Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5VDC Power Supply for video recorder

The upcoming video recorder needs 5V DC. Since I want the ground station to run off of one 11.1V battery, some sort of DC to DC power supply is needed. I didn't want to do anything fancy- so I did some web searches and decided to go with a simple 7805 voltage regulator circuit. It isn't particularly efficient, but it's simple, cheap, and I had the parts available.

Basic circuit diagram (7805 is center component)

Circuit Breadboarded. I added a LED (with current limiting resistor) to show on/off status

Circuit moved to permanent breadboard

Soldered Breadboard (extra length of leads were trimmed after testing)

Finished, with heatsink on 7805

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