Archive for August 27th, 2019

CNC 3018-Pro: CAMTool V3.3 USB Power Diode

The CAMTool V3.3 board dispenses with fancy USB power switching circuitry:

CAMTOOL CNC-V3.3 schematic - USB Power Entry
CAMTOOL CNC-V3.3 schematic – USB Power Entry

The NUP2201 is an ESD clamp diode / suppressor IC, which is a nice touch, but FU1, a simple 300 mA polyfuse, is the only thing standing between the USB cable and the on-board +5 V regulator. In real life, it looks like this:

CAMTool V3.3 - USB power fuse
CAMTool V3.3 – USB power fuse

It’s the little black rectangle between the USB jack and the CH340 USB-to-serial chip. The

The far end of the USB cable plugs into a Raspberry Pi, a device known for unseemly fussiness about USB power, so I unsoldered the fuse and installed a diode:

CAMTool V3.3 - USB power diode
CAMTool V3.3 – USB power diode

It’s a BAT54 Schottky diode, pointed toward the right to prevent current from the board getting to the Pi. Pin 2 (toward the bottom) isn’t connected to anything inside the package, either, so it’s all good.

I suppose if one were a stickler for detail, one could gimmick the diode in series with the fuse, but I figured that’s a solution for a problem well down on the probability list …

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