I have two types of DC 12V CPU fans, type AFC0612DE (Delta Electronics) and TA350DC (Nidec).

Both types have PWM pins for speed control. I however do not have a controller.

I would like to set the speed of these fans to something other than the max speed while not having to build a PWM controller to control the speed.

My input power comes from a 220VAC - 12VDC ~2A transformer.

I have tried putting a 450 ohm resistor before the fan, this makes the fans not start at all.

Having two fans in the circuit either serially or in parallell also makes the fans not start at all.

My concern is the noise from the fans when they run at maximum speed, I could have two fans if that would work, only if they don't run at maximum speed.

Is it possible to modify any of the static input parameters to change the fan speed? I have some old VCR, PC parts that might contain the missing things, so tell me what I need and I'll see if I can find it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why don't you provide a proper link to the fans instead of expecting folk to retype what you have written into their browsers. Common courtesy I'm talking about. You might also provide a link for the fan power circuit so folk can try and work-out why two fans in parallel don't work. Will two fans at half speed reduce noise? \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Sep 27, 2013 at 15:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Andyaka I added product links, the Delta Electronics fan might contain that information. I'm an electronicx newcomer myself so it's hard to tell. I appreciate the help. \$\endgroup\$
    – joar
    Sep 27, 2013 at 15:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fans in parallel with a 2A(DC) power supply and they won't start? Something fundamentally wrong then. You didn't mix up positive and negative terminals? \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Sep 27, 2013 at 15:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please upload a circuit diagram and a picture of your set up. \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Sep 27, 2013 at 15:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just out of curiosity, why don't you want to build a simple pwm controller? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27, 2013 at 16:26

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I added fans to the backs of my computer monitors to allow them to run cooler and hopefully extend their lifespan. I used computer CPU fans similar to yours that have the 4 wire connections including the PWM input. To lower the noise and be able to control the fan speed I built a simple little box that takes in 12V from a AC->DC wall type power module and then outputs that to four fan connectors on the back of the box. Internally I designed a very simple circuit that runs off 12V and uses two 555 timer chips to produce a 22KHz requency waveform and then uses a pot on the second 555 timer chip to create a PWM signal to drive the four fans.

I'll post a picture of the schematic later so you could use the same design if you wish.


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