the Input signal on my Relay::: Control Voltage Range 3-32 Vdc 90-280 Vrms (60Hz) 18-36 Vrms/Vdc Max. Reverse Voltage -32 Vdc - - - - - - Max. Turn-On Voltage 3.0 Vdc 90 Vrms 18 Vrms/Vdc Min. Turn-Off Voltage 1.0 Vdc 10 Vrms 4.0 Vrms/Vdc Nominal Input Impedance 1500 Ohms 60K Ohms 9.0K Ohms Typical Input Current 3.4mA @ 5 Vdc, 20mA @ 28Vdc 2mA @ 120 Vrms, 4mA @ 240 Vrms 3mA @ 24 V Any help on this would be great Thanks!

Posted by rc_rs_ss 7 years ago

3.3V to 3V - Power a GameBoy Color from USB

I want to power my GameBoy Color using the USB port. It needs 3V ( 2 AA batteries). I found a voltage regulator, that puts out 3V, but it does not seem to be available in Germany. But there are loads of 3.3V regulators. So I wonder, how I could use one of those. Is it possible to simply put a resistor in row (if yes, what value would be suitable?) or is it a bit more complicated?

Posted by SpecieS~ 7 years ago

Manipulating temperature in garment steamer

 I have a garment steamer. As a school project, I need to do an innovation where I need to add temperature regulator features. I have read that irons use thermostat to control the temperature, how do i install a thermostat in the steamer or is there other ways to regulate the temperature. By the temperature regulator, i should be able to produce the right amount of steam at the right temperature for each fabric.

Posted by WafiqahK 11 months ago

Zener diode Regulator Assy

I am in need of assitance for assembly instructions for building a 5V power supply from a 12v power supply using axial components. I am not sure of the orientation & solder method of components. Thanks for any help. MCD

Posted by mcoanarmen 9 years ago

Converting at 9V solar panel output to 5V using diodes and voltage regulators

Hello i was recently sold a solar panel which was the wrong voltage i need to step down the output from 9V to 5 or 6V. I have been given two TA7805S voltage regulators and 6 diodes and told i can do it with these but i don't know how any ideas?

Posted by henrycrone 5 years ago

Solar Panel 12V regulator

Currently i am working on a 12V solar panel. the solar panel will be charging up the battery of 12V7AH. The problem is that by using the solar panel,the voltage often to be fluactuating down until 10V. How can i make the voltage remain constant at 12V?

Posted by haizad86 8 years ago

Voltage Regulator

EDIT: Anyone Interested please check below posts, this is one is obsoleteHello!I need a voltage smoother and regulator on my circuit(attached below)it is a modified shunt charge controller circuit.It converts the Tri phase alternating current to DC and feeds it into the circuit.The regulator will have to be attachable to the BATTERIES wire in the circuit.It should not consume more than 1v power on its own.My Vout to the battery currently is fluctuating.I will need the to be a stable 12v to charge the batteries. A potentiometer will have to adjust current.I will calibrate current according to my battery bank needs.Led 1 indicates 'charging' Led 2 indicates 'Dump'And Please forgive my circuit diagram design(it looks like crap)but works like gold.Also do NOT suggest huge changes to my controller for the regulator to work. Small suggestions to make it more effective,useful like change the zener diode power rating will be welcome.P.S- Its for my hydro project.Check it out at https://www.instructables.com/community/Help-Hydro-power/Kabir

Posted by mhkabir 9 years ago

Do I need a voltage regulator in this circuit?

Hi, I am trying to build a portable usb charger the outputs 5V when input is 1.5 or 3 Volts. I found this step up converter: goo.gl/RAV9dC The spec for the converter state that the input voltage is 1V to 10V, and the out put Voltage is -1.5V to -10V and 3V to 10V. I frankly don't know how to interpret this information. It seems to me that by inputting 1.5V, the output will be 10V. So I am wondering if am right, and IF I am, then do I need to put in a 5V voltage regulator in the circuit? Thanks!

Posted by syedj94 5 years ago

Problem in making a voltage regulator

Hi everyone! I have a dynamo on my bicycle which can generate AC 12v-30v during normal to fast cycling. I want to power electronics and charge batteries with the dynamo but do not know how to limit the voltage to around 12v DC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by sirajmunir 10 years ago

Some sort of microcontroller to regulate accessory power usage in a car?

 So as most of you know, I'm working on making a hydroxy booster for my car. That's not too hard. I'd like to build some sort of microcontroller-device-thingy that would regulate how much amperage the generator draws, based on the load required by the car, so as not to draw too much. Is this something for adruino or..? I'm kind of clueless on this one so.... PLZ HELP!! I'm fairly unaccomplished in programing, but I could learn something if it's simple enough.

Posted by KentsOkay 8 years ago

Voltage Regulator circuit

I am trying to power Bluetooth module and the Arduino using a 9V battery. So tried to use a voltage regulator (KA7805) with 25volt 100miro farad and 63V 1 micro farad capacitors. I checked the circuit connecting these components using multimeter, it showed 5.06V as the output. But the problem comes when I connect the Bluetooth module to this output, which turns off after quickly. I checked the voltage at the bluetooth which is reducing quickly from 5V-2.5V in a matter of seconds and since the operating voltage of Bluetooth module HC-05 is 3.6V-7V, it turns off. I am not clear why this circuit behaving this way. Same output when I connected to the Arduino, it works seamlessly. Please let me know what are the mistakes that I need to rectify for this work. Thanks in advance

Posted by Bhanu Kishan 3 years ago

Help with a voltage regulator for a DIY bench psu

Hello i have an atx that i would convert into a diy bench power supply but i just realize that it was just 12v and my thing work need more voltage range so i decided to use an old, but still working, Hp 30v ps. so i was looking for a way to regulated it easy, i found the lm2596 and i dont know if it would endure or use lineal regulator such the lm317. so, i need help for any inexpensive alternative or any schematics, or whatever let me step up/down the voltage. Thanks.

