This article provides introductory information about various types of electronic sensors commonly used with microcontrollers. The “ins and outs” of interfacing analog sensors to a microcontroller’s analog-to-digital converter (ADC) are presented.
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed measuring project power needs, battery options, and showed ways to define and estimate battery service-hour life. While it’s no surprise that bigger batteries provide longer service life, Part 2 explores some ways to more efficiently use battery power to maximize battery life.
In years past, non-polarized capacitors would often have a striped end on the capacitor tube, or a stripe marking on the capacitor body indexing with one of the leads. The purpose of the stripe is evident if we look at some of the old “waxies” that were actually marked “Outside Foil End” on one end of the capacitor tube. So, why did that matter? And does it still matter today?
This article provides several low component count circuits you can experiment with, plus many interesting technical points to consider.
In this series, I’ll describe my adventure into the land of alkaline batteries, This time, we’ll look at how to evaluate power needs, make battery choices, and predict battery service-life.
At this point, we have a Nextion touch screen programmer and an assembled and programmed PIC ignition timing controller. To wrap it up, we’ll install it on my son’s Manco go-kart to see how she runs.