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Member #623625

Member Since: December 1, 2014

Country: United States

  • Very disappointed in this kit. The binding posts are very poor quality...the worst I have ever seen in 35 years of electronics professional and hobby work!. The function seems to work fine, but while the spacing between the pairs of post (Blk/Red) is fine, the spacing between adjacent pairs is dangerously close and you can short the + of one voltage to the ground of another (I. e. they are common grounds!) because the hex nuts on the back of the too close binding posts can short! I had to work hard to get the nuts to thread correctly on 3 of the posts.

    Providing ALL 5Amp fuses when clearly the amperage of a typical PC power supply is very much higher (or lower) then 5 Amps. Way too high current for some voltages and very undersized for the 12V, high current outputs.

    Having to ADD jumper wires to connect the binding posts to the circuit seems a bit cheap as will. Pick a binding post style the can be bolted on and makes connection from the start.

    As for function, I can say it works, safety issues aside, but could be sooo much more. 1) Fix the spacing, provide better and correct binding post style, reasonable fuse sizes or at least some instruction to warn low knowledge users. 2) Provisions in the circuit board for adding Voltage and current monitoring would be fantastic. Don't populate or sell the extra bits as an add-on, but at least provide the holes and simple traces to add external wires to meters and a cut trace position to add a through-hole sense resistor in series.

    Have to say that I love 99% of the product I get from sparkfun and really like their support of the hobbyist Makers out there. Please see if you can clean this one up, as I could use more, if the issues are resolved.

    My 2 cents.

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