Eurorack Power Bus – 26 Connectors

This is the Eurorack Power Bus on steroids: 26 connectors on a 25cm x 5cm board!

So, it’s an upgraded version of the classic Eurorack Power Bus.
This power distribution board for Eurorack synths will easily power up to 26 modules. With on-board generated +5V rail (using the +12 V rail).
Place the Bus Board in the back of your Eurorack Skiff or your monster case and plug in it your modules.

The bus is 25 cm long, 5 cm wide (9.84″ x 1.97″).

There are 3 LEDs for visualizing the 3 Voltage Rails. This LEDs shows you if there’s energy on the rails, and if the polarities are correct.

Input is done through a Screw Terminal connector.

Screw Terminals are very versatile. You can connect easily to the Bus Board any Power Supply. You can replace it by any 5.08 mm pin pitch connector.
There’s one connector on top and one on bottom side of the bus.

HE-10 Connectors are keyed: they decrease the risk to connect the modules in wrong polarity.
But, you absolutely need to check your wiring twice before powering the bus!

Read the modules’ manual and documentations. Check the cable. Check again.
Check Again!

Build your bus

As always, start by soldering the smaller parts (resistors and diodes, then the regulator).
Then progressively solder the bigger and taller ones.
Using that method, it’s easier to solder the components flush to the PCB. Simply place the components on the PCB, flip it over and let it rest on your workbench and then solder only one pin per component. Flip it back, check twice that the orientation and the alignment are correct. If so, solder the remaining pins.

Diodes and LEDs are polarized. The square pad is the Cathode.

Diodes are polarized. The white band is the Cathode.

LEDs are polarized. The truncated side is the Cathode and the longest pin is the Anode.

Documentation

6 thoughts on “Eurorack Power Bus – 26 Connectors

    1. To answer your question, I added some details in the documentation above.
      Hope it makes sense.
      (The cathode is the square pin.)

  1. You mention that the board will generate +5v on its own, but there’s definitely an input header for +5v.

    Should we _not_ be connecting +5v to that input?

    Also, is it possible to connect power using one of the 2×8 HE-10 connectors, or does power need to come in through the screw terminals?

    1. Hello Stephen,
      If you have a PSU that can generate the +5V and you want to use it, then you can plug it into the bus. In this case, the on-board regulator mustn’t be installed.
      On the other hand, if you don’t have a PSU that can generate the +5V or you don’t want to use it, then simply do not connect the +5V to your PSU and use the on-board regulator instead.

      You can’t have the regulator and at the same time input +5V from a PSU. It will damage something.

      Also, even if it’s possible to connect your bus through a ribbon cable on any HE-10 connector, I recommend to input power through the dedicated input connectors for better performance.
      It is recommended to use thick wires to connect the PSU to the buses.

      Let me know if you need more details.
      David

      1. Hey David,

        Thanks for the response.

        One more question: Do I need to connect both input connectors, or are two provided for convenience?

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