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El Escudo Dos - EL Wire Sequencer Shield

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The EL Escudo Dos makes interfacing with EL Wire simple, offering an Arduino-compatible interface for easy buy effective EL Wire control via MCU.

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As Makers, tinkerers and enthusiasts of Electronics, you will have surely heard of EL Wire by now, and the awesome applications that such low-power, highly portable lighting can offer. This is why we’re really excited to bring our new selection of EL Wire and EL Accessories to our catalogue, as they are somewhat similar to LED’s, but are arguably even easier to use, more portable than ever before, and visually stunning when placed in the right environments. However, one problem that we always come across when playing with EL Wire is that most inverters, such as our AA Battery Pocket Inverter, can only handle one or a few short strands of EL Wire, but fortunately, this EL Escudo Dos is a really helpful EL Wire Sequencer for Arduino that is designed specifically to remedy that problem, and allow you to control more than just a single strip with a simple Microcontroller like an Arduino.

The EL Escudo Dos EL Sequencer is an Arduino Shield at heart, but can be used alongside a range of other microcontroller too. It features the classic Arduino Shield pinout, so that you can plug it directly onto the top of a full-sized Arduino board once you’ve soldered some headers on, and offers both an input and output for an external inverter unit, as well as eight AC outputs for EL Wire Strips, Tapes and Panels – all controllable with the pins via the connected MCU. This allows you to control your EL Wire goodies like you would control LED’s and other components, opening up fantastic opportunities for creating EL Wire displays and other exciting multi-strand EL Wire projects.

As a final note, although the EL Escudo Dos is a fantastic board that opens up awesome opportunities for more complex and layered EL Wire projects, it unfortunately requires JST PH2.0 connectors, which are different from the JST XH2.0 connectors that are features on all of our other EL Wire products. As such, we recommend either getting some JST PH2.0 Connectors (Female), or simply soldering the connections directly onto the board. Just be careful if you choose the soldering option though, as this board does utilise AC voltage for the EL Wire connections, so be sure to use proper safety precautions and utilise a multimeter to test continuity between your connections, so that you can ensure there are no shorts or unexpected disasters waiting to happen.

Please Note: The EL Escudo Dos Sequencer Shield does not come with Header Pins installed, and these will have to purchased separately if you want to use this board as an Arduino Shield. Alternatively, you can simply solder your own connections to connect the boards, which is potentially a better option if you are using any other Microcontrollers aside from Full-Sized Arduino Boards.

 

EL Escudo Dos - EL Wire Sequencer  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Operating Voltage

– 3.3V to 12V DC || 20V to 220V AC                                

  • Voltage Input

– 3.3V to 12V DC

  • Output Voltage (AC)

– 20V to 220V AC

  • Output Voltage (DC to Inverter)

– 3.3V DC (Adjustable via LM317)

  • Onboard Regulator

– LM317 1.5A Linear Regulator (Preset to 3.3V)

  • Switch/Control Technique

– MO3063S TRIACs for DC Logic

– Z0103MN TRIACs for AC Current

  • DC to Inverter Connector

– 1 x JST PH2.0 (Male)

  • Inverter to AC Connector

– 1 x JST PH2.0 (Male)

  • AC to EL Wire Connectors

– 8 x JST PH2.0 (Male)

  • Maximum Strip Drive Length (3V)

– ±3 Meters (3V Inverter Required)

  • Maximum Strip Drive Length (12V)

– ±12 Meters (12V Inverter Required)

  • Weight

– ±45g

  • Dimensions

– 72 x 66mm

 

Additional Resources:

  • If you’re eager to see precisely how beautiful and impressive EL Wire projects can be, this EL Wire Pinterest Page is a great place to start getting some ideas and inspiration from.
  • If you’re brand new to EL Wire and the awesome possibilities that it opens up, this extremely helpful Adafruit EL Wire Overview & Guide is ideal for learning all about the in’s and out’s of connecting and powering EL Wire products.
  • If you’re looking for even more information about EL Wire and the various accessories, this is another really handy EL Wire Getting Started Guide from SparkFun, which offers general help and details on accessories like the EL Escudo Dos controller board.
  • In addition to the link above, this is the SparkFun EL Escudo Dos Hookup Guide, which offers insights into how you should connect up your new board and EL Wires, as well as more in-depth details about the different components featured on the board.
  • Once you’ve gotten the hang of using EL Wire and the cool accessories that complement it, be sure to take a look at this SparkFun Guide to Creating EL Displays, which uses the EL Escudo Dos controller to sequence EL Wire in fun, eye-catching ways.
  • Finally, if you’re eager to see precisely what’s possible with EL Wire, take a quick browse through this ELWireCraft EL Gadgets Page, which shows great examples of professionally-crafted masks, outfits, accessories and signs that can all be made with cool EL Wire goodies.

 

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