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EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« on: March 29, 2024, 09:08:57 pm »
AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DeWCLIN

00:00 - AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU Unboxing
02:43 - Power on and operation
08:57 - User Manual
10:01 - Trying USB-C source
10:44 - Setting Menu
12:00 - uSupply Inception
12:55 - Physical size comparison
13:16 - Teardown
14:44 - PCB Inspection and design analysis
18:14 - BOM Consolidation & MOSFET's
19:15 - USB Power Delivery Chip
20:46 - MP9928 Buck Converter & PWM Current Limiting
23:37 - Zero drift opamps
24:14 - Processor
24:52 - Connector LED lighting
26:09 - Housing
26:39 - DC input testing
27:28 - Output noise measurement
28:57 - Classic Dave GOOF
29:57 - USB-A vs USB-C input noise
31:37 - Voltage Accuracy test
32:11 - Real noise measurements
33:08 - MAGIC SMOKE!
34:12 - Max 100W load testing
35:45 - Overshoot and CV/CC mode change testing
37:35 - Conclusion

 

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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2024, 11:54:50 pm »
Looks like a perfect second channel for my single-channel lab PSU to power negative rails and whatnot.
Nice little thing, indeed, the designers knew what they were doing. Noise figures are impressive, too. Shouldn't be too bad in the EMI department, either.

...of course this review came just in time, one day after the aliexpress anniversary sale ended, lol. Starts at $52 now. Still good value for the price, I guess.
 

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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2024, 08:38:58 am »
There's another thread on this unit here:

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/dp100-mini-power-supply-(0-30v-0-5a)/

User Dexter2 discovered spikes on the output when the output is turned off under a light load using USB-C power supplies:

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/dp100-mini-power-supply-(0-30v-0-5a)/msg5418107/#msg5418107

It seems there is a footprint for a cap on the pcb to mitigate this issue but it was left unpopulated:

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/dp100-mini-power-supply-(0-30v-0-5a)/msg5420219/#msg5420219
« Last Edit: March 30, 2024, 08:41:21 am by ledtester »
 
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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2024, 03:16:55 am »
The fellow behind the open source "SmartKnob"..
- shows the benefit of WebHID and controlling DP100 from a browser.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2024, 03:19:04 am by DaneLaw »
 
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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2024, 11:45:20 am »
Can someone explain me how they use a microcontroller to control mp9928 and make a digitally controlled CC/CV power source. I mean how one can set digitally constant current or constant voltage point
 
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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2024, 06:45:22 pm »
Side question, but where did those dinky binding post to 4mm adapter thingies on pcb come from (at about 30:18), on that power load.  I have a near identical load (Matrix PEL-8150) and I am fed up with having to find thick leads with spade-ends to test psus.  I do wish that they had used beefy binding posts with 4mm holes.
thanks, Jeremy.
 

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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2024, 09:58:46 pm »
Can someone explain me how they use a microcontroller to control mp9928 and make a digitally controlled CC/CV power source. I mean how one can set digitally constant current or constant voltage point
Punctual Atom / AlienTek got quite a lot of development details on the chinese forums when I search for it in November....it also looks like they took user input and Q&A some years back when they created DP100. (2022)

A good part of these videos have been ported to Youtube, but they are still in Chinese and Chinese CC, so not sure how useful they are, but extensive videos on DP100 & STM32.'
https://www.youtube.com/@alientek_official/videos

Im not familiar with any programs that can translate videos or spoken language on the fly from YT... though some of the newer AI phones, perhaps could do it?
 
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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2024, 09:25:52 pm »
Can someone explain me how they use a microcontroller to control mp9928 and make a digitally controlled CC/CV power source. I mean how one can set digitally constant current or constant voltage point

Use the DAC or PWM output on the microcontroller, feed that into the voltage feedback of the DC/DC.
For current they might be taking the shunt and also feeding that back to the FB, not sure, you'd have to look at the board.

https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/640467/is-it-possible-to-control-a-dc-dc-buck-converters-output-voltage-with-the-dac-o
https://arduino.stackexchange.com/questions/10559/microcontroller-controlled-power-supply
https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/39107/can-i-use-a-microcontroller-to-control-the-output-voltage-of-a-switching-powersu
https://www.naun.org/main/NAUN/circuitssystemssignal/2021/a442005-022(2021).pdf
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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2024, 05:24:38 pm »
I'm a bit late to the party, but I just got mine.  This thing is tiny!  Here it is almost covered by Metro card (same size as a standard credit card, no numbers to steal).



Here's a picture of it paired with a Nomad 35W USB C charger, to power a resistor in the smallest variable bench power supply with adjustable current and voltage limits that I've yet seen.



FYI, that slim Nomad adapter is available in 35W and 65W versions from nomadgoods.com.  It supplies 20V to the DP100.

I'm still not sure exactly why I need such a tiny power supply, but I'll think of something to use it for.
 

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Re: EEVblog 1606 - $45 AlienTek DP100 100W USB-C PSU REVIEW
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2024, 02:36:14 am »
I'm still not sure exactly why I need such a tiny power supply, but I'll think of something to use it for.

You so belong here on the EEVBlog forum.  :-+
 
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