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    Hello!

    I recently purchased a basic LCD anodizing kit and a rapid rectifier 25amps, 24volts DC output. 115 VAC input air cooled unit. Now, this does not have continuously cariable output control. I am running a 100L tank (approx 26 gal) and about 1-2 SF surface area. Will I have any problems with this unit and the LCD system?

  • #2
    Re: Rectifier

    Welcome,

    If you are meaning that the rectifier is not CC (constant current) capable then yes it will make things difficult. You will need to rig something to control the current or sit and adjust the voltage to maintain the desired current throughout the run.
    SS

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    • #3
      Re: Rectitier

      from my understanding its not CC. but does have a voltage controller knob. Im doing a run as we speak so ill find out soon enough how it came out.

      thanks.

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      • #4
        Re: Rectitier

        Keep us posted.
        SS

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        • #5
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          well, today was a cold day here in Toronto. (the leafs lost and we are having some cold air from the artic visiting us!)

          I could not get my tanks to the proper temp. was at max 50F. The current wouldnt flow. We believe it was the cold temperature that caused our amps to read near zero while our volts were up there. (Initially I thought it was the 3:1 ratio of water to battery acid)

          Looks like I wont have any issues regarding cooling my tanks

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          • #6
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            I only have a problem with too cold a tank for a few days out of the year. A couple of cheap glass aquarium heaters should do the job. Although the colder temp will cause the voltage to be higher than normal, the current should flow. If it was not getting enough current at the max voltage, you need to double check your connections. You are just having the usual start up problems but will still have to do something on controlling the current.
            SS

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            • #7
              Re: Rectitier

              ill probably return that unit and get a CC unit.

              Hmmm, not cold related?!? can it be the acid concentration is too low? I did the 3:1 ratio water to acid. Im using copper wire as my connections and am using 4 6000 series AL cathodes instead of the lead ones that came with the kit. Ill try to get some insulated copper wire as it is exposed. and ill solder the connections as well.

              I have a Stainless Steel rack but after trying to plate 4 items, took out the other 3 and only tried to plate one. I initially used 20gauge AL wire and tried to connect with aligator clips directly to the wire holding the part. Then switched to Ti wire and tried it again but the amps would not rise much at all.
              Last edited by -AAPB-Eric; 03-26-2006, 06:00 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Rectitier

                ill probably return that unit and get a CC unit.
                That's the best way to go.

                Hmmm, not cold related?!? can it be the acid concentration is too low? I did the 3:1 ratio water to acid. Im using copper wire as my connections and am using 4 6000 series AL cathodes instead of the lead ones that came with the kit. Ill try to get some insulated copper wire as it is exposed. and ill solder the connections as well.

                Acid ratio won't be the cause if you mixed it right with distilled or RO water. For my curiosity, why did you switch to alum. cathodes? You say the copper wire connected to your cathodes is exposed. Are they connected to the cathodes out of the electrolyte? I use 10g automotive multistrand crimped, soldered and shrink tubed. Connections to cathodes and tank bar are bolted with SS bolts.

                I have a Stainless Steel rack but after trying to plate 4 items, took out the other 3 and only tried to plate one. I initially used 20gauge AL wire and tried to connect with aligator clips directly to the wire holding the part. Then switched to Ti wire and tried it again but the amps would not rise much at all.

                You will need to watch the size of the wire connected to the parts depending on the size of the part. I use from 20g to 8g wire depending on the SA of the part. If the wire is too small , the part won't get enough current and the wire will get warm.
                SS

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                • #9
                  Re: Rectitier

                  Originally posted by sswee
                  ill probably return that unit and get a CC unit.
                  That's the best way to go.

                  Hmmm, not cold related?!? can it be the acid concentration is too low? I did the 3:1 ratio water to acid. Im using copper wire as my connections and am using 4 6000 series AL cathodes instead of the lead ones that came with the kit. Ill try to get some insulated copper wire as it is exposed. and ill solder the connections as well.

