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Battery Voltage Guard

adjustable to any voltage

Battery Voltage Guard
This month’s Mini Project may be used to guard any voltage ranging from a minimum of 3 V to a maximum of 25 V. It can, therefore, be used to keep a constant eye on the voltage of a car battery. But it can also be used with the receiver batteries of a radio-controlled model, for example.Even though this is an extremely simple electronic circuit, the voltage guard, equipped with a 10-segment LED display, offers a number of distinct advantages. Firstly, this circuit is very compact, it can therefore easily be built into a suitable case — the circuit board is no bigger than a matchbox and there will generally be no problem to find some space for it. Secondly, the circuit (especially when in ‘dot-mode’) is very thrifty with current.
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Gerber file

CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.

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Component list
R1 = 1k?
R2 = 10k?
P1 = 25k? preset
P2 = 10k? preset
C1 = 100nF
D1-D10 = high-efficiency LED
IC1 = LM3914N
JP1 = jumper
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