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How To Create Your Portable Voltage Divider

By Melissa Williams

There are many times you wish to a specific device of your own to reduce volumes or any measurements of your concern. An example could be your audio equipment, deflections in a cantilevered stairway, or even the noisy tachometer of your motorbikes. For these adjustments, you may opt to use a potentiometer which is a variable resistor.

With an understanding of how circuitry and an equation works, you can make use of a device that could help regulate the voltage amount of the audio equipment or other electronics. A voltage divider is a passive type of line that produces an output value. This value is the lowered amount of initial voltage.

Using two resistors, this divider shall allow you to turn a large voltage into a smaller one provided that you also have the value of input voltage. Understand how this device works need you to be familiar with the Ohms law which states, the direct current flowing in a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference between its ends.

This divider has two main parts namely the circuit and the equation. To make it work, first, you should secure a circuit by putting in two resistors together. The equation, on one hand, allows you to calculate the output after you have found the ratio of both resistors while considering the input volt as another variable.

You can also create your own device if you wish to but you have to be mindful that when creating your portable gear. Most simple electronics can only withstand 5V, however, most sources like for example your remote control, a standard 9V battery will do. To do so, first, you should prepare the specific tools needed such as your leads, resistors, your battery, three alligator clamps, connectors and your voltmeter.

Begin by connecting the leads with an alligator clamp. One should contain the red lead resistor with 10 Ohms and the other should contain the black one which has 20 ohms. Then after connecting these leads, use the free end to twist these two together.

Putting together the two leads. Twist together both lead ends and lock it up using the last alligator clamp. After doing so, take the connector of your voltmeters then do the correct terminal placing. Red wires go to the positive terminal of your battery while the black wires refer to the negative one. Then you can start turning your meter on.

As you can see from 9V, your voltage goes down to 3V. When this happens, the positive terminal of the circuit is now the one where the twist is located. Meanwhile, the negative terminal is retained as the negative source.

When doing this procedure, always see to it that you have unhooked an end of a divider or unplugged your battery to prevent it from draining. More so, be cautious when working with these types of wiring especially the ones which are still plugged into its outlet because it may result in electrocution. In this case, however, there is not much danger in a 9V energy source.

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