MOSFET test help

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  1. tresguey

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    I have a PWM fan control and I am trying to bench test the MOSFET I chose.

    It will be a 12VDC system and the fan will pull 25amps. Any thoughts on how to do this without having to connect the fan itself up?
     
  2. R!f@@

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    try a dummy load
     
  3. tresguey

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    I have heard of that. As I am a beginner I am unsure of how to do this.
     
  4. wayneh

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    You could use an auto headlight as the dummy load for testing. They draw only 5A or so, but you could put more in parallel if you want to draw a higher current. They have the advantage of visual feedback.

    Just a word of caution - 25A is a LOT for any beginner project. I suggest starting with a small 12V bulb and move up in power only slowly, after you confirm safe (and not hot MOSFET) operation at lower currents.
     
  5. tresguey

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    I have tested the circuit already with the fan running for a couple minutes. i just want to run it for a 24 hour cycle. I was thinking of getting a 300 watt resistor from Digikey but was unsure if that will work. And if so what value.
     
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  7. wayneh

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    That's a lot of heat to dissipate. I think I'd set a small fan to blow on whatever load you choose. (The flames will grow more quickly! :eek:)
     
  8. inwo

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    Op wants 4 resistors from the flea market.

    Isn't sure what values he needs.

    I'm thinking 4 - 1ohm. 300 watt.

    How about some other opinions, tonight?
    It'll be in the mail tomorrow.

    I have .5, 1, 2, and 4 ohm.

    From OP:

    " I am unsure of what ohm's I need. I am working on a 12 volt system actually 13.8. I want to create 25 to 50 amp loads simulating a fan that is powered by a PWM controlled MOSFET. What would you suggest?"
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2014
  9. tresguey

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    Thanks inwo! Fast shipping and these are exactly what I needed.
     
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