emon-Base in enclosure with RFM12Pi wireless board
A home energy monitoring and management system using a compact (emon-Tx) measurement and transmitter board, along with a Raspberry Pi based (emonBase) base station, and several other wireless modules (emon-RH). Continue reading “Whole House Energy Monitor”
I currently have around seven projects and reviews in various stages of completion. Some are in the prototype stage and others such as the OpenEnergyMonitor EmonTX 3.2 board pictured above 99% complete and ready to install. This EmonTX 3.2 board will be part of my home
energy management system along with a Raspberry Pi based EmonPi base station, and several other wireless modules. Continue reading “Current Projects”
Replacing the old particleboard desktop with a new bamboo countertop and adjustable leg workbench.
I had quickly run out of room for all my test equipment on my original desktop table that I used for electronics work. Leaving me around 1.5 sq/ft of usable area for my projects.
With the winning of an Ebay bid for a vintage Tektronix digital oscilloscope, I was out of room. Continue reading “New electronics workbench build”
The Open EVSE project includes hardware and software for charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids using the J1772 standard.A current DIY Open EVSEV4.23 completed board
I started working with the Open EVSE project back in 2011 when I leased my first Nissan Leaf electric car. Chris Howell had started a post on the “My Nissan Leaf” forum and built a few prototype boards to test. Then Lincomatic began working on software and things began to really pick up speed. Chris made the DIY Open EVSE open source on 27 October 2011, and the first boards started shipping in late December.
Unfortunately there was a long waiting list to get the boards, so I decided to make one for myself using the EagleCAD files provided from Chris.
A quick and easy project to mount a precision 10K ohm resistor for use as a reference standard.
10K resistor enclosure front panel
To go along with my Quad precision voltage reference I wanted to add an accurate resistance reference to my bench equipment.
I decided on a 10K ohm precision resistor from Vishay Foil Resistors.
The resistor is a Z series ultra high precision Z‑Foil though-hole resistor with a TCR of ± 0.05 ppm/°C, Tolerance of ± 0.005 % (50 ppm), Load Life Stability of ± 0.005 %, and rated at 0.6 Watts.
After seeing several other voltage reference projects online and many more assembled boards on Ebay, I decided to put together my own version of a multi-output module that I could use for prototyping ADC, and other projects.
I needed at least a 2.048 volt and a 4.096 volt precision reference. An extremely high accuracy 5.000 volt reference was also on my list. I already had an enclosure on hand that I wanted to use, but in my early mock ups the three outputs on the front panel just didn’t look right. So for good measure a 2.500 volt reference was added to the project. Continue reading “Voltage Reference Quad Project”
It uses a 4 wire kelvin measurement system that supplies a precise 100 mA current to the device under test using one pair of leads, and then measures the voltage drop across the device under test using a second pair of leads.
As designed it can be used to measure low resistances of under 2 ohms (Ω). Some of the design changes I made to fit my needs were:
Change the number of resistors needed in the current source circuit
Use higher precision resistors with a low temperature coefficient
Add separation and shielding between input, output, and supply circuits
Use lower ESR and higher value capacitors for the MAX680 power supply
Add additional decoupling capacitors on the INA106, and MAX680 IC’s
Change the voltage regulator from a TO220 package to a SOT-223 package
This is a DIY millivolt meter that was originally designed by Scullcom Hobby Electronics and presented on Youtube. Definitely take the time to watch the videos (4 parts) as they are very well done and presented in a way that’s easy to follow and learn from.
I was in need of a meter that I could dedicate to low voltage precision readings, and could be done for a reasonable cost. So this project seemed like a perfect fit. As usual after viewing the video I saw many areas that the meter could be modified and improved for my specific use, and quickly began designing my own version of it using Eagle CADV7.5. Continue reading “Millivolt Meter”