Monday, May 25, 2015

Notes on the Sunkko 788+ Battery Spot Welder from China

Sunkko 788+ Battery Spot Welder


So you've got one of these, and know very little about it.  That's great!  None of us who speak English know very much about them, except perhaps the manufacturer, and they're not talking much about it.  The manual is an utter joke (if anyone will even send it to you).

http://syonyk.blogspot.com/2015/05/overview-of-sunkko-788-welder.html contains a slight overview of the welder, and some pictures.

It's a microcontroller-based, transformer-powered welder, and it's cheap.  Very, very cheap for a spot welder.

If you have any way to power the 220v version of it, go with that version.  The 110v version is unreliable and is likely to blow triacs.

Here are some of my notes from welding up a pack or two with it.

The electrode pressure, as shipped, seems to be a bit low.  The knob on top adjusts this.  Increase it if you're getting arcing.  I think I have another 5-6 turns on it from stock.

Clean the electrodes.  If they're sticking to your work or arcing, clean them.  If it's been a little while since you cleaned them, clean them.  They seem to benefit from being cleaned regularly.

Start low with the current, and ramp it up until the welds are good.  Too much current will burn welds and increase the risk of frying the welder.  A scrap battery or two here is useful.

The right-most digit selects the number of pulses - 1 or 2.  You want to be double pulse welding.

I have no idea what the "current set" knob does yet, but it seems to increase the weld power or duration.  If you have the 110v version, I'd suggest leaving it at 0, and using the digital display to up the power for now.

The inrush current (especially on the 220v version) is brutal, and it has a tendency of popping breakers when turned on.  If this is the case and you can swap breakers around, consider putting in a Type C circuit breaker instead of a Type B - they are designed for higher momentary peak (inrush) currents.

Once I finish my analysis of this thing, I'll have more information...

5 comments:

  1. Hi there, how has this been for you?

    I'm looking ti get a 220V version.

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    1. It's been working fine since I replaced the triac that blew up. I wouldn't push it hard, but for general pack assembly of moderate power packs, it works perfectly.

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  2. Well how has the spot welder been since the repair, thinking about getting one I built my own MOT welder but it does not do consistent welds and I have a few cell blow outs. Thanks

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    1. Rock solid. I'm not pushing it too hard and I let it cool during use, but I've not had a single problem since I repaired it.

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