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Load Tester Re-build

Postby c_hegge » March 30th, 2013, 9:48 pm

At this time, we are not doing any reviews on power supplies. One of the switches on our load tester failed after testing the Bliss 600W power supply. We are going to revamp the the load tester with a new custom made case and more loading capacity. If all goes according to plan, it will end up looking something like this
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby shovenose » March 30th, 2013, 9:54 pm

Cool :) Look forward to seeing it in action.
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby c_hegge » May 7th, 2013, 1:54 pm

All up and running now. Photos coming soon.
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby shovenose » May 19th, 2013, 9:30 am

This is gonna be cool!
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby c_hegge » May 28th, 2013, 9:09 pm

Here we go. The connectors still look a bit rough, but it works fine. I might fix those up once I get a better PCB for it and some proper connectors (rather than using parts scavenged from fans and old HDDs).
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The tester itself. It's quite a bit bigger and heavier than my last one, but it looks way better.
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The front. The two fans are made by NMB and Delta. Although not by any means silent, they are still far quieter than the two I used to use.
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The controls. Each of the displays is an ammeter, so I know exactly how much I am drawing from each of the 12V rails, rather than having to go based on what it should be assuming each of the resistors is exactly 5 ohms.
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby shovenose » May 31st, 2013, 7:21 am

That's really really awesome. How much did it cost you to build that? I want one :D
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby c_hegge » May 31st, 2013, 2:25 pm

Probably around $800. Getting the case made up was the real killer. I think that was around $550.
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby shovenose » June 3rd, 2013, 3:47 pm

c_hegge wrote:Probably around $800. Getting the case made up was the real killer. I think that was around $550.

Oh... you didn't do it??
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Re: Load Tester Re-build

Postby c_hegge » June 3rd, 2013, 3:57 pm

Yeah, I did. Otherwise, it would have been somewhere in the order of $250-300.
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