Teardowns

USB To RS232/TTL PL2303HX Cable Adapter

Nowadays it is typical that small embedded platforms and modules offer TTL level (5V or 3.3V) serial port interfaces in them. The easiest way to interface such port to PC is to use USB to TTL level serial port converter (it is easier than adding external TTL-RS232 converter board and then connect to normal serial

7805 Voltage Regulator Teardown

You have most probably used 7805 voltage regulator many times. It is a simple way to get regulated +5V power supply. A Detailed Look at the 7805 Voltage Regulator post at hackaday.com points to an an amazingly detailed article about its theory of operation and implementation of 7805 regulator. As some elements looked a bit odd during

iPhone 6 teardowns

Techcrunch claims that Apple’s brand new iPhone 6 is the best smartphone. I have not had my hands on one to make my judgements on that. But I am interested to see what is inside this new gadget. iPhone6 is brabd new, but iFixit has already done iPhone 6 Teardown and iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

How safe 5V PSU is built

I have posted some teardowns of serveral electronics devices and have some notes on their electrical safety. Examples of ones with questionable safety were this is tiny USB charger and this USB charger. The later USB charger posting has also example of power supply that seems to have properly built safety in it. But how

Teardown of cheap USB charger

One day I bough a very cheap quite nice looking (if you like Apple style) very cheap (2 USD) USB charger from dx.com. I was curious to see if anything useful could be built this cheaply. The product USB Power Charger Adapter – White (EU Plug / 100~240V) carried SKU 176662 code, but there does

Battery teardowns

3x Battery Teardown article shows you what is inside different batteries. So if you open up a 9 V battery, you find 6 thin 1.5 V cells inside. But what was inside that lantern battery, the rechargeable PP3, or the funny shaped lump on the back of my laptop? Check 3x Battery Teardown article to see. If you

Nexus 5 Teardown

KitKats, snapdragons? Is Google’s latest smartphone a sweet treat? Let’s check out Nexus 5 Teardown and Teardown: Google’s Nexus 5 Deconstructed articles to find out how this smart phone is built.

Xbox One vs PS4 teardown

Microsoft released the Xbox One today. Also a recent research says that Game Play Has No Negative Impact on Kids, UK Study Finds: A massive study of some 11,000 youngsters in Britain has found that playing video games, even as early as five years old, does not lead to later behavior problems. So there is