The MH Breadboard Power Supply Module plugs directly into a solderless breadboard and provides 3.3 and 5V power directly to the breadboard power rails.
- MH Breadboard Power Supply Module
KEY FEATURES OF MH BREADBOARD POWER SUPPLY MODULE:
- Accepts 7-12V input via standard DC power jack
- Accepts 5V input via USB
- USB port can supply power to uC when using the DC power jack
- 3.3V or 5V can be individually selected for the 2 different power rails.
- Can supply up to 500mA of current. See table below for details.
This module provides an inexpensive and convenient way to convert a 7-12V wall bug into 5V and 3.3V to power a breadboard setup. Being inexpensive, it does have some limitations but it works well as long as you stay within those limitations which are outline below. If you have a nice bench supply, this module can be used to free-up your bench supply for other duties.
Install Module On Breadboard
The module plugs into one end of a standard breadboard.
Be sure to insert the module into the correct end of the solderless breadboard so that the +/- on the module line up with red/blue lines on the breadboard as shown here. The ‘+’ sign should line up with the red stripe. The ‘-‘ sign which is also denoted by a black stripe should match up with the blue line.
The module has 3 sets of power pins on the bottom for connecting to the breadboard power rails. If you install the module at the very end of the board, it will leave all breadboard tie-points available for prototyping.
Slide switches on the module allow you to select either 5V or 3.3V for each of the 2 breadboard power rails. Moving them to the left applies 3.3VDC and moving them to the right applies 5VDC. There are also 2 small headers that provide another place to tap off 3.3V, 5V and GND if you need to.
DC Power Jack:
Power can be input via a standard DC Power Jack. Input power should be kept between 7-12VDC when using the DC Power Jack. You will see specs on the internet that say you can go down to 6.5V on the input, but in our testing regulation started to drop out if the input drops below about 7V. The reason for that is there is a reverse protection diode on the input which is adding an additional voltage drop before the regulator.
The regulators can technically handle up to 15VDC on their inputs, but the output current will be more limited with higher input voltages as detailed in the table below so 12V should be considered the upper limit. In general, running these off a 7-9V input will give you the best performance. We have a 7.5V 1A wall bug that works great with these or for mobile use our 9V battery to DC Plug adapter can be used.
The module also has a USB (Mini-B type) connector which you can use to power it off of if the other end is connected to a powered USB port such as on a computer or USB Hub. When this is used, the 5V from the USB is applied directly to the breadboard and also fed to the 3.3V regulator. The USB power has a poly fuse inline to provide some over-current protection to the USB port. Note: Do not connect both a DC power plug and powered USB at the same time or damage may result.
This USB port can also be used as an output to power a device like an Arduino board that requires 5VDC using a USB cable when the board is powered off the DC Jack. When hooking up a device to power it off of the USB connector, make sure that device is not already powered by a different source or damage may result.
Power is controlled from the source or by disconnecting the DC plug as there is no power button. Our DC Jack In-line Switch available below is a convenient way to add a switch for this setup. A red LED lights when power is applied.
OUR EVALUATION RESULTS:
The output voltages are created using two AMS1117 regulators. The output of the 5V regulator feeds the input of the 3.3V regulator. If you are using both voltages on your breadboard you need to add the current draw from the 3.3V regulator to the current draw off the 5V and stay within the maximum current draw as outlined in the table below.
As with any linear regulator, the power dissipation of the regulator is dependent on the difference between the input voltage and the output voltage. The larger the difference between the input and output voltage, the higher the power dissipation. For that reason, it is suggested to keep the DC input power in the range of 7-9VDC if you want to the maximum current available from the module.
The good news is that if you guess wrong on the current draw, the regulators have thermal protection built-in so if you draw too much power, they will safely shutdown before damage can occur. If that happens, you need to look for ways to reduce your power draw or perhaps use a lower voltage power source to power the module from to reduce the power dissipation. The regulators are also output short circuit protected, so accidentally shorting the outputs to ground won’t cause permanent damage. The only way we have found to destroy one of these is to incorrectly hook up both a DC power plug and a powered USB source at the same time (so don’t do that…..).
This table below shows the maximum current draw that the module can handle with different input voltages. This includes the combined current from both the 5V and 3.3V rails.
Max Current Draw
|5V + 3.3V current draw
|100mA (Not recommended)
BEFORE THEY ARE SHIPPED, THESE MODULES ARE:
- Outputs are verified at 5V & 3.3V
- Packaged in a high quality resealable ESD bag for protection and easy storage.
- Be sure to orient the module correctly on the breadboard so that power lines up with the red stripes. it is easy to mount it on the wrong end.
- Under high current loads, the components can get fairly warm to the touch.
|Maximum Input Voltage
|15V (12V max recommended)
|Minimum Input Voltage
|Output Current (max continuous)
|L x W x H
|53mm x 37mm x 22mm