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toastedsuppy

£6.99 To Control Fan!!!!

Well if the title excited you it did me

i got a piece of kit yesterday i aint seen before you plug any lamp in it and it terms into dimmer

so i tried to plug my fan in to see if i can slow down and it worked but i only let run for under a minute cause a burning smell came almost immediately from the dimmer part of my new bit of kit , i paniced and turned straight off does anyone think this smell will go i know some new things do smell to start with but i dare not try again so have i found a new bit of wonderful kit or have i wasted another 6.99 help needed and fully appreciated

please explain simple cause im shite at electronics full stop :stoned::D

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You need to get a ceiling fan controller not a dimmer switch, i got one for £17 from bbq :stoned:

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You need to get a ceiling fan controller not a dimmer switch, i got one for £17 from bbq :stoned:

i know mate but i cant even wire them together i thought this was easy way cheers

toasted

e2a if i get a b an q one can you pm a pic or someite please

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The light dimmer ones are useless for the purposes of controlling the speed of RVK-type fans - that burning smell *won't* go away - it will just continue and get worse until the magic smoke is let out of either it, the fan, or both. :D

Even the 'ceiling fan controllers' aren't really up to the task of controlling RVKs - they are for a different type of fan. Variacs are the way to go with RVK/Rucks. :B):

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The light dimmer ones are useless for the purposes of controlling the speed of RVK-type fans - that burning smell *won't* go away - it will just continue and get worse until the magic smoke is let out of either it, the fan, or both. :D

Even the 'ceiling fan controllers' aren't really up to the task of controlling RVKs - they are for a different type of fan. Variacs are the way to go with RVK/Rucks. :B):

:spliff:

thanks for that matey defo seems to be the feeling i am shit at elecs and scared to tell people who i trust at me yard

cheers toasted

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Variacs are a bit pricey but they are the dog's bollocks for controlling RVKs really smoothly and safely, and they are not hard to wire up at all. :B):

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if you have got the cash get a variac

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If it makes the fan hum then its not happy.

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If it makes the fan hum then its not happy.

The hum to do with it not lowering the voltage i think. Someone else here will be able to tell you for sure but its not a problem with the fan.

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just bought myself a 0.75A variac (variable transformer) from maplin for £31.14 plus delivery. real easy to connect up if you can follow a diagram and you know which wires are which in a plug. will hopefully be here by the weekend so will try and put together a simple step by step guide for a controller. there's no real magic to it, just need to connect the input and output up and fashion some kind of housing. i'm hoping that because it goes from 0-100 rather than in steps i'll be able to use it to control the temperature somewhat through my cool tube. fingers crossed. i can't see why this won't work. i wish more people had a basic grounding in electrics, £31 for a variac and an hour of my time (if that). bargain... (plus i feel like i'm sleeping next to a jet engine at the moment... not good.)

will report back on the Maplin Variac...

in a bit!

ben

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just bought myself a 0.75A variac (variable transformer) from maplin for £31.14 plus delivery. real easy to connect up if you can follow a diagram and you know which wires are which in a plug. will hopefully be here by the weekend so will try and put together a simple step by step guide for a controller. there's no real magic to it, just need to connect the input and output up and fashion some kind of housing. i'm hoping that because it goes from 0-100 rather than in steps i'll be able to use it to control the temperature somewhat through my cool tube. fingers crossed. i can't see why this won't work. i wish more people had a basic grounding in electrics, £31 for a variac and an hour of my time (if that). bargain... (plus i feel like i'm sleeping next to a jet engine at the moment... not good.)

will report back on the Maplin Variac...

in a bit!

ben

Hi mate

if u did do a real simple diagram i would be so gratful

toasted

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