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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #125 on: January 20, 2018, 12:44:44 am »
I can confirm this. I also experienced the switch to be unreliable some times.
I fixed it by mounting two small sheets of 0.25mm telson below the snap ring of the switch.
I'll attach a photo.

I do not understand this.
That fix is on the case of the meter, not on the carrier that holds the switch contacts which is a different assembly mounted and clipped to the PCB that has it's own tension with the plastic insert clip.

Yes, but the effect is the same. The range switch is pressed a little more to the pcb by the clip ring. With this washer the plastic insert clip is relieved. It seemed easier that way as you can see in the video poking the range switch makes the meter switch the mode. When poking the range switch from the top, you also apply pressure via the clip ring to the switch and move it a bit more to the pcb.

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Since there are only very little reports here about the switch, it might be a tolerance issue which only affects a minority of meters.
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #126 on: January 20, 2018, 03:41:11 am »
I think the switch problem may be due to two things:
  • The fact the selector knob wobbles much more then other multimeters I have seen - even the $10 ones
  • If you push the knob down, the clip ring pushes down on the switch. Not sure that should happen

The wobble in the knob is wobbling the switch on the PCB from side to side. Probably not good if you want to maintain the tension in the spring contacts in the switch.

The looseness of the clip spring combined with the tapers of both the knob and the case knob recess all combine to allow for this wobble. If the knob was moulded with a reverse taper so it is wider at the top then the bottom, it could have a far more snug fit and would be less affected by any clip ring looseness.

As an experiment, I added a spacer between the knob and the nylon detent spring to raise the knob so that the clip ring groove was just above the inner case plastic, but the clip ring was not tight against the plastic. This is different from the approach Iagash took. I also added a couple of layers of Kapton tape around the outside of the knob to stop the wobble a little. It now seems that pressing on the knob never depresses the switch, and the wobble is much less. I think the switch has a better feel now.

Basically what I am saying is if the knob moulding was tweaked a bit, the switch could possible be more reliable and feel much more solid. It is just out here and there by fractions of a millimetre and that is all it takes.

Don't know what the best advice is for people with contact issues. I would probably want to inspect the contacts to see if any had been deformed a little. You should not need to have the clip ring pushing the switch down by perhaps 0.1mm. That does not feel like a real solution.
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #127 on: January 20, 2018, 09:02:31 am »
I should emphasize that the diode tone issue I have starts from the probe movement
In their sockets and not from switch movement. But once started both probe and gentle
pressure on the switch will stop it, as shown in the short video.
BTW it was too hard to video and show wiggled that probes (mobile phone in one hand).
The odd multimeter or 2 or 3 or 4...or........can't remember !.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #128 on: January 20, 2018, 10:11:33 am »
Basically what I am saying is if the knob moulding was tweaked a bit, the switch could possible be more reliable and feel much more solid. It is just out here and there by fractions of a millimetre and that is all it takes.

Switch wobble confirmed on the two remaining meters we have here.
We (as in David2 + me) also suspect it's some slight difference in production tooling process, although the pre-production was obviously supposed to be the same.
The pre-production units were fine.

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http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/eevblog-121gw-discussion-thread/
 
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #129 on: January 20, 2018, 08:58:39 pm »
IIRC the point of not open-sourcing it is that messing with the firmware could affect the safety of the meter so there's no way they can officially sanction that or help people to do it.

Dave maybe can sell a version with open source firmware as DMM development kit? As a dev kit, you can basically bypass any certification requirements.

There is absolutely nothing stopping anyone writing their own firmware and making it open source.

Does that include YOU Dave ?
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #130 on: January 20, 2018, 09:16:31 pm »
There is absolutely nothing stopping anyone writing their own firmware and making it open source.
Does that include YOU Dave ?

No, the ridiculous amount of time spent on the open source app taught us not to touch the firmware.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #131 on: January 20, 2018, 09:46:14 pm »
Confirmed issues (or annoyances) from what I've (re)-tested so far.

