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Do you need an active load? Check out Re:load Pro using the PSoC 4 on Kickstarter

While perusing Kickstarter, I ran across an active load device which uses the PSoC 4.  The Re:load Pro provides a constant current load for testing your projects.  It is a second generation device by Nick Johnson of Arachnid Labs.  The Pro adds a USB interface for power and monitoring, and a backlit display for showing the voltage and current to the original Re:load device.   

 

The £65 Re:load Pro features include:

  • Dissipate 25 watts continuously, or more for short periods. Even more with the forthcoming fan kit (see below!)
  • Handle up to 6 amps or 60 volts. Works right down to 0V, too!
  • Easy to use and intuitive user-interface.
  • Current adjustable with milliamp precision over the whole range.
  • Protection against overcurrent, overvoltage, overtemperature, ESD, and reverse polarity.
  • Power supplied over USB from either a computer or a USB charger.
  • Fully isolated USB interface. Your computer is isolated from any direct interaction with dangerous voltages and currents.
  • Fully controllable over USB, with monitoring functionality. You can use your computer to program in a profile!
  • Configurable display, showing voltage, current, power, resistance, and total energy dissipated.
  • Open Source, with a USB bootloader, so you don't need expensive development tools if you want to make your own modifications. Firmware updates will be easy to install, too!

 

 

What's inside the box?

The Re:load Pro's heart is a PSoC 4 microcontroller, from Cypress. The PSoC 4 combines an ARM Cortex M0 processor with configurable digital and analog blocks, making it possible to design incredibly flexible digital and analog solutions. This is ideal for the Re:load Pro, because it both cuts down on external components, which reduces cost and improves reliability, and makes it more flexible since a greater degree of the circuit is under firmware control.

If your interested, the Kickstarter ends on May 5th so take a look soon.  As will all Kickstarter projects, there is an element of risk so do take a look at Kickstarter's Terms of Use.

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