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Old 04-05-2012, 12:14 PM   #16
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What is a SSR?

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #17
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What is a SSR?
Solid State Relay
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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^^^What Lightning said^^^. An SSR is a Solid State Relay. The difference between an SSR and standard relay is the way the contact closure is made. In a standard relay, and electrical current is passed through a magnetic coil, which then retracts a solenoid, which closes a set of mechanical contacts; much like flipping a light switch, but electrically. A solid state relay uses transistors (way over-simplified, but suitable for explanation) which activate to allow current to flow when triggered. The advantages of the SSR over a standard relay are the response time and lack of moving parts.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #19
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If the PID has a built in SSR, you will have to run the 12vdc fan power through the SSR output relay contacts. If, however, your PID has SSR control you will have to use a separate SSR. The controller I built has SSR control, so I had to use an external SSR. My build thread is here. I have a diagram in pdf format somewhere. I'll try to find it after work.
I believe the PID does have the SSR built in with a 12VDC output, I cannot find any info on the max load it can carry. The fan will draw an amp or less.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:14 AM   #20
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Wow, looks really simple to put together. A parts list would be great since you have already done the hard part
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:17 AM   #21
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I was looking at this very controller, but it displays temperature in Celcius.
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