Powered BreadBoard-272a Repair

Powered BreadBoard-272a Repair

We have recently become aware of a higher than normal defect rate in the 2017 production batch of Powered BreadBoard-272A units, and we wish to inform our customers, both for future sales, and those who have purchased this item in the past. Along with informing you, I’d also like to provide a step by step guide to diagnose and/or repair your unit. In all the cases up to now since August, the common failed component is the TO-3 7805 5v regulator, situated on the power control board. We are not exactly sure as to what is the cause of the higher failure rate, but we suspect it’s a heat failure after prolonged high current demand.

However, we are prepared and willing to send a replacement LM7805 to everyone who purchased this unit from us and has failed, we are willing to replace their defective part for free. If this is unsatisfactory for you, please use the RMA warranty form at the bottom of the post, and we’re very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

This step by step procedure on how to disassemble and repair the unit is 7 steps, and should take no longer than 20min. In order to confirm these steps will help you, the common symptoms include dead LCDs on power, while the power indicated by the lighted power switch still lights, and no voltage from the terminals.

Step 1: Remove the screws (circled in yellow in the image) on both sides of the chassis of the PBB-272A

Powered BreadBboard-272a right side screws


Powered BreadBboard-272a left side screws

Step 2: Remove the screws (circled in green in the image) on the bottom of the PBB-272A. The four in the top right being the screws that hold the power board to the chassis

Powered BreadBboard-272a bottom side screws

Step 3: Remove the screws (circled in red in the image) that clamp the casing of the 5V regulator to the heat sink and circuit board

Powered BreadBboard-272a inside screws

Step 4: Desolder the faulty 5V regulator from the board ensuring the terminals are completely disconnected from the board as shown in the circled images below

Powered BreadBboard-272a TO-3 7805 solder pads

Powered BreadBboard-272a TO-3 7805 desoldered pads

Step 5: Place the new LM7805 5V voltage regulator from Circuit Specialists into the format as shown below and insert into the heatsink holes

Powered BreadBoard-272a LM7805 heatsink configuration

 Step 6: Mount the heat sink back to the board, while also inserting the LM7805 into the holes, and using the screws that were removed in step 3 to clamp down the new LM7805

Powered BreadBboard-272a LM7805 heatsink configuration

Step 7: The last repair step is to solder the LM7805 terminal leads to the pads as shown below

Powered BreadBboard-272a LM7805 finished solder pads

Reassemble your fixed PBB-272A, and congratulations you’re finished. You’re now ready to continue prototyping, and designing awesome things with your powered breadboard from Circuit Specialists!

If you happen to be an unlucky recipient of one of these units, we apologize for any inconvenience. If you wish to return your unit instead of repairing it, you can download a copy of our return merchandise authorization form or by contacting our sales department at [email protected], and asking for a repair.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.


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