Posted by mario.negretemunoz 1 year ago

Voltage regulator circuit design

Hi, I'm trying to make a DC - DC voltage converter. The real purpose is to power an old USB hub in a car. This is because so many of my electronics these days use USB to power them and rather than have a nasty mess of car power adapters I want to use a single 12V supply for the hub and then plug all of my goodies into it. Now for the meat of the question..... What is the best circuit design for using a voltage regulator. I have looked at some stuff in data-sheets and it just seems way too simple. The part I'm looking at using is a National Semiconductor LM1085-5.0. Input voltage 6.5 - 20V output 5V max of 3A

Posted by Sailing_Nut 9 years ago

Cars running on vegetable oil regulated

The man is really bringing me down here...Drivers of SVO (straight vegetable oil) fueled cars are running afoul of the law.Not too long ago, cars that ran on leftover vegetable oil were rare, a curiosity. But now that lots of people are buying kits and hiring mechanics to mod their cars to run on french fry juice, the government is starting to take notice. Drivers of these cars now have to pay the same taxes as traditional fuel drivers, register with the state, file monthly reports and payments, as well as make sure they are in compliance with local environmental laws. Noncompliance will be punished with stiff fines.

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

Orange pi's 3.3V on board regulator

Hi everyone, I've set up a mediacenter with openelec on my orange pi PC. I've put a large heatsink on cup and rams and a small 5V 0.15Ah cooling fan. With two switches I am able to switch it on and off and choose between 5V or 3.3V alimentations from the GPIO. The 3.3v is intended to spin that fan not at full speed to reduce noise while watching film or listening to music with the mediacenter. I left the PC all the night open downloading torrent, and the morning later the fan wasn't spinning anymore. I powered off the system and used a day later. The fan were at that moment working. So my question are: Is it better to put an external voltage regulator (lm317)? Anyone can explain what happened? As I recently discovered that with zener diodes we are able to clamp the voltage to a specific value (if putted in the "opposite" direction, I guess), I was thinking if it were possible to use one of them in this case.

Posted by BBQ Bee 1 year ago

Voltage Sensor/ Regulator (with switching capability)

Hello All!! I am looking for help! I have a invention that deals with 12 VDC battery banks. I have a series of batteries that I would like to charge with a small solar panel. I need the solar panel current to be able to go from battery to battery as voltage levels drop below 12.55v and when they rise above 13.75v. I know this control-sensor-switch can be built. I just have no idea how to go about it. I also realize this site has some very smart people that use it and would appreciate any help. I am willing to give a $ reward to someone that can design this controller with a intructable video. Any takers?

Posted by starfishenergy 6 years ago

anyone know what the first instructable by a regular member is?

We all know the first instructable.  But what is the first instructable by a regular member?

Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago

Gearbox for AC motor

Hello I was wondering what type of gearbox is used in an AC motor powered treadmill?  Also do you need more to regulate the speed?

Posted by henry88 6 years ago

High Current Power Supply

For a project totally nonrelated to my tesla coil I need a way of regulating a voltage down to 36 Volts at 8 amps. My transformer (or a bunch of transformers hooked together) is suppose to have an output of about 38 volts at 8 amps, yet the voltage (with no load) is actually around 60 volts... Basically I need a way of regulating this voltage. For saftey, lets say the max input is 70 volts and it should be able to handle 10 Amps. The output voltage should be 36.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

dc-dc Buck vs boost efficiency

Hi guys. When you  use solar panels and have gadgets with different voltage requirements  that you want to power up. I need atleast  2 different outputs, 5v and 12v  ,   so which is most efficient ,  12/15v panels that you  regulate to 5v , or  5v panels boosted  to 12v? is there any general advantage in either case and i,m talking about using  cheap ebay switch regulators / boost converters,  not anything expensive hi tech. regards

Posted by kristerh 4 years ago

How do I regulate voltage on a multi-amp battery charger.

I know very little about electronics. I have a car battery charger that outputs in 12 voltsDC. It is also "switch" selectible for 2 or 10 or 50 Amps. Once I select one of these choices 2/10/50, I would like to vary the voltage up and down from 1v to 12v. How do I build something that will vary the voltage at each of these amperage levels. Thanks- Steve

Posted by st600r 11 months ago

Need USB battery help

I need some advice with a project I'm planning on undertaking.I've read through Sitnalta's tutorial (https://www.instructables.com/id/E1QBI60DAJEQZJHW8Y/), and think it's a great idea, but I'd like to be able to charge anything that can charge via USB.Because of that, I want to know if fitting a voltage regulator fitted into the same basic concept would improve the design.I'm only asking because, if I connected my PSP or iPod to this sort of thing without regulator, is it likely to fry them because of the 6v going through it?Thanks

Posted by WildBlueRhino 11 years ago

Windows that self-close to regulate temperature

I like letting the outside air blow through my apartment, but I also like the temperature and humidity to be in a good range. So I go around opening all the windows when it's a good temperature outside, and then forgetting to close them later. I wish windows could be programmed to open themselves automatically to regulate the temperature. I bet this could save a lot of money on heating and air conditioning, while allowing fresh air from outside to come in. I'm imagining a bunch of slats of glass that can rotate like Venetian blinds that are controlled by bimetallic strips or something :) Maybe there would be two layers for better insulation, and one layer could open to allow more heat exchange but not air flow, and both could open at the same time to allow air to flow. For modifying an already-existing window, it would have to install motors and stuff. Anyone have any ideas about how something like this could be made?

Posted by endolith 10 years ago