Budget friendly adjustable bench Power supplies perfect for testing LED's and other uses!

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My dear friend there is a new products was published again- DPS8005 buck power supply.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/RD-DPS8005-programmable-constant-voltage...
there are 3 version, No communication version, USB communication version , USB+BT communication version.
Input voltage: 9-90V, output 0-80V/0-5.1A, Most function are same to other DPS series power supply.
But this time, there is new function for PC software, data download and data export.
You can download all file http://www.mediafire.com/folder/i1766ch7ec97a/DPS8005_file and there is a simple video : https://youtu.be/7SZcuMmvhtw
As the old rules, when new products was published, there is 4 days lower price.
Now no communication version 27.88 USD (normal price 33 USD)
USB communication version:30.43 USD (normal price 36USD)
USB+BT communication version: 32.98 USD(normal price 39 USD)
Only 4 days, please hurry… hope you like it
Lastly, there are 2 kinds power supply case, but they are not suitable for DPS8005, because the fan board MAX input voltage is 60v. but you can use the case, not use the fan board

RD official store https://rdtech.aliexpress.com/store/923042

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good work, my friend
I like it , but please be careful your wire

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Hi. I’m doing tests and I see that the timeout during the Modbus response its +-500ms, it is right? I think it is very high….

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1, Our DPS power supply android APP was published today,
A, Now it is only support communication version of DPS3005 , DPS5005 and DPS8005. If you have bluetooth board, you can connect it with android phone (only support android 5.0 and above).
This is the down load link (or you can check their file link ) http://www.mediafire.com/folder/i5iu0dw7rrwpx/DPS_power_supply_APP .
This is the video for APP : https://youtu.be/-hBzL224dZk
If you have USB version and not have BT board, you can make order here to buy a bluetooth board https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-bluetooth-board-for-DPS-and-... (if you have no communication version, don’t buy it)
B, For other power supply communication version (DPS5015. DPS5020,DPH5005), APP is designing ,in the future Maybe you just update this app on line to get new APP. Now please wait our good news
This is all DPS power supply link, you can check https://rdtech.aliexpress.com/store/group/DPS-digital-control-power-supp...
2, our new products UM34© USB 3.0 meter and USB load LD25 (25W, intelligence control ). For the old rules, new products are published, there is lowest price in 4 days , UM34 12.99 USD (normal price 16 USD), UM34C 16.98 USD (normal price 20 USD). LD25 8.99 USD (normal price 11 USD ), buying together will more cheaper, please check the link.
UM34© link: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-UM34-UM34C-for-APP-USB-3-0-T...
LD24 link https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-LD25-Electronic-Load-resisto...
UM34© video : https://youtu.be/zZCPJQrqKPU
A, UM34© is better than UM24©, same interface with UM25©, have USB 3.0 port.
B, only APP, not PC software, precision is better than UM24©, not better than UM25C,
C, LD24 is digital control USB load, have many protection(OVP,OPP,OTP) , can set the output state and current, big power 25w.
Thank you again for read so many thing, if you want to learn more , please check the page
This is our home page : https://rdtech.aliexpress.com/store/923042
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Are all the bench psu’s in this thread the type you have to build a case for? I was looking for a ready built one with everything nicely integrated together. Are those type just too expensive?

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You can buy the parts (including the casing) then install yourself or you can contact Liu Liang for a complete assembly.

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Yes, all of these come in kit form but they do offer kits now days that make it easy.

When I was searching there was a drastic price increase for a ready made all in one unit and they had much lower specs. For the same price I got a 15A power supply pre-made units only had ~3-5A, which is almost useless for flashlights.

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Does anyone happen to know why the typical cheapie bench power supplies, like a 30v 10A, is limited to 10A even when the voltage is turned way down to like 8 volts?

Then we have the DPS5020 which can take that same 30v 10A and put out 20A at say 12v.

I’m not really understanding that. Does the DPS 5020 just have better circuitry in it? Is it a better design overall?

I’m considering buying a cheap 30v 10A bench supply, that can actually output those numbers, and then mount the DPS5020 controller on top of it. I’d mount the electronics of the DPS5020 inside the bench supply case.

