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Offline nzo

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Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« on: November 09, 2011, 06:29:56 PM »
I definitely doesn't have to be an expensive one :)

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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2011, 06:52:22 PM »
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011, 07:00:15 PM »
Thank you smart-ass :)

I guess I was asking what YOU (the members here) recommend. Is that ok with you mate?
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2011, 07:29:19 PM »
Thank you smart-ass :)

I guess I was asking what YOU (the members here) recommend. Is that ok with you mate?

You are welcome  :)

I can reccomend one from GME instruments. I use it almost daily for few months now and it has paid itself many times allready. It is easy and intuitive to use, it can test in circuit, it has a nice LED scale with common capitances so you know is cap bad or good immeadately. Also it can test charged capacitors because it discharges the capacitor first, atleast its manufacturers claim but im not willling to test how good it works on larger capacitors, the design is easy on the battery and can use rechargable or wallwart (which you dont get, but its quite common voltage). However if you insist on a kit i cant suggest you anything since i dont have experience with it and you can not build something so compact with nice case and all except you are willing to spend more money than in ready made instrument.
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2011, 09:06:48 PM »
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2011, 10:54:00 PM »
Altronics kit.  No idea how usable it is. http://www.altronics.com.au/index.asp?area=item&id=K2574
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2011, 12:06:28 AM »
here on my web site, on the esr repository page, lots of schematics, open source for most of them
from the simplest to more complicated esr meters.

http://kripton2035.free.fr/esr-repository.html

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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »
You can make a DIY on the fly one using a scope and an FG:

http://www.anatekcorp.com/ttg/tiptrick.htm#Scope%20ESR

If you don't troubleshoot often the makeshift one can do.

http://fullnet.com/~tomg/esrscope.htm
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Re: Please recommend an ESR meter - DIY kitset if possible
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2011, 09:07:58 AM »
Wow - thank you all! That will keep me busy. Really appreciate it.
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