David @ daqq.eu pointed us to his latest power supply tear-down.
The HP 6010A is a monster of a power supply, capable of providing 1kW. There are three limits: 17A, 200V and 1kW – that means that you can source 200V, but only up to 5A. You can suck 17A, but only at up to 60V.
I got this one second hand, possibly third or eight hand. Some butchery has been done – some parts were replaced (the old ones probably blew).
All in all, the device is a big power supply, not meant for precision but rather for power. The power supply works well, though I’ve yet to test the 1kW – it’s not exactly easy to sink 1kW of heat
HP 6010A – 1kW power supply Teardown - [Link]
by Aruna Rubasinghe:
The LM317T from National Semiconductor is a popular adjustable-voltage regulator that provides output voltages of 1.25 to 37V with maximum 1.5A current. You can adjust the output voltage with a potentiometer. The circuit in Figure 1 replaces the potentiometer with an analog voltage that you can control from a PWM (pulse-width-modulation) signal. You control this signal with a microcontroller or any other digital circuit. You can use the same microcontroller to dynamically monitor the output and adjust the LM317T.
Control an LM317T with a PWM signal - [Link]
Ian Johnston wrote a new post on his blog detailing his bench power supply build:
My workshop has a couple of bench power supply’s, one is an old Farnell TOPS 3D 3-rail tracking job, and the other is a 3-rail CSI CSI3005XIII with Constant Current functions. The farnell is all analogue but has no constant current control, it has current limiting only. The CSI is good but doesn’t allow you to preset the constant current setting and thats what I want. So, rather than buy another PSU I thought i’d design and build my own, something thats directly suited for me and my projects.
Home built bench power supply - [Link]
abhishek7xavier @ instructables.com writes:
Power supply is an utmost essential tool for an electronic lab. It comes in handy for powering up various applications and circuits. However a fixed voltage, fixed current power supply is sufficient for basic needs but a variable one is good to have because different circuits and components operate at different voltages and consumes different current. When it comes to an electronic hobbyist’s lab, a good power supply is must to have. Also if the power supply boosts additional features like on board voltage and current display, it comes in handy as one can know the exact voltage at the output terminals and also the current drawn by the load. But in the electronic market, those power supplies are not economic are meant for industrial purpose . Here in this article I present an economical and cost effective yet efficient variable bench power supply that is capable of providing 1.2 to 25 Volt variable supply up to 5 Ampere through one channel while 5 Volt, 1 Ampere and 12 Volt, 1 Ampere supply through other two channels thus having one variable and two fixed supply channels.
DIY Variable DC Power Supply with Display and PC interface - [Link]
Kerry D. Wong builds a digitally controlled power supply based on ATmega328P mcu:
In my previous post, I showed my design of a dual tracking ±30V linear power supply. My goal was to use the transformer (28V+28V, center tapped) from an old Deltron W127G open-frame power supply and build a lab supply that can be digitally adjusted in both constant voltage and constant current modes. I also wanted each of the channels to be able to deliver up to 10 Amps of current so that I could fully utilize the 540VA transfomer from the W127G.
A Digitally Controlled Dual Tracking Power Supply - [Link]
Jaanus has been working on a buck-boost converter from LT3791-1:
I’m building quite high power (for me) buck-boost converter for a friend. It takes in 12-45 V and has to output regulated 24 V. Total output power has to be more than 300 W. I don’t understand switching regulators well enough to build more than 100 W regulators from 555 timer (that is basically how your computer power supply is built). Just too much phase shifting and output oscillations and whatever else to take into account. You know, the things you learn in electronics classes (which there was none in my school).
Buck-boost converter from LT3791-1 - [Link]
Saelig Company, Inc. (www.saelig.com) has introduced the PSB-2000 Series Flexible Power Supplies – high power density, programmable and multi-range-output DC power supplies offering flexible high voltage-low current/low voltage-high current output characteristics. V/I combinations for a very wide range of applications at up to 800W are covered by six models, including one power booster. The PSB-2000 Series offers an output voltage of 0 to 80V and 0 to 800V, with an output power of 400W or 800W. Series/parallel connections can be applied to PSB-2000 supplies for higher power outputs.
The stylish PSB-2000 Series provides three sets of preset function keys to memorize regularly used settings of voltage, current and power for rapid recall. A serial-controlled Sequence Function, using an RS232C, USB or optional GPIB interface, can produce output power defined by a sequence of set voltage and current steps provided by an attached PC. This capability is valuable for creating standard test procedures for verifying devices under test by quickly changing operating conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a DC-DC step-up converter based on LM2585-ADJ regulator manufactured by Texas Instruments. This IC was choosen for it’s simplicity of use, requiring minimal external components and for it’s ability to control the output voltage by defining the feedback resistors (R1,R2). NPN switching/power transistor is intergrated inside the regulator and is able to withstand 3A maximum current and 65V maximum voltage. Switching frequency is defined by internal oscillator and it’s fixed at 100KHz.
LM2585 12V to 24V @ 1A Step-up switching regulator - [Link]
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This application note describes how to recycle lithium-ion (Li+) batteries from older devices for use in other electronic devices, such as toys. This can all be done without the need for a microcontroller (or the required software). One challenge is that the battery charger in these older devices cannot usually be reused. The designer needs to create their own charger circuit, which this application note explains how to do in detail.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Made Easy - [Link]