This product from Ruideng (no idea why the panel says RIDEN) , a LOVELY 60V, 6A variable power supply arrived today in kit form (their best looking product to date) and I’ve had a great afternoon putting this together with nothing more than a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.
Nov 30, 2019 update: PC software updated and no longer puts out a virus warning – check out this video from RDTech.
Everything is provided except for the mains lead – and actually there’s a little more, I had to drill one hole and apply solder to one lead because I fitted what I assume is a non-standard switched DC power source. Just what I had lying around gathering dust.
What you get is a fully programmable power supply with all manner of controls like input/output voltage and current limiting and more – which takes in up to 60v DC and provides up to 6A output depending on the capability of whatever you feed it with. I received the supply module complete with case and fan today – and now it is on my bench and working.
If you find this interesting you’ll want the English version of the PDF manual here.
I’ll let you look at the photos I took this afternoon. I have looked at power supplies in the past from this company who have their own AliExpress store, but this is the best yet.
The supply came in the most substantial packaging I’ve seen in years, I won’t show a photo of the unpacking as it has my details all over the place, but here are the bits and pieces that emerged once I was finished with the scissors. There were two boxes inside…. the actual power supply… together with ESP-12-based WIFI adaptor and fan supply…
and the case with socket, mains switch, nuts and bolts. I spent the entire afternoon putting this lot together… but I have to say it was an enjoyable experience if a little overwhelming at first – and I immediately ran out of bench space.
As you can see, the “bits and pieces” here include everything you need except for what could be a simple DC unstabilised supply – even a transformer/rectifier/smoothing arrangement – I took the easy route and used a standard 24v fixed cheap switching supply.
Thankfully my 24v supply (actually I have couple lying around from a bargain time AliExpress sale last year) has a tiny adjuster to push that output voltage up beyond 26v, leaving me with the ability to handle outputs of up to 24v, good enough for my purposes.
This is where it got a TAD more complicated, as the holes in the case sisnt quite match those of my power block – but that just meant drilling one new hole. What you see above, top left is the fan which connects to a (hiden from view) supplied board which takes in up to 60v from the supply, has it’s own temperature sensor and controls the fan, leaving it off unless it is needed. Then a normal mains input and switch, also provided with the box, then my own power unit in the middle. Over to the right is the pre-built DP6006 complete with (bottom right) the supplied WIFI adaptor.
The finished job (took maybe 2 hours max easy construction time) looks great but of course there is far more to it than that. The PDF instructions detail an Android App and PC interface if you don’t want to meddle with the front panel (the unit WILL of course run stand-alone if that’s what you want to do with it). There is space on the board for a little battery for storing information (documented in that PDF manual so I won’t go into that as I need to find out what kind of battery it is and install one. I’ll get a battery and do more on that later. For now I’m itching to try out the PC interface and the Android App, all detailed in the PDF document.
I’ve only had the most brief glance at the PC software runnin on my machine – version dated TODAY – it charges batteries with that central GREEN connector – I LIKE IT. NOT grabbed the APP up yet. How many times have I wished I had this amount of control on a USB supply.
Clearly, not yet perfect bit things have come a long way since the original smaller units I wrote about some time ago like the 5005. This boxed supply certainly looks the part. As for stability – soon.