App note from IXYS talking about MOSFET operating in linear region in application like electronic load. Link here (PDF) Power MOSFETs are most often used in switchedmode applications where they function as on-off switches. But in applications like electronic loads, linear regulators or Class A amplifiers, power MOSFETs must operate in their linear region. In […]
Jakub designed and built a programmable electronic load for Arduino, the MightyWatt R3: MightyWatt R3 is a programmable electronic load. That means you can use it for testing batteries, power supplies, fuel cells, solar cells and other sources of electrical power. You can also make a programmable power supply from a fixed-voltage power supply and MightyWatt […]
Bob writes: What does one do when designing a power supply? Well, build a power supply tester, of course. One of the simplest things to build is a constant current load. This will allow for testing of the endurance of the power supply, as most of the designs out there are using slow components. However, […]
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 […]
A DIY dynamic electronic load by Jay_Diddy_B over at EEVblog Forum: The dynamic load steps the load current so that the transient response of the power supply being tested can be observed. Features: 0-5A maximum continuous current 0-5A pulsed current at 330Hz Via Hacked Gadgets.
Juan of ssihla build this DIY electronic load. He writes: The design is based on some of the various diy electronics loads out there (like the one from Dave Jones). The mosfet is a P45N03LT , most likely I took it from some of the PC power supply I’ve “recycled”. I’m using two 25k potentiometers, one for […]
Here’s an old but still good app note from Unitrode (Texas Instruments) on Adjustable Electronics Load. Testing power supply regulation over a specified output current range is greatly simplified with the use of an adjustable electronic load. Load current can be varied from zero to the full rated value with the twist of a panel […]
Kerry Wong built a DIY constant current/constant power electronic load. It can sink more than 200W of power: A while back I built a simple constant current electronic load using an aluminum HDD cooler case as the heatsink. While it was sufficient for a few amps’ load under low voltages, it could not handle load much higher than a […]
Here’s a project log covering the build of an adjustable constant current load. It’s capable of sinking up to 7A, and can withstand input voltages up to 60V. The log covers the design, perfboard assembly, and case assembly. An adjustable power load is a piece of test equipment that often comes handy in the development […]
Need to test your power supply with a 20A capable electronic load? Gelbanana is designing just such a device. It’s an electronic load designed to spread the heat dissipation through 4 transistors each taking 5 Amps. So far he is testing the cooling system which consists of two massive aluminum heat sinks. Via the forum.