Linear Solenoid 60V from 8V Circuit

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  1. MontyPylon

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    I have a linear solenoid that I want to push 60V through for a very small amount of time, but my voltage source is a 2S LiPo (7.4V). Is there a way I can charge up some capacitors and then use an N-channel MOSFET to switch the solenoid on for a second? I want to use the linear solenoid to kick a golf ball on a soccer robot that I am building. Any help would be appreciated! I am fairly new to circuitry and electronics.

    Thank you!
     
  2. mcgyvr

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  3. ronv

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    You can use a boost regulator, but it is often difficult to find one that outputs 60 volts.
    But in any case more info is needed about your actuator like voltage, current, etc.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-35V-to-2-...672740?hash=item3aa4019ea4:g:Ic4AAOSwv0tU8WBm
     
  4. Sensacell

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    Also need to know how often you need to fire this thing.

    A simple flyback boost converter could work, but it's not going to charge up instantly.
     
  5. MontyPylon

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    That's fine if it doesn't charge up instantly. Can I use a flyback boost converter to charge up some capacitors and then release the charge from there? If so what capacitance values would I use? And thank you for responding!
     
  6. MontyPylon

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    Awesome, thank you! I bought it yesterday. Can I directly hook this up to my linear solenoid or should I store the charge in a capacitor?
     
  7. Alec_t

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    How much current your solenoid draws and for how long will determine how the boost converter can be used.
     
  8. MontyPylon

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    Oh cool. Thanks!
     
  9. tcmtech

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    At what power level does your solenoid core go into magnetic saturation?

    Thats the voltage/power level you want to hit it with being anything over that is of drastically diminishing returns.
     
  10. MontyPylon

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    How would I find this value?
     
  11. ronv

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    The voltage and current rating of your solenoid would go a long way towards answering it.
     
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