Raju Baddi writes:
A specialized test gadget that tests continuity quantitatively in both AC and DC modes could prove to be an indispensible bench test instrument. This article describes such a continuity test set up, which provides two different display options.
The meter (see Figure 1) can be used in AC mode to test/estimate capacitors, inductors, transformers etc. that are sensitive to AC current, while the LEDs can be used in AC/DC mode to test diodes, transistors, transformers, etc.
Method tests continuity in AC and DC - [Link]
Zener diode is a special diode, unlike normal diodes zener diodes are intended to work in the breakdown voltage. These components maintain constant voltage at its terminals. This is a circuit to help you find out what’s the breakdown voltage of your diodes.
- Read Vz value of zener diode in Led display
- Zener diode tester range: 1V to 50V
- Two scales 5mA and 15mA test
Zener diode tester 1V to 50V - [Link]
This is a very simple capacity tester. It consists of single resistor that discharges battery. Arduino measures the voltage drop across resistor. According to Ohm’s Law current = voltage/resistance. Every second value of current is divided by 3600 and summed up to get the capacity expressed in Ah (Amp per hour).
I have used two parallel connected resistors that total resistance is 6.9 ohm. Make sure that they have proper power rating, if you don’t want them to convert to smoke. If voltage across 6.9 ohm resistor is 3.7 V, then current – 0.54 A, power ~ 2W.
Arduino Lithium-ion battery capacity tester/discharge monitor - [Link]
Test Thyristor and Triac using this circuit. Pay attention on mains voltage!
Thyristor – Triac Tester - [Link]
AS with many tinkerers and junk electronics collectors, a variety of “acquired” power supplies wind up on the author’s shelves to await attention. But are they worth keeping? Testing them with a resistive load is messy and difficult, and with high current supplies it is nearly impossible, unless you have a carbon pile! The tester whose circuit diagram is shown in Fig controls supply currents to 20A, and voltages from 1·7V to over 50V. Current control is so stable that once the current is set, a supply voltage can be varied across this range and the current will remain constant. Maximum power will depend upon how well the pass transistors utilize heatsinks.
Power Supply Tester circuit - [Link]
With this tool you can test various electronic components like diodes, LEDs, all kinds of transistors (PNP, NPN, several types of MOSFETs), capacitors, resistors as well as triacs and thyristors. It will show you several physical characteristics after the test was completed, like forward voltages, (gate) capacity and amplification factor. More over, it will show the polarity of the component and identifies the several pins of a package. A very nice and sophisticated project I host for Markus Frejek. I’ve done an additional layout for the device you can see on the left side. This project has found a lot of fans, including myself. The device is powered by an AVR ATmega 8 MCU.
Component tester - [Link]
Ejberg.dk has developed this project for a simple ATtiny2313 based servo tester.
This device lets you test servos by varying the pulse width between limits of 0.8000 ms and 2.2000 ms selectable through the use of four buttons.
While the schematic shows an Atmel AT90S2313, the circuit will work with the popular ATtiny2313 using version 2.05 of the code downloadable from the ejberg site. He also has another version of this tester known as the ServoTester2 which uses the ATmega16P.
ATtiny2313 based servo tester - [Link]
A simple device for testing and/or healing Nixie tubes of IN-18 type. An 11-pole switch is connected in series with a 50 KΩ pot (+ 470 Ω resistor for safety), powering from an 180V DC source. Normal operation at 2 mA is shown. For healing tubes, one can double the current (4 mA), baking the tube for several hours in order to remove cathode poisoning. Enjoy !
Nixie Tube IN-18 Tester / Healer - [Link]
After our recent post about the commercial semi-conductor tester we started a discussion about building a similar open source project. What came up is this AVR based transistor tester (machine translation) by Markus.
It’s built around an ATmega8 IC that interfaces with a standard HD44780 16×2 character LCD. The circuit that does the testing is simplicity itself. Three pairs of resistors are connected to 6 pins of the microcontroller, and each pair is connected on the other end to one of the transistor pins.
The theory of operation is also relatively simple. The microcontroller cycles through different patterns on its output pins until a recognizable pattern is read on its input pins. It supports a very large range of devices:
- NPN and PNP bipolar junction transistors.
- P and N channel, enhanced and D type mosfet transistors.
- P and N channel JFET transistors.
- Common anode and common cathode dual diodes.
- Two diodes in connected in anti-parallel or series configuration.
- Single diode.
AVR-based transitor tester - [Link]
In this video, we’re demonstrating how to measure component signatures using a digital storage oscilloscope, signal generator, and a solderless breadboard.
How to Use an Oscilloscope and Signal Generator as a Component Tester / Curve Tracer – [Link]