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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Bushman » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:50 am

Just got my new ammeter installed so it now is back working. Today I will test it with a run!
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Brendan » Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:03 am

KeggerJoe wrote:I am running 110, I am running two elements. I meant what I wrote.

You are correct about them being 5500 Watt though.


Still doesn't add up? Either that, or we're just confused about what you're actually doing...? :wtf:
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby humbledore » Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:46 am

Nice photostream, sw_reijnders, and nice controller. Is that for beer and shine both? Because I see the temp controllers. Also why don't you head on over to the welcome center and introduce yourself, tell us more about what you like to make and how you make it.

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Odin » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:09 am

Using gold connectors now.

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Jimbo » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:18 am

Odin wrote:Using gold connectors now.

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About time! :mrgreen:

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Odin » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:56 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby humbledore » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:45 pm

Those are pretty nice. I mean, if you can't afford the platinum ones I guess. :D
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby greenthumb » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:00 am

My two pence worth
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2 seperate controllers so I dont draw excessive power from one socket alone, 2x 2500w heaters, so this is very easy to control and find the ballance, I'm still looking out for a large heatsink to replace the 2 computer heatsinks, will make it more efficient as it does get hot
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Postby Jimbo » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:05 am

She's a beauty Greenthumb.
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby bentstick » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:02 am

Heres mine been in action for a year and a 1/2,the 2 digital temps display will be be hooked back up once new boiler is in action
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Postby humbledore » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:04 am

Nice! What is the digiflow? Some kind of flowmeter?
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Postby bentstick » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:11 am

Yep hook to my reflux condeser!http://www.futurlec.com/index.shtml
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Bob Loblaw » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:40 pm

Cool thread. There are some real craftsmen out there. Here's my relatively simple controller. Basic SD DIY kit + a cheap chinese Ammeter/voltmeter off of ebay. Right now I have it wired up for 110v, but it should work for 220v too. I haven't done a run with it yet, so we will see how it handles the heat. I drilled holes in the side of the case but am waiting to see if it also needs a fan.

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby NineInchNails » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:02 pm

Very cool controller Bob Loblaw! That looks really nice. A fan may not be absolutely necessary, but if I have room inside the box I prefer to use one.
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby The KYChemist » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:30 pm

I still have a few more things planned, but this is close to the final product. I went to a local music store, and got hooked up with the chicken head knob, for free. I want that retro look, but haven't made up my mind between this or the original SCR controller knob. I wanted a red knob, but they only had black in their spare parts drawer. Or, I could've ordered 6 for $8.00.
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Postby humbledore » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:51 pm

I love the handles on this... "Hang on, we're going to eleven!".
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Postby Jimbo » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:58 pm

humbledore wrote:I love the handles on this... "Hang on, we're going to eleven!".


haha reminds me of this joke. :lol:

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Odin » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:26 am

Here's a picture of the new power management module to my 50 liter still. Heat-up at 4 KW, automatic switch to 2 KW for the actual run. And you can manually dial in anything from 0 to 4.0 KW yourself. For faster stripping, slower spirit runs, or for creating more reflux in pure mode for more re-distillations.

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby Odin » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:00 pm

And here's a picture of the WiFi / Blue Tooth power management module for my all glass LM rig. With led lights ...
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Postby humbledore » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:13 pm

Very clean Odin! and very blingy. :clap:
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Postby no drink firewater » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:03 am

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Postby bellybuster » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:05 am

simple and cheap are 2 of the bestest words
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby humbledore » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:33 pm

Wow very compact, I like that. My box was 6x6x6 and I had problems getting it all in there.
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Postby The KYChemist » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:11 pm

humbledore wrote:Wow very compact, I like that. My box was 6x6x6 and I had problems getting it all in there.


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Postby humbledore » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:26 pm

Wait for it...
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby guyonthecouch » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:53 pm

I know It's plain but It's my first one. Should do the job. And It's not %100 done yet either.
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby HDNB » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:26 pm

start of my bargain basement controller.
power in on left, thru switch, (pick up for volt meter on load side not complete) white thru ammeter to element, black tthru ssr then to element.

homemade heat sink (there is a hole behind it for air ingress) air out thru low volt fan ...not finished wiring yet.

the box, heat sink and cover all grounded thru the stud post holding the heat sink in.

i will wire the volt meter on the load side of the switch so if the switch is on, i got a nice red readout on the front panel.
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby rager » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:55 pm

this is my set up, I got your pm HDNB thanks.

the switch im using
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on question, is my fan wired correctly? its a 220v computer fan

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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby HDNB » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:02 pm

the main wiring...it does not look right... hard to make out...

but do you see how mine has black in on the bottom of the switch and then the black comes out the bottom of the other side of the switch and goes to the ssr and then exits the ssr to the cable in the strain relief on the bottom right?

then (on mine)(from the incoming power on the left strain relief-hard to see it's behind the green ground wire) the white goes in the top of the switch and comes out the other side of switch, goes thru the ammmeter and then to the element (via the right strain relief)

your picture it looks like the incoming power black/white goes to each side of the bottom of your switch...which makes it "open" or a "dead short" depending on the position of the switch. (one way nothing works...the other way a breaker pops or a fire starts)....now it is possible your switch is opposite to mine and makes/breaks from the top to the bottom...but this would be unusual, most double pole switches in the 20 /30 amp range make/break from the left to right...like mine.

the only way to know for sure is to check it with an ohm meter... since it is possible to be configured either way

once you know which side of the switch is line power (incoming) and which side is load (outgoing) just hook the 220V fan to load side...when the switch is "on" the element and the fan will both be energized simultaneously.
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Re: Let's see your controller box

Postby HDNB » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:08 pm

and looking a bit closer at yours, the screw on the bottom of the switch has a darker screw, and on top a lighter one. this indicates it is configured with pole 1 on top and pole2 on the bottom... or to put it another way it makes/breaks left to right...just like mine.

check this with a meter before you plug it in...or you may let the factory smoke out! (really hard to get that smoke back into the wires too)

it's hard to explain this without knowing your level of electrical knowledge...so just to be clear: your system looks like it is wired wrong!!! exercise caution before plugging in!!!! if i am not making sense with the ^^^ info, let me know, i'll draw it out better.
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