Advanced LC meter



This project is an advanced LCR meter based on PIC16F690 microcontroller.


After finishing my last project – “Simple LC meter“, there were some discussions in the forum I am a member of, that ability to measure electrolytic capacitors would be very useful in this type of device.

I searched the Web and found a very nice project named LCM3 on this Hungarian site: . I love Hungarian rock since my school days, but I don’t know a word in Hungarian 🙁 . So, I searched the Web again, this time for this specific project and found a Russian forum where the project was discussed in details and I got more useful information about parts, settings and so on.

Specifications of the LCM3 are (according to authors of the project):

  • Capacitors: from 1pF to 1nF – resolution: 0.1pF, accuracy: 1% – from 1nF to 100nF – resolution: 1pF, accuracy: 1% – from 100nF to 1uF – resolution 1nF, accuracy: 2.5%
  • Electrolytic capacitors: from 100nF to 100 000uF – resolution 1nF, accuracy: 5%
  • Inductance:from 10nH to 20H – resolution 10nH, accuracy: 5%
  • Resistance: from 1mOhm to 0.5Ohm – resolution 1mOhm, accuracy: 5%

Download .HEX files here


So, I put the schematic in Eagle and this is the result:

LCM3 (schem)


As usual I designed a new PCB. The PCB is designed in such a way, that it is possible to mount the LCD display on top of the board. The multiturn trimmer for adjusting the contrast is bellow the display, so it must be of this type : Тhere is also an option for mounting a 3-pin terminal connector, so it’s possible to use the whole device without an enclosure.

All resistors are 1% metal film. Two 1nF capacitors are 1% styroflex. CX1 – 33nF is also critical – this must be polypropylene high voltage capacitor. I tried with two types: 10% X2 275Vac and Panasonic 3% 800V – worked fine with both. The inductor must be with low Rdc. There is a connector for a separate adapter, which bypasses the ON/OFF button. Maybe on next revision of PCB I would add an onboard power connector. If the device is powered with external power adapter, you may increase back light current by decreasing the value of the resistor R11. You must consult with the datasheet of the display to select a proper value of the resistor.

Capacitors MUST be discharged before measurement or there is a danger of destroying the chip.














  • Rick

    Do you make the source code available?

    4 years ago
  • Electronics Lab
  • dominic

    can you give me the hex file you used

    4 years ago
  • ravish kumar

    Can you provide the program code code of advanced lc meter

    3 years ago
    • Electronics Lab

      Source code isn’t available. Only .hex file can be downloaded from the link above.

      3 years ago
  • Gabriel

    What kind of reed relay can i use? this is good EDR101A0500Z 5v , 0,5a

    3 years ago
  • Rich

    Very nice meter. Very professional.

    3 years ago
    • Electronics Lab

      Thanks for your nice comment. You are welcome.

      3 years ago
      • gerard

        can someone tell me what switch is being used at the lcm3

        11 months ago
        • admin

          Which switch do you mean? Can you refer on schematic?

          11 months ago
  • P

    Where is the parts list of this project….?
    i need proper parts list.

    3 years ago
    • Electronics Lab

      Parts List is on the download section, above.

      3 years ago
  • jean-marc mainvis

    I made it.and it’s works fine.thank-you.
    There is something I don’t anderstand : on the fourth photo ,we can read C m20 = 9.88 µf what is m20 ?
    thank you in advance

    3 years ago

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