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How do I reduce the mains spike in a switched mode PSU?

I have a switched-mode PSU for a gaming laptop. It has a bad habit of burning out the switches on mains extension panels when I turn it on (two in the last four days). The turn-on surge is always ...
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Calculating kWh two-phase alternating network 3 wires

I want to do a project to measure electrical consumption but I have the following question: How to calculate kWh consumed in a 3-wire biphasic network? Example: I have the following chains on the ...
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Cheapest way to connect ignition coil to spark plug for use in non-motoring application

I don't know the first thing about how engines work, but am trying to make a spark with a spark plug and ignition coil controlled by a power MOSFET. While trying to find a way to connect them both, I ...
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What is the function of jumper pins on a 4 channel relay?

Attached is a picture of a 4 channel relay. I have searched the internet for the function of the jumpers circled in red. They are labelled Low Com and High. On all sites which I have looked at they ...
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Electrical component most likely to fail in window AC unit after power surge?

I have a window AC unit, 115 VAC, 10 amps. Power went out earlier in the week due to the big storm on the east coast and once it came back on every LED on the control panel was lit (not typical) and ...
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What are the LENOVO YOGA 3 USB-like inlet 20V 2A wiring/signal/voltage specs?

I have an unknown-history Lenovo Yoga 3 Fold-Back Keyboard Laptop that I am trying to charge/test/repair I and don't have a OEM or aftermarket power adapter. The power input site looks like a usual ...
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AC Harmonics on a system appearing as DC

I have a theoretical question about harmonics and DC. Given I have a circuit which has a power supply providing an AC input(230Vrms @ 50Hz), this then goes into a load which, takes this supply ...
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Low accuracy current feedback measurement in motor control

Given a very low accuracy current sensor in a 3 phase inverter (in my case used for motor control) what is the best way to tackle the issue and keep reasonable performance and robustness at the same ...
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AC voltage b/w DC power supply o/p and Ground

I have various Phoenix Contact Mini DC Power supply units (Pheonix Contact MINI-PS-100-240AC-5DC). It gives the correct DC Voltage across output terminals, as its supposed to. But I also noticed that ...
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Effects of Solar Shield on Electronics Enclosure

I am designing a prototype of an electronics package that will sit out on a pole in the sun 24/7 with a max ambient temperature of 50˚C and at 30˚N latitude. It produces 50W of internal heat ...
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Why do most BMS systems for li-ions and li-pos stop discharging at 2.5V? Are there better systems or is this the standard

From what i've read online, 3.0V is the absolute maximum li-ion and li-po batteries should be discharged and around 3.2-3.4 is preferable for preserving battery life. if that is the case, then why is ...
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What is this gigantic high-tech cylinder in the corner of a middle-class Chinese family's living/dining room in Shanghai? [closed]

My guess is that it has something to do with the climate, but why is it so big and cylinder-shaped? I guess it could actually be a fridge, but it looks too oddly shaped to be that. But maybe. The room ...
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Source transfering in converter small-signal ac model

I have encountered this buck boost converter with an input filter. I know how to work this out without the filter but now I find it intimidating to transfer all the components to the output. I am not ...
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Emulate normally closed relay with 2 normally open relays

Good afternoon, I have recently ordered a normally closed relay to fix on my car's daylight-running lights. When the main lights come on the DLR should switch-off. Unfortunately amazon has delivered ...
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Is it still a bad idea to keep modern electronics plugged into the charger cable for longer than necessary?

I have an "DaVinci IQ" portable vaporizer. Since the battery quickly runs out of power, I often keep it lying next to me, plugging from the computer into its USB-to-Mini-USB (or maybe it's Micro-USB --...
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What's the function of those coils there?

What do they do? The aux contacts are normally open and the device is MR PQM 500 reactive power compensation system.
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Maximum amps from a switching voltage regulator

Looking at a part like this LM2596 It is rated for 3Amps with a voltage range from 3.3-12 volts. Does that mean that this voltage regulator will only output a maximum of 3amps?
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Designing a loaded voltage divider?

I was wondering how to design this circuit in depth, since I have no idea what to do.
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Why is it bad to run power through BNC (RG58) cables?

A standard practice in many academic labs, which I'm told is "bad practice", is to use RG58 cables (i.e. standard BNC cables) for power distribution. Question 1: Why is this considered bad practice?...
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How do multiple enphase microinverters stay synced to the grid?

In a prior question it was established that any string or microinverter that is grid tied must put out sinusodial power. But there is also the task of being in sync with the grid. It seems from ...
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phase loss detection

Hi I use this circuit to detect phase loose, so if one of the phase lost , the phase loss signal will be high, the problem in this circuit are. 1-if the input voltage less at 50% it give phase loss , ...
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Electronic symboles in datasheets

I found these symbols in a electronic datasheet.. Are these all logic gates? or another?
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Electronic component datasheet handling

What is $V_{IH}$ and $V_{IL}$ in datasheets? I found High-level input voltage and Low-level input voltage on the datasheet?
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Effect of high frequency welding near by the electronic things

I have high frequency welding machine. During the welding time, I can see a wave in my lap and computer and also that time stuck my computer.Can you please help to solve this problem?
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How to detect what wattage that my Windows laptop is receiving via USB-PD?

I don't know too much about USB-PD. I understood that USB-PD requires negotiation between the charger and the receiver. So probably my Windows laptop (Dell XPS 9570) should be able to know the current ...
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Why does collector current increase with base current in BJT?

