[Homeroast] update on variable transformers

peter peter at midwestbicycleworks.com
Tue Feb 28 20:28:11 CST 2012


Your message about the variable transformers.  I got one early in the day  
and then the second one in the evening.

Peter 

Sent from my Motorola Smartphone on the Now Network from Sprint!

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From: peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 20:54:15 EST
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] update on variable transformers

Peter, What did you get 2 of??

Thanks,

PeterZ

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM, peter <peter at midwestbicycleworks.com>wrote:

> Well, i got two of them.  :-)
>
> Peter
>
> Sent from my Motorola Smartphone on the Now Network from Sprint!
>
>
> -----Original message-----
> From: peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com>
> To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
> list,     available at  
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> Sent: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 20:03:21 EST
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] update on variable transformers
>
> Resending this as it doesn't look sent:
>
> Amazon shipped my  order of this thing:
>
>  
http://www.amazon.com/gp/**product/B001NIK6PC/ref=oh_o00_**s00_i00_details<ht 
tp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NIK6PC/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details>
>
> and it arrived a day early :)
> I plugged it into a "Kila watt" and plugged a Poppery into it.
> (A Kila-Watt is a power, amperage, Voltage monitor that costs about $25.00
> )
> Not too happy with this one, but the reviews were mixed on it. Several
> folks got bad ones.
> What I found was:
> the variable was all at the top end of the dial.
> At the top of the dial, it would only allow 650 Watts to go through to the
> Poppery, but when I switched to to non-variable it allowed 1375W.
> Just like when it was not there.
>
> Next I went to a different circuit and tried a 1500W steamer.
> Same result, only allowed 650W on variable, but full wattage on the other
> side of the switch.
> Also power did not vary much at the lower end of the dial, and ramped to
> the max quickly at the top end.
> Not much control :(
> I suspect that the rheostat is defective.
> Read the reviews on Amazon. Some folks are happy, and others keep getting
> duds.
>
> The one I bought will be returned and I am not sure if I will order
> another. I would rather learn how to build something with some kind of
> Solid State device..   Triac??
>
> PeterZ
>
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM, g paris p <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>  Peter;
>>
>> do you still want a variac? I may have a second, like new one, in the
>> basement.
>>
>> -
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM, peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com
>> >wrote:
>>
>> > While rummaging through the things that I DID bring, I am becoming
>> > very upset with myself here.
>> >
>> > When I left AZ I left my 25 amp Variac behind (too heavy) figuring I
>> could
>> > replace it for what I spent to get it.
>> > Forgot I bought it 12 years ago! I guess I paid about $45 + shipping
>>
> from
>
>> > ebay at that time.
>> > Now they are untouchable.
>> > Need a business to justify it!
>> > I left too much stuff there that I was planning to replace cheap. Oh
>> well.
>> > So sad that it all went in the dumpster.
>> >
>> > Now even the Chinese junk is way beyond my means :(
>> > BUT,
>> > almost forgot this part:
>> > While in AZ I did pick up a red Chinese Variac knock-off at a yard
>> sale...
>> > free.
>> > It did not work, and the guy wanted it hauled away.
>> > It was heavy.
>> > I like free :)
>> > I took it all apart...  figuring I could fix it.....
>> > you do not want to *buy* one of them.
>> > My guess to what had happened to it was: it had fallen because all the
>> > bearings and plastic inside was destroyed.
>> > It didn't look bad on the outside though.
>> > Looked to be in good shape.
>> > Buyer beware. Free is okay if you have time to tinker.
>> > Please do not buy Chinese Variacs.
>> > From my limited experience with then, they are throw away's.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> >
>> > Peter Z
>> >
>> > On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM, Zev Rieser <zrieser at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Peter,
>> > >
>> > > Please do!! I just upgraded from a Popcorn popper to the  Stir
>> > Crazy/Turbo
>> > > oven, and would like to set it up so I can have full control over  
heat
>> > for
>> > > profiles.... the variac route just is very expensive, so would love  
to
>> > have
>> > > an alternate method.
>> > >
>> > > Zev
>> > >
>> > > On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM, peter zulkowski <
>> peterz5743 at gmail.com
>> > > >wrote:
>> > >
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