This is my first time here and I am new to the world of electronics. I have a personal project involving a vacuum pump that I would like to control via an Arduino while powering it through a lifePo battery.
I did some preliminary research, but it's all so overwhelming. To be concise, I figured the LM2576 would be a good fit for providing regulated power to a 12V vacuum pump, from a 14V lifePo battery pack. However, the LM2576 has pins for 'on/off functionality and "feedback".
So, my question is how do I use this in conjunction with an Arduino Micro to provide power to the pump, control the start and stop time of the pump, and record how long the pump has been in operation. I know the feedback on the LM2576 is supposed to do something, but it seems it would be unnecessary to use it when I have an Arduino MCU.
Please I need some guidance on how to better conceptualize and use both components effectively. Thank you.