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16  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Using Mosfet For PWM In HHO Generator on: December 15, 2013, 12:01:35 am
would a motor controller actually work? Cause I have a sabertooth 2X35 motor controller
http://www.dimensionengineering.com/products/sabertooth2x25
Kinda seems like a waste of a $125 chip though
17  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Using Mosfet For PWM In HHO Generator on: December 14, 2013, 10:35:46 pm
I don't know anything about gate driver chips. And when I say reducing the frequency, I mean down to more like, say we are switching half on, half off, I want it on for something like a quarter of a second on, a quarter of a second off. And to stick to what i know, how about using several mosfets in parallel to allow me to use a 5v gate drive. Plus I already have an arduino plus several homemade arduinos. I don't have a gate driver. And as far as heat sink is concerned, How about just slapping an old school Pentium 2 processor heat sink on them. Those things are huge.

On another note, Can we please keep this discussion to mosfets and arduino. I have done my research on the HHO generators and have read a many forum about them. I don't mean to be rude, just trying to stay on topic and to each their own about the generators. And none of this has anything to do with my brakes. and i meant mosfet will be driving up to 30 amps continuous. I meant I will rarely (and when i do only in short, few minute bursts) drive it up and over 30 amps. And a mosfet with very little voltage drop would be best as well but idk if i will be able to have my cake and eat it too on that one
18  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Using Mosfet For PWM In HHO Generator on: December 14, 2013, 04:46:36 am
well if that mosfet can handle 120 amps, would only pushing it to 30amps, and rarely and for short bursts of time pushing it past that, require very big of a heat sink? Would attaching it to a car firewall under the hood make a sufficient heat sink? problem though, I need a 5 volt gate voltage to drive it with an arduino pin. Arduino runs a fairly high switching frequency and I am looking to probably lower that switching frequency which would also help with the mosfet heat management. Another thing, I am going to be wiring in a volt/ammeter on the negative side of my load so would i be better off with a p channel or n channel mosfet and if using the n channel, would i put that between my load and the ammeter or between the ammeter and negative ground? It would be more convenient for me to wire the mosfet to ground after the ammeter because then i would only need to run 1 wire through my firewall under my dash
19  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Using Mosfet For PWM In HHO Generator on: December 14, 2013, 03:18:32 am
Not really sure whether I should put this topic here or in Project Guidance but hey. So I am going to attempt to build a HHO Generator (Hydrogen, Hydrogen, Oxygen). It separates water molecules. Now a big issue with these is controlling current flow. Its easy enough to do with your electrolytes but if you live in a place where 20 degrees is a nice day you need to pump in a crap ton more electrolytes to keep your water from freezing. Rather than spend $80 on a PWM control unit I figure I can build one with an arduino. What would be a good mosfet to use for 11-15 volts at 0-30 amps. Preferably a mosfet that could handle more amps than that but up to 30 is a definite. On another note, is it possible to control the switching frequency on an arduino and if so, could the frequency be variably controlled using a POT? I haven't played with my arduino in some time so I have gotten rough around the edges with it.

Thank You
20  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: July 25, 2013, 12:11:14 pm
well i just tried what you said and it worked, thank you very very much, took less than 10 minutes too
21  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: July 25, 2013, 11:39:58 am
well i already disabled the day/night automatic headlights. They are controlled by relays behind the glove box and i just put a switch interrupt before the relay therefore allowing me to disable, or enable the automatic headlights rather than permanently eliminating them. As for the e brake thing, i tried that already but as soon as you take the car out of park, the bell chime just goes ding ding ding ding ding forever without quitting until you put it back in park, as for that control box i might have to look into that, thanks for that info, i know the relays that control the DRL for the blinkers are located in that
22  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: July 23, 2013, 09:58:32 am
i think i just give up haha, probably the only way around this is rewiring the entire thing and it is probably more effort than its worth, also the wire going to the blinker switch alternated positive and ground when it was flashing and i disconnected it once and the blubs still stayed illuminated even when turning on the blinker switch so somehow, that positive, ground fluctuation is what disables the constant on
23  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: July 22, 2013, 08:09:58 pm
well i just took all that stuff apart and the flasher unit has 3 pins, one pin with 2 wires going to it which had 12+, a ground wire, and a wire which i assume is what goes straight to the turn signal switch based off of all the tinkering i did with it. And as for the relay that controls the blinkers turning on during the day, its located inside of a box about the size of an ECU with just as many, if not more wires leading into it. I figured this out by parking in front of a window and turning the key on and off then following the sound and after i found it i could feel the click with my finger inside the upper left corner of the box
24  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 27, 2013, 01:21:57 pm
i think i see what you are saying, when the headlights turn on, the double throw relay disconnects the blinker light circuit and connects the headlights to turn them on therefor turning off the blinker lights. I already know where the headlight relays are and i would assume the double throw would be on the front headlight relay except one flaw with this is how does the blinker light blink when the signal switch is activated unless it is all run by a microcomputer
25  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 26, 2013, 01:37:11 am

I suspect the Buick is something similar.

 
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Yeah you are probably right, so in the event of that, what would you recommend i do? Probably try and find the relay then clip the wire that turns the blubs on constant and rewire the blinker switch to the relay side of the clipped wire. that might even be easier than if the pulse signal goes through the blinker switch
26  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 26, 2013, 12:33:38 am
The headlights and tail lights are operated by two relays but as far as i can tell the blinker lights are not unless they put the relay under the hood and/or its at a location where i can't hear it click. when the headlights turn on, the blinker lights turn off. I believe i said before that the headlights are completely automatic and there is no way to disable that function or turn them off at night, so i wired in a relay bypass switch that i can turn off to disable the headlights. One solution to the blinker problem was cover the LDR to make the headlights come on then turn off the bypass switch and it so happens that the blinker lights stay off when i activate the bypass switch, but i wish to keep the lights automatic, i put the switch in for convenience in those occasional situations when a person doesn't want to use headlights 
27  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 25, 2013, 10:56:44 pm
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I'm sure you're right. Is the alternative flasher not a solution then?

i will see where that column harness takes me then go from there
28  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 25, 2013, 10:23:37 pm
how are flashers wired? I am assuming one pin +12v, one pin -ground, and then the 3rd pin is the intermittent +12v. I replaced the entire headlight housing on both sides. The headlights and blinkers are all part of one fixture on both sides which have all the wiring internal then a single wiring harness connects to the outside. I replaced the headlights due to an accident and as a bonus was hoping the blubs would stop going out but it didn't make a difference. Its not the Bulb socket that is melting. Its the plastic plug on the bulbs themselves that melt. The heat generated by the bulbs is making it melt itself. I actually had a bulb blow up and shatter inside the headlight case. was pretty mad about that. The type of bulb this car takes was not intended to be illuminated constant. 
29  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 25, 2013, 09:12:29 pm
i am probably going to have to investigate that steering column wiring harness you were talking about and see what i can do there. maybe that will lead me to the wire supplying constant power to the blinker lights and i can just clip it if i am lucky. i tell you what, i love my buick but the lighting is just a complete joke. i looked around for a few forums about the problem but most were just people saying "i think you need to go to a GM dealer and ask them to reprogram it but most will refuse." Just sounds like something that even if they would do it probably wouldn't be worth the $150 they would probably charge
30  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Automobile blinker lights on: June 25, 2013, 08:03:22 pm
well DVDdoug your code worked and i duplicated it for LEFT and RIGHT blinker inputs and outputs and put everything together then went to go install it and realized that the blinker blinks 3 times as fast when the front bulb isn't connected so its back to the drawing board i guess. Thank you everyone for your help
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