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Old 26th March 2013, 09:20 PM   #31
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Very nice, JM!
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Old 27th March 2013, 04:06 PM   #32
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Well, I played with some bridge rectifiers, smoothing caps, and diodes yesterday after work. It was a lot of fun. For a while.

I put a couple of 1000uF 25v caps parallel to the DC pins on the bridge rectifier and then connected the "12VAC" (closer to 13.5VAC) supply to the AC pins. Got 18.66VDC on my meter. I have a bunch of 12A diodes that I strung together, probably 8 of them in total - still wasn't enough to get the voltage down below 16VDC and it was a PITA to keep all the diodes connected for the test (I was using the "nut and bolt" end of one diode to "clamp" the pointy end of the next diode, and so on).

I could have added more diodes, as I am fairly sure there are dozens more in my box of goodies, but at one point I grew bored with it and realized that 20 diodes (of that size) in series is just comical no matter what the application.

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