[Homeroast] variable transformers

Dean dean_schaffran at wildblue.net
Fri Feb 24 19:56:44 CST 2012

hi Peter,

Before I retired my Rostos I tried using a solid-state router speed 
control (plug-in gadget) that I got from harbor freight

It worked, but it got kinda hot.  watch the specs, won't work with 
induction motors, only universals, YMMV etc.

On 2/24/2012 3:59 PM, peter zulkowski wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Recently I read on this list that someone was using slide dimmers ?? for
> voltage control. I want to manually control a split wired popcorn popper so
> I need something that will handle the 1400 watts it uses.
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I need and where I can get it
> cheaply?  Is it possible to use a lamp dimmer and have it control circuitry
> that will do the job? Do light dimmers handle this much alone?
> If I had a schematic I bet I could build something that would not be as
> heavy as a Variac.
> Thank you very much for your consideration,
> Peter Z
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