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I would gladly donate a little if I could use pp. Also, I don't know if this has already been answered but how would we go about making a >500mA driver? Would it be safe just to change the resistors?

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I would gladly donate a little if I could use pp. Also, I don't know if this has already been answered but how would we go about making a >500mA driver? Would it be safe just to change the resistors?

EDIT: Also, does the 10x10mm board posted on the first page work fine also?
I'm not on my PC right now, but if someone glances at the schematic, I may have left the current calculations inside in text. You should do the math to be sure, but changing the sense resistor would be the best way to create a low current driver without sacrificing enough power getting to the ZXCT.

Nope, I've removed the 10x10
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I have discovered yet another problem. This
time it's DigiKey's fault. The "22F" 0805
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I just measured them again, and now they
are 17F? I don't know what is going on.
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I just measured them again, and now they
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Still under tolerance, though
What is the tolerance you have?

Is it possible you're not leaving them on the meter long enough to get a good read? Larger caps take longer to get a solid reading from with some instruments.

Edit: Also, what are you using to measure the capacitance?

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time it's DigiKey's fault. The "22F" 0805
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That is a full 36% under tolerance! I think
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Ceramic capacitors are voltage dependent! This means that it might not be any fault at all!
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What is the tolerance you have?
20%

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I tried leaving a new one on the meter. After
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Edit: Also, what are you using to measure the capacitance?
The meter is an Extech 380193 LCR meater.

To explain the 17F reading, the ones that
measured 17F had been soldered in and
used. The fresh ones are still measuring
14F. I also overvolted those ones, so
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I just checked and my diodes are rated for 5A - but you probably want the full 10A range tested?
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Well - it's just three of them on a copper heatsink, but I think it will do.

I didn't have an appropriate resistor though. Do you have a spare 0.01 ohm resistor? Or a DMM that can handle 10A in current mode? If not, I'll order a resistor.
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Do the ZXCTs have a maximum gain? I've
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Sort of. The 1009s need at least a 50mV drop across the sense resistor, and have a max too. Forget what it is, but its 150 or 250 or 500mV, just check the datasheet. It's in there.
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Well - it's just three of them on a copper heatsink, but I think it will do.

I didn't have an appropriate resistor though. Do you have a spare 0.01 ohm resistor? Or a DMM that can handle 10A in current mode? If not, I'll order a resistor.
Awesome! Thanks!

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Awesome! Thanks!

I've got a Fluke DMM that can handle 10A, should be fine
That should be fine. I assume the leads can handle the current?

I have a chinese DMM that "can handle 20A", and the leads melted when I tried to test this driver at 9A
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Default Re: OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

Build a dedicated ammeter using a DPM or analog meter. I never use the built in amps function in a multimeter since I usually forget to put back the probes to the voltage jacks then when I measure the wall outlet voltage, Bang.
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