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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby wolfbartels » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:55 am

I just received the Converter (13 days for delivery to Hamburg, Germany). It works fine.

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby GCinDC » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:57 am

GCinDC wrote:My flashlight is en-route from deal-extreme. :D

Correction: My order was placed (11/8)! I just got an email (11/17) that it will be shipped soon... :roll:
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby GCinDC » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:06 am

Lyen, When my flashlight arrives, I'm going to try to set it up with the converter. I'm hoping to wire it off my main pack, but it's is 20s lipo, 83V hot. Do you have any suggestions?

I'm wondering if could create a wire tap for half the pack, say ~40V to power the converter/flashlight. But would the current draw be significant enough over 15-30 min and consequently imbalance the pack?

Or Is there another thread you'd suggest I post in? Thanks!
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby katou » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:24 pm

Ordered 7 units, Nov 08, just received. Good seller. Electronics package is potted for the most part, feels pretty solid. I'm looking forward to making a portable super-usb charger for my ipod/phone/etc. out of old Moli cells. If I put 4 at 4.2v in series, that's 16.8v and I should be able to recharge using any car cigarette lighter. Now to make it pretty...

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby lifepo4ever » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:23 pm

GCinDC wrote:Lyen, When my flashlight arrives, I'm going to try to set it up with the converter. I'm hoping to wire it off my main pack, but it's is 20s lipo, 83V hot. Do you have any suggestions?

I'm wondering if could create a wire tap for half the pack, say ~40V to power the converter/flashlight. But would the current draw be significant enough over 15-30 min and consequently imbalance the pack?

Or Is there another thread you'd suggest I post in? Thanks!


i have a p7 from deal extrem and also the converter but i have the same problem like you , i want to use my 24s pack but i found that more useful to bring some more
18650 spare cells in my pocket or bag pack so i can still use my flashligth with the mounting i will maybe you use the converter for something one day :D :D maybe for my laptop for emergency charging :D

if you make a kind of plug you can simply unplug the controller and charge direct all kind of thing from the battery lead output so you will not unbalance you pack
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby Hyena » Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:18 pm

GCinDC wrote:I'm wondering if could create a wire tap for half the pack, say ~40V to power the converter/flashlight. But would the current draw be significant enough over 15-30 min and consequently imbalance the pack?

Yes you can and yes it will pull that half of the pack down a little but it's not a problem if your bulk charging in parallel, which I'm pretty sure you are.
I actually run the accessories on my bike off one 5S parallel unit - that's the beauty of parallel charging :)
The only thing you have to watch is if you go for long night rides and have multiple lights hooked up (p7s draw around 2.5 amps) the current draw won't be going through your CA or watt meter and so the total ah won't be accurate.
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby GCinDC » Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:30 pm

Hyena wrote: it's not a problem if your bulk charging in parallel

hmm, bulk charging in parallel.. perhaps i'm confused...

i can parallel all the packs and balance charge 5s w/ the icharger.

or i can 'bulk charge' the entire pack in series @ 80V...

which charging method will replenish an uneven pack(s) better?

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby Hyena » Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:45 pm

GCinDC wrote:parallel all the packs and balance charge 5s w/ the icharger.

That one! If you're balance charging it'll fix it either way.
I parallel bulk charge with a single 24v meanwell without the balancing - set to 5S voltage it brings every pack up to 21v regardless of what it's been discharged to. If also means in the absence of a BMS if a cell happens to go dead you'll potentially only overcharge that one sub pack and not your whole battery.
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby Amonk » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:02 pm

I finally got around to hooking mine up.I soldered leads to the pins on the back of the box(this seemed like the easiest solution with what I had on hand)and covered them in heat shrink tubing.I then used Anderson conectors in and out.I am running 36v in and 8.2 volts out ,and I can finally run my Magicshine lamp from the main battery on my bike :D Thanks Lyen this is working Great
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby nhendrix » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:41 am

Thanks, Lyen. Once again you save the day. Hyena got me all excited with his "Knight Rider" 12 volt light bar, found it on eBay but then I needed a dc-dc converter and here you are! I am so lucky you still have them in stock. Much appreciated!
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby blueb0ttle2 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:20 pm

