SLC Free 2 Mods

Mod #1: Split Grounds

Normally the ground for the electronics and sensor heater is shared, this reduces the accuracy of the linear output due to ground offset caused by the sensor heater current. The sensor heater consumes 1-3 amps, the electronics consume about 0.1 amps. In this mod we will split the ground, one ground for the electronics and another ground for the sensor Heater.

If you have a recent SLC Free 2 with the Black and gold PCB, remove R18 and solder a 20AWG or thicker wire to the pin with the name “HGND2”. The wire you just soldered is the sensor heater ground and the ground on the 4 pin Molex connector is your electronics ground.

If you have an older SLC Free 2 with Green PCB, with a soldering iron lift the pin on IC1 from the pad, solder a 20AWG or thicker wire to that pin. Insulate the pin from the pad with heat shrink. Use adhesive or similar to secure the wire to the PCB as movement on the wire will rip the pin off IC1. The wire you just soldered is the sensor heater ground and the ground on the 4 pin Molex connector is your electronics ground.

The new heater ground wire should be wired to the chassis, the ground on the 4 pin Molex connector should be wired to the same ground as the device interfaced to the SLC Free 2’s Linear Output.