Power Conversion help!

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Sharef, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Sharef

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 18, 2015
    I need to power up a led strip with 36V at 4.9A.

    I have a computer PSU that I can use to AC-DC but the output is 12V, 18A.

    So the question is: how do I convert 12V/18A to36V/4.9A?
  2. tom_s


    Jun 27, 2014
    quick answer -

    pull it apart, discharge the big caps, find out what the pwm chip is, get the chip reference pdf and adjust the voltage out to 36v on the 12v line, change the output cap on the 12v line to 50v, re-assemble

    you'll also need to disable (i) short (ii) under voltage (iii) over voltage protection

    and you may need to change the 3.3/5v line caps to higher voltage than their output as well

    yup, thats about it
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  3. AnalogKid

    Distinguished Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Given that you are asking the question in the first place, modifying the existing supply's pc board and design might be a bit beyond your reach. You're asking a circuit designed from the ground up to regulate at one specific voltage to now regulate at three times that voltage. While the process described above covers the basic steps, don't be surprised if the supply has an additional overvoltage protction circuit that kicks in, or breaks into oscillation due to control loop issues.

    Another approach is to stay with the 12 V output, and add an external boost converter.

  4. umphrey


    Dec 1, 2012
    The 12V supply won't help you. The simplest solution is to get a 120VAC to 36 VDC converter. That will be easier to find than a 12VDC to 36VDC conveter.