SMD Capacitance Hack


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


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 »

Make a Glass Nixie-Like Display with LEDs

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You know those nixie tube displays? Well, 14-year-old Spanish maker pinomelean made an edge-lit glass nixie that consists of ten etched glass plates stacked atop each other, with SMT LEDs lighting them up individually — similar to this display we blogged last year. 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 »