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AC Rheostat possible?

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Fluxer

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Mar 2, 2002
Location
New York
Well, I have a monster 120mm fan that plugs into the wall via an AC connection. I know its possible to use a rheostat with a DC connection to the computer power supply but is there anything I can make/buy to use one with an AC connection? The reason I want to do this is because I have my heater core outside my case and plugging the fan into the wall is more convinient (aside from the fact that I don't want to buy another 120mm DC fan just so I can use a rheostat).
 

Diggrr

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Nov 29, 2001
Well, I can tell you what won't work.
Out of curiosity, I just tried my RadioShack 120mm 110volt fan with a wall mount dimmer switch (labeled: incandescent light dimmer)...no good. The motor barely turned at all at full on power.

Maybe a fan control switch would work better...find it by the ceiling fans at Home Depot or Lowes. They're constructed differently inside.

Have fun!
 

res0r9lm

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florida
Diggrr said:
Well, I can tell you what won't work.
Out of curiosity, I just tried my RadioShack 120mm 110volt fan with a wall mount dimmer switch (labeled: incandescent light dimmer)...no good. The motor barely turned at all at full on power.

Maybe a fan control switch would work better...find it by the ceiling fans at Home Depot or Lowes. They're constructed differently inside.

Have fun!
I don't know why it wouldn't work tons of ceiling fans use those switches
 
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Fluxer

Fluxer

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This will be interesting. I think I may try and get some type of fan control switch or dimmer tomorrow to try out.
 

RoadWarrior

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Nov 25, 2001
Location
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Sewing machines, older ones use rheostat speed controls. Got one on an extension cord that I can rheostat anything with, works good with my drill. Kinda useful for diagnosing overvoltage problems on monitors too, and for seeing how well your PSU copes with brownouts LOL.

Road Warrior