This is the second in the PCB mod options from DIYINHK, the Sanyo 10W version. Who doesn’t like the idea of modifying one or repairing an old broken pump and this one focuses on silent operations. Wizard1238 posted the information about his DIY kits on xtremesystems here and it quickly caught my interest.
A special thanks to wizzard1238 at DIYINHK, check out his Ebay store for DDC mods and projects.
Pictures and Information
First a few pictures of the Sanyo PCB mod installed on a Laing DDC1 pump with black rotor.
Sanyo LB11683V Motor Controller Info
I did some searching for information on this particular motor controller and found Sanyo’s site with additional detail:
Sanyo LB11683V PCB Product Sheet Download <– Good technical document
Of particular interest some following highlights:
- Quiet Operation (Current soft switching circuit)
- Built-in thermal shutdown operating temperature 150-210C
- Voltage rating 7.0V – 13.8V (Vcc max=14.5V)
- Current max – 1.5 Amps
- Allowable power dissipation – .5W
- Operating temperature -30 to 85C
So nothing dramatically more powerful like the Toshiba controller on a DDC3 pump, but the Sanyo does provide a small boost of performance over a DDC-1 pump. I’m a bit of a noiseless fanatic myself, so I was very happy with the performance. A high to low restriction system will still have plenty of power to maintain over 1GPM with just a single pump. If you need more, you could always put two in series and double your pressure..:)
Noise is always very subjective, and hence I generally lean toward using a video method while utilizing a fixed gain stereo microphone. I have a Zoom H1 set at 100% manual gain that is mounted to my Canon T2i that works pretty well. It has a nice flat frequency response, so if listened to with quality audio gear, I think gives a pretty good representation of the actual thing. Not perfect, but about as good as I’ve figured out how to do. In addition I normally include my A-weighted sound level meter for reference.
Here is a video of the PCB inside a DDC-1 along with some back to back recordings with a factory Laing DDC-1 and Laing DDC3.2.
Installation Notes & Video
I’ve now gone through and installed both PCBs each in DDC-1 pumps with success, although it does take some time and patience. I would highly recommend that you have a tub of flux, and find some fine pointy tweezers. I tried to do it without tweezers and struggled because of that. Another tip is to spend extra time making sure you don’t break any of the wires. One pump I managed to salvage all but one wire and life was pretty good. Soldering the wire back in place is relatively easy since the end of the copper wire is pretinned. However when you have to extend the wires, it takes extra time tinning and cleaning the end of the enamel covered coil wire. In addition a short splice can mean when you heat the wire for PCB soldering that you could accidentally unsolder your splice. Finally I think it’s fairly critical that any splices do not touch the coil or any metal part. The OEM coil wire is covered and protected by the enamel, but once you splice, you lose that. Any splices or bare wire should be heat shrink protected to prevent grounding on the coil or magnets.
With all that said, I attempted to create my first installation video. I really should have done one of these pumps before recording as to avoid the many mistakes…but I only had one Sanyo PCB, so I recording my first experience with this.
I would also like to thank Bmaverick for sending over the deceased pump to do this mod on. If you haven’t seen it, he has a lot full of new old stock DDC-1’s for sale that could either be run as is, or modified with either the Sanyo or Toshiba DIYINHK controller.
I really enjoyed the Sanyo controller PCB mod. It gives a small boost to performance and also improves noise levels on the DDC-1 series pumps. More power, less noise…very nice!
- An excellent way to revive an old pump
- Small boost to performance on the DDC-1 (8% pressure gain)
- Improvement to noise quality on DDC-1 pumps
- Heat limiter to protect pump
- I/C controller is inverted allowing installation of the heat sink PCB for good heat dissipation
- RPM readout appears to be accurate (pulses are the same as a normal fan)
- DIY difficulty is higher than average. Suggest to those with patience and fine soldering skills.