By Collin Cunningham
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Never solder solo again - Circuit Sidekick has got your back!
Now a Universal app with support for Retina displays!
Decipher resistor & capacitor codes in a flash, quickly calculate resistance needed for powering any LED, Convert decimal, binary, & hexadecimal numbers, search & view your entire datasheet collection - and more, all from one intuitively designed app.
Designed specifically for iOS, Circuit Sidekick is the one-stop electronics tool kit for makers, hackers, hobbyists and visually-oriented engineers. Current feature list includes:
• Resistor Color Code Converter w/ forward & backward functionality
• Resistor & Capacitor Series/Paralell wiring calculators with schematic views
• Capacitor Code Calculator with integrated capacitance value Conversion
• Decimal/Hexadecimal/Binary Number Converter (+ standard ASCII codes)
• Integrated PDF Viewer with search & storage for IC datasheets.
• The touch-based Ohm's Law Triangle! V=I*R, in classy wood finish
• Choice of light or dark interface design and more
Additional features & enhancements coming soon!
What's New in Version 1.6
• Compatible with iOS 6
• Optimized for iPhone 5
• Improved input value saving
• Revised UI elements on iPhone & iPod touch
• Memory optimizations
Please note - this update requires iOS 4.3 or later!
Best available tool for an electronics hobbiest
Worth the price. It provides all it promises with a clear user interface and easy to use tools and explanations.
However I would really like it if it were possible to:
-Download data sheets from the iOS Safari App directly rather than through iTunes
-Save component profiles for easy recalculation and reference
I had the resistor color codes memorized before I was 12, so while it would be useful to a beginner, I don't need it. 56 years later, including a 25-year hiatus during which I did only software, and I still know it.
Cosmetic bug: the text for capacitors in picofarads says "nf".
I didn't know anyone still used the 555/556 timers.
The parallel resistance calculator is convenient. To me, probably the most compelling feature. Doing that computation is a pain on a standard calculator. But it should also let me choose the target resistance and give me a drop down list of standard resistor values for various tolerances. I need 992 ohms, what value(s) do I pair it with to get 992 ohms? And what is the expected range if I use 5% or 10% resistors? And what about wattage? I need a 1.2K at 1 watt, do two 2.7K 1/2 watt resistors get me close enough? (The more interesting case is using 1/8 W resistors in DIP or SMT to handle off-board interfaces or handle voltage regulators)
Now that I think of it, a power-supply design app using standard 3.3v or 5v logic and various regulators would not be a bad addition. And some Moments Of Zener wouldn't hurt.
But I digress (I usually digress; deal with it). A handy app for a couple features, but I wish it had more. Or even the ability to add features, such as current and duty cycle for time-multiplexed LEDs...
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Nov 09, 2012
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 10.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Collin Cunningham
- © 2012 Collin Cunningham
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.