Fusebox Idea - any pointers/tips/warnings?

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  1. Imdsm

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    Hi all,

    Going to be making a fusebox this weekend, just wondered if you brainiacs could take a quick look at the very simple diagram and let me know if there are any things you'd do differently or recommend I do.

    Basically I have a 1A 12vdc wall wart/power supply and I want to plug it into a fuse box which will have an on/off switch, a power-is-on LED, and a 500 mA fuse.

    The reason I only want a 500 mA fuse with a 1A power supply is because I will be using this little box for test circuits and won't need that much current, but the power supply could be any ampage above 500 - the last thing I want it to do is BE 500 and get a little warm. I aim to be using less than 400 mA anyway with this fusebox.

    But I digress, here is the circuit, going to use a small project box, a DC jack, a rocker switch then a fuse on the negative, with nothing on the positive. Then a 350 ohm resistor and a red LED on in parallel with the two output wires. The fuses are 500 mA fast blow fuses.

    This works OK in sim software.

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    The signal lamp is where the eventual load will be, with those wires being the red and black. I will be using 16/0.2 wire for the output wires - is this wise? I also have some 1/0.6 for breadboards but that may snap with flexing it..


    I look forward to hearing your replies.

    Thanks!

    Adam
     
  2. wayneh

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    You might consider just putting fuses in your projects, and then you wouldn't need this box. This would allow you to protect each project with a fuse of the right size, instead of one-size-fits-all. On the other hand, if you want this box to protect the supply against a problem with one of your projects, that makes sense.
     
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  3. Imdsm

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    Well this little box will be the go between for when I'm using power on my workbench, in my projects I will have this kind of circuit internally, but for example when I'm testing something then I will use this, with an easy on off switch and safety fuse.
     
  4. nerdegutta

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    How about adding a 7812 regulator and some capacitors? (Unless, of course, the wall wart powersupply already has it. Guess it has...)
     
  5. Imdsm

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    Thought about that, but then I have to worry about the heat and the power supply I recently bought (12v/1A) is regulated so no need I guess! :)

    Once I am more proficient I'm sure I will create a variable power supply.
     
  6. nerdegutta

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    What are the spec's on D1?
     
  7. Imdsm

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    regular red LED, so 2.0-2.2v, 20mA
     
  8. Imdsm

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    looking at the picture, I did get the calculation wrong - I did it for a 9v supply rather than 12v, but last night when I wired it up I luckily did get it right and used a 470 :)
     
  9. nerdegutta

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    That's what I thought...
     
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