Sometimes called Rectifiers or Power Supplies
Rectifiers are simply a source of power or electricity. Their main purpose is to take the 117 volt AC electrical current that we get from our household outlets and convert it to DC. In this country, our electricity comes over the power lines at 117 volts, 60 cycles AC or alternating current that changes direction 60 times a second, while DC or direct current flows in one direction. If we used AC current when plating, we would deposit metal on a surface and take it off 60 times a second. That's the reason for using a DC current.
When purchasing a rectifier most people
have a tendency to buy too large of a unit. This is more evident in brush
plating. Some companies will sell you a larger machine with the idea that if you
want to plate large grills and bumpers you need a higher power machine. This
would hold true only in tank plating where the settings are made according to
the size of the work piece. In brush plating no matter what size the work piece
is, you are only plating approximately two to three square inches at a time. (
The actual size of the anode on the end of your plating wand.) We do make
larger machines but they are only used for tank plating of large items like
wheels etc. They are not necessary for brush plating.
Some companies claim that all machines are the same and will sell you a machine that has a fixed voltage saying that "the amperage is set automatically" or "it is a automatic machine. We make over 50 chemicals and each require a different voltage or amperage setting. Only a machine that can be set or adjusted to match these different voltages and amperage can make use of all of these chemicals and do the many jobs in plating that come along. If you want to do all types of plating make sure that the machine that you buy has both a voltage and an amperage meter and make sure that the voltage is adjustable. It is like having a one speed motor on a car or a lawn mower. It works fine, but would you want just one speed in your car? I don't think so.
I have seen people try to plate using everything from battery chargers to 12 volt power supplies for running car audio systems. One of our competitors recommend putting a series of light bulbs to control the current, then adding or subtracting the amount of bulbs to adjust the voltage. I have a saying that "this system must have been made in Orlando, FL, because it sounds kind of Mickey Mouse to me". They may work for one or two things but they will never do the whole job in plating. The same with the so called automatic machines. They are nothing more than fixed voltage power supplies. Funny but most of them have one thing in common. They all run at 12 volts. How would you use that for a chemical that calls for 3 volts or to be run at 1/10 of an amp per square inch. Do yourself a favor and buy a proper machine that was designed for plating. you will have less headaches and it will cost you less in the long run in time, money and the frustration of doing a bad job. Also trying to plate off a battery source sounds good until you realize that as the power of the battery goes down, so does your power setting.
Two other styles of machines that I find are useless are the machines that are built into a seat and machines that are built into a box that also stores your chemicals. The machines that are built into a seat have the problem that when you want to adjust the power setting, you have to look between your legs to try to see the machine and everything is upside down including the meters. It is like standing on your head and trying to operate the machine and do your plating. The machines that are mounted in a tool box and has the chemicals stored in the same box, give you many problems. One is that you will splash chemicals on your machine and ruin it through corrosion, and even if you are extremely neat and careful, the fumes from the chemicals will corrode the connections in the machine.
Remember you are working with a rectifier that is a electrical object with many electronic parts and solder joints. You are also working with chemicals, mostly acid base and the two don't mix. Stop and think what happens to a battery when the terminals get corroded, your car doesn't start. That is the reason car manufacturers started to make sealed batteries, to prevent the acid fumes from corroding your electrical system in your car. I have rewired many machines made by other companies, that are made in cases that also hold the chemicals for our customers because they bought that type of rectifier. You have a big investment in your plating equipment, why would you want to buy a piece of equipment that won't last?
The best way if you want that type of system is to buy a rectifier that is in it's own case and purchase a stool type of creeper to sit on, you can also purchase a plastic tool box to carry your chemicals in.
Amp meters on rectifiers will not have a reading unless you are plating something. Sometimes the reading is so low that you will think it is not working. You can test this in tank plating by plating something in copper and turning up the dial for a second or two. In brush plating you can test the rectifier by momentarily touching the black lead to the metal on a wand or pen plater.
Attention: All models with a part number ending in an "E" are for export to foreign Countries and are not for use in the USA.
Any of our rectifiers can be custom built to run on 220/240 volts for an additional Price shown below each model.
Dalmar Professional Model Rectifier
a 5 amp, 12 volt unit that we designed for the customer that wants a good
machine at a reasonable price. It has an amp meter and a volt meter and is built
with a variable transformer for precise control. It has a pilot light and is
fused to prevent damage from shorts in the power line. It is built with a
slant front panel for easier viewing of the meters. It can be controlled low
enough to do one small piece or high enough to do 50 square inches at one time.
Both the voltage and the amperage are adjustable for precise control.
The "Pro" series are the machines that will do your brush plating, pen plating
and tank plating work. Everything that we design or new chemicals that we make
will work with our Professional machines. They have the power to strip chrome or
brush plate a car bumper. The size makes it easy to carry to the job site.
Made in USA.
Dalmar 10 Amp Industrial Grade Rectifier
The 10 amp Industrial Grade Rectifier is built with 100% more power than our "Professional Model" This will run Larger tanks and strip chrome off faster. This 10 amp , 12 volt unit has an amp meter as well as a voltmeter and is built with a variable transformer for precise control. It has a pilot light and is fused to prevent damage from shorts in the power line. It can be controlled low enough to do one small piece or high enough to to do large pieces or a combination of pieces up to 100 square inches. Both the voltage and the amperage are adjustable for precise control. This is a great machine for businesses whether they are brush plating, tank plating or electroforming. Everything that we design or new chemicals that we make will work with this machine. It has the power to strip chrome faster or brush plate a car bumper. The size and weight of this machine makes it ideal for taking to the job or working on a bench. Made in USA.
110 volt For use in the USA # R-4
Weight 13 lbs.
Dalmar 20 Amp Heavy Duty Rectifier
This machine was designed for those heavy duty large jobs like tank plating of larger car parts. It has the power for all of your large parts when tank plating or brush plating. One of the problems that has plagued most manufacturers when building large rectifiers is that they can only be used for short periods of time before they over heat and burn out.
This machine was designed especially to eliminate this problem. You can run it continuously without a sign of overheating. The special design splits the load equally over different parts so that the individual parts are not over worked, thus eliminating the heat. We also use the biggest heat sinks and special fans to keep everything cool. This design will give you many years of trouble free service. Made in USA.
50 Amp Plater
This machine is designed for the tank plating of automobile wheels and other large objects. It is durable, will not overheat and it works great for the heavy duty jobs. This is a great machine for larger businesses whether they are brush plating, tank plating. It will plate up to 500 square inches. Everything that we design or new chemicals that we make will work with this machine. The size and weight of this machine makes it ideal for working on a bench. It has output terminals and weighs 74 lbs. Comes complete with a Free Control Box.
Order No. RE-50
60 amp Plater
This is the most powerful rectifier in our line. This ultra high output plating unit is for the most demanding job. It will run tanks up to 20 gallons. This is a great machine for larger professional businesses whether they are brush plating, tank plating. It will plate up to 600 square inches. Everything that we design or new chemicals that we make will work with this machine. The size and weight of this machine makes it ideal for working on a bench. It has output terminals and weighs 60 lbs. Made in USA. Comes complete with a Free Control Box.
Order # RE-60 $1391.00
Would you like a different machine with your kit?
Any of the machines can be ordered with our kits. Below is the cost
difference in upgrading the kits from the Professional Model machine to the
To upgrade from a 20 amp to the following