Familiarize Electronic Components Part XII – OpAmps


Operational Amplifier or OpAmp is a DC coupled amplifier with differential inputs and usually with a single output. An OpAmp can deliver an output voltage hundreds or thousand times greater than the voltage difference between its inputs. OpAmps may be single, dual, quad etc. In single OpAmps only one OpAmp is present while in dual type two OpAmps with separate inputs and outputs are present. In quad OpAmp, four OpAmps are present in the single package. Some of the OpAmps like CA3130, CA3140, TL0 71, LM311 etc have excellent performance with very low input current and voltage.

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Tristate Battery Level Indicator


Here is a simple but useful battery level indicator to monitor the battery terminal voltage.Efficiency of the battery reflects in its terminal voltage. A good Lead Acid battery will show 13.8 volts in the fully charged state and if it is below 10 volts, the battery needs immediate charging. If the battery voltage goes above 14 volts, it is in the overcharged condition. This circuit uses a two lead bicolour LED to indicate three battery levels. If the voltage is below 10 volts, the Green part of the LED lights and if the voltage is above 14 volts, the Red part lights. If the battery voltage is between 10 to 14  volts LED remains off.

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