A few years ago I bought a second-hand Systron Donner HR 70-3AI power supply. This power supply works with a pre-regulation by “dimming” the transformer to limit the power dissipation. This works ok, but the psu has a rather big output capacitor (3300µF), which makes it unsuitable for testing circuits.
After a few months the psu broke down, and instead of fixing it I decided to upgrade it by adding a new lab power supply part. For this I used a board I got from an action on circuitsonline. The heat sinks are rather small and can not handle the 210W (70V x 3A), therefore I decided to reuse the pre-regulation and have it regulate about 10V above the output voltage. For this I designed an interface circuit.
Old power supply drive board / pre-regulation driver:
New lab power supply circuit:
Interface circuit rev 1:
Interface circuit rev 2:
Interface circuit rev 3:
The boards mounted:
Other alterations that have been done on the power supply:
- The power transistors have been changed to transistors of the MJ11016 type
- An extra 2x9V AC PSU has been added
- The output capacitor has been changed from 3300µF to 150µF
- The potentiometers are changed to different values.
The new output cap:
On the outside nothing has been changed to the enclosure.