These are incredibly useful tutorials created by Erv of Plecterlabs fame. Erv has been pushing these really hard lately as it seems most people are relying on datasheets for Vf. So, if you're not sure how to use a power supply or why getting the correct Vf is important, give these a look. They're definitely worth a watch. ,
Post by Darth Chasm on May 6, 2017 15:55:29 GMT -5
I think he has been pushing it because a lot of misinformation has been floating around. Especially on Facebook. Kind of like the blind leading the blind.
I don't think I've run into one led yet that has matched the data sheet exactly. Sometimes that difference is negligible, but other times it's been pretty significant.
I can understand the hesitation to purchase one if you are only doing one saber. But who really only builds one? If you're going to build more than one a bench power supply is just as, or even more important than a soldering station.
This was one of the first saber tutorials I watched and a bench power supply was one of the first pieces of equipment I bought. I use it for everything from testing to etching to plating to anodizing.
It was weird how many times he brought it up when he was announcing the new tech. I guess now I know why. I thought a PSU was a given but I guess there are ways to get by without one. I used to see posts all the time asking about the minimal tools required to build a saber. Now that I think of it, a PSU was never on the list. I don't think a multimeter was, either.
If anybody has questions about this stuff feel free to ask. We've got a lot of people on here willing to help you get it right the first time. This is all basic stuff so it's not like you're asking for trade secrets. You can avoid a lot of headaches if you do.
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