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First , hello , I am glad to be here on instructables.com

This is my first instructable.

This is one simple way to create power resistor at home.
I needed 0,33 ohm resistor with some larger wattage so I decide to create one, instead of buying one. I always say, creating is much more fun then buying.

Step 1: Video

I created small video with these steps

Step 2: Coating Mass

You will need jointing filler to create mass for coating, to protect resistor wire from oxidation, and to provide heat transfer from wire to environment.

Step 3: Prepare Wires

You need one old high wattage resistor ( I had one 10W 100 ohm ) to use wire from it.
You will have to destroy it, and take high resisting wire of desired length-resistance. You also need some copper wire as connectors.

Step 4: Prepare Mold

Also you will need small piece of tin to create mold.

Step 5: See Results

This is semi finished, and finished resistor after drying.

<p>This is very interesting! What did you make using this homemade resistor?</p>
<p>Thanks, I am creating variable power supply so I needed it on output stage.</p>
<p>ha, that's exactly how I landed here. I need 12x 0.05 ohms at 100W.</p>
<p>Yes, it is possible to create any resistance and any power.If one does not have precise ohm meter it is possible to measure , let say 2 ohms wire, and calculate with the length of 2 ohm wire desired resistance. Also combining wires in parallel we can get desired resistance and higher power. </p>
<p>Thanks for this one. Actually, since I don't have those old resistors/resistor wire I'll try the pencil way. It's needed for a battery tester with something around 10-20 Ohms.</p>
<p>you're welcome, you can try with pencil graphite rod, you just have to be careful since </p><p>graphite rod is quite fragile.</p>
<p>I have just tried it out. 1cm of graphite had around 10 Ohms. I connected it to my power supply with 5 Volt. And that made the resistance drop constantly so the 500 mA increased and soon crossed 2 A with nice little smoke clouds. It looks like I need some resistor wire which does not change that much when heated.</p>
<p>Sorry for this :-) I did not have time to try this with graphite rod.</p><p>You can check this web page <a href="http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/graphite.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/graphite.htm </a> where this guy noted that these graphite rods are actually NTC resistor, so that why you probable got this result, I am not sure.</p><p>Anyway, for resistor wire you can try heating elements from some old hairdryer, old electric furnace...etc. but I think the best result is when tae wire from some old resistor.</p>
<p>No worries. I simply heated it until it blew off. BANG!</p><p>I'll probably go for my distributor. I need three 17 Watt resistors at 12 Ohms. Each at about 1&euro;. My broken hairdryer is already on the dump :-/</p>
<p>Might one also use a piece of graphite rod of the kind used in mechanical pencils? Anyone know the resistance of a 0.5 mm HB pencil lead, per centimeter?</p>
<p>I just tried a measurement. 1 cm of 0.5mm HB rod had about 50 ohms, so it seems that one would need a very short piece, or a much wider rod, or a thin layer between 2 conductors.</p>
<p>I did not try this, but the principle would be almost the same, except that we would have different way of connecting of resisting element to the connecting copper wire.</p><p>Anyway, I don't if it is allowed, but I will give you link to a page where one guy tested pencil graphite on electrical resistance:</p><p>http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/graphite.htm</p>
<p>When there are no electronics suppliers nearby, this is very handy to know. Thanks.</p>
<p>You're welcome, and you are right, in my town there is no electronics shop, I wold have to drive 30-40 km ( and spend 10 euros ) just to by some of these.</p><p>But I also like to make(and destroy :-) ) things , so this was both useful and fun to me.</p><p>I hope this idea will be useful someone sometimes.</p>
<p>I admire your determination and problem solving abilities in creating this custom power resistor, well done, it looks very profesional.</p>
<p>Thank you,</p><p> I needed few of these resistors 0,33 and 0,1 ohm and thought to buy them, but then I asked myself &quot;can I make them?&quot; and started to think about that and this is the result.</p>

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