1. Slow auto-ranging: Ohms, Voltage, Capacitance
2. double double double beeps constantly going on when in diode mode
3. measuring any resistance (short or higher value) in diode mode gives a constant and loud beep
4. Wobbly selector/range switch: back an forth (vertical) when in diode mode it will even blink the back-light or completely switch off.
5. Strange to me is that when in diode mode a small green LED has a Vf of 1.79 in the 3V mode and a Vf of 1.98 in the 15V mode. And also is a bit brighter then.

Hope this helps,

6. on the lower current fuse is rated 600V and 400mA from ASTM. Which is different from the manual: 440mA and 1000V. I believe this was somewhere posted already?
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #132 on: January 20, 2018, 10:18:44 pm »
3. measuring any resistance (short or higher value) in diode mode gives a constant and loud beep

That feature was requested by people.

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5. Strange to me is that when in diode mode a small green LED has a Vf of 1.79 in the 3V mode and a Vf of 1.98 in the 15V mode. And also is a bit brighter then.

Expected, as they result in different test currents.
 
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #133 on: January 20, 2018, 10:25:23 pm »
Manual Correction Dec 11:

The manual specifications is a bit vague on diode test currents. It mentions 1.4mA and 7mA short circuit but they don't really line up with the 3V range and 15V ranges.

It seems the actual currents are different on my meter (v1.01):

3V    0.7mA short circuit
15V  4.6mA

Page 44 mentions the Diode Test current is limited by a resistor + PTC totalling about 2.2K. Has this changed?

ChrisG: Your point 5 is not an issue - the two diode tests are at two different currents. The voltages are meant to be different.
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #134 on: January 21, 2018, 12:38:01 am »
The manual specifications is a bit vague on diode test currents. It mentions 1.4mA and 7mA short circuit but they don't really line up with the 3V range and 15V ranges.

It seems the actual currents are different on my meter (v1.01):

3V    0.7mA short circuit
15V  4.6mA

Short circuit current is a maximum. It will be less when there's no short circuit.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #135 on: January 21, 2018, 02:12:29 am »
The manual specifications is a bit vague on diode test currents. It mentions 1.4mA and 7mA short circuit but they don't really line up with the 3V range and 15V ranges.

It seems the actual currents are different on my meter (v1.01):

3V    0.7mA short circuit
15V  4.6mA

Short circuit current is a maximum. It will be less when there's no short circuit.

Huh?  I am just mentioning a case where the specifications for short circuit current and the actual meter are different. Also the formatting of the specifications does not have values lining up correctly. It may be the resistor in the final meter are different from the prototype meter. That is all. Dave has mentioned that he wants to soon release an updated version of the manual. It is part of the product.
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #136 on: January 21, 2018, 02:34:04 am »
I wouldn't expect a low to mid-DMM diode check function to have particularly constant current.
Some quick checks on my meters over the reading range :
Fluke 87 (i and III) 0.8 to 0.15mA
Fluke 287 1mA up to 2V, then down to 0.8mA at 3v
Agilent 36641A 1mA constant
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #137 on: January 21, 2018, 03:25:48 am »
No one is suggesting constant current. I have done a report on short circuit currents of my meter because they are different from the spec. It would be useful if you can confirm my numbers, or if your 121GW meter matches the spec.
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #138 on: January 21, 2018, 11:16:06 am »
No one is suggesting constant current. I have done a report on short circuit currents of my meter because they are different from the spec. It would be useful if you can confirm my numbers, or if your 121GW meter matches the spec. O miss
0.7mA on 3V range
4.25mA on 15V range
 
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #139 on: January 22, 2018, 12:39:50 am »
No one is suggesting constant current. I have done a report on short circuit currents of my meter because they are different from the spec. It would be useful if you can confirm my numbers, or if your 121GW meter matches the spec. O miss
0.7mA on 3V range
4.25mA on 15V range
0.71 mA on 3V range
4.61 mA on 15V range

