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SMD Capacitance Hack

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Akiba of Freaklabs, a Tokyo-based open-source electronics kitmaker, needed to add some 0805 surface-mount capacitors to an existing PCB, so he stacked them up! super ghetto bulk capacitance hack. my RF amp is more power hungry than i expected… See the related links below for more of Akiba’s awesome work! Read more »

Component of the Month: The Capacitor

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I'm super excited for this month's component: the capacitor! It's an electronic component that stores a small amount of energy in an electrical field. Caps make up a very diverse family of components! As usual, we start off our coverage with an excerpt from Charles Platt's stellar Encyclopedia of Electronic... Read more »

All About the Diode

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Collin Cunningham explains what diodes are all about, describing the history of the component, the various types, and even touches on creating your own. [M]aking this installment of the series taught me quite a few things. Prior to reading up on the diode, I wasn’t aware how closely its development... Read more »

Learn About LED Matrices

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Collin Cunningham’s videos remain golden! In Circuit Skills: LED Matrix he talks about LED matrices and how to control the LEDs with a multiplexing IC. He uses it to make a mini game machine! Many an experimenter, hacker, tinkerer, & maker have heeded the call of the mighty matrix –... Read more »