Laptop Battery Power supply. Start Up Project 38

Don’t throw away old Laptop battery; it can be reused for other purposes. I hacked one Laptop battery and salvaged six high efficient Samsung Lithium Ion batteries each rated 3.6V, 4300 mAh. It is worth Rs. 1000. Few days before, I found that, my Laptop is not getting enough back up and shutdown immediately when the charger is removed. So I replaced the battery at the cost of Rs.1200. Due to curiosity, I just opened the case of the old battery pack and found that, the batteries inside can be reused. After testing, I found that only one battery out of the six is damaged. All the other five are in good condition. That damaged battery created the problem in the battery pack and prevented the remaining five batteries from their work. So actually this is happening in our Laptop. If one battery fails, we have to replace the battery pack. If the good batteries are salvaged from the old pack, we can reuse them for many different applications like LED lighting, Mobile charging, making power supply etc. So I spend Rs.1200 for the new battery pack but I salvaged 5 good batteries worth Rs. 1000 from the old battery pack. So my actual expense is only Rs.200. So do not discard the old Laptop battery. Tear it, salvage the individual batteries and reuse. You can save money and can reduce the e-waste.
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Peltier Joule Thief. Start Up Project 37

You know, we can light a 1 watt LED without a battery! Peltier will give “Free Electricity” for that. When we heat the Peltier with flame, hot water or a hot object, it starts to generate current. Its voltage can be around 1.5V when the heat is above 60 degree. But this 1.5V is not sufficient to light even an ordinary LED that requires 1.8V minimum. 1 watt White LED requires 3.6V. Then how? We can add a Joule Thief circuit for that. A Joule Thief circuit is a self oscillating circuit that increases the input voltage as low as 700 mV to 4-5V. So if the Peltier is connected to a Joule Thief and heated, Joule thief will amplify the voltage to light the 1 watt LED. Let us check this.
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Peltier Electricity. Start Up Project 36

Peltier is the Fantastic device used to make cooling devices. When a current of more than 500 mA passes through the Peltier, its one side cools while the other side turns hot. This is due to the transfer of heat from one side of the Peltier semiconductor to the other. As the current increases above 1 Amps , the cooling effect increases and the temperature of the cold side of Peltier drops below 0 degree. But if we reverse the function of Peltier, it generates electricity. For example, if we heat one side of Peltier above 60 degree using a hot object, hot water or flame, Peltier generates around 1.6V DC and around 350mA current. Let us make one circuit of “Free energy “generation using a Peltier Module. Since the 1.5V from the Peltier is not sufficient for lighting an LED, we have to add a voltage booster to increase the Peltier voltage sufficient to light the LED. If 5 Peltier are serially connected, we can even charge our Mobile phone using a Candle flame.

Mobile Scanner. Start Up Project 35

Keep this Match box size Mobile Scanner in your pocket. It will Scan around you and beeps loudly when a Mobile phone turns active in your vicinity. It can detect the activation of Mobile phone around 2 Meters radius. It beeps during incoming call, outgoing call and when somebody tries to take your Photo. It is an ideal device to detect Mobile phone use in examinations halls, confidential rooms, hospitals etc where Mobile phone is strictly prohibited. Its range can be from 50 cm to 3 meters depending on the type of the active Mobile phone. With  Smart phones, its range is less than 1 meter because there is a mechanism in it to prevent excess radiation. But in ordinary Mobile phones, its range can be up to three meters. Try this nice weekend project.
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USB Wall Socket. Start Up Project 34

I have many devices using USB Port for charging. For this, I purchased one USB Hub to connect 4 devices at a time. But the result was disappointing . The devices are not charging and even a Pen drive is not opening in the Hub. Analyzed the reason and found that the USB port of Laptop is not giving sufficient current to the devices for charging. The USB.2.0 Port can give maximum 200 mA current and USB.3.0 can give maximum 400 mA current. Then how all these 4 devices in the Hub charge normally. The 200 mA current from the Laptop port is sharing to all devices, so no one is charging. Moreover, the Laptop gave a warning that, “USB Port over loaded and shutting down”. Remembered that famous saying “Every problem born with its own solution”. Got the remedy. If the current to the USB Hub is increased, all devices will charge normally. But in that case, Laptop is not useful and I have to make a separate power supply. So made a USB Wall socket. It has an AC socket for charging Laptop, and a 5V, 1 Amps SMPS power supply to power the USB hub. Thus the problem solved. The USB Wall socket is fixed on the wall and powered from Mains. SMPS has well AC-DC isolation, so no shock hazard while charging the USB devices. I found the same type of USB Wall socket in the Online shop but its cost is Rs.2500. I made it at the cost of Rs.250. Let us check it.
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Regulated Power Supply Socket. Start Up Project 33

While constructing circuits on Bread board, sometimes we need a well regulated power supply. For this, we use Voltage Regulator IC. But, its needs some components and take some space in the bread board. For an easy project making, we can make a Permanent Regulated power supply board that can be hooked in the bread board. The power supply board has a 3 pin socket, so any Voltage regulator of the 78XX series can be connected in it. The power supply board has noise and transient filtering capacitors, a buffer capacitor and input and output indicators. So by plugging the power supply board in the bread board, we save time and save much space in the bread board for the circuit assembly. Easy project building makes the circuit perfect.
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Solar Voltage Monitor. Start Up Project 32

How can we confirm the voltage level from the Solar panel ? A 12 Volt Solar panel generates around 20 V DC Open circuit voltage in bright sunlight. The voltage gradually increases from 6 am and peaks in the mid noon between 11 am and 3 pm. Then the voltage from the Solar panel drops to zero around 6 p.m. So we get sufficient voltage for charging the battery for 4-5 hours only in a day. The 12 V battery requires more than 14 V for proper charging. Its current should be above 500 mA. The current rating of the Solar panel is represented in terms of Watts. As a general rule, for each watt, the current will be 80 mA. So a 10 watt Solar panel gives 800 mA current. This depends on the availability of sufficient voltage from the Solar panel. Many factors like corrosion of contacts, loose contacts in connections, dust on the panel etc will affect the current flow from the panel. So how can we monitor the voltage level from the Solar panel. A volt meter can do but we can make a simple LED Meter for this. Its cost is less than Rs.80. It has three LEDs. The Green LED lights, if the voltage from the Solar panel is above 13 V. Yellow LED lights if the voltage is between 9V and 11 V and Red LED lights, if the voltage is below 9V. Remember, the Solar panel is efficient only when the Green LED lights between 11 am and 3 pm.
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