The RS Toolbox App is growing in popularity by the day, with over 10 thousand users each month firing it up to help them with their university projects, their next state of the art design or just to catch up on the latest innovation news. Packed with tools and designed specifically for the engineer, the Toolbox App has something for engineers of all disciplines. Whether you are trying to find a product or struggling with inductor loss calculations, download the Toolbox App today and you will have yourself one of the best engineers friends around, right there in your pocket.
Here we take a look at some of the most popular tools that are being used right now that you will find in our Toolbox App.
Voltage Regulator Tool
This handy calculating tool was created to help you when you are designing a fixed voltage power supply based on either the 78xx and 79xx or the LM3xx series of voltage regulators. Simply select the type you are planning on using and enter the various variables required, such as voltage and resistance and so on to obtain an output in the results field.
The results table will show you what capacitors are required within the circuit and the voltage, and from within the tool, you can add your chosen components to your Toolbox App projects, a real handy tool and one of the most popular amongst the users of the Toolbox App.
Do you want to know the resistance of a particular resistor? The resistance values of a resistor are determined using the coloured bands you will find embossed on their surface, there can be 3, 4, 5 or 6 bands in total. Each of those colours represents a number which results in the resistance value when calculated as a whole. SMD resistors are identified using numbers and we have a separate tool for that called ‘SMD Resistor’ which you can also find in the Toolbox App.
The colour bands are arranged in a particular way to help you calculate the value correctly, the silver and gold tolerance bands are always on the right side of a resistor, so you start reading from the left first. With this App all you have to do is either enter a resistance value in the box or select the colours you find on the resistor itself, it’s that easy!
Struggling to determine the value of the current limiting series resistor when driving a single or an array of LEDs? With this tool all you do is input the voltage value of the power source, the number of LEDs being used, and, if you have them, the LED voltage and current in the required fields. If you select a LED colour first the voltage and current fields will be filled automatically. You can select different units by pressing the small icons next to the input boxes if you need to change them.
The resistance of the series resistor will be calculated and displayed automatically. If you wish to calculate the current based on a given resistance, just select the small icon in front of LED current. A small arrow will indicate that this value will then be calculated.
If you need to find the specific specification details of certain products, such as batteries, Coaxial cable parameters or drill sizes, Toroids, etc.? Then this is the tool for you.
You can search for anything by simply entering the first few letters in the search field to find what you are looking for quicker. Alternatively, the group list search can be used, this list contains groups of product content represented by an Icon, tap on one group and all the subtypes belonging to the selected group will be displayed just like the search result list. Tapping again on an entry will show the parameters or specification of the selected type.
This great little tool offers information about the Raspberry Pi series of PCB board such as Board layout, pinouts, code snippets, development and configuration information.
First, select the information you are looking for from the list in the tool or enter a search term in the search field, when you select an item from the list of from your search, tap on the icon to reveal more information. Images can be displayed in an image viewer where it can be enlarged for better viewing and PDF files will be displayed in the PDF viewer.
All other entries will be copied to the clipboard. This is useful for code snippets as they can then be pasted in your development environment or in another program or text editor of your choice.
These are just a tiny handful of some of the great tools you can find in the RS Toolbox App, download it today!
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