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4 Apr 2014

Dave comments on the Sparkfun/Fluke multimeter customs trademark/trade dress fiasco, and shows off the new low cost Fluke 114/117 Kit Multimeter about to be released.

EEVblog #597 – Fluke 114 Kit Multimeter + Sparkfun/Fluke Rant - [Link]

4 Apr 2014

Julian Ilett writes:

I discovered that due to a lucky co-incidence of voltage and internal resistance, a 100W LED can be connected directly across the terminals of two 18V Nickel Cadmium power tool batteries. And that means you can build a 100 Watt (7,500 Lumens) flashlight for less than $10 (not including batteries).

Monster 7,500 Lumens 100W LED Flashlight for under $10 - [Link]

30 Mar 2014

This video discusses how to measure the ESR (equivalent series resistance) of a capacitor using an oscilloscope and function generator. All of the capacitors tested in this video were 220uF electrolytic caps. In reality, the resistance in the plates of a dried out electrolytic capacitor can’t be modeled as a simple series resistor, but for the purposes of identifying good from bad, this simplification works fine.

Measure Capacitor ESR with an Oscilloscope and Function Generator - [Link]

30 Mar 2014

Dave takes a look at the world’s cheapest temperature controlled soldering station, the $16 Hakko 936 knockoff Yihua 936 from Hobby King. How does it compare to the older genuine Hakko 926? Also, thermal capacity comparison testing is done on those two irons plus the high thermal capacity JBC. Sagan also gives his verdict.

EEVblog #596 – World’s Cheapest Soldering Station – Yihua 936 - [Link]

22 Mar 2014

In this episode Shahriar reviews and demos the second revision of the industry’s first Mixed Domain Oscilloscope from Tektronix. The MDO4000B series offers improved signal integrity and performance. The reviewed model is a MDO4104B-6 which offers 16-Channel Logic Analyzer, 4-Channel Oscilloscope with 1GHz of analog bandwidth as well a 6GHz Spectrum Analyzer with greater than 1GHz of instantaneous capture bandwidth with 65dB of dynamic range.

After an overview of the instrument’s interfaces and built quality, the block diagram and principle operation of the instrument is explained. The time-correlated digital, analog and RF capturing capability is described and its advantages for debugging complex mixed-domain systems is explored. Instrument probes, accessories and various modules are also presented.

Tektronix MDO4104B-6 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO4000B) Review and Experiments - [Link]

5 Mar 2014

A crazy way to convert a 600mil DIP to 300mil. [LPC1114] - [Link]

25 Feb 2014

Lonnie Honeycutt writes:

This is the Nokia 5110 84X48 display that was used on millions of phones in the late 90′s. In this video, I show how to connect the Nokia 5110 LCD to an Arduino Uno, import the correct libraries to the Arduino IDE, and write code to generate text and graphics on the display.

How to use the Nokia 5110 84X48 LCD display with Arduino - [Link]

18 Feb 2014

In this episode Shahriar extensively reviews the Rigol DSA1030A-TG3 Spectrum Analyzer. A wide variety of experiments are performed using the Rigol spectrum analyzer to serve both as a tutorial to use the instrument and to demonstrate its capabilities. Some measurement results are also performed using other calibrated instruments to verify the accuracy of the spectrum analyzer. The Rigol DSA1030A-TG3 can be purchased directly from Rigol Inc.

Rigol DSA1030A-TG3 Spectrum Analyzer Review and Experiments - [Link]

16 Feb 2014

In this episode Shahriar continues his investigation of discrete Bipolar amplifier design. The advantages and disadvantages of Class-A amplifiers are explained. The conceptual schematic of a Class-B amplifier is presented which leads to the introduction of Class-AB amplifier circuit to overcome the ‘dead-zone’ impairment of a push-pull Class-B design. To further improve the Class-AB amplifier and lower its input impedance, a final Class-A followed by Class-AB amplifier is presented The component parameters are calculated and the schematics is explained in detail. All circuits are then implemented on a breadboard and tested both in the time domain and frequency domain. All schematics can be downloaded from The Signal Path website.

Tutorial on the Design and Characterization of Class-B and AB Amplifiers - [Link]

7 Feb 2014

“stevechamberlin” hands-on review of the Rigol DS1074Z oscilloscope

Rigol DS1074Z Oscilloscope Review - [Link]





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