I bought a Tokyo Hi-Power HL-450 AMP to get 350 W out of my Kenwood TS-2000 rig. I needed a power supply for the amp. Tokyo Hy-Power's suggested price for their "matching" HP-460 60 amp Power Supply is $474.00. I looked over the internet for US dealers and the only one I could find was Array Solutions (HRO and HAM CITY both carry the Tokyo Hy-Power amps but not the HP-460 PS). Array Solutions' price for the HP-460 was $499.00 and they paid for the shipping.
The "Tokyo Hy-Power" power supply does a good job of driving the amp (before the power supply came I was using a fairly new fully charged car battery at 12 volts. But, it would only let me pull 250 watts out of the amp (the amp is rated at 400 but 350 is typical).
Here's the rub. After I bought the "Tokyo Hy-Power" PS from Array Solutions, I was checking the internet and searched for 60 amp power supplies. I discovered a 60 amp PS with the name of Tenma. The model number is 72-7655. If you download the manual in .pdf format and compare the pictures you see that the power supplies are virtually the same! The difference is the "Tokyo Hy-Power" PS has a sticker on the front with Tokyo's name on it.
I found two sources on the internet to order the Tenma Power Supply 72-7655.
$359.00 + shipping
$299.00 + free shipping !
Why did I pay $499.00 for virtually the same PS that costs $299? I'll tell you why. Because I'm stupid.
I'm not sure but there must be a reason why Ham Radio Outlet and Ham City do not sell this "Tokyo Hy-Power" product, since they sell many of Tokyo's other products.
I've placed this review on eHam so that other folks will have the information prior to the purchase of the "Tokyo Hy-Power" 60 amp PS. Although I'm not sure why anyone would want this - just because it has a Tokyo sticker on the front - ... but then, based on this review it's obvious that I'm not too bright. If I had it to do all over again I'd by another PS, obviously.
I gave this a 4 only because a 5 would imply that the product is perfect. Given the information above it would be hard to say it was a perfect experience. BTW ... there's a small sticker on the back of the HP-460 Power Supply. It says "Made in China". But, isn't just about everything these days?
KH6DAN sends ....