Even the most incredible designs need power, and usually it’s a very specific amount. I don’t think I need to describe what happens when you give something too much power. Of course, the real world is unpredictable, so it’s necessary to test out different scenarios during your prototyping phase.
The SwitchTrick is a switching power supply that offers a bunch of features for your solderless breadboard needs. The design is based off the TPS62160 and adjusts from 0.9 to 6V out at 1A. It’s also a drop-down/buck converter, so the input needs to be greater than the output.
When you’re using it, the SwitchTrick outputs a single voltage that you select via jumper. There are numerous options, including 3.0V for simulating a low lithium battery, or other options for a normal and fully charged battery.
The product page details even more use cases. To think, this entire thing happened as a result of a mistake while making a different board. As Bob Ross would say, this is one of those “happy accidents.”