Among the notes of the first version of the circuit I mentioned that still I am using two different power sources. I use a 5V/2A for the RPi3 and another 5V/5A for the solenoid circuit. Unfortunately the circuit consumes all the 5A. So if I connected the whole project to the 5V/5A source, the RPi would not have enough stable power. :(
One solenoid needs 0.6A. So the step-up power converter needs to produce 0.6A (and 20V). For this efficiency the step-up converter consumes full 4.8A from the 5V/5A power adapter. Oh, and the step-up converter overheats fast, even though a solenoid works only for 0.1 sec / hit, so the consumption comes in strikes. (But what if I want to strike different rods in the same time?)
I see two possible solutions with my very limited knowledge:
- Should I change to capacitor from 1000 µF to something really big? With that I could buffer short notifications, but not longer ones. (1000 µF is enough for one strike.)
- Or should I change the main 5V adapters? I could use a 18V or 20V AC DC adapter. So the step-up power converter could work much less (or it could be eliminated). Then the RPi would be powered through a simple LM7805 voltage regulator. Would this be safe enough for the RPi?
Can you help me to find a solution, please.