Measured through a BM869s.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #140 on: January 22, 2018, 02:48:27 pm »
UPDATE:
UEi are aware of the various issues and are working on them.
The autoranging as you might expect is not necessarily trivial and will take a few more days to test this.
For the range switch they are waiting on a slightly modified part to see if that can solve it.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #141 on: January 22, 2018, 03:14:45 pm »
If UEi are fixing the Autoranging, it might be a good opportunity to fix the non-working DC mVA/VA autoranging with negative currents.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #142 on: January 23, 2018, 01:50:08 am »
Hi Dave

On my meter pins PE13 (SPI1_SCK/FSMC_D10) and PE14 (SPI_MISO/FSMC_D11) of the STM32L1 are shorted together (continuity tested). The attached file has the best focused image I could get of this. Should I do anything about it?
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #143 on: January 24, 2018, 08:57:44 am »
Metal parts in range switch will make it more enjoyable to use...
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #144 on: January 24, 2018, 09:39:06 am »
On my meter pins PE13 (SPI1_SCK/FSMC_D10) and PE14 (SPI_MISO/FSMC_D11) of the STM32L1 are shorted together (continuity tested). The attached file has the best focused image I could get of this. Should I do anything about it?

That's VSSA and VREF-, they should be connected.
Looks like they used a direct track in-between pins which trapped the solder.
Nothing to worry about.
 

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #145 on: January 24, 2018, 10:51:59 am »
The switch on my meter (#000499) is also wobbly and has the problem described here.

I took it apart, and contacts and pcb looked ok. After I put it back together it worked allright for a while, but now it's back and I have to fiddle with the switch again to get it to display correct readings. :-BROKE

Dave, once UEi figures out a fix, will you send out a replacement part?

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #146 on: January 24, 2018, 11:06:08 am »
The switch on my meter (#000499) is also wobbly and has the problem described here.
I took it apart, and contacts and pcb looked ok. After I put it back together it worked allright for a while, but now it's back and I have to fiddle with the switch again to get it to display correct readings. :-BROKE
Dave, once UEi figures out a fix, will you send out a replacement part?

Yes we'll have to do that for those existing shipments who have problems.
 
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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #147 on: January 24, 2018, 11:38:35 am »
Minor Issue:

I just opened my 2nd set of leads, note the positive lead, recessed threaded portion, and it's broken internally.  Slightly flexing the break in the 2nd photo to accentuate the area.

It's electrically connected however.  (Replacements not necessary, I got a zillion of them)


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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #148 on: January 24, 2018, 11:59:14 am »
Minor Issue:

I just opened my 2nd set of leads, note the positive lead, recessed threaded portion, and it's broken internally.  Slightly flexing the break in the 2nd photo to accentuate the area.

It's electrically connected however.  (Replacements not necessary, I got a zillion of them)

It happens in large numbers. My BM235 with the same probes has done that the inside spins on when I screw on the banana jacks. So I’ve just been carful to not torque that one since I fear the wire might eventually twist to much and break off. I even had one probe new with the fluke 289 that was bent, they did replace that one since they reached out to me. I guess they saw it on the unboxing video.
I never bothered to mention it since I have the probematers and a few fluke probes. Like you, I have enough of them, but sometimes I have to run three meters and I usually use the probes they came with.

That brings up a good question, I know Brymen is responsive to fixing and communicating with customers to fix issues. So if the probes have an issue, who do we contact since Brymen makes the probes but UEI made the meter? Do we contact UEI, Brymen, or EEVBlog (Dave)?

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Re: EEVblog 121GW Multimeter Issues
« Reply #149 on: January 24, 2018, 12:04:30 pm »
inside spins

This one is tight, perhaps just in the wrong position when molded.

I suspect the wire lead is terminated at the break in my case above, which means it probably wouldn't last long in the field.


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