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Wavelength Electronics: Worth it?

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:50 pm
by H2Oxide
I guess I'll help breathe a little life into this forum, I mean hey, it has a section specifically for TEC controllers. :)

Anyway, title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for some TEC controllers for various diodes and NLO crystal ovens, and have been directed to Wavelength Electronics by multiple people. The only thing is, their controllers are super expensive!

Unfortunately, building my own controller isn't an option right now, so that's off the table.

So my question is are they really worth the extra cost? Does the extra stability really make that much of a difference, or should I just go with something cheaper like an optlasers TEC controller?

Thanks! :D

Re: Wavelength Electronics: Worth it?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:54 am
by photon
TEC controllers are not very complex, of course they can be if super stable Temp control is required, but for most projects I suspect 0.01C accuracy is enough. Stable power sources are the starting point.

Maybe we should kick start a TEC controller project here. Maybe the admin of the site could create some secret folders to keep the design safe from the Chinese.