Tag: electrical

Reading Axial Resistors

"Resistance is useless."Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Resistors are a necessary part of any electrical system. They provide the ability to limit current and signal flow, among many other uses. There are numerous different types of resistors, all varying in size and power, but we're going to take a closer look at arguably the most common type- axial resistors. Axial resistors are pretty easily recognizable, even to people who know little about electronics. Chances are you've seen these tiny little dumbbell-shaped components around. You may have also noticed a lot of them have different colored bands going around them. These colors actually indicate just how…

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Choosing the Right Wires For Your Project

"It seems to run on some form of electricity." Marvel's The Avengers (2012) One of the most confusing parts of electronic work is choosing the right wires. If they're too thin, they may not be providing enough power. If they're too thick, they may be taking up precious real estate if you have a densely-packed project. Figuring out the right wires to use also involves a fair amount of math. Let's hope you were paying attention in algebra. The Basics Before we even get into wires, you'll probably want to know the basics of electric power. The three common elements of power you'll need to…

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