Prospective Chassis for the Controller

I’m pleased to have found a possible chassis to house the power transfer controller (PTC).

$3 chassis
This was $3 at a flea market. I wasn’t sure what the box was, but liked the size, and the heat sinks.

The included heat sinks are a nice feature, as I expect that the main switch (transistor) of my design will get quite hot, as will the rectifier. I’ll probably need to enlarge some of the holes to accommodate water-tight fittings for the power cables, and may need to seal other places with liquid gasket, as any equipment going on a bicycle eventually gets rained on.

Inside the Chassis
Hmm, looks like it could have been a TV cable distribution amp of some kind. It’s old – the date codes on the parts suggest it’s from circa 1980. The power supply in the top section doesn’t even have a monolithic regulator, it uses a zener diode and common base NPN transistor.

Actually, this chassis has way more space than is probably needed. Maybe I could keep the heat sinks as they are, but cut the other sides in half. ¬†As-is, this chassis is wider than my bike’s rear rack.

(Visited 29 time, 1 visit today)

Leave a Reply