Jargon Buster

As with any industry, electronics has a language of its own. Here are some definitions for some of the most common terminology you may come across on our site.

3D Printer – 3D printer is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a computer model on a digital file

AC – Alternating current

Circuit – A complete and closed path of electrical elements including capacitors, resistors, inductors, transmission lines, switches and power source, around which a electric current can flow and circulate

Circuit breaker – A protective device that automatically protects an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit

Contactor – An electrically controlled switch used for switching a power circuit

DC – Direct current

DC load – The current flow resulting from resistive elements of the load on an output

Desoldering – The removal of solder or components from a circuit board, allowing you to rectify any mistakes or carry out repairs

DIN – Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V (German Institute for Standardization) The standards establish uniform engineering or technical specifications, criteria, methods, processes, or practices to ensure compatibility among the various manufacturers in the industry

DMM – Digital multimeter

Flux A pasty, oily substance that helps to clean the metallic surfaces being soldered

LCD – Liquid crystal display

Oscilloscope A laboratory instrument commonly used to display and analyse the waveform of electronic signals

Solder station – Soldering stations offer digital temperature readouts, adjustable soldering iron temperature, and a number of other features

Transistor – A transistor regulates current or voltage flow and acts as a switch or gate for electronic signals.

Variable power supply – A regulator that electricians and electrical project hobbyists use to test the capacity of voltage for any project they may have completed.

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