Elenco XP-720K (banned benchtop power supply recommendation)

by c0nsumer on Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:16 am

If any of you are looking for a banned benchtop power supply for use when making your x0xb0x (or other electronics projects), you might want to check out the Elenco XP-720K. I found it from a place called KITS USA for $44.95, with reasonably priced and very prompt shipping.

I made a slightly in depth review of it over here in LiveJournal, or if you just want to skip ahead to photos of the power supply during various points while I was assembling it, take a look at my Elenco XP-720K photo gallery.

In short, it's trivial to build, was banned, and seems to work as designed. In some brief testing I was also able to hit 2.000VDC exactly (if that DMM is to be trusted), although it could use some fine tuning controls added later on.
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by stevenclements on Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:35 pm

Hey that's looks pretty nice!
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Re: power supply kit

by c0nsumer on Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:59 pm

stevenclements wrote:Hey that's looks pretty nice!


It is, actually. The only change I'm making is replacing the pots with Bourns precision 10-turn wire-wound pots (P/N 652-3540S-1-202) from Mouser. They were $13/each which adds almost 50% to the cost of the supply, but it should allow for much finer control over the voltage. Oh, I also had to get some .25" set screw type knobs for it too, because the original pots have grooved shafts.

Oh, and I'm going to heatshrink the leads on the ICs. Check the photos for why.

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Re: power supply kit

by stevenclements on Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:33 am

c0nsumer wrote:
stevenclements wrote:Hey that's looks pretty nice!


It is, actually. The only change I'm making is replacing the pots with Bourns precision 10-turn wire-wound pots (P/N 652-3540S-1-202) from Mouser. They were $13/each which adds almost 50% to the cost of the supply, but it should allow for much finer control over the voltage. Oh, I also had to get some .25" set screw type knobs for it too, because the original pots have grooved shafts.

Oh, and I'm going to heatshrink the leads on the ICs. Check the photos for why.

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Hmmm... I wonder if I would need the AC side of this. Probably only need a good varible DC power supply for 99% of the projects we come up against eh?

I mean do you find the variable AC ( Output AC: 1) 6.3VAC @ 1Amp, 2) 12.6VAC @ 1Amp Input: 110VAC ) useful?

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Re: power supply kit

by c0nsumer on Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:25 am

stevenclements wrote:Hmmm... I wonder if I would need the AC side of this. Probably only need a good varible DC power supply for 99% of the projects we come up against eh?

I mean do you find the variable AC ( Output AC: 1) 6.3VAC @ 1Amp, 2) 12.6VAC @ 1Amp Input: 110VAC ) useful?

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Actually, the AC isn't variable, and I haven't yet found a use for it. But then again, I've only had the meter for a week. I really only think that the DC side of things will get used a lot, but the AC is just a few extra lines off the transformer, I can see why they were included. Sort of a "why not"?

A dual output for US$45 isn't too bad, I don't think...

On Monday or Tuesday I'll be getting the new pots, so at that point I'll 'fix up' the meter. I'll probably have another few photos of it posted then...

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HY-1802D

by stevenclements on Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:57 pm

Hey Steve... what do you think of this power supply? Would this be a good one? It's all ready built :)

http://www.kitsusa.net/phpstore/html/HY-1802D-MASTECH-DIGITAL-POWER-SUPPLY-0-18VDC0-2A.html


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Re: HY-1802D

by c0nsumer on Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:32 pm

stevenclements wrote:Hey Steve... what do you think of this power supply? Would this be a good one? It's all ready built :)

http://www.kitsusa.net/phpstore/html/HY-1802D-MASTECH-DIGITAL-POWER-SUPPLY-0-18VDC0-2A.html


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I think it would probably be worth it, but to be honest, your DMM is probably going to be more accurate than those panel meters.

Personally, I'd still go with the kit, and get a pair of stackable banana plug leads and just run your DMM in parallel with the PS. Then you get the greater (albeit non-adjustable) amperage, AC out (if you need it), and the fun of building it. But that's just me. :)

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Re: HY-1802D

by stevenclements on Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:52 pm

c0nsumer wrote:<SNIP>
I think it would probably be worth it, but to be honest, your DMM is probably going to be more accurate than those panel meters.

Personally, I'd still go with the kit, and get a pair of stackable banana plug leads and just run your DMM in parallel with the PS. Then you get the greater (albeit non-adjustable) amperage, AC out (if you need it), and the fun of building it. But that's just me. :)

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I just ordered it... quicker then building it and I've got issues with time ;)
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by c0nsumer on Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:04 am

stevenclements wrote:I just ordered it... quicker then building it and I've got issues with time ;)


Heh, that's cool... Let me know how it is. For what it's worth, with the 10-turn pots I was only able to hit 2.000VDC and 3.001VDC (per my meter) for tuning the offset in the x0xb0x. Sort of frustrated me... I'm likely going to drop in two small (maybe 20 Ohm) pots as 'fine tune' adjustments after I place my next Mouser / Digikey order.

Oh, and don't trust those panel meters... For tuning the offset, set the PS off your DMM, or at least confirm that they are accurate first.

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Re: power supply kit

by alk509 on Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:19 am

c0nsumer wrote:Actually, the AC isn't variable, and I haven't yet found a use for it.


Tube heaters, of course!

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Re: Elenco XP-720K (banned benchtop power supply recommendation)

by fluxor on Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:41 pm

I have not yet built this supply. But I did stumble upon this page

http://www.io.com/~n5fc/xp720.htm

It has a nice panel meter mod. I also stumbled upon c0nsumer's photo album of the construction and modification of his unit.
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Re: Elenco XP-720K (banned benchtop power supply recommendation)

by SmallWalrus on Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:24 pm

Hey guys, I am thinking of getting this kit, however I live in a region where we use 220V mains voltage.

Does the transformer have any windings to make provision for 220V? For instance, some transformers have both 110V and 220V connectors on it's primary. I also noticed that quite a lot of things seem to be coming off the secondary, what connections are those for?

Perhaps I can swop out the transformer entirely if it is only for 110V, but I am not sure if I will be able to find a replacement!
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Re: Elenco XP-720K (banned benchtop power supply recommendation)

by ericbnyc on Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:50 pm

I assembled one of these, and I recently did the Bourns pots upgrades others above have mentioned. I'm really pleased with the device as a whole, it's solid, does what it's supposed to and I take pleasure in knowing I built it myself.
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