Lamptron FC10 Fan Controller Review
The FC10 is a powerful 4-channel fan controller from Lamptron, featuring a cool Nixie tube display and can be controlled via remote after it has finished the initial self-test. The antenna module is attached as a daughterboard onto the PCB of the controller and the included cables are fully braided for better durability and looks.
Max Fans Per Channel
Is there some formula that can tell me the maximum fans I can run per channel on this controller, or others?
I want to control 12 fans on 2 radiators.
I already own the FC-10 but the instructions are atrocious and Lamptron won't answer my e-mails.
Here are the specs for my NoiseBlocker NB-eLoop B12-4 fans:
2400 RPM ±10%
3.3 - 12.0 V DC
3.3 V DC
My power supply is a Corsair AX 1200i.
ATM, my only recourse is to use a pair of Sunbeam Multi Fan Power Ports, connecting 6 fans each to an ATX connector on my power supply.
Unfortunately, there's no type of monitoring with these devices and the fans would always run at their maximum speed.
Thanks for any help.
I do not think that there is a specific formula. All you need is to make sure that you do not exceed the total power value per channel (in this case 30W). I haven't tried myself with multiple fans on one channel since I do not have a splitter, but I guess that when they are regulated by the fan controller, the fans connected to one channel should spin at about the same speed -> I am saying "about same speed" since I have tested 4 separate fans from the same type and each of them had a different start-up voltage and a different maximum RPM.
Thanks for your reply.
30W per channel, would mean 7 of those noiseblocker fans can be run in series!
Could I use four 3-way fan splitter cables and run 3 fans on each of the 4 channels of this speed controller?
I have no experience whatsoever with running a dozen fans on 2 radiators and really don't know any other way to control them.
I do not see why not; watch out for fan splitter cables that have resistors on them, buy only simple ones so you will have all the fans running the same speed / channel.
I was thinking of something like this:
I'd make my own, but why bother?
Cost of materiel, tools and time really doesn't justify it.
Thanks for your help!
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