Baybus Kit Review
Date : Sunday, 19 November 2000
By : Diceman
Product : PCMods.Com Baybus Kit Review
OK, It's finally here! The all-in-one solution
to rigging up a bunch of fans, neons, or whatever else needs a
12 volt connection in your box. Today, I've got the New Dual-Voltage
Led Baybus from PCMods.com!
Here's a peek at the kit.
Price = $36.99 US
The Kit includes :
- The PCB Baybus
- Faceplate Template
- Molex connector (pass thru)
- 4 led bezels (not shown)
A close-up of the unit . Notice how well-laid
out this is? It's quite incredible how everything is designed
into such a small unit and still maintains complete functionality
and very high quality. Also notice the little yellow trim pots
above the leds.....these allow you to adjust the voltage in the
lower position of the toggle switch.
- UP = 12v
- DOWN = 5.5v - 11 v (adjustable)
The basic fan bus kit allows
you to control up to four fans. Each switch has three settings:
"ON", "OFF" and "Variable speed". The variable speed setting can
be adjusted to whatever speed you prefer, making it perfect for
fans up to 120mm. (we found that each fan had a minimum start
voltage requirement). The lights are Red and Green and come with
Black bezels. These baybuses have been tested with fans up to
120mm in size and with light kits. In order to ensure that you
could attach ANY device to this we outfitted it to use bare wire
Printed circuit board eliminates wiring mess. Simple
installation requires only drilling, then plug in and go. Drill
template ensures holes are placed correctly. Long lead for power
supply included, as well as extra molex connector so that you
don't lose a power outlet. Control any device with the switches
(up to 6W per switch).
What am i gonna hook up to this baybus you might
be wondering?.....why my 15" Firestick of course! =) Which,
by the way, JUST fit inside my Antec SX-830 case...hehe......so
if you got this case and want a 15" neon......it will fit!
Hummmm......I've got a fanbus already for my fans so should i
have just one neon attached to this baybus? I dont think so! keep
Here i have already run my wires from inside the
case all the way out the front bay. Since the baybus is PCB (printed
circuit board) design....the fanbus is also on the pcb versus
inside the case. so this may be a pain at first for some to get
their wires routed all the way out the front......but once it's
done you'll see that the hardest part is already over!.....heh
Now, this here is the very good template that
comes with the baybus kit. No paper template this time....it was
made out of plexi. Here i pulled back the sticker over the adhesive
to show you the goop underneath.
What you do here is attach this template to the
front of your 5.25" bay faceplate as squarely and evenly
as possible and press firmly to seal it on there for the drilling
of the holes. It holds very well . One thing that i thought was
weird is that i had to drill right thru the goop to make the holes.
Im not sure why pcmods didnt just put the adhesive on the outer
edges (maybe it would'nt hold as well that way)..i dunno.......but
drilling thru the adhesive proved to be no problem whatsoever.
It did not get all over everything or make a mess. Two good things
to having a quality template ...1) you know the holes will line
up perfectly...and 2) should you change cases and need to remount
the baybus into different faceplates...this template is sturdy
enough to last thru many,many hole drilling sessions.
baby up! >>