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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Types of Switches in Electronics

Switches are electromechanical devices. The are used to control the path of current or energy flow. Power switches are used to turn on and off loads. The contacts should be robust and have immunity to sparking and corrosion. Switches for signals need to be gold plated for low contact resistance and within a sealed enclosure.

Types of Switches in Electronics

A Neon bulb should have a resistor is series to make a Neon Lamp. All specs in designer viewpoint.

Switch contacts and fuse contacts can spark badly and cause fire hazards, periodic examination, service and replacement may be necessary. The sparking also causes spikes, emi, along with inductors or coils or even long wires that are wound up in the path of current. This effect damages smps and electronic systems in its path, if not adequately protected.

The low signal switches do not have the above problem. Then.. switches that need to control microamps of current and battery contacts of portable electronics that consume micro power have a unique problem. A thin oxide layer on the contacts or thermometric emfs due to electroplating defects can cause bizarre effects. These contacts must be immune form the environment, sealed, gold plated and clean. Even a little ammonia gets close to the contacts could cause problems in signal and power switches.

Water, sunlight, corrosive fluids and exposed or heating electromechanical contacts  in connectors and switches are a designer and service engineering challenge.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Aaron Cake Electronics

Aaron Cake  has many electronic circuits and other electronics information in his archive that is online since the 90s. Antique electronics and Parallel Port Programming.

Aaron Cake Electronics

Aaron Cake Electronics

The Schematic Symbol Reference, How To Solder and Desolder helped many electronic beginners in building their Projects. This was a valuable resource in those days even though it appears common today. The internet was used to genuinely share useful learning and ideas.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Circuit Land - Tony Van Roon

Tony van Roon VA3AVR has built Circuit Land. This site is as old as the html web internet, means 1995. Earlier it was a part of a Canadian University Site, when i discovered it in late niceties..

Schematics, Hobby Projects, Tesla, Marconi, 555, Metal Detecting, Electronics-Tutorials and a lot more..

Circuit Land - Tony Van Roon

Circuit Land - Tony Van Roon

Highlights -
  • Morse Code Practice Keyer,
  • Constant Current Charger
  • Touch Activated Alarm System
  • Miniature FM Transmitter
  • Continuity Tester, Smart
Tutorials on Photosensitive Devices, Transistor Tutorial, 12 parts, Opamp and Digital Tutors. Compeonet Testing Methods. Basics of Batter Charging, LEDs and Relays too.

Hobby DIY Garage