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    Question Fan Controller Read-Out Fluctuations -- Normal?

    Hello folks,

    I wonder if anyone can tell me whether some fluctuation in the readings on the display of a fan controller is normal.

    After I set a voltage dial (or "knob"), the values often fluctuate. For example:

    * if I set a dial so that the voltage is "about 8 volts", the voltage typically fluctuates over a range of 7.8 to about 8.2 volts from then onwards.
    * if I set all the dials to their maximum, the voltage typically floats over a range of 11.8, 11.9, or 12.0 volts.
    * if I set a dial to "around 6.5 volts" the voltage typically fluctuates over a range of about 6.3 volts to 6.7 volts.

    And so forth.

    Is this normal? I had previously thought that after setting a voltage, it would always stay constant after that point.

    I have taken a video here (60 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvh-RQ20Ui8 (The video features voltages that are quite low from the range I tend to pick from.)

    Any thoughts are most welcome.




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    Last edited by D001; 27-05-2013 at 10:48 AM.

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    Re: Fan Controller Read-Out Fluctuations -- Normal?

    Perfectly normal for there to be some variance, just the nature of the motors in the fans. Don't worry about it unless you start seeing big swings in voltage or your fans stop.

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    Re: Fan Controller Read-Out Fluctuations -- Normal?

    Thanks again chuck!

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    Re: Fan Controller Read-Out Fluctuations -- Normal?

    All sorts of things could be causing that, it will depend on where and how the controller is getting that voltage number from.
    I'm not so sure about the fans causing it, they should be causing amp variation not voltage, but it could be that those numbers are just estimated voltage based on the knob position.

    If you really want to be sure you need to get a multi-meter out and take actual readings

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    Re: Fan Controller Read-Out Fluctuations -- Normal?

    Thanks for the tips Pob.

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