Old and new PCBs

A project log for UltraTower

Grow vegetables with ultraponics tower

J GleyzesJ Gleyzes 09/03/2022 at 14:370 Comments


The first PCB had many problems:

As a reminder, the ESP32 code alternates the operations of the disks to allow MOSFETs cooling.

This first PCB was perfect for testing but needed to be improved.


The new PCB uses only 2 disks for redundancy, the third disk is removed as the new P5515BD MOSFETs no longer heat up and can theoretically run continuously.
The addition of the TC4424CPA MOSFET driver is necessary as the ESP32 fails to activate the MOSFETs with 3.3V. 

The use of a 330 µH coil and a 0.1µF capacitor allows to reach peaks at 77V allowing a good activation of the disks. The capacitor is a CBB 104J 400V 0.1µF, it is far too oversized and will have to be changed on future versions of the PCB.

The PCB is a single layer one for development, I'll do a double layers version when the circuit will be fully tested on a long term basis. I'll start  these tests with the new tower on Monday.

The gerber files can be found here : gerber_PCB_V2

Here is a video of the 2 misters new PCB in operation: