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    Default New bFlex arrives

    Ok - so I received a large batch of (the new) bFlex drivers this morning from my assembly house and I'll be able to take orders & ship within a couple of days.

    I need to program/test them first.

    I'll post pictures and specs/details (some surprises...) later today when I can take some decent shots with a real camera (versus crummy cell phone pics).

    You guys will have to wait till then

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    Yay! Thanks George!

    Quote Originally Posted by georges80 View Post
    I'll post pictures and specs/details (some surprises...) later today when I can take some decent shots with a real camera (versus crummy cell phone pics).

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    Default Re: New bFlex arrives

    Surprises? Oooh, I'm actually pretty excited! I will probably be ordering one of these, can't wait!

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    Default Re: New bFlex arrives

    Well, some teaser shots - more info soon

    Top/Bot pics and one of many panels...







    Ooh - pretty off white boards

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    Default Re: New bFlex arrives

    Ok, so the 'minor' changes/improvements that come with bFlex V2 are:

    1) 56 ohm resistor for the STAT LED is now onboard. The STAT+ and STAT- are spaced so that a 5mm LED can be dropped straight in.

    2) Reverse polarity is now FET based, so it only 'costs' <0.05V in voltage drop.

    3) Due to the FET based polarity protection, Max input voltage is now reduced to 20V. If you need higher input voltage, choose the nFlex driver.

    4) Onboard 10K pullup for SWA input, allows for longer wiring to an external switch without risk of intermittent operation. Never reported as a problem - but hey, might as well beef up the design when possible.

    5) coming soon

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    Default Re: New bFlex arrives

    Ok - lots of new boards are programmed & tested and read to ship.

    A whole bunch are shipping out tomorrow and I've got plenty in stock for folk that have been waiting.

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    Onboard 10K pullup for SWA input, allows for longer wiring to an external switch without risk of intermittent operation. Never reported as a problem - but hey, might as well beef up the design when possible.
    I'd like to take this opportunity to report this as a problem for me. I've been riding around with my new DIY bike light system for a little over a week, and several times I've noticed the light turning on by itself. At first it was a mystery, but then I figured out why it was doing it.

    I was playing with my Schmidt SON dynohub, and every time I made or broke a connection to it while the wheel was spinning, my light turned itself on. The light system is battery-powered and totally separate from the dynohub for now; I plan to use the dynohub to charge the batteries later. I have the batteries (12 AA NiMH) and the bFlex in a water bottle mounted on the underside of the downtube, just above the bottom bracket. All connections are securely soldered and insulated. The lights are mounted on the top of the front rack, and the switch is on the handlebars. Right now it's just the switch that came with the bFlex, connected by 5-6 feet of 24 guage stranded speaker-type wire.

    I also notice the light turning on by itself if I touch any metal part of the bike and there's a bit of a static electric spark. It doesn't take much; sometimes it's small enough I don't notice it. I've also done some little tests with making small sparks from a battery; this usually turns the light on if I'm within a foot or 2 of the bike.

    So, this is RF noise (energy) being picked up by my big antenna of a switch wire, and the bFlex interpreting it as a click, right? I don't have superlock enabled (though I probably will want it) and I have noticed sometimes the sparks making the light change modes (again acting as a click) when it's already on. So far it hasn't happened while I'm riding, and only twice has it turned on while the bike was parked and I was away for awhile, once for several hours and it drained my battery.

    How do I fix this? A shorter switch wire isn't an option; should I use a little capacitor across the switch terminals at the bFlex? What's the 10k pullup you have on the V2? A resistor?

    You may want to do some experimenting to see if you can make a bFlex pick up RF noise from sparks with a long switch wire. It shouldn't be hard. Let me know!

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexlockhart View Post
    I'd like to take this opportunity to report this as a problem for me. I've been riding around with my new DIY bike light system for a little over a week, and several times I've noticed the light turning on by itself. At first it was a mystery, but then I figured out why it was doing it.
    ...

    How do I fix this? A shorter switch wire isn't an option; should I use a little capacitor across the switch terminals at the bFlex? What's the 10k pullup you have on the V2? A resistor?

    Alex
    That's one good reason that V2 has a 10K pullup resistor on the switch rather than relying on the internal pullup in the uController. bFlex was originally designed to utilize the onboard switch, but more folk are using longer and longer wires to connect to external switches.

    You can retrofit your own pullup resistor to the PRE-V2 bFlex drivers as below. You wire a 10k resistor so that one end is connected to SWA and the other end is wired to 3.3V. If that still isn't enough then wiring a capacitor in parallel with the 10k resistor would help even more - maybe something in the 0.01uF range.

    See hookup below:



    You can see R12 in the bFlex_V2 pictures in the earlier post - that's the new 10k pullup resistor on the new V2 hardware.

    cheers,
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