Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cascade LED tube investigation

Today I decided to see if could figure out how those cascade LED tubes I mentioned recently actually work. Here’s one:   They’re simple to take apart (I’ll leave re-assembly as an exercise for the reader 🙂 ) – just … Continue reading

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Reflow oven performance

Not had much time today for one reason or another… Didn’t have much luck with automatic tuning of the PID parameters for the oven. Did manage to knock it into shape manually though – there were some horrendous overshoots before … Continue reading

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Reflow Oven – final hardware steps

Ok, picked up some block connectors at the local hardware store today. They didn’t have any of that fibreglass clad cable so I just went with what I had to hand. It’ll do 🙂 The above shows the use of … Continue reading

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smARtMAKER All-in-One Kit + extras

I finally received my stuff on Tuesday – quite a wait seeing it was paid for in November 2012! I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it! I’ve learned a fair bit since it seemed like a … Continue reading

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Reflow Oven – sorting out the 240V side…

Here’s a tear-down of the reflow oven. I was hoping to finish this tonight, but as you’ll see, it seems better to pick up a few bits I’m missing and do a far better job than the one I was … Continue reading

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Towards a reflow oven controller

So, I found a suitable enclosure 😛 and went through my box of bits. I found an ATmega328 board that I must have built a while ago, that will be the microcontroller for this project. I dug out an LCD … Continue reading

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Hinari “Tiny Top” Toaster Oven

Picked the “beasty” up this morning – I wish all eBay transactions were that smooth. It’s a great size for what I need so after no time at all I decided to test it. The oven is set to the … Continue reading

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