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Bench Power Supply

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Aug 24, 2013
Maryland Shore
Looking for recommendations for a good bench power supply at a reasonable cost. Primary use will be for battery eliminator adapters at 7.5VDC. I was leaning toward the BK 1621A (0-18VDC, 0-5A) however taking a look at the service manual for the Motorola APX7000 Service Manual they are recommending the Agilent 6552A (0-20VDC, 0-20A) or equiv. I am really a bit unsure why they are recommending such a heavy duty supply... For servicing mobiles I have an Astron SS-30M into various pigtails for servicing mobiles. I just need something with adjustable voltage, adjustable current, and current limiting for battery eliminators and minor direct board servicing.


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Jun 5, 2002
Hubert, NC
I think Motorola's reasoning in suggesting the Agilent 6552A is due to most people would use the same supply to service both portables and mobiles. You will be fine in using the 1621A, just make sure you turn the Amperage down when using the Motorola battery eliminator. I have to repair these all the time because one of the guys at work always leaves the PS on 15 Amps and blows them up.

We use the Model 1796, High Current DC Power Supply 0-16V/0-50A - B&K Precision and adjust as needed for a wide variety of servicing and troubleshooting.
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