I ordered some parts to get a fan to work based on cloud-driven GPIO.
As the fan is rated at 3V, I had plans to connect it directly to the Grove connector and turn it on and off that way.
Unfortunately, although I successfully tested the fan at 3V, the Grove connector is not sending enough power to the fan. I can't figure out what the output current is of the Grove connector. If anyone knows, feed me knowledge.
I'm now looking for advice on building a circuit to use the 3.3V from the Grove connector as a trigger. I vaguely remember using transistors in my youth. I'm looking at this transistor
Would this be suitable?
My plan is to connect the transistor to a 5v input source (it's in spec for the fan) and then use the 3V from the Grove connector to trigger the 5v output on and off.
My other option is this:
I'm thinking of connecting the 3.3v from the Grove connector to Pin 1 and the positive from my 5V power supply to pin 3, then connect the positive of the fan to pin 2. After that, I'm planning to ground the fan to the ground of the 5V power supply.
Advice? Cost is not a factor as this is a one-off project. I'd rather pay more and have it be more convenient. I found this voltage calculator for the voltage regulator above.
This one looks simpler.
I'm still trying to figure out if I need a diode in the circuit. I'm expecting that the voltage regulator will handle that. I hope.
I found that there is a kit and ordered it. However, as it takes 5-11 days to receive it, I may go to Fry's Electronics this weekend and look for discrete parts to move the project forward faster.
I'm also looking at this kit.
As Seeed makes the Renesas S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit, there might by a way to work with Seeed and test these components for the S5D9.
Note that our friends at Medium One are working on demo code to control the PWM signal from the PMOD and also utilize the 5v from the individual pins. The current cloud-driven GPIO uses only 3.3v.