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    BRONCOLOR Pulso A4 Need Schematics

    Just did something realy stupid. The fan on my Pulso A4 pack stoped running so i pulled the cover off and removed the fan then i was getting a reading to see if any voltage was getting to the fan and yes there was 16vdc. I then sent an email off to Broncolor to find out the specs of the fan so i could get another. I went back to the pack to make shure it was 16vdc when the probe from my meter sliped and shorted something out. It caused a spark and triped the house safety switch. I went to turn it back on then heard a sound like a relay clunking then POP and smoke. I think i just killed it. My dad is a retired electrical engineer and looks like ive brought him out of retirement but to help him allong i need to try and get my hands on the schematics. Does anyone have the schematics or service manual on the Broncolor Pulso A4.

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    Assuming you were under warranty, it's probably now void. But even if it isn't, wouldn't this be a good time to let Broncolor have the unit before you hurt yourself?
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    The pack is 20 years old so the warranty is out and got quoted Australian $120 p/h at Broncolor. And yes should have left it alone. More like Killed myself.

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    Any strobe pack has capacitors that could be fully charged. It could discharge on you. It's a Pandora's box best left closed. Leave it to a professional.

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    I didn't mean to come across as if I were scolding you; @mainecoonmaniac has stated the danger. You really could kill yourself.
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    There will be most likely dual voltage doubler or trippler circuits that likely build up a positive and negative dc banks of capacitors to between 300 and 450 voltegs above and below ground potential.

    I have in the past inadvertently shorted a capacitor in a modestly small shoe mounted flash powered by 4-AA's and it sounded like a rifle shot. It also burned the corner off of the screw driver I was prying in the area to try to figure out where an intermittent pcboard crack was.

    So I have immense respect for my Spedotron pack. It has a design that dumps the charge though a pair of power resistiors when a control relay senses that the pack has been turned off. I still test extensively with a voltage probe when I am openning the pack up to change jumper settings.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    when I worked at a camera store here in LA, the whole store received deaf ears for a day after one of the rental guys discharged a pack, and a head completely blew up.

    he got glass in the face too, wasn't a nice day for him

    leave it to a pro, especially Bron . They're like rolex's, swiss, and very precise. With schematics only an electrical-engineer could read .

    -Dan



 

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