I could reroute the output wires of the bench supply to the DPS5020 then route the output of the DPS5020 back to the original output terminals.

So I would power up the bench power supply and set it’s output to a bit more than I need, maybe leave it at 30v 10A, then do the actual controlling through the DPS5020.

Yes it costs a bit more, but I would have a nice looking enclosure in the form factor I want plus have a decent power supply for the DPS5020.

Just a thought.

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Maybe their circutry can only support up to 10A before failing so they limit it by that number.

The same way RDS5020 can’t output more than 20A if you use 8V.

RD circutry is better I am sure, but goes by the same principle. There is max current that can be used on both devices.

Not sure what part confuses you…converting 30V/10A to 12V/20A?

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One reason for fixed output current can be because it is a linear supply. This means less electric noise on the output current, but more wasted heat (They usual have some transformer taps or use a SCR/Triac to regulate the transformer).

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In the case of the DPS series, they are limited by the fixed output current. This is mostly due to current being much harder then voltage to control and the components are rated for that amount of current.

Other cheap power supplies are not so good and will not support the full current / voltage range except under ideal conditions.

Your best idea is to get a cheap fixed output power supply, like a 24v or 48v unit and then connecting the DPS unit to that.

I have 1 DP unit built inside an ATX power supply, it works great but is limited to 11v output. They have buck/boost options now though that could boost the power.

I have another DPS5015 setup with an old 48v server power supply that I use for most things and have no complaints. Although the ripple voltage is higher on this one it does not effect most things we do with flashlights.

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XXX-Man wrote:

Not sure what part confuses you.

The part where one brand (cheapie) is limited to 10A regardless of voltage.
It would be nice if instead of 30v and 10A (300 watt), a cheapie bench supply could also do 8v and 27A (also 300 watt), but it can’t.

I really don’t know much about bench power supplies. I want to learn, though.

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DC power supplies are available in either switch-mode (also called switching) or linear designs.

I assume the DPS5020 is a switching type due to its small size, light weight, high efficiency and no big coil.

I come from an automotive background, so I know how an alternator generates AC voltage then it goes through a bridge rectifier (3 big diodes, sometimes 6 to improve reliability) and a voltage regulator to get 14-ish volts DC. I guess this more closely resembles a linear type power supply? I’m not sure.

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JasonWW wrote:
The part where one brand is limited to 10A regardless of voltage. It would be nice if instead of 30v and 10A (300 watt), it could also do 8v and 27A (also 300 watt), but it can’t.

Current is basically always going to be the limiting factor.

Voltage is really easy to handle, you just pick some higher rated components that cost a little more and you can handle higher voltages easy.

Current on the other hand is what makes components heat up and there is no real option for handling higher currents other then getting beefier and bigger components. This can drastically increase the cost and complexity along with needing changes to the entire design.

Same reason that a lot of the older driver designs we used to use worked fine for low currents of ~5A but have major issues when we try to run them at 15A.

The DPS is indeed a switching power supply.

Overall the DPS series is the best bang for the buck that I could find by a long shot for high current power supplies. Most cheap power supplies are limited to around 5-10A max.

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This is the supply I used in mine. Seems to work great. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Single-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-Tra...
I haven’t pushed to the upper limits yet but at 10 amps it had no problem.

I used this enclosure. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/KINCO-250-x-190-x-110mm-Metal-Electronic...?
Took the enclosure off the power supply and mounted it in the new enclosure along with the DPS5020. Added a 80mm case fan to get more air in and out.
It did take a little enclosure modifying to fit everything and be functionable but it’s doable.
Not exactly cheap, but like TA says for the money and output power, there’s not anything else going to touch it.

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If I could find a proper enclosure cheap enough I might go that direction. Unfortunately, the cheapest, and only, case I found in the form factor I want is $130 shipped. This one.

This is why I think it’s better for me to just buy an existing bench power supply, like a cheap 30v 10A, and convert it.

IDK, I’ll keep looking around for a case.

