Looking for a low, LOW voltage boost converter in a tidy package? Dimension Engineering's LVBoost is just the solution!
What's the LVBoost do? Simply put, it takes a low voltage, and makes it higher and much more useful. There are many ways to do this, but the geniuses at Dimension Engineering have done a great job at doing this efficiently and in a tidy package. Of course, nothing comes for free, so what you are doing is converting extra current capacity into higher voltage. The LVBoost does this conversion while only losing ~15% of the energy - very nice! When it's just sitting there, it's only chewing up ~0.4mA - very little current.
What this means in a practical sense is that the LVBoost takes a voltage as low as 0.5V (like most large-ish solar cells put out), and can turn it into a useful voltage level adjustable between 2.2V to 5V, up to 1A output (assuming you have enough current in your source). It's also a tiny device, only weighing 3.5 grams.
These sorts of characteristics make the LVBoost ideal for boosting & regulating alternate power sources like small wind, solar, hand or hydro generators. Or plug it into one or two high-capacity alkaline cells to get a convenient 5V power source in a tiny package. This device will easily generate you some geek cred if you build it into something like a hamster-powered cellphone charger.
Here's the dirt on this neat device:
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Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Please visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov for more information. This item was manufactured prior to August 31, 2018.