The ‘Elektor Electronic Toolbox’ (EET) is an iPhone and iPad app totally geared the needs of electronic engineers. Elektor now offers a new version, which now has 29 individual programs. A new addition is a tool for voltage rms calculation. In addition some bugs were cleared and new components added such as USB 3.0 connectors.
EET’s established features are impressive, too: the databases for the component groups identified as bipolar transistors, FETs, triacs, thyristors, diodes and ICs are very helpful in everyday electronics developing. The left part of the display allows you to select a component from a list, based on the type number. For this, simply scroll down with your finger, which is a smooth process on an iPad. A tap with your fingertip and the pin and important electrical characteristics pop up on the right hand side of the screen – all without an Internet connection present. A total of over 45,000 components are listed in the databases.
the interactive component value calculators are also highly useful. Among the basic circuits you’ll find resistance (series, parallel, bridge), high-and low-pass (RC, RL and LC) and transistor circuits (with basic resistor / voltage divider). Dedicated apps are available for multi-talented components and evergreens like the NE555 timer and different coloured LEDs. Useful tools such as a virtual resistor clock, an electrical units converter, a component symbol database and much more complete the iPad app.
The Elektor Electronic Toolbox can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store at a price of £3.49 / $5.99 – it is suitable for the iPad as well as the iPhone / iPod Touch.