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I don’t know if this might be something that would help but I thought I would post it as maybe a option for some.
The old Xbox 360 power supply (brick) that can be purchased used for a few bucks on ebay might make a good low voltage power supply.
The 203 watt model will do 12v at 16.5amps on the output. I use one to power my Icharger, its worked great for several years now.
You have to do a little rewiring buts it’s very simple. Lots of info on google. Xbox made different power models so be sure and check to get the one you need.
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-turn-an-X-Box-360-PSU-into-a-12v...

This is just a reference to what your looking for, you might even find one cheaper or scavenge one from around the house. Big Smile
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-XBOX-360-203W-Power-Supply-BRICK-ONLY-T...?

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JasonWW wrote:
The part where one brand (cheapie) is limited to 10A regardless of voltage.

But both are current limited regardless of voltage, that is what I’m telling you.
It just happens DSP5020 has higher limit than cheap one you were looking at.

DPS5020 will give 1000W at 50V 20A and 100W at 5V 20A. It cant go above 20A. It’s the same thing as cheap supply.

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JasonWW wrote:
If I could find a proper enclosure cheap enough I might go that direction. Unfortunately, the cheapest, and only, case I found in the form factor I want is $130 shipped. This one.

This is why I think it’s better for me to just buy an existing bench power supply, like a cheap 30v 10A, and convert it.

IDK, I’ll keep looking around for a case.

I am not sure what you mean by convert it?

Using a bench power supply to power another bench power supply is not a great idea. You are over-complicating it and it will cost more for no benefits.

Better to use a cheap power supply like this 24v/10A model: https://www.ebay.com/itm/5V-12V-24V-48V-Power-Supply-Driver-AC110-220V-T...

To power a DPS unit of your choice. Then just build a case for it out of wood if all else fails. I just have my DPS unit in a small little acrylic case on my desk and the power supply under the desk. I actually have a prototype acrylic case left over here, it cracked when I was putting it together but could still be made to work if you don’t mind the aesthetics.

This should handle almost any flashlight task you want, I rarely exceed these specs even in my extreme builds, and in those cases I exceed my existing setup by a lot.

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I am not sure what you mean by convert it?

Using a bench power supply to power another bench power supply is not a great idea. You are over-complicating it and it will cost more for no benefits.


To be blunt, I don’t like the looks of any of the homemade enclosures in this thread, including the blue store bought one. I also don’t want a wood case. I want a proper case in the basic shape of narrow and long to take up less space on a bench. Like in the link I posted. Aesthetics are critical to me.

Buying a bench power supply and converting it will cost maybe $80 plus $50 for the DPS5020. $130 total.

Buying an empty case and seperate power supply will be $130 and $50 plus $50 for the DPS5020. $230 total

So it actually costs Less.

Here is the conversion process from a few posts above.

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I’m considering buying a cheap 30v 10A bench supply, that can actually output those numbers, then mount the DPS5020 controller on top of it. I’d mount the electronics of the DPS5020 inside the bench supply case.

I could reroute the output wires of the bench supply to the DPS5020 then route the output of the DPS5020 back to the original output terminals.

So I would power up the bench power supply and set it’s output to a bit more than I need, maybe leave it at 30v 10A, then do the actual controlling through the DPS5020.

Since it might cost me $230 to build it up custom, maybe I should just look for a bench supply that can already do 20A?

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Can’t you just buy the one RDTech sells?

It’s quite small, but it is a very nice aluminium case:
https://www.banggood.com/RUIDENG-DP-And-DPS-Power-Supply-Housing-2-Kinds...

Another thing I actually do to get the output voltage up is putting in series laptop power supplies.

By doing so, I’m able to use a 39V power supply for tasks that I need to do with higher voltage, and just use one for lower voltage uses.

Be wary to use similarly specced power supplies. I “dumpster dove” and found 2 laptop power supplies that were working very well.

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Can’t you just buy the one RDTech sells?

No, I have to have one assembly with everything inside.

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JasonWW wrote:
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Can’t you just buy the one RDTech sells?
No, I have to have one assembly with everything inside.

Since this is all about cosmetics you will just have to spend the money for the look you want it sounds like.

