6Amp DC SSR for high power combat torch?

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by brumac57, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. brumac57

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    Hi all,
    I'm building a prototype of a remote control for a high power torch (like the Surefire series). It controls the torch via a modified tailcap that merely makes or breaks the battery circuit.

    These things use A123 Lithium batteries and run from 6 to 12v up to 6 Amps in the bigger sizes.

    I'm using an AVR and PWM to dim, strobe etc. The AVR is driving a CRYDOM CMX60D5 SSR (5V on the control side).

    It works really well, the SSR draws little power ~1ma when on, BUT, it costs over $90 Australian and is a bit bulky.

    The remote is self powered by 1 AA and a 5v step up.

    I have searched for circuits (I'm no designer!) but most focus on AC or already contain PWM stuff. I'm (as usual) trying to keep the cost and parts to a minimum.

    1) Can anyone point me to a suitable design?

    2) Given that its low voltage DC would I really need opto-isolation?

    3) Is there anyway I could "steal" power from the torch to keep the SSR on (thus reducing the power drain on the remote further)?

    You folks are great!
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. thingmaker3

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    Remote controlled high power "combat" torch?

    Please explain.
     
  3. brumac57

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    Oops, I put the word combat in there because those torches ( Surefires ) are generally used by the military and I thought it would be an attention getter!

    I'm using it on a HPV (human powered vehicle)

    You (or I ) can change it if you want?

    Cheers
    Bruce
     
  4. thingmaker3

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    An HPV? My nightmare has now gone from an out-of-control fire-breathing battle-bot to a Thunderdome-esque jouster with flame tipped lance.

    I hope your actual application is a safe one. We like to minimize our liability here at AAC.
     
  5. brumac57

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    :)
    It's basically a glorified bicycle (or will be!)

    Still, now you've got me thinking about a microwave pulse beam for errant motorists!

    Could a dynamo generate enough power for a burn beam?

    Just joking!
     
  6. thingmaker3

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  7. brumac57

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    It produces photons not flames...

    G'day mate from down under
     
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