I need a high wattage dummy load

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  1. bolm

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    I'm interested in Big dummy load. Has circuit to look at some pls.:D
     
  2. THE_RB

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    I didn't use a circuit. :) I'll go have a look at it.

    The heatsinks have 16 large NPN power transistors (equiv 2N3055) driven as darlington pairs by 16 smaller NPN transistors. Then the 16 emitters are tied to ground through 16 emitter resistors, each is 1 ohm 5W.

    That whole array is in parallel; so all collectors, bases and grounds connected together. Then the collector to the red terminal and ground to the black terminal.

    To make it conduct there is a pot and a couple of resistors from red to black terminals, making an adjustable voltage. That pot is connected to another NPN base, in "trilington" with the main array so its collector joins their collectors, and its emitter goes to their bases.

    The thing is so simple I never bothered drawing a diagram.

    It works well for 6v, 12v loads up to about 20v. But I remember grabbing the soldering iron and changing a resistor value on the pot circuit at least once, possibly to test a 24v or 36v high current supply. :)
     
  3. TIP31

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    Are you looking to make one or buy one?
     
  4. tubeguy

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    Welcome to the forum bolm.

    You should post what kind of voltage and current you want the dummy load to handle.
     
  5. TANDBERGEREN

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    Just make it like a standard current limiter from any powersupply.
    Then You will have a coarse scale for Your potmeter to determine what load You are to put to test.
    And actually, with a wide voltage range too.
    Supply the load with a thermoswitch or two to protect Your devices, and you are good to go.
     
  6. ronv

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    What voltage and what current?
     
  7. bolm

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    I'm find the power load for test battery 48v 100A
     
  8. tubeguy

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    This is heating element wattage.
    You might want to use water cooling, so one choice would be a modified electric water heater using multiple heater elements as power resistors.

    You could switch these with some high current Mosfets.
     
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  9. ronv

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    I'm guessing you are talking about 4 big lead acid batteries in series???

    If so most are specified at a constant current discharge rate of either 25 amps or 75 amps. You will need to test each one separately to get good data on their capacity.

    Tell us more about your final objective.
     
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  10. bolm

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    That all right. thank you for all
     
  11. inwo

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    I may have access to a bunch of these.

    This is my private stash.:)

    Half are .5 ohm and half are 1 ohm.

    The .5 ohm are the ones bracketed together making the pair .25 ohm.

    ~ 300 watt each.
     
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