For the prices you are looking at spending you might be able to find a pre-made unit with 10-15A of current. You can search ebay for used units for example although more then 10A is hard to find.

Using a bench power supply to power another bench power supply is not a very good idea as the ripple and voltage spikes of each unit could easily interfere and cause issues ranging from small to major. It is simply a recipe for problems unless you get quality units, in which case you are ruining a good power supply to DIY it.

For reference my entire setup costs around $50-$60 for 15A of current IIRC.

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After a lot of looking, I found a pretty decent metal case for only $34 shipped from the USA. It’s a bit larger than I need, but no big deal. It will fit a 240 × 125 × 65 48V 10A psu no problem. Maybe I’ll give it nice coat of off-white paint.

Now to hunt up some nice front and rear connectors for power and leads, etc…

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Do you think I can use these to test for over discharge protection in lights (reduce voltage and see when it shuts off)? I use one in the lab but should get one at home too.

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Do you think I can use these to test for over discharge protection in lights (reduce voltage and see when it shuts off)? I use one in the lab but should get one at home too.

Yes, it can be used for this, although the relatively high ripple voltage on the higher current models can cause some false readings for things like LVP. My older/lower powered DP3005 has lower ripple and works better for this kind of thing if I have issues with the DPS5015.

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This is the supply I used in mine. Seems to work great. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Single-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-Tra...
I haven’t pushed to the upper limits yet but at 10 amps it had no problem.

How is the fan noise?
Maybe it needs a temp controlled fan swapped in?

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I bought the DPS5020 some time ago. Because the case i want to use is out of stock at the moment i am using a old Car battery charger case. For the input i first used a car battery. Now i use a 60v 480W PSU. I also ordered a few extra parts. But i am waiting for BG to get the case back in stock (https://eu.banggood.com/Wholesale-Warehouse-250×190×110mm-Blue-Metal-E...).
With all the little extras i have planed there will be not much space left inside. But if i count evrything together i have spend ~120-130€.
But i have a Bench PSU with a lot of output if i need it. And if i check the available Bench PSU that i can buy for this amount of money i get maybe half the output with less options.
When everything is ready I can switch from the internal PSU to external input (when i am on the way and only have a battery for power). I added a second display for input Voltage /current and Power. I know that i can see the input voltage on the DPS5020 but i find it more convenient to see total power draw. . . on a second display. Also i can see input voltage on the second display before i use a switch to power on the DPS5020. So i can be sure not to have to much input voltage (the second display can measure DC voltage up to 100V). A few switches, terminals for the output and a bigger fan will also be added. And with the option to connect the PSU to my PC i have everything i need. But i really would like to see the logging funktion in the PC software.
Would be a really nice feature to have when testing LEDs. But i think this is somerhing many people have mentioned before.

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TheOnlyDocc wrote:
I bought the DPS5020 some time ago. Because the case i want to use is out of stock at the moment i am using a old Car battery charger case. For the input i first used a car battery. Now i use a 60v 480W PSU. I also ordered a few extra parts. But i am waiting for BG to get the case back in stock (https://eu.banggood.com/Wholesale-Warehouse-250×190×110mm-Blue-Metal-E...).
With all the little extras i have planed there will be not much space left inside. But if i count evrything together i have spend ~120-130€.
But i have a Bench PSU with a lot of output if i need it. And if i check the available Bench PSU that i can buy for this amount of money i get maybe half the output with less options.
When everything is ready I can switch from the internal PSU to external input (when i am on the way and only have a battery for power). I added a second display for input Voltage /current and Power. I know that i can see the input voltage on the DPS5020 but i find it more convenient to see total power draw. . . on a second display. Also i can see input voltage on the second display before i use a switch to power on the DPS5020. So i can be sure not to have to much input voltage (the second display can measure DC voltage up to 100V). A few switches, terminals for the output and a bigger fan will also be added.

That would be cool to see.

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Here is how I made case for my DPH5005. It’s just generic project case.


I use old PC power supply to power it.
There is 12V, 5V and 3.3V output in front with voltmeter and ammeter and also it’s possible to power DPH5005 form rear 5.5×2.5 or banana socket.
I just have to label it.

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