Sunday, September 11, 2022

Quick Yard Sale Ryobi 40V 300W Power Source Repair

Picked up this Ryobi 40V 300W Power Source at a yard sale for a buck (they had it for $2 but it hadn't sold yet, so...) The seller said it did't work, that his son had fixed it but then it didn't work. Who knows. They sell for $119 at Home Depot so I have incentive to make it work. I have two 40V ryobi batteries for my lawnmower and blower.

Two screws. All screws except for the PCB screws are various Torx.

Two more screws hidden by the swinging handle.

Two more screws by the fan.

And I'm in.

Removing the fan screws.

Removed the bottom 4 screws and the bottom comes off.

Nothing looks bad. Two phillips screws retain the PCB.

There's a soldered in blade type 15A fuse on the other side. I couldn't read any continuity between the two terminals. I quickly bodged on a fuse holder.

And it's alive!

122.1VAC with no load looks good to me.

Bad fuse removed. You can see the link is blown. It's smaller in footprint than a standard automotive type fuse. Ryobi could have designed this better.

Soldered in an automotive type fuse after nibbling down the leads to fit.

Plenty of space for a standard fuse...they could have put in a socket, or even better a resettable circuit breaker.

Charged up a running laptop from 50% to 100%. I'll call this repair good and see about ordering a proper spare next time I get components in. Who knows why it blew, probably powering too big of a load for too long.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Since the last time...

 Just catching up.

I sold a Radio Shack Mini Color Computer on Ebay, played around with it some.

Made a probe to determine the depth of the water in our well.

Went to the coast on a lovely day.

I bought some seeds at the end of February. I grew the King Ka Ae Hobak last year and it's delicious.

Set up a PC to wipe a bunch of old drives before recycling.

Printed an adapter plate that allows manual use of a CNC ready Sherline lathe. 

The cat likes the catnip in the garden.

Made a cold frame for hardening off plants. This has been a cold spring.

Went to Lumos for a friend's birthday at the end of April.

Repaired an old folding stool by making a new steel clip.

Apple blossoms and walking onions.

Sunday, February 06, 2022

February Catchall

 Just some pics from the last 3 months.

I made Sriracha from peppers from the garden.

I smoked some tofu, peppers and cheese in this smoker I got from a friend. The cheese got a bit melty but still tasted great.

I built the latest CHA/V 3.0 and VGA4EVA Video synth.

Henry and I desoldered and then soldered in new mechanical switches for his keyboard.


I 3D printed a terminal cover for a RT65-b power supply (used on the Eurorack synth)

Made a fun noise module from scratch.


Some dongles I found as I was going through stuff to sell on Ebay.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to.