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New Bee

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Hi guys can anyone help me please, I have scoured the internet trying to find an answer to this question but I can't find an answer anywhere

Does potentiometer ohm rating matter in a PWM circuit? Is it still acting as a resistor? or is it just using the wiper setting of the pot to adjust the duty cycle setting?

I'm talking about this board

https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-...Regulator-Controller-Switch-S8W2/282658184072

I'm new in electronics hence my name can anyone please help me, thanks
 

Minder

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Like any component in an electronic circuit, the value is dependent on the function it does in that particular design.
In this case a typical value could be 100k linear pot.
What is the reason for the question?
M.
 

dave9

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In a SMPS, anything that adjusts the output is adjusting the duty cycle. If you want a better answer, you need to get the controller chip part # and look at the datasheet to see if it is on a control line or the feedback loop.

Are you just trying to learn how these work in general or do you need to modify it for a particular reason (which would be helpful to mention) ?
 

New Bee

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The current pot has very limited range control on my intended motor it's speed control all seems to happen in a little part of a turn, so I was wondering if I replaced the potentiometer with one of a different value, smaller probably (current 100k) then would it give more control over the speed? Would it detriment the PWM in any way or is it just there to adjust the duty cycle so value doesn't matter?

Anyway I was thinking of replacing with a 10 turn wirebound pot for greater control hence why I'm asking if pot value matters as there are multiple ohm choices

https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/3590S-Prec...5K10K20K50K100K-Ohm-Pot-10Turn-U/192078162105

Would changing the pot work or is it just not a great pwm?
Thanks
 

kellys_eye

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It could be that you have been supplied with a logarithmic track potentiometer instead of a linear track version.

Can you see any identification marks, numbers, codes on the pot you are using?
 

New Bee

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It could be that you have been supplied with a logarithmic track potentiometer instead of a linear track version.

Can you see any identification marks, numbers, codes on the pot you are using?
Just W.L on the metal
And b100k on the pcb
 

WHONOES

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It is difficult to tell fro the pictures in your link, but it is probably based on a 555 timer and if so the value of the pot is quite important. Using a smaller value would increase an already high switching speed.
There also seems to be a lot of bits, which probably includes a voltage regulator, on the board for what is a fairly simple circuit.
 

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^ concur.... annoyingly the North American marking differ from the European marking in that they are 'reversed' i.e. European has A for logarithmic and B for linear whilst N.A is the opposite!!!

It 'sounds' like you're using a log pot - simple matter to get a replacement (linear) which should fix your problem.
 

Minder

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The one I picked up is very similar and mine has a 100k linear pot.
Place the pot slider in the centre and measure to each end, that would tell you.
Also are you using a power supply at the voltage rating of the motor? With a PWM drive you normally would be at least 10% higher voltage than the motor rating.
M.
 
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New Bee

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Using 12.6v adapter (waiting on a 12v 18650 battery pack) 12v motor, I purchased one of those 10 turn wirewound pots in 100k size so I'll see how that goes, not sure if the current one is or isn't linear as I've not tested it yet but either way itself or the pwm board will need replacing anyway as somethings not right. Hopefully this will fix things thanks for all the helpful answers everyone
 

Minder

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Did you try an automotive lamp? See if the same results?
M.
 

WHONOES

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Had a quick look at the one you bought, and its switching speed is 25KHz which is a bit fast.
I run mine at between 50 and 300Hz. You might expect the motor to make a bit of a racket at that frequency but mine is OK but, having said that, mine are fairly low power 50 to100W or so. But I do get good control.
 

New Bee

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Had a quick look at the one you bought, and its switching speed is 25KHz which is a bit fast.
I run mine at between 50 and 300Hz. You might expect the motor to make a bit of a racket at that frequency but mine is OK but, having said that, mine are fairly low power 50 to100W or so. But I do get good control.
Could i ask what your running yours on?
 

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In the first link to Ebay, the photo of the pot on it's own shows B10K written on front of the bakolite insulator opposite the 3 terminals.
 

New Bee

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Random link I found quickly not the actual one but is "identical"
 

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Currently using it for my hand held 12V mini drill which is often to fast for some of the jobs I do. It runs at about 250Hz if I remember correctly.
 

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New Bee, a quick 'n dirty way of checking your pot value, and if its Linear or Logarithmic can be done thus:
Value of pot:
With ohms on highest scale, measure end to end tag (outer two solder tags).
Lower ohms scale on meter until you get a reading.
The nearest standard value will be the pots rated resistance value.
LOG vs LIN:
From the wiper to each of the end tags, check ohms while turning the pot fully CW and ACW.
A LIN taper will gradually cruise from minimum to maximum resistance.
A LOG taper will leap after turning a few degrees (on a standard 300o travel).
 
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