1. #1
    Hi guys, my psu died this morning mid job and I dont have a replacement, but I do have 2 similar(not identical) 24v PSUs. Am I right in thinking I just need to connect them as usual(2 on 1 and 1 on the other)? Or do I need to connect grounds?

    Thanks,
    I

  2. #2
    assuming they are switch mode power supplies

    when connected in parallel to get more current than any one can supply
    the odds are only one power supply will supply most of the current

    usually its the very expensive power supplies designed to be connected in parallel that will share the load


    when connecting them in series to get 48V you could be lucky but,
    it is likely that one will fail to start and be reverse biased by the working supply
    this will damage the electrolytic capacitors on the output side of the non working supply

    John

  3. #3
    Thanks, would it be possible to use 1 for 2 of the steppers and another for the Z axis(bigger motor)?

    Thanks, Phil

  4. #4
    yes , that will be the best solution with what you have

    John

  5. #5
    Do I need to connect grounds or anything?(both switch mode psus)

    Thanks for the help!

  6. #6
    wire the mains live , neutral & earth to the power supplies L,E,N terminals

    if the stepper drivers have opto-isolated step & direction inputs

    you only need to connect the power supplies DC output to the stepper drivers DC power in

    and the breakout boards step , direction & common (which could be either 0V or +5V depending on how you wire the stepper driver input)

    what stepper drivers do you have ?

    on some systems you may find the negative DC output connected to earth
    (like a PC's AT or ATX power supply , [common black wires internally connected to earth])

    did your original power supply have the negative output linked to the mains earth ?
    if it did you can do the same with the two new power supplies

    John

  7. #7
    I got them connected and working, thank you!

  8. #8
    great to see you have it working


    John

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