Guitar Amp builder notes — AF power amplifier dummy load

Vasily Ivanenko has written an article detailing his AF dummy load project: I’ll describe a simple 8, or 4 Ω dummy load to test your home brew guitar power amplifiers. Low cost 16 Ω / 25W wire wound, aluminum shell, chassis mount resistors seem abundant.  I got mine on eBay.  Wire wound resistors vary in quality, design […]

Adjustable constant current source

Dilshan Jayakody has published a new build: The current source introduced in this article is capable to handle current up to 6A with maximum input voltage of 50V. This is an operational amplifier based adjustable current source and it uses LM358 in a general voltage follower configuration. To handle large currents we use four 0.1Ω […]

A 400W (1kW Peak) 100A electronic load using linear MOSFETs

Kerry Wong built a 400W/100A electronic load using linear MOSFETs:  I bought a couple of IXYS linear MOSFETs (IXTK90N25L2) a while ago to test their capabilities when used as electronic load, and the result was quite impressive. So I decided to build another electronic load using both MOSFETs. As you can see in the video towards […]

re:load a cheap 0-3A general purpose dummy load

Nick designed re:load, a cheap 0-30A general purpose dummy load and posted it in the forum a few months ago. It’s got over-current, over-voltage, and over-temperature protection. While the circuit is similar to many other DIY dummy loads out there, the key to Nick’s safer solution is the usage of the BTS117 smart low side […]

A simple, flexible adjustable dummy load

Nickjohnson posted his flexible dummy load project in the project log forum: I’ve been testing Loki’s power supply lately, and hurting for the lack of a good dummy load. There are plenty of flexible dummy load projects out there, but they’re largely over-engineered and on the expensive side. I decided to put together a really simple […]

Computer controlled power supply update

The computer controlled power supply being developed in the forum is progressing nicely. We got a big boost when Fenugrec posted a few circuit simulations based on a common commercial power supply typology. The simulated circuit is now available as an Eagle Schematic. We also transcribed the “Dave sink” constant current load from DaveCAD to […]