Hey guys. I have been trying to figure this out for myself for ages, but have admitted defeat. What I plan on having is a 12v SLA (sealed lead acid) battery, but I need 5v out, to connect to a USB port to charge stuff like my phone mp3 player etc... I understand that it would probably need to be regulated, due to how SLAs discharge and what not.
So what I would like to know is if I can buy a 12v to 5v regulated switch mode power supply, or will I have to make one up? If the latter, does anyone know what IC (I assume) I would need?
Thanks a lot guys, Chris