T962 Infrared Reflow Oven Vent Hack

T962 Infrared Reflow Oven Vent Hack

Posted Tuesday 02 October 2012 20:17 Page View Counter 56

We purchased a T-962 desktop reflow oven from China on eBay a few weeks ago and found the results from the oven to be very poor compared to the specifications on the area which it could process. We found that it would only reliably solder 4 small PCB’s...

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Surface Mount Components Dispenser

Surface Mount Components Dispenser

Posted Friday 21 September 2012 14:37 Page View Counter 48

While building the new ADC Pi circuit boards we found dealing with the surface mount resistors and capacitors to be time consuming when taking them from plastic trays as many of the components would be upside down and in different directions making the...

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RF Shielding on a Mains Inverter

RF Shielding on a Mains Inverter

Posted Wednesday 19 September 2012 14:24 Page View Counter 42

The mains inverter we have for our solar system generates a lot of RF interference on our ham radio transceivers and also across the entire HF spectrum. The inverter body has plastic ends and very little filtering for the mains output and also on the...

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ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online

ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online

Posted Friday 14 September 2012 00:31 Page View Counter 214

Update April 2015 Since the launch of this first ADC board for the Raspberry Pi it has been replaced with the ADC Pi Plus and ADC Pi Zero models and we have also mde variants of the ADC board with a ADC Differential Pi which is a 8 channel 18...

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Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Z Axis Ballscrew Upgrade

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Z Axis Ballscrew Upgrade

Posted Wednesday 05 September 2012 21:00 Page View Counter 72

Following the ballscrew upgrade of the X and Y axis of our Micro Mill in 2010 we decided it was time to try to improve the accuracy of the Z axis on the mill which had been using a basic lead-screw which had a lot of excessive movement. We source a...

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Cheap Sources of Components

Cheap Sources of Components

Posted Sunday 19 August 2012 13:35 Page View Counter 32

One major factor which affects many electronics hobbyists is the cost of purchasing components and associated fixing hardware. Very cheap sources for used parts which are normally still OK to use for your own projects are electronic fairs and Ham Radio...

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XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi

XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi

Posted Friday 10 August 2012 21:14 Page View Counter 47

XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi Following from the previous post detailing the plans to build an XBee & Raspberry Pi central heating controller we have now built the control board and written the Microchip Pic code to connect to the...

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Raspberry Pi central heating controller

Raspberry Pi central heating controller

Posted Wednesday 08 August 2012 21:21 Page View Counter 75

Now the solar monitoring and logging system is working we are going to build the wireless remote control for the hot water and central heating boiler and controller/programmer. We currently have a variant of an ACL Drayton Lifestyle LP522 5DAY/ 2DAY...

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12v iPad Charger

12v iPad Charger

Posted Wednesday 01 August 2012 16:47 Page View Counter 87

Following the 4th Apple iPad charger failing and not wanting to spent even more money with Apple to replace them we decided to try to make 12v powered chargers to make use of the excess PV power we now have during the daytime to charge the iPads and other...

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The Hackaday Effect

The Hackaday Effect

Posted Wednesday 25 July 2012 20:04 Page View Counter 22

Today one of my projects was added to the popular hacking site Hack a Day for the Raspberry Pi solar logging project. Normally the blog receives on average 30-40 visitors and around 80 page views per hour. Within minutes of the post appearing on...

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