Just ordered one. It's exactly what I'm looking for for everything! :mrgreen:
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby karma » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:15 am

same here thanks lyen :wink:

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $19

Postby geoff57 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:15 pm

katou wrote:Ordered 7 units, Nov 08, just received. Good seller. Electronics package is potted for the most part, feels pretty solid. I'm looking forward to making a portable super-usb charger for my ipod/phone/etc. out of old Moli cells. If I put 4 at 4.2v in series, that's 16.8v and I should be able to recharge using any car cigarette lighter. Now to make it pretty...

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I got the same DC to DC converter from a diferent sorce, I wanted to charge an Ipad that needs 2A at 5.1V I tried to use a dedicated car charger for a car cigerett lighter with an input range of 12V to 16V that is suposed to put out that kind of amperage when pluged in to a 4S or 3S turnigy 5Ah pack I got 2 min of charging then the Ipad shut down for about 3 miniutes, I then set up one of the DC to DC converters to a 5.1v output used the same 4S and 3S packs and it works perfectly. I connect up the external battery pack start up the most power hungry game I have for the ipad and keep an eye on the power level it still rises not very fast but it holds its own on everything, I also use it to charge up my Iphone 4 from 20% and in the red I can get it nearly full in half an hour and in an hour it is fully charged.
the box I have the converter in gets hot but that is to be expected, I fitted a standard usb socket in to the box as well so I could charge all my devices that use 5.1v to charge but as yet I have to use dedicated charging leads from the socket to the device tro charge with, I use the one's that came with one of my other external battery packs.

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby karma » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:16 pm

came in very nice.

thanks :wink:
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby karma » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:33 pm

hay Lyen its not working with my 15.000.000 watt bicycle light :mrgreen: :shock:

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby geoff57 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:16 pm

Hey karma
Nice big light but there is a bit of writing on that black case it says 15W not 15,000,000W think you need a more powerful converter.

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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby shorza » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:22 am

Hey I have one of these for my 48v pack and works great.
I also need one for my 18s pack, any way I can get one to work?
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby neptronix » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:32 am

BTW, one of these died at 58v.
No magic smoke, no bravado, just 0 volts at the output, 58volts in.



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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby shorza » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:54 am

What is the best way to convert the 18s into 3 or 4 volts?

Is it best to just use one battery pack of 6s and not draw to much from it?

Can i use a mobile phone charger with I diode like i have read before?
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby thewmatusmoloki » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:08 am

I would try one of these...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/BRAND-NEW-4V-2A- ... 4aa7339f86

Had a lot of luck using them so far for 58v in 12v out. Just solder a couple of wires to the ac pins, They usually only work with one polarity but if you get it wrong the first time it just wont start and dosen't seem to damage anything.

For me these have been cheaper, tougher and more reliable than a regular dc converter and since going on to higher voltages they are about the only one I can use. Also, they are very efficient.
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby shorza » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:23 am

Great, cheers. How do you determine the voltage out? or is it always 4v?
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby NeilP » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:11 am

To run these at higher input volatages...72 (84v) or more could you wire a pair in series on the input side? or would thatnot work if the output from one was not eh same as the output from the other?
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby thewmatusmoloki » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:06 am

Fechter can explain these better than me, check out this thread from 2007....

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2264
shorza wrote:How do you determine the voltage out? or is it always 4v


Regardless of the input voltage the output is always at the rated dc volts in my experience.
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby NeilP » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:27 pm

I did read through the post you mentioned, and all i can see about putting supplies in series, is using the outputs in series...not the inputs.

If I had two of these supplies as mentioned in this current thread, with Max input voltage of 60volt, and setup two of them in series on the INPUT side ...so 84 volts across two of them in series, so 42 volts across each one under no load conditions...will that work if the outputs of both have different loads on them?
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Re: DC to DC Multi-Purpose Voltage Converter $14.98

Postby hillzofvalp » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:21 pm

Is this just a glorified LM317T?
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