Simple LED Volt Meter

A simple LED Volt Meter using Zener diodes as switches. If it is connected to a 12 Volt battery it shows the following indications.


Flash LED Blinks – Above 13 volt – Fully charged
Green LED lights – Above 11.8 V
Yellow LED lights – Above 11.5 V
Red LED lights – Above 10.6 V

If all LEDs light, battery voltage is above 13 volt and fully charged

DC-DC Converter Module. Application Circuit 6

This is an excellent DC- DC Converter Module that can adjust the output voltage to any desired value, even fractions from 0 V to 17 V. It is a very good Variable Power supply Module. But pressing the switch we can adjust the output voltage. It can handle a Peak current of 3 Amps. The output voltage and current are displayed in an LCD Screen that has back light. If the input voltage is from a Battery, the LCD display shows the Battery Level also.  Input voltage can be between 5V and 23 V but the best voltage is 20 V. It has 95% conversion efficiency and 1% LCD accuracy. It is available with a transparent casing. You can fix it in the case provided along with the Module.It can be connected to the Bread board so that we can determine the current consumed by the project.  Its cost is just Rs.350.
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Deterrent Light. Application Circuit 1

Install this Deterrent Light in your Home backyard and Porch to thwart the attempt of Burglary. This PIR Motion Sensor based light switches on instantly when it detects a Human movement from a distance of ten meters. The light turns on for 3 minutes and then turns off. It Re triggers again if the movement continues. Relay is used to drive the load, so any kind of lights can be used.
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Car USB Charger using MC 34063. Start Up Project 40

usb-charger2So many types of Car USB chargers are available which step down the 12 volt DC from the Car battery to 5V DC for charging devices like Mobile phone, Tablets, MP3 player etc. These are usually connected to the Lighter socket to get 12V. The low cost chargers do not have a circuit inside but simply providing 12V DC directly. Only a fuse is present in it. This is dangerous because, the Car battery is a high current one which can damage the gadgets. Here is a simple solution for this. We can make a Voltage and Current regulated Car Charger using the IC MC 34063. It is a Step down DC – DC Converter IC with many features. The output from the circuit will be 5 V at 500 mA.

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LED Indicator for Emergency Lamp. Start Up Project 39

charge-indicator-2-aMost of the low cost LED Emergency lamps do not have LED indicators to show charging and load on conditions. This simple circuit solves the problem. It can be hooked in the Emergency lamp. A Green LED lights when the charging is going on and turns off when the charger is disconnected or power fails. It gives a good indication that current is flowing to the battery. A Red LED lights when the load turns on. It also indicates that charging process stopped.
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Laptop Battery Power supply. Start Up Project 38

12ADon’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 Electricity. Start Up Project 36

12APeltier 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.

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