ATX 3.3 vdc rail, how to drop to 1.5 vdc for electroplating?

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sdowney717

Joined Jul 18, 2012
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I was experimenting with electroplating copper to steel.
I first tried a 6vdc battery charger, which was too high volts.
Then I tried an ATX power supply using the orange 3.5 v wire, and it is also a little too high, I get a lot of hydrogen gassing off of the steel.

I have a lot of 5 watt 100 ohm resistors. Could they be used as a voltage divider?
 

cornishlad

Joined Jul 31, 2013
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I have a lot of 5 watt 100 ohm resistors. Could they be used as a voltage divider?
Probably not..what current does the process draw ? Is the current fixed or does it vary ?
Starting with simple, if the current is fixed, a small series resistance in series with the 3.5v supply should do it. or some series silicon diodes - allow about .6 Volt drop for each one introduced
 

Dodgydave

Joined Jun 22, 2012
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some Atx 3.3v rails use a tl431 regulator on the 5 v rail,with a fet, otherwise they have straight outputs on the pulse transformer, i modified an atx to variable and the 3.3v rail went down to 1.8 to 6.5v,
 
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