Adding a mA-meter to your machine is one of the most important modifications you can do on this machine.
The mA-meter will read the power trough your laser tube allowing you to set the power to a safe value to prevent the laser tube from over powering and thus saving the life span of the laser tube.
Read more here about the most common reasons why your laser tube dies.
– Wire stripper, cutter and crimp tool.
– Pliers or small wrench for nuts on the meter
– Drill bit and jigsaw to cut the hole in your panel.
– DC mA-meter, 0-30mA – you can get one trough Aliexpress here
– Wire, 1,5 to 2,5mm2
– Wire crimps (ring type)
How to do it
This is how the power wire from your power supply is routed on your machine without a mA-meter.
The negative cable coming from the left part of your tube (standing in front of the machine) and is connected to the L- on the power supply.
This is what we want to achieve
The easiest way to do this is to mark where you want the meter in your lid, take measurement of the size of hole needed (different for all meters) and drill/cut the hole, or make a external holder for the mA-meter on your lid.
The important steps
Before doing anything, remove all power cords and let the machine sit at least 30min before even thinking about touching something close to the power supply.
Step 1: Remove the L- wire from the power supply and route it up in the lid where your mA-meter will be located. Cut the wire so you have enough to crimp a connector on it without putting too much tension on the wire.
Step 2: Crimp a ring crimp connector on the wire, and attach it to the + marked input on the back of the mA-meter. Make sure to tighten the nut, add a dab of hot glue/super glue to prevent it from vibrating loose. Caution! If this wires comes loose it may create sparks, arcing or even fire due to the increased resistance if the connector isnt properly fastened, so take care to make sure both are properly crimped and fastened!
Step 3: Now check if the piece of wire you cut off earlier is enough from the mA-meter down back to the L- on the power supply. If not, cut a new wire with the length you need.
Add a crimp connector on the end and fasten it to the mA-meter.
Step 4: Install the wire coming from the mA-meter back on the L- pin on the power supply.
Step 5: Please, go over all your connections once more. Make sure the crimps are good and everything is fastened properly. Also check that the terminals on the mA-meter is well insulated if you have the meter above the lid. This is no joke, touching this will kill a grown man straight up!.
I suggest you add some electric tape on top of the crimp connectors afterwards, or seal them in hot glue to make sure nothing can touch them in your machine and causing a short.
You are now done!