Re: plus4 power supply

From: Marko Mäkelä <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:43:36 +0300
Message-ID: <20120920194336.GA3796@x220>
On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 05:31:42PM +0200, Gerrit Heitsch wrote:
>When I replaced the 7805 in my C16 with a switching regulator (*) and 
>removed R10, the current before the regulator went down to 380mA when 
>supplied with regulated 9V, with the original supply, it was 280mA 
>since that is about 11V. This meant a LOT less heat in the box.  
>Combined with CMOS-EPROMs instead of NMOS-ROMs and heatsinks on CPU, 
>TED and PLA, I hope to have extended the livespan a fair bit.
>(*) RECOM R-78B5.0-1.5  drop in for a 7805.

RECOM recently introduced the cost-reduced E series that might work here 
too. On my bicycle-dynamo-to-5V circuit it did not work well, because I 
was feeding it too choppy voltage and it would only start up on every 
4th to 10th half-wave. The R-785.0-0.5 works like a charm, with a 
tolerable ripple voltage (120mV at 4.4V when charging my phone). When 
connected to a more stable power supply, the ripple should be a few mV 
at most, and I guess the output would stay closer to 5V.


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