Re: [new_distillers] Re: Heat Control
- Thanks for the info Harry, that was the circuit I had remembered seeing.
As for the heat issue, the dimmer I'm planning on using IS rated for
heating elements,(plus I'm using 1000W thru a 1500w rated switch) but
due to the design of it, trying to measure the resistance of the pot
won't work accurately.
The dimmer circuit is basically the same as Pintoshine's circuit
(according to the manu's website), which means you would be trying to
read the resistance across the triac, unless you broke the seals to get
But the big question was/is at the reduced setting, am I looking at the
1/2 voltage 1/4 wattage rule? Or does the fact that it is cutting part
of the wave, in effect altering the frequency, mean that the reduction
I'll try posting in the linked thread and see if someone knows.
> Dimmers or rotary switches are potentiometers. They are supposed to
> be linear but they rarely are when dealing with power applications.
> They tend to favour one end of the dial. The best way to calibrate
> them is with a multimeter. Do NOT apply power, just measure the
> switch resistance. Measure the resistance at various dial/knob
> settings and mark the dial accordingly, 1, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 0. You
> will also find that in practice a household dimmer will not withstand
> the heat generated in controlling a heating element. You will need a
> heatsink of considerable size, or you will let the smoke out.
> Pintoshine actually makes a good power controller kit for sale at a
> very reasonable price. See the full thread here...
> regards Harry