[sdiy] Using switching power supplies in series to get bipolar outputs?

S Ridley spridley1 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 18 18:29:20 CET 2023


It's worth having a look at the data sheet:


These are 5v supplies with a couple of extra taps for the 12v & -12v, so
you need to draw a significant current at 5v for the supply to work
correctly.  The Meanwell 65B recommends a greater than 10% load on the 5v
(so at least 800mA) for the other rails (12v) to regulate within spec.
There's also 120mV of ripple on the +12v.


On Sat, 18 Nov 2023 at 14:12, Scott Bernardi via Synth-diy <
synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:

> I've noticed that most switching power supplies that offer bipolar
> outputs(i.e., to get +/-12v) have less current capability on the negative
> supply than the positive.  For example, the Meanwell 65B which has +/-12v
> and +5v, great for Eurorack, has
> +5v max 8 amps
> +12v max 3.5 amps
> -12v max 1 amp
> What about buying two +12v supplies, or maybe one that has +12v and +5v
> with another with just +12v, and hooking them in series with a center tap
> to get +/- 12v?
> This article
> https://www.mouser.com/pdfDocs/blog_how-to-operate-parallel-and-series-connection.pdf looks
> like it's possible, although they only talk about hooking them up in series
> to increase the output voltage rather than bipolar.
> Has anybody done this?
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