Power supply question

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Power supply question

Postby mrbencowell » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:56 pm

Hello,

Forgive what is probably a basic electronics question but ..

To keep my Phidgets cool I'm looking for a way to power a small computer style fan (probably 12v DC and 0.2amp). My options are ..

    A single 5amp, 12v DC supply which is shared between my Phidgets DC Motor and Servo controller boards.
    A 12v DC 2amp power supply which is powering my LED controller.

I worry however that if I share either of these supplies with the fan, they'll fry the fan as they're delivering far too much current.

Any pointers are much appreciated.

cheers
ben

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Re: Power supply question

Postby burley » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:14 am

The system will only draw as much current as it needs to. Your servo controllers would get damaged by 5A just as quickly but that's not what it is getting. Look at it like this, the system has a fixed resistance and the power supply delivers a fixed voltage since the power supply is regulated. Current is then variable based on Ohm's law (I=V/R). The 5A rating on the power supply is simply a maximum that it can deliver.

You can use either of those power supplies and there will be no problems. I would recommend you use the 2A one since there is only one other device on it.
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Re: Power supply question

Postby mrbencowell » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:36 am

Brilliant .. thanks Burley, much appreciated.

Thanks to these forums I'm slowly getting a working knowledge of electronics.


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