OK, I know this is a VERY, very simple project, but I am posting it here for suggestions. Always looking to make my projects better or more easily.
I have at leat 10 accessory gear items here in my shack that run off of low current unregulated (all but 1-2)12vdc low current wall warts.
(400 ma or less, up to 2.5 amps). Multiple PWR/SWR meters, 2 TNC's, 2 auto tuners, scanner, external DSP proccesors, CW memory keyer, etc, etc. You know the drill. I am extremely sick of dealing with wall warts and hooking up and unhooking up power cables from my Astron RS-7A, which I use for K2....and 8 other QRP rigs, and accesories that didn't come with a wart.
Those dumb screw on rear connectors will only handle so many connections, So I often have to remove one thing to add another. Of course I do not use all of these acesories at once.
So I plan to build a breakout box, and have ALL the low current 12vdc accessories wired into it, with the
PS on the floor and out of site. This will make the shack a LOT less messy and easy to use.
So very simple project, possibly using Anderson power poles to on the breakout box. They make a nice 4 set (eight conductor) chassis mount. I was going to use
two or three of them, of course with the proper polarity all wired in series. http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpoles/accessories/powerpoles-chassis-mount-4-sets.html
Yes, I know it says 30A rated connectors, way more than I need, but I couldn't find a lower current rated one. I will of course put a fuse in the breakout box. I do not want to have a fuse for every connection as some of the MFJ strips do. I was also thinking of adding an inexpensive current meter. If
I don't run over 15A or so into it I won't need a meter shunt, which would cause voltage drop off issues.
I was thinking of adding reverse polarity protection for the entire box, but not each individual connection. I guess I could do this by putting external fuses on the PS->breakout box DC line. Then install a large zener to ground at the negative voltage connector. Positive voltage to ground side the box would would short the +volatge circuit and blow the external fast blow line fuse.
Or should I just forget that?
Would that work, and can anyone offer any improvements/alternatives/ add ons to what I mentioned above?
God, it would be OUTSTANDING to be able to
get rid of 6-7 wall warts on an inline strip at the back of my operating desk. And also to have a quick and easy to connect 13.8 VDC imput easily available
for QRP and bench work. Since they all use 2.5mm power connectors, would just make some power pole to 2.5 mm male connectors for that use.
Sorry to take up so much space for advice on what is
a silly no brains required beginner's project.