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I don't know if this question has been asked, or answered already. If there is a post that addresses this, please send me the link!

I have been intrigued by peltiers for some time now. But I have been sitting on the wayside because I am aprehensive to dive into it atm. I have done a lot of research which means I know more than Joe on the street, but nothing compared with you guys. I think, if I ever did do it, I would want to do a chiller, or stack of chillers if that's even possible. I know that I would want to get some fan controllers to control the fans on the rads for the hot side. But, what I would love to do is to have a controller that I can flip a switch to chose whether its manual control or temp controlled. I absolutely love to actually get in with the nuts and bolts and solder etc when I am really making something cool, so I'd much rather build then buy. The problems are I don't know what all I would need to build the controller itself, and how to get that to play nice with an arduino, or something like that.

On a side note, would it be possible to hook the peltiers up to some form of controller? Or is that just a really bad idea?
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I would love to do is to have a controller that I can flip a switch to chose whether its manual control or temp controlled. I absolutely love to actually get in with the nuts and bolts and solder etc when I am really making something cool, so I'd much rather build then buy. The problems are I don't know what all I would need to build the controller itself, and how to get that to play nice with an arduino, or something like that.
On a side note, would it be possible to hook the peltiers up to some form of controller? Or is that just a really bad idea?

Are you talking about a fan controller or a tec controller?

I personally use both a fan and tec controller on my builds.

Here is my personal computer with both controllers installed


Edited by Mindchi|l - 9/2/12 at 7:08am
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Originally Posted by Winflakes View Post

I don't know if this question has been asked, or answered already. If there is a post that addresses this, please send me the link!
I have been intrigued by peltiers for some time now. But I have been sitting on the wayside because I am aprehensive to dive into it atm. I have done a lot of research which means I know more than Joe on the street, but nothing compared with you guys. I think, if I ever did do it, I would want to do a chiller, or stack of chillers if that's even possible. I know that I would want to get some fan controllers to control the fans on the rads for the hot side. But, what I would love to do is to have a controller that I can flip a switch to chose whether its manual control or temp controlled. I absolutely love to actually get in with the nuts and bolts and solder etc when I am really making something cool, so I'd much rather build then buy. The problems are I don't know what all I would need to build the controller itself, and how to get that to play nice with an arduino, or something like that.
On a side note, would it be possible to hook the peltiers up to some form of controller? Or is that just a really bad idea?
Mindchill makes some amazing chillers and Tec controllers,as for the fan controllers I believe there are several out there. I have a Sunbeam Rheosmart 3-channel controller that uses a 4 wire PWM cable to the motherboard that can control fan speed. It also can be switched off at the front to go manual which is the way I prefer. I would suggest going to the ARQTIC website and see what Tec`s and Tec controllers you might be interested in. thumb.gif
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I'm talking about both. I don't know whether i'd want them controlled on the same device, or two separate ones. But I do want to be able to switch between manual mode and auto mode.

I'll check out the arqtic site when I can, It's blocked at work :/. Though I do want to learn how is put together. Like what components go onto the pcb, how they all alk and work etc. I might end up buying one if it's just what I want, but I want to learn about it either way.
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I have the fans for my rad on a manual controller, and my TEC block controlled by an Arqtik automatic controller to keep the block 1c above dew point.

It's a killer setup with no hassle and great for a daily use computer, not just for bench racks.
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