eBay worldwindow2010 seller who did what he said he would do

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Rick NJ
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eBay worldwindow2010 seller who did what he said he would do

Here is an eBay seller that I now trust – one that is honest and wants to make the customer happy. “worldwindow2010” on eBay. My first dealing with him/them and they earned my trust.

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Below a post I made in eevblog – since there I can upload pictures.
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Here is a bad experience turned good. I benefited from it (learning with help from fellow EEvBlog member – thanks, c4757p), and an honest eBay worldwindow2010 seller who did what he said he would do.

My work area is a non-smoking area, but I give dying components some leeway. And.. a PCB has no business pretending to be Siamese twins.

I ordered a CC/CV power board to replace my dead cell phone charger. It was shipped fast, and arrived in good shape. I checked it quickly and looked like it worked. So I “wrap up” by giving the seller an excellent feedback.

Weekend came and I had time to really test and use it. After about 10 minutes, a regulator (78L05) on the PCB literally went up in smoke. I emailed the seller. He apologized and said he will send me a new one. I received the news with some skepticism, wondering if I would ever really see a replacement.

Since some of you vent about bad sellers, so let me sidetrack here – here is one that is honest and wants to make the customer happy. “worldwindow2010” – he said he will send me a replacement and he did. It arrived quicker than I expected, it is working and it is a non-smoker. I think the first board just had a bad component.

Before I got the replacement, good thing about a dead board is I don’t have to handle it with care. I realized that when the 78L05 was smoking, the board was still putting out the right voltage and charge current was stable. Not only did the 78L05 smoked, the solder actually melted and the PCB was bubbling. Now that the board became disposable, and not knowing if I would ever see a replacement, I want to at least learn something from it – I traced the entire PCB. I measured what I can. With some help from fellow EEVBlog member (thanks, c4757p), I figured out how it actually did “constant current”. (It was bugging me when I didn’t see any feedback mechanism, but c4757p’s comment points me to the op-amp wiring).

Realizing that the 78L05 is only responsible for the current-control part of the circuit, I experimented, and got the board working to the point of having the CV part without CC. After more experimentation, I got partial control of CC without the 78L05: I connected the LM2596’s input (27Volt) via a resistor to two white-LED in series then to ground. Two white-LED give me 5.2volt-ish. I use that to power the op-amp controlling current and the rest of the CC circuit. It even kind-of work as long as the real load on the LM2596’s output doesn’t draw so much current that the “LED voltage regulator” has no power! The two LED looks like a couple of heads, and the board looks like a Siamese twins’ cranial separation surgery went horribly wrong, but it worked within a (narrow) range of current. It looks hilarious! I like this board.

Had the board not died so quickly, I would probably never dig so deep. So, now I understand what each component on this board do, and I really like the board because I understand it well.

I would have been happy even if I never seen a replacement since I learned so much; but this eBay seller is an honest one. My skepticism was misplaced. The seller did what he said he would, I received the replacement board, (thanks “worldwindow2010”) and I learn a lot by understanding how this board got the job done.

Edited by: Rick NJ on 04/06/2013 - 19:31