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JBaur 06-10-2015 07:19 PM

Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
I'm using an ancient charger. I want to upgrade mine. Is this a decent one that would work?


http://www.centurytool.net/mobile/Product.aspx?id=1389

Doug D. 06-10-2015 07:24 PM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
It is a manual charger, which is what you want. Not familiar with the brand, so can't vouch for its quality. You may be able to catch a name brand one on sale for less, though.

RussTschopp 06-10-2015 08:05 PM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
Would a float charger work for electrolysis? Or does it not push enough amps to work properly?

Doug D. 06-10-2015 08:17 PM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
If they work like an automatic charger, which it appears they do, then no.

RobM 06-11-2015 12:03 AM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
All I ever use is a computer power supply. Have a stack of them here but still on the same one after a year.

EdgarLopez 06-11-2015 12:53 AM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
Just don't go higher than 12v,I have tried 24, and 36 to see what happens, too much heat ,that was hoter, than the water heater at home,one tip to test your old charger is unplug charger from the wall and connect the clamps to a good battery, red+, black- ,it shouldn't spark,and the last test with battery fully charged,turn charger on and youll see the needle go up and slowly goes down OK you have a good charger.Save that money for an other skillet

JBaur 06-14-2015 02:25 PM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
I'll probably keep it for now. It's a Silver Beauty from the 60s. I just need to replace the cords. I have electrical tape covering all the cracked cords. I need to get a bigger tub and some egg crate light diffusers to protect the graphite anodes.

How do you use a computer power supply? Sounds interesting.

RobM 06-14-2015 03:17 PM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JBaur (Post 11876)
How do you use a computer power supply? Sounds interesting.

Basic premise of electrolysis is a 12V source with a good steady supply of amperage. The current PSU I use can max out at 28 amps, more than enough. Any 12V power supply should work - at least in theory.


I've pared back 6" all of the yellow wires (12V) - there are 10 of them on mine, the more the better to handle the amperage - and an equal amount of the black (ground). Do not use the yellow wires with the black stripe, cut those off. Cut off any other color leads other than yellow, black and the one green.

Wind the copper of all of the yellow leads together and solder into a ring, something to clamp your booster cables to - or you can clamp on a set of alligator clamps. Do the same with all the ground leads, wind them together and solder and add a clamp if you wish. Do not let them touch of course.

The green lead is for the push button switch on your computer, tie the green lead to a black lead to short it - otherwise you would need a "normally open switch" to close it and turn the power supply on. Now you can control the power supply with the main switch on the power supply.

That's pretty much it, you have your 12V and ground just like on the battery charger. Hook them up the same with any other electrolysis system. Cheap electrolysis and works great.

JBaur 06-17-2015 12:29 AM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
Thanks. Sounds like a good alternative to a charger.

RobM 06-17-2015 12:47 AM

Re: Charger Suggestions for E-tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JBaur (Post 11994)
Thanks. Sounds like a good alternative to a charger.

Here it is in action... Not pretty but works very well.

The power supply itself, it's capable of 28 amps, plenty of juice for electo. This power supply has a blown 3.3V, won't power up a computer but the 12V is fine.

http://gallery.castironcanada.com/al...l_electro2.jpg

The hookup.

http://gallery.castironcanada.com/al...l_electro3.jpg

That is 1/2" steel plate, and look at the activity... I should clamp an ammeter on it one day to see what amp's it's kicking out.

http://gallery.castironcanada.com/al...l_electro1.jpg


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