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as title states, why is the resistor(R11) before the pwr led on the arduino/sparkfun pro mini 10KΩ?



just seems so high even if somebody put in 16V which the schematic claims is possible.

thanks in advance,
bob


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Well, ideally the 16V is only applied to RAW, not the VCC pin, which would smoke the atmega.
The 10K just limits current draw by the LED, to ~(5V-2V)/10K = 0.3mA.
That way you're not sucking lots of battery life when using it in a portable device.
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so, if you are not worried about batt life, one could use a 330Ω instead of using the more expensive low power leds if you were to build your own (plus i have lots of 330Ω R and 12mcd .20mA leds on hand smiley)?
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Yes.
20mA to get 12mcd - sounds barely viewable after using 4000mcd LEDs!
I don't even bother with power LED when I build my free standing arduino-based designs.
LEDs elsewhere make it obvious that power has been applied.

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will give it a try on my next one i build.  4000mcd, i would be blind, haha.  still using the leds to verify pwr is getting to certain places and i haven't made a mistake.  i hear you though, 20mA for 12mcd is not a good tradeoff, but i am running these on multirotors so i have 2.2-3+A batts so i am not too concerned about the efficiency, but in other areas i am starting to see how the leds add up, especially if you want to run stuff from a atmega pin where you are really limited

was a fun way to use/see if i could do 0402 only to realize the sparkfun info stated 0402 but used 0603  smiley-eek


these sure are fun to build, now am starting to make organic designs smiley
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