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Cheese fridge repairs

My cheese fridge was partially destroyed at the start of July. A car crashed into a power pole carrying both a 22kv distribution line and the 230v line for our house. They . touched . briefly It turns…

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Power meter optical pulse detection

I’ve always planned to monitor my electricity usage. I had previously (about a year ago!) ordered some power transformers from seeedstudio and a six channel ADC for simultaneous three phase current and voltage measurement but never got around…

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Wiring up the ESP8266

Before you can program the ESP8266, you need to wire it up. First things first, the ESP8266 uses a 2mm pin spacing so you can’t use a standard breadboard as these use a 0.1 inch spacing. It also…

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Introducing the ESP8266

About a year ago I put up some money for the Wino-Board kickstarter project, received my Wino-Boards and did nothing with them for 12 months. They are effectively a tiny Arduino board attached to the innards of an…

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Petit Studio Raspberry Pi HDMI extender cheap cable fix

Note: This fix is NOT due to a fault of the Petit Studio Raspberry Pi Camera extension kit, it’s due to the use of cheap HDMI leads. I brought some Petit Studio Raspberry Pi HDMI camera extenders from…

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EP Solar MPPT Tracer charge controller serial code

Following on from my previous post working out the EP Solar Tracer serial protocol, I’ve got code working on a Raspberry Pi. It’s even validating the CRC checksum.

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EP Solar MPPT Tracer charge controller serial interface

I’m currently involved in a project to set up a solar powered wireless station and wanted to remotely monitor the battery charge process. I looked into a number of charge controllers to see if any of them could…

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Pulsecounter PCB’s have arrived

I posted recently about detecting power loss in an AVR and quickly writing values to EEPROM before power is lost completely and have since received the PCB’s I ordered from oshpark. This is the first time I have…

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Soldering ESCs

I’m using 30 Amp hobby King ESCs in my Quad Copter. They each come with five bare ends which need connectors soldered to them. Here’s a picture showing the result of about two hours of soldering and heat…

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Update – Bosch BMP085 Source (Raspberry Pi)

I have updated my code to Read data from a Bosch BMP085 with a Raspberry Pi to correct some bugs reported back to me. The main bug was that I’d forgotten to close the i2c file at the…

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