The base current in the BJT is due to the recombination of holes and electrons. To neutralize the p region an electron leaves the p region. If we take it the other way round, the larger the base ...
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Why/when is AC-DC-AC conversion superior to direct AC-AC conversion?

I am currently studying wind power and the power electronics used for it. In wind power a generator is driven by wind, thus the resulting power is of widely varying frequency and amplitude. The power ...
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My output is much lower than I expect it to be for my transistor-zener diode voltage regulator

I have created this simulation ( see below) of a transistor and zener diode voltage regulator. The output is supposed to be a steady 5 V. But it is like the top bit s cut, to an approx 4.4 V value, ...
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Simulating AC using DC

Is it possible to power an AC motor, using alternating positive and negative DC current? I would assume toggling between each at 60hz would work.
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What is it about the cabin electrical supply on cruise ships that makes surge protectors dangerous?

Surge protectors are banned on cruise ships, and so are confiscated during boarding. Extension cords and cube taps etc. are discouraged, but not banned. I'm asking specifically about surge protector ...
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How much power will 4 germicidal lamps use?

I was wondering if this portable power supply will be sufficient for running 4 UVC lamps all at once. If so, for approximately how long? Power Supply: SUAOKI G100 27000mAh /3.7V Power Bank Station ...
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Why are phones not getting charged when I supply 5 V and 0.3 A?

I'm using thermoelectric module to get the voltage. With the help of it, I'm getting 3 volts Open circuit voltage. I've attached DC-DC converter which regulates this voltage to 5 volts. I've attached ...
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A board or mat that we can detect a push at an exact point

Is there any kind of board or mat that when we place it on the floor and wire it, a self-made connected device can read these data when it is being pushed and holding onto it, at multiple points? ...
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LED Lights Dimmer Electronics

I have a Wemo Smart WiFi Smart Dimmer with me that can control CFL, Incandescent and LED lights. (https://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F7C059/). I am curious to know how one device can handle all type of ...
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Mosfet switching circuit

I am trying to make a MOSFET switching circuit where its gate input is 12V clock pulse. Now when I put the load between (Vdd) and (Drain), there is no drop voltage VDS, but when the gate input falls ...
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Fabrication strategy to build larger version of our ESP

Our setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKuzshqjkYA The diesel generator exhaust is routed via our test setup. (notice the difference between ON/OFF states). Generator in test is similar spec as a ...
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why do 15kV 60mA transformers have to be so big?

I need a high voltage power supply for the homemade CO2 laser I am building. I understand that a 15kV 60mA transformer is a thing, but its very big and heavy and its out of phase meaning each lug is ...
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Simultaneously charging and transmitting data to an android phone using usb

Dear engineers, I have to make an engineering project which is a portable solar phone charger. One thing I need to do in it is to somehow charge the phone (android) from the battery (which is charged ...
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Is hall sensor also used in PMSM drive scheme as like used in BLDC motor?

I am little bit curious about, is hall sensor also used in PMSM motor drive? Since in PMSM motor the voltage applied is sinusoidal, all 3 phase are active, so a rotating flux is introduced, which is ...
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Electrical Engineering

I used a 2N3055 powerTrans with a collector transformer (6-220v)load with an audio input base bias from a audio source , I am getting 160vAC from 6v DC , i want 220 v AC out , Can anyone suggest a ...
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what is the commercial name of active power filters?

I've been studying for a while now topics related to power quality issues, such as harmonics caused by non-linear loads and power converters, and I've been working on Active Power Filters, but since I ...
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Power consumption of mining rig? [closed]

I plan to buy a mining rig, with 750 watt PSU. It will be turned on for 24/7. I had like to calculate, how much kw/h will it spend per month?
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Working mechanism of photovoltic cells

In the textbook : Electric Power Principles, in Chapter 1 on the working of a pv cell : The source current Is is the result of absorption of photons in sunlight that cause separation of ...
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Detection of weak signal by satellites

An animal's blood pressure and/or body movements can be used to generate a few mW of electrical energy. Can an RF transmitter which radiates 1 mW be detected by receivers (without any parabolic ...
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Generating practical power without an iron core, but with high RPM

Here's what I'm proposing - a small turbine directly coupled to a permanent magnet that's spinning at, say, 150k RPM. The magnet is enclosed one or several wire loops parallel to the axis of rotation. ...
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Transient overvoltage protection by varistor

Using a varistor is a common practice in alternator excitation system. It is used with rotating rectifier diode. Is it used for transient overvoltage protection? Is it protecting diode or rotor ...
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Control power to a tungsten filament?

I'm afraid I'm completely out of my depth here. I would like to use a tungsten filament to radiatively heat something near to it (in vacuum). My issue is I cannot figure out the easiest and/or ...
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How dangerous are these new rail guns on the U.S. Navy ships?

I was reading an article on them, and I thought should these become the main weapons of the ship then a single EMP could disarm them. Then that brought up the questions: Are EMP s still just sci-fi? ...
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Can I Calculate The Discharge of a Capacitor If All I know Is Algebra

Since my last post on Engineering-Beta, I have composed a few simple simple circuits involving capacitors(super-caps specifically), resistors and LED's. The following image is of a branch from a ...
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Is current suppose to pass through a capacitors dielectric? What happens if it does?

I have been building my first simple circuits with just resistors, LED's wire, and alkaline batteries. Now I would like to add capacitors to my components box. Read a couple of articles online on ...