Low Voltage on 3.3V and 5V Pin

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Low Voltage on 3.3V and 5V Pin

Postby vik123 » 28 Mar 2018, 21:35

I recently soldered my own VESC 4.12. I was able to flash the bootloader on the microcontroller, but when I try to power the vesc or connect it via USB there is no sign of life (no usb, no blue led). The lab power supply is set to 12V and max. current of 0.3 A.

When I measure the pins of 3.3V and 5V on the vesc it shows me actually only around 1.3V (on 3.3V-Pin) and 1.8 V (on 5V-Pin). And around 1 mA from the supply.

I have no idea what is the reason. Perhaps some of you guys?


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Re: Low Voltage on 3.3V and 5V Pin

Postby arvidb » 30 Mar 2018, 15:08

If the board only draws 1 mA the problem cannot be a short of the supply. It's part of the DRV chip that converts the battery voltage to 5 V, so probably you have a problem with that part of the circuit. Check the DRV page in the schematic and inspect your board around that part - i.e. DRV pins 1-4 and 50-57. Check for shorts, wrong component values, etc. Are you sure the bottom GND + thermal relief pad of the DRV got soldered correctly?

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Re: Low Voltage on 3.3V and 5V Pin

Postby rew » 04 Apr 2018, 20:42

If DRV gnd is unsoldered, the 5V will be higher than normal.

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