TEC controllers are used for thermoelectric cooling and heating in combination with Peltier elements or resistive heaters. Peltier elements are heat pumps which transfer heat from one side to the other, depending on the direction of the electrical current. TEC controllers are used to drive the Peltier elements.
The following tutorial videos present the features of our products and explain how to set up our controllers step by step.
1.1 Basics / Setup
This series of videos explains the necessary steps to set up a TEC controller. As an example we configure and optimize it to keep an object at a constant temperature.
1.1.0 Thermoelectric Cooling
This video shows in an example how the Peltier effect is used to cool an object to -8 °C. You can observe the formation of ice at that low temperature.
1.1.1 TEC-Family Controllers
1.1.2 Software Installation
Learn how to install all necessary frameworks and the service software for our TEC controllers.
Because of a modification this video is not quite up to date anymore. We are working on a new version.
The new MSI setup procedure will also provide you the USB driver and Microsoft.NET files if you do not have the necessary versions already installed.
This video will show you how to prepare and solder temperature sensors and how to connect and set up the cooling application.
1.1.4 Temperature Measurement
To measure the temperature of an object and of the heatsink, some configurations have to be made for the different sensor types.
1.1.5 Peltier Element Characteristics
This video explains how to find the characteristics of a Peltier element and how to use these values to configure a TEC controller.
1.1.6 Temperature Controller
The goal of this video is to configure a TEC controller of Meerstetter Engineering to keep an object at a predefined constant temperature.
1.1.7 Auto Tuning
The final video of the setup series explains how to use the auto tuning function of the service software to optimize the parameters of the PID controller.
1.2.1 Thermoelectric Cooling Design
This video explains the basics of thermoelectric cooling. We exemplify important design steps to sucessfully design a thermoelectric application using TEC controllers and Peltier elements.
TEC Controller Product Line
|Output Current |
(no PWM, bipolar)
|±0 – 1.2 A||±0 – 4 A||±0 – 10 A||±0 – 16 A||2 x ±0 – 10 A||2 x ±0 – 16 A|
|0 – 9.6 V||0 – 21 V||0 – 21 V||0 – 30 V||0 – 21 V||0 – 30 V|