Manson NSP-3630 Switch-Mode Bench Power Supply Teardown

Some time ago Mike from Mike’s Electric Stuff (YouTube: mikeselectricstuff) did a review of Tenma 72-8345 – 1 to 36V, 0 to 3A adjustable switch mode bench power supply.

I needed additional power supply for stuff that I do, and so after Mike’s review I bought Manson NSP-3630 which is exactly the same power supply as Tenma 72-8345, made by the same OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) – Manson.

I can’t add much more to what Mike said in his review, but if you want to see high-res photos of internals of this power supply – you’re in the right place.

There’s seemingly two bodges on the back of the main PCB, but, in fact, one of them is not. The diode on top has a legend underneath:

A few extra angles (note – the front panel assembly is taken off):

And some closeups:

The display board on the right:

Control board, where encoders are and board with caps and binding posts on the left:

This PSU is built around TL494, which you can find in all sorts of switch mode power supplies, and other jelly-bean components, which is pretty good for PSU repairability.

The control board is separated from display board, so you can modify it(if you want) without touching the display part. It is built around ubiquitous ATmega8 MCU and even has a place for in-circuit programming header.

I got to tell you that this PSU needs firmware update really badly. Revision of the main board is 3.0, but it looks like the firmware hasn’t been updated since day one.
In my opinion at least two things in that FW got to be changed:

  • When you turn encoder knob one click, during that period PSU makes three small incremental adjustments to output and then falls back to the value you want to set. This is clearly due to badly written firmware when they adjust output value on each step of the encoder – which is plain wrong.
  • Add encoder speed control. When you spin it slow – you have small increments in voltage or current, but when you spin it fast – you’ll get much bigger increments. This would be very convinient when you try to change voltage from, let’s say, 5V to 24V – right now it’s a lot of revolutions..

The main PSU board is REV 3.0:

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