ATX PSUI shorting out Answered
Hi everyone, I hope I did this well, first time on this site, this is a question.
I want to make my own soldering iron/heating element, I know I can buy them but it is a project of mine and
I just want to know how it works and make it.
I used to power a copper wire with a 5V ATX PSU at 16Amps, the psu shorted out and stopped. I read somewhere that you can prevent the PSU from shorting out when there is enough resistance on the wire so the current is not too high for the PSU. (Total nitwit on electronics btw)
I was wondering if this is true, and how can I build a succesful soldering iron with a PSU, what transistor or what modifications to make.
Also, would a longer wire/rod produce more heat than a shorter? red hot would be nice.
Thanks in advance!