This episode will be taking a look at different dummy load models, these are all purchased either from ebay or from banggood so they’re easy to get and inexpensive. I just wanted to show them together and make a bit of a comparison just to help you understand the differences between these models so that you can choose the model that will fit your needs best. I have 5 dummy loads in total, starting from $5 a piece up to $20 a piece. There might be slight variations of these available for purchase , some might come configured for different maximum power dissipation, some might have enclosure but those are all details that you can figure out on your own. Today I’m just going to point out the major differences and features of each one.
The guys from EasyEDA contacted me and asked if I could do this review I accepted and they’re also going to be offering some free coupon codes for my viewers which you can use to order PCBs but more on that towards the end of this video.
EasyEDA being a cloud app it’s supported on every platform / operating system. You get schematic capture, circuit simulation and pcb layout functionalities. You can import files or projects created with other design tools like Eagle, Kicad or Altium and i’m sure it does most of the things that every pcb design tools does.
You can share and collaborate with other people on your projects so that’s a big selling point for EasyEDA and they made sure to put that on their front page. And I’m sure a bunch of other features that are not mentioned on their homepage and best of all you always get to work with the latest version because the app is on the server not on your computer. Another good thing is that you have the whole process from design to finished PCB on one single app or service and you just click through until you get the PCBs at your door and that might be a big advantage for some people.
Now, ofcourse a big concern with these kind of web based apps is what happens if they decide to shutdown the service? Well the guys from EasyEDA say that if they ever decide to shutdown the service they will open source the code and allow people to download all their projects so in theory you are covered, you could host your own server if that ever happens.