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Offline luke_2700k

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Altronics Power Supply M8305
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:28:35 am »
Hey Guys,

New to the EEVBlog forum and am wondering if anyone has had any experience with the 30V 5A variable power supply that is sold by Altronics (http://www.altronics.com.au/p/m8305-powertran-30v-5a-regulated-bench-top-power-supply/).

It is currently discounted from $189AUD to $130AUD (until November 30) and I would like to purchase one but I can't find any reviews / teardowns of it anywhere on the web.

Does anyone own one? Are you happy with it?

I'm just beginning to setup an electronics lab and am looking for something fairly basic (but not nasty no-name eBay specials).

Any opinions would be appreciated.

(I searched the EEVBlog forum but couldn't find any existing posts about this model)
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2016, 10:55:23 am »
I have one, but ...

Regulation is poor.
Response is slow.
Voltage hunts at low current.
Current indication is non linear at low current, OK elsewhere. Voltage OK.
Display shows actual current, not set current limit.
Course/fine adjustment is inconvenient.

Only advantage is its easier to lug around than the Rigol DP831.
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2016, 03:30:46 pm »
Looks like one of those cheap Chinese supplies you get under different brand names, usually at a lower price. Like the slightly larger brother of this one:
http://www.pollin.de/shop/dt/NDc1ODQ2OTk-/Stromversorgung/Netzgeraete/Regelbare_Netzgeraete/Regelbares_Labornetzgeraet_QUATPOWER_LN_3003_0_30_V_0_3_A.html
 
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2016, 01:34:51 am »
If you're located in Melbourne iv got quite a few HP and Agilent system power supplies that you mite be interested in.
 

Offline luke_2700k

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2016, 12:59:00 am »
If you're located in Melbourne iv got quite a few HP and Agilent system power supplies that you mite be interested in.

Not in Melbourne sorry, in South Australia.

Does anyone have any other suggestions of a good PSU for the $100 to $150 mark?
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2016, 03:17:39 am »
If you're located in Melbourne iv got quite a few HP and Agilent system power supplies that you mite be interested in.

Not in Melbourne sorry, in South Australia.

Does anyone have any other suggestions of a good PSU for the $100 to $150 mark?

I am pretty happy with the Korad KA3005P or D.  There was a teardown on eevblog and it failed badly, but Korad fixed the problems.  However, I haven't done any serious performance testing other than turning it up and shorting the crap out of it and making sure the output doesn't overshoot on recovery (common problem on switch mode units)
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2016, 06:09:08 am »
If you're located in Melbourne iv got quite a few HP and Agilent system power supplies that you mite be interested in.

Not in Melbourne sorry, in South Australia.

Does anyone have any other suggestions of a good PSU for the $100 to $150 mark?

I am pretty happy with the Korad KA3005P or D.  There was a teardown on eevblog and it failed badly, but Korad fixed the problems.  However, I haven't done any serious performance testing other than turning it up and shorting the crap out of it and making sure the output doesn't overshoot on recovery (common problem on switch mode units)

Thanks for the info, I will check that model out. Do you know if there are any Aussie suppliers/dealers?
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2016, 10:46:36 am »
Rockby (Clayton) have a special on the dual version at the moment:

https://www.rockby.com.au/Rockby/Mailer/WEEKE012_2.htm

(No affiliation)
 

Offline luke_2700k

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2016, 04:22:18 am »
Anyone else got a good recommendation for a 30V 5A variable PSU?
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2016, 11:27:46 pm »
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2016, 01:10:40 am »
I'm desperate for a variable PSU as well. 

My DIY's just don't cut it and I need one now (actually 3 weeks ago).   Be interested to see how this goes, I missed out some resent HP PSUs (HP 224B) on fleabay...damn!.  This units looks similar to the Korad KA3005P. 

edit:
Upon inspection...its the PS3005D which is the earlier version of the Korad.   I think there were grumblings about this earlier versions.
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/velleman-ps3005d-bench-power-supply/

Also saw this at Wavecom for $142.8 AUD pickup.  They are in Melb/Adel & Perth
https://www.wavecom.com.au/product_view.php?id_product=815
« Last Edit: November 24, 2016, 02:49:25 am by wasyoungonce »
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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2016, 12:44:58 am »
Also saw this at Wavecom for $142.8 AUD pickup.  They are in Melb/Adel & Perth
https://www.wavecom.com.au/product_view.php?id_product=815

According to the guy at Aztronics in Adelaide, Wavecom re-brand the PS3005D but he was unsure who was the original manufacturer. I going in to pick one up this week.
http://shop.aztronics.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&path=4_237&product_id=8540
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2016, 12:49:59 am »
Thanks Luke...looks as if they are all way too similar..... just probably re-badge engineering.

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2016, 01:36:04 am »
Luke I picked up a PS3005D from wavecom this morning...works a treat!
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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2016, 08:03:25 am »
Jeez I'm liking this Power Supply. Could do with more memory settings though.  Been using to to test TECs at various voltages continuously up to 3.5A for 2 days...no issues at all.

Opened it up to have a look...well made same as Korda unit KA3005D.  A few non cleaned solder joints but very nice indeed!  Oh I had to cable zip tie the input 230V wires away from the side panel screws, they were on the screws.  Pretty anal I know but I'm like that.

All said and done....I love it...but secretly wished I had the dosh for a slightly up-rated unit or one with dual or triple output.  Currently have this PSU doing tests, another running 3V and another for 12V.....sigh!
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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2016, 03:21:17 am »
Purchased mine yesterday and am very happy with it. The only thing I have noticed is that it displays only the set voltage not the actual voltage. However it displayed the actual current.
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 03:25:10 am »
probably in constant voltage (CV) mode where voltage is set and current is what is drawn. 
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PS3005D $129 Australia
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2017, 02:37:26 am »
For anyone interested in Australia....PS3005D 0/30V 0/5A PSU at wavecom for $129.80 AUD
 
PS3005D I paid $143 a few months back.
 

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Re: Altronics Power Supply M8305
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2017, 06:58:48 am »
Element 14 has the Tenma version of the Korad triple output power supply for $219 on special as well...

http://au.element14.com/tenma/72-2640/power-supply-bench-0-30v-5v/dp/247880002

0-30V @ 5A x 2 and 5V fixed.
Not easy, not hard, just need to be incentivised.
 


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