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Old 22nd August 2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default fried Heatkit IP-17 power supply

Recently, I bought a used Heatkit IP-17 power supply. Unfortunately, when I plugged it in, and turned on the high voltage, the power transformer started to smell reaally bad. After doing some troubleshooting, and desoldering the connections of the power transformer to the main board, it still starts to smoke when plugged in. So I guess that transformer is toast.

Now, I could replace that transformer at some time in the future, but why is it fried? What else could be wrong with this power supply?
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Old 22nd August 2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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maybe silly (I dunno what your local voltage is)......
xformer is for 110 volts and your network is twice that?
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Old 22nd August 2005, 09:26 PM   #3
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check to see whether the primary is open -- if not the supply is salvageable.

if 220VAC is the problem (I think the trafo was only designed for stateside use) you can still work the thing by driving the filament windings with another filament transformer -- i.e. use a 240/12.6VAC trafo (but remember to clip the primary leads for safety's sake.)

the IP17 used a voltage doubler, will only supply about 100 ma -- you can always substitute a better transformer.

btw. i wrote an article on use of the supply controlled by a microchip (Stamp II) with an RS232 Interface. Email me if interested.
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Old 22nd August 2005, 09:39 PM   #4
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Nope, according to a sticker on it it came from the medical faculty of the erasmus university (rotterdam), complete with a 220V prong. My guess is that it has been defect, thrown in the basement for a long time, then given away to a trader.
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Old 23rd August 2005, 07:36 AM   #5
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The primary appears to be OK. The IP17 uses a second trafo for driving the filaments; that one appears to be OK. One or two windings on the HV trafo seem to be fried.

BTW, are you one of the authors of http://www.tech-diy.com/MCTracer_no_...ebversion.htm? I found that link earlier, and found it absolutely amazing. Using something like this is _much_ better than a tube tester. It's more fun anyway
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Old 23rd August 2005, 11:19 AM   #6
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Yes, I wrote the article for AudioXpress.

I was thinking of reworking it in USB.
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Old 18th April 2007, 02:03 PM   #7
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Someone just paid $265 for an IP-17 -- this is ridiculous.
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I have several IP-17 supplies, including one I built from the kit, they all have dual primaries and can be configured for either 120V or 240V when built. (Or converted later)

IMO This is not that great a supply. Is there any possibility you can return this for a refund? I'd look for a Kepco, Lambda, HP or similar. (Or Philips, Apt, Marconi?)

Alternatively you might be able to find a suitable power transformer if you hang out on eBay enough or get one made.
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Someone just paid $265 for an IP-17 -- this is ridiculous.

That's quite a bit more than I paid for the last one I bought new as a kit just before Heath Kit folded.. IIRC It cost around $229, I still have the original receipt somewhere. Given that the one shown is a much older unit I would wonder about the capacitors at the minimum.

The last version has a blue and white case, zener diode reference circuitry and is mostly pcb based.
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