Variable power supply

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

T1 steps down AC voltage from 115VAC (or 220VAC) to about 8VAC and is then rectified via bridge rectifier BR1 to about 11.52Vdc. C1 filters off the AC ripple. If you find the circuit output too noisy add another electrolytic capacitor over the output terminals. Value can be between 10 and 100uF/25V. The output voltage is variable with the 10K-potentiometer while keeping the current constant.

Variable power supply
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T1 = 115/8 VAC transformer. Center Tap not needed. Q1 = 2N1613, NTE128, or substitute. (TO-39 case) On coolrib! BR1 = 40V, 4A. (Check max current of your mini-drill and add 2A) R1 = 470 ohm, 5% R2 = 1K, 5% P1 = Potentiometer, 10K C1 = 1000uF, 25V, electrolytic C2 = 0.1uF (100nF), ceramic

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