A stabilizer is a tool used to help maintain equipment integrity. It may be made electronically or mechanically. Its purpose is to put unstable devices into equilibrium.
Stabilizers are used in different types of applications. They can also be used in the field of medicine, like drugs that stabilize a person's blood pressure. Stabilizers also have a practical use in the field of chemistry, as a chemical compound that prevents the sudden change of state of another substance. Aviation also uses stabilizers to maintain control of an aircraft. These are the vertical stabilizers and tailplanes. They are also used in watercrafts as a hydrofoil. There are also canoe stabilizers for additional safety and stability. Archaeologists also use stabilizers for their GPR systems. The soil also contains a natural stabilizer. These are often used on crushed stones and decomposed granite. Digital video equipment also use a special stabilizing system. Examples of these are the Glidecam 2000 and Glidecam 2000 Pro. Glidecam 2000 is a high-quality handheld camera with stabilizing braces. The braces' purpose is to provide a smooth and balanced image.
One of the most commonly used stabilizers is the voltage stabilizer. A voltage stabilizer is a device used to regulate the voltage output of equipment that has relatively changing input voltage. Its function is to ensure that the output voltage load will not exceed the limits of the transistor to avoid overload. It works with the use of a power source and different types of regulating transistors. A good example of a voltage stabilizer is a car voltage stabilizer.
A car voltage stabilizer acts as a filter and alternative voltage storage. Though all vehicles have a built-in voltage stabilizer, it is not sufficient to respond to all voltage fluctuations. The use of an additional car voltage stabilizer is critical - especially if you have installed new equipment in the car, like a new audio system. This will add up to the voltage load of the car's electronic system unit. The additional car voltage stabilizer will absorb most of the passing current, thus eliminating any interference. It also contributes to a quieter engine and a better throttle response.
There are several car voltage stabilizers available on the market. But if you are on a budget, here are the steps to make your own car voltage stabilizer.
- Prepare the diagram and all the parts and tools needed to make the car voltage stabilizer. Most DIY shops have kits on making car stabilizers. You can check out any local DIY stores or even browse the Internet. If you plan on buying individual parts, you will need wires, ring terminals, an enclosure (plastic is more advisable), 16V capacitors (electrolytic and ceramic), fuse, fuse holder and a PCB board.
- Connect the wire with the ring terminal. Make two holes on the enclosure. Solder the capacitors on the PCB board in a parallel arrangement. Take note of the polarity of each capacitor according to the schematic diagram.
- Once all the capacitors are soldered to the PCB, connect the fuse holder. Close the device using the enclosure.
For installation, just connect the device to the battery terminal. You can use a tape to firmly attach the stabilizer to your vehicle.
Making your own car voltage stabilizer may not be as hard as it seems. Aside from the money you will be saving, it is also a very rewarding experience.