Teardowns

Cheap USB charger teardown

Here is teardown of another cheap USB charger bought some time ago for around two euros from some chinese online shop. Brand “Designed by Able” Model 1300. Label Circuit board Closeup of circuit board One finding is that rectifier is replaced with diode, meaning that this half-wave rectifies mains power. Other findings: – The switcher

Sonoff IoT swich

DIY Wi-Fi Wireless Switch For Smart Home With ABS Shell Socket Remote Control Switch Module is an IoT home automation device. This device, also known as Sonoff from ITEAD, can control 110V to 230V AC mains power on/off (up to 7A or 10A depending on document). The switch is controlled with mobile app (or local

iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teardowns

Everybody likes high tech tear-downs.  Hare are is information on what is inside of the two two hottest smart phones at the moment: iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7. While the iPhone 7 Plus retains the design basics of the previous generation it does have a lot of upgrades. Including a new dual camera

Verifone payment terminal

I saw this normal screen gas station this morning whan trying to get gas. I put in my credit card, but nothing works. I took the card out. New attempt to put in the credit card made something strange to happened: The card terminal rebooted. I got several screens with all kinds of system information

SilverCrest SWS-A1 IoT power outlet

SilverCrest SWS-A1 is an IoT controlled electrical outlet device sold by Lidl.  It connects to home Wifi network and that can be controlled with smartphone app anywhere where you have Internet connection. Silvercrest app allows to control the electrical outlet on and off (ON is meaning contact the power between electrical appliance and power supply.

Qi charger board analysis

I have written several postings on Qi wireless power. To get a good idea how Qi really works, I bought cheap bare Qi charger board Qi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board + Coil Charging (costs only slightly over two Euros / USD).Qi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board + Coil Charging kit consists ofQi Wireless Charger

Tiny Drones

Latest-generation drones now cost around $1,000, if not more. Or how about … $10? Seriously! Teardown: A tiny drone and its controller article tells about Cheerson CX-10 Quadcopter that can be picked for around $10. I picked one at slightly higher price (around €15) from Banggood or DX, to get the idea of today’s drones. I

Four channel DMX-512 light dimmer

I happened to find this AnyTronics 4 channel dimmer thrown out as trash. It looks looks like Anytronics wall mounted dimmer 4 x 10 A that someone has adapted to become rack mounted and moved the DMX-512 address selection switches outside the device. I expected that Anytronics DP410 dimmer pack installation instructions would be about

SSR teardown

A solid state relay (SSR) is an industrial component used for interfacing low voltage control signals to high current mains voltage loads. The SSR may be designed to switch either AC or DC to the load. It serves the same function as an electromechanical relay, but has no moving parts. You can control SSRs easily