Ballast… overclocking


I started to put up this after the wash with the pentium heater. Of course, we had it already. (and it’s a fake to top it off) Sigh. There’s nothing like making yourself look like an idiot on friday night. The comments below are from my bungle, I’m not going to delete them.

Instead, I bring you an interesting thread on overclocking HID Metal Halide lamp ballasts over on the lumenlab forums. [arizonavideo] did some interesting experiments. A majority of the experiments involved changing capacitance values on transformer style ballasts. At one point he combined a 400 and 600 watt ballast in series to run a lamp at over 1000 watts. (it was rated for 400) He even smashed a bulb just so he could measure the arc tube.

Comments

  1. deg says:

    something about this hack reminds me of http://www.hackaday.com/2005/11/26/cooking-with-processors

    Oh wait, they’re the same. Jeez, dupe! :(

  2. gouda says:

    check out this sites other ‘humor’ articles. they blow up an old acer, use various substances as thermal grease, sand down CPUS, watercool a mouse and keyboard, etc. funny stuff.

  3. death rabbit says:

    Yeah, it’s fake. Read the comments on the link [deg] posted.

  4. kevinin says:

    my even simpler version of using a cpu as a heater can be found at http://kevin-weibell.blogspot.com/2006/12/usb-processor-heater.html
    perhaps somebody likes it…

  5. Jon says:

    Yes.. Have well thought up…

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