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Old 02-10-2012, 01:10 AM #1
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Is this a good power supply for the laser hobby?

DC Power Supply - Linear Power Supply - Mastech REGULATED VARIABLE DC POWER SUPPLY HY3006D 30V 6A New Model (Powered by CubeCart)

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Looks good to me! Though I think you can find them cheaper from China.
Edit: like this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en

I'm not too far off from picking one of these up for myself, actually. It's on "the list" along with a 35kV 5mA HVDC power supply and an LPM.
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That is pretty much what I have. For laser work higher amps is better than higher voltage. The only thing i'v found with these cheaper adjustable PSU's is they may not last as long as a more expensive unit.

All that said, I can't remember how I got along without one. It's great to be able to just hook something up and see if it runs and at what point it begins lasing.....no more trying to hook up batteries to test.
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Ya, it sure beats what I've been doing (building a LM317 based linear supply on a breadboard) whenever I need to test something. Stringing together tons of silicon/zener diodes to drop 13.8V to the voltage needed gets old fast.
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Here is a good vendor for low cost supplies.

The first two are good starter units:

Bench Supplies-MPJA, Inc.

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