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    Question Building a Sproggy

    I've been combing the board & all of your fantastic web sites for info on the DC-DC PSU's. I have assembled a set of test equipment (mobo, hd) and a 12v marine battery for bench testing.

    My problem is that though I am a computer geek, I have absolutely no clue about things electrical. Frankly the whole electricity thing gives me the willies! Sproggy's beautiful diagrams are greek to me.

    I don't have a problem with learning new things, and I am willing to create a "building a sproggy for dummies" if you all can help me learn how to do it myself.

    So... here are my questions:

    1. Can you recomend a primer on 12v (book, faq, etc)?

    2. Where do I get the PCB (sproggy says build your own?)?

    3. Once I have the PCB & all of the parts, what tools & techniques do I need to assemble it?

    4. Can you send me your safety tips and best practices? (I hate it when I let the smoke out of stuff

    5. Sproggy, are you still willing to sell the complete set of parts?

    Thanks for your help everyone, I've been lurking here for a while & this board has been a great resource! I hope that when I get up to speed I can help y'all as much as you've helped me!

    -Katherine

    send mail to:
    kate at bootstrap dot net


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    I think your only major problem would be getting the PCB. It takes some expensive equipment to make your own. I did ut back when I took community college classes for electronics. Other than that, if schematics are provided by Sproggy you probably just need to solder them to the board correctly.

    - JustAGuy

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    Here is a really good website I came across on making PCBs. It is pretty in depth, but I have yet to read it all. It should help you.
    http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~wwl/pcbs.html

    HoundDog


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    Sproggy sells the PCB and some stuff for $20. A kit can be purchased for $40 , it contains everything except for the smaple stuff. Go to sproggy.com

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    I'd be pretty hard to make but you may have better luck making one of my power supplies :-p

    Unfortunately I am unable to take orders for any PCB's or kits at the moment. So the only option is to make your own PCB or get someone else to make it for you. You should be able to basic PCB making kit with instructions for $20-$30 that should include all you need to make a few pcb's.

    For general electronics info the best resource will be your local library which should have a range of introductory electronics books.

    To make the power supply the only knowledge you really need is that of basic circuits (how voltage, polarity and currents work), how to solder and be able recognise the various components.

    Safety isn't such a great concern with 12V systems as long as the supply is fused properly and your not careless.

    Sproggy http://www.sproggy.com

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    Wink

    Darn it... I was hoping to get a Build a Sproggy kit to recreate you here :')! but I am sure they broke the mold!

    As for the PSU kits & PCB's... Any idea when you will be able to sell them again?

    -Katherine

    send mail to:
    kate at bootstrap dot net


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    Talking

    I have a question here. The sproggy MK2.5 or whatever with the 3.3V operation, is that an ATX power supply? Will that successfully power an ATX motherboard and all of the drives? Does it have auto on and software shutdown like a normal ATX PSU?

    That would be truly cool, and if it does sproggy gets a big "praise the master" from me.

    Let me know. E-mail me if possible.

    Shawn
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