                  Acid ratio won't be the cause if you mixed it right with distilled or RO water. For my curiosity, why did you switch to alum. cathodes? You say the copper wire connected to your cathodes is exposed. Are they connected to the cathodes out of the electrolyte? I use 10g automotive multistrand crimped, soldered and shrink tubed. Connections to cathodes and tank bar are bolted with SS bolts.

                  I have a Stainless Steel rack but after trying to plate 4 items, took out the other 3 and only tried to plate one. I initially used 20gauge AL wire and tried to connect with aligator clips directly to the wire holding the part. Then switched to Ti wire and tried it again but the amps would not rise much at all.

                  You will need to watch the size of the wire connected to the parts depending on the size of the part. I use from 20g to 8g wire depending on the SA of the part. If the wire is too small , the part won't get enough current and the wire will get warm.
                  SS
                  1) yes, I did switch to Aluminum cathodes. The connections are above the aqueous layer.

                  2) I have soldering experience, and will try it out and cross my fingers. The parts are not too large that Im anodizing. Paintball marker parts like body, trigger frame, barrel etc. Yesterday our SA was 1.5 SF.

                  Ill try again with a new rectifier that is meant for the LCD kit and give her another go and also make a smaller anodizing tank with the 5gal bucket and cathodes given by caswell and see from there whats the score. Im sure my problem is something small. All my bolts are SS along with my rack (tested with multimeter for conductive properties)

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                  • #10
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                    No doubt it's something minor. The alum. cathodes will work, I was just curious about why you went that way.
                    SS

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rectitier

                      well, I have been reading up on anodizing for 3 months now. Have gotten info from USpecialty corp, Ron Newman, other published books, and from Caswell. The lead content of the cathodes where bothering me some due to higher heat the lead based cathodes radiated (USpecialty corp). Ron Newman also suggested 2 alloy types in the 6000 range, I picked one up and tried to use that.

                      My copper wire is extra long! From university physics, I know the resistance of a wire is negletable in problem solving based questions, but maybe here in this instance it could mean the difference. My rectifier is cradled. I have a wooden box insulated with syrofoam put in a metal casing. Ill admit my wiring was a tad sloppy as per I already took on an anodizing job and wanted to run my test peices and the customers marker though in time. Maybe the wire is touching the metal casing and giving some problems?!?

                      I am running 4 cathodes, each a Square Foot in size, but only 3/4 is actually in the bath. (so total approx 3 SF total cathode)

                      ill post some pics:



                      Last edited by -AAPB-Eric; 03-27-2006, 12:54 AM.

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                      • #12
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                        I read most of all that also when I first started. Then was lucky enough to be able to talk with Fibergeek. He helped me straighten out my start up problems.

                        You said you were attempting a run of 1.5 SF of SA, what was the amperage you were trying to use on that batch?

                        Watch out changing too many things at once, it could make it hard to tell where the real problem is.

                        SS

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                              Originally posted by sswee
                              I read most of all that also when I first started. Then was lucky enough to be able to talk with Fibergeek. He helped me straighten out my start up problems.

                              You said you were attempting a run of 1.5 SF of SA, what was the amperage you were trying to use on that batch?

                              Watch out changing too many things at once, it could make it hard to tell where the real problem is.

                              SS
                              Well we wanted to go for 9ASF (yes i know what is suggested is 6). So we calculated 15amps for the duration of the test. The volt meter would climb but not the amp meter. I created a short and the amp meter jumped up! So the rectifier is working. I created shorts along my connections to test them out. Outside the tank, where my cathodes are I tested that and they all caused the amp meter to jump up (so connection is there). Same with my rack (tested about 12 different spots in total). I was getting flustered so I put my aligator clip that should attach to my parts in the bath where my parts were located...no reading on the amp meter. But the closer and closer I put the aligator clip towards the nearest cathode the higher the amp meter would climb. I was pressed for $$ so yes I made some short cuts as you can see in the connections...they seem to be completing a curcuit though. (tomorow I will buy proper materials).

                              Ron suggested that no amps will draw in the cold. Maybe my thermometer is off, but it was cold near freezing point here. Thats one thing I could think of maybe giving me a false state of bath temp.

                              I am using 2 of the agitators, with extra air pump.

                              BTW what wire (guage) should I get to properly hook up my rectifier?

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