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USB power voltage regulator

USB power voltage regulator

USB power voltage regulator

Hello All - I need to power a pressure transducer with 5V and I have a computer nearby.  USB provides 5V, but it is not regulated enough for the pressure transducer.  Does anybody make a device that you plug into a standard USB hub, but regulates/filters the power out to a better level, say +/-.05% on the voltage?  I'm not an electrical guy, so if I've committed some kind of crime in my description, please be kind.  Thanks for the help.


RE: USB power voltage regulator


That's 250uV of ripple, and you're going to need more than a $20 off the shelf item to get that kind of accuracy out of a USB socket, particularly when you're trying to run a regulator with the input/output voltages at the same point.

Dan - Owner

RE: USB power voltage regulator

Thanks IRstuff and Dan.  I honestly don't know exactly what my voltage tolerance requirements are and perhaps +/- .05% is too tight - I pulled that from the specs of a strain gauge instrumentation box we have.  Dan - do you have another option for a device that would have less ripple?  It doesn't have to be small - a 'bench' device would work well.


RE: USB power voltage regulator

I blew off that requirement, since it seemed absurdly tight.  

If you're willing to go benchtop, then you should just get a new power supply altogether.  Anything that's benchtop probably can't run off of 500 mA anyway.


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RE: USB power voltage regulator

You're going to have issues with tight regulation anytime your input voltage is so close to your output voltage (in this case, they're supposedly identical).  I cannot suggest a specific company/item, but like IR, I would suggest a dedicated supply (i.e., non-USB based), though not for IR's reasons of current.  I would want a supply that runs off of 12V (or at least something higher than 5) and work down from there.

Dan - Owner

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