Application Notes

Electronic Load

Programming Example: Python Power Supply Efficiency Example

June 21, 2021

Power supply efficiency is an important aspect of any power supply design. Using a few standard pieces of test gear, one can quickly build a modular system with enough resolution to measure the most demanding applications. This note describes a Python example that we created as part of an application note which describes the basics … Continued

Easy DC power supply efficiency measurements

January 28, 2021

Introduction Many electronic designs require a power supply that delivers a known voltage over a specific range of current loads and conditions. In many instances, the efficiency of the supply is an essential characteristic of the design. More efficient designs covert the input power into a higher percentage of output power than less efficient designs. … Continued

Power Supply Design: Load Step Response with a SIGLENT DC Electronic Load

April 3, 2020

Building a power supply that can handle various loads without oscillating can be a challenge. Computational models and computer simulations can help get your design headed in the right direction, but physical testing is essential to proving the performance of your design. One method of quickly determining stability is to use a load step response. … Continued

Programming Example: Identification String (*IDN?) return with LabVIEW 2018

December 16, 2019

This LabVIEW VI (version 2018) provides a simple platform to begin creating LabVIEW programs. You can download the VI here: VISA_IDN.ZIP In this example, the user can: Select the connected instruments from the VISA Resource List drop down menu: NOTE: USB devices will automatically appear. For LAN connections, you will need to add the device. … Continued

Testing Intrinsic Safety Barrier fusing and circuitry using an electronic load

December 16, 2019

From Wikipedia: Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safe operation of electrical equipment in hazardous areas by limiting the energy, electrical and thermal, available for ignition. The idea is to minimize the risk of fire or explosion by physically eliminating any potential source of ignition. Many IS circuits utilize special fusing and elements that are designed to … Continued

Secure products without K-lock slots

May 20, 2019

Many products have Kensington, or K-lock slots to help provide a location to secure a cable lock or other device to help prevent theft. Some products do not have locations for cable lock connections. In this case, we recommend using a special glue or physical attachment system to secure the cable to the case of … Continued