I would like to introduce everyone to a new project I am working on. Meet The Workbench, a new web series that is designed to showcase DIY projects, EE tools and hardware, and general Maker - DIY projects. The series is being produced, and hosted by myself, and will start off as a twice per month video series, with releases increasing as it picks up momentum.
This weeks episode follows me along as I build a DIY benchtop power supply from a kit produced by Sparkfun, and a 650W PC PSU from BeQuiet. Remember to head over to YouTube and subscribe to our channel and well as giving the video a thumbs up. Please feel free to share the video on your social media and with anyone you think might be interested. The more viewers I get, the easier it will be to begin a weekly release schedule! This episode's show notes can be found on the videos YouTube page.
There is some controversy with a PC PSU based power supply as many people believe that they are noisy, unfused, and just bad power units in general. While that is true for the 200-300 watt unit you might pull from an old Dell or HP, a high-end gaming power supply like the one in this video has a ripple of less than 2mv and is fused pretty well. BeQuiet is known to be one of the best high-end PSU manufacturers on the market and I have owned, reviewed, and torn down dozens over the last few years, and they have all oozed quality. They utilize top-shelf capacitors from companies like Teapo, Nichicon Chemicon, etc, and their PCBs are always well laid out. Besides, this project is designed to power small maker projects such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi based things, and not to power a high-precision circuit that is hooked up to your scope.