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    Lightbulb Where to get started learning the technical mumbo jumbo?

    So... I'm interested in power supplies. I know all the OEM's for the various units, what's good and what's bad, I read every review that you and other sites put out etc. I want to take it further though, currently I rely on information that other people have published and I don't like that.

    In the future I'd like to be able to look at any power supply, and know exactly what is going on and why each component is used so really it's the EE side of things I'm looking for.

    So where do I start? Any recommended pages for learning about the various topologies, free entry-level EE textbooks etc?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Start with learning how most basic electronic components work. Resistor, cap, inductor for the very most basic part, then move on to semiconductor parts - simple diode, bridge rectifier, BJT/FET. Learn what PWM and FM mean. Once you get that, you can move on to topologies. There are many papers regarding each topology, a quick nice roundup is here:

    http://www.ti.com/lit/sg/sluw001e/sluw001e.pdf

    Some more modern ones will require specific reading, like LLC resonant ones:

    http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/slup263/slup263.pdf

    Also read up on secondary side, mag-amp post regulators and VRMs in particular (latter are mostly buck converters though, so once you get above link, you have that mostly covered too). For mag-amps:

    http://ntur.lib.ntu.edu.tw/bitstream...1/00954042.pdf

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    The Art of Electronics is a good place to start.
    http://iate.oac.uncor.edu/~manuel/li...20&%20Hill.pdf

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    Thanks! You guys are awesome.

    I better get reading, there's a chance it will all just go way over my head but I'll give it a go.

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    Keep in mind, there is no legal, complete version of The Art of Electronics online to my knowledge. But Amazon plus that link, plus maybe a couple others, should give you 90% of it. Or you could buy the physical book, new for about $90, or used for about $50. It's one of the standard EE texts, and while it doesn't cover SMPS in great detail, it does give a very thorough grounding in electronics in general.

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    Switching Power Supplies A-Z

    It definitely worth its money!

    Also for general electronics (where you have to have a solid background in order to follow a book like the above) buy a For Dummies Relevant book. They are really good (don't let the dummies word fool you).

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    Hi,

    My recommendation is Gary Bocock's The Essential Guide to Power Supplies. You may also check the Library Genesis (LibGen) -go to http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ and type power supplies or electronics. You will definitely find a lot there.


    LTspice demo circuits simulation and schematic projects are designed to learn the basics of power supplies and not only. Using the tools and features, you may also buy research paper or preview the case studies with the Electronics Case Studies and Federal Green Challenge.

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    Horowitz and Hill is a tough place to start

    Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition - Paul Scherz, Simon Monk

    is a lot cheaper, and the 3rd edition is just fine, which brings the price down further.

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