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Offline sdttn

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UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:19:47 AM »
I got the dmm from eBay for 65$ I do not know if it worth, what do you think?




















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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 03:52:33 AM »
I think that it is not bad at all. Three years ago i bought UT70B for 120$ :-\. It has no true RMS, worse parameters and no acces to battery.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 04:20:04 AM »
I do not know if it worth, what do you think?


Tell us more about your self , and what you do.
So to offer my opinion , about how close you got, at getting the right DMM for your needs.

 

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 05:04:29 AM »
I am just a hobbyist.
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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 05:24:02 AM »
I am just a hobbyists.

If so , then you got the most extreme DMM , for hobbyists . :-)

I just hope, that your PC also haves, an true Serial port at the back ( old style one ) .  


 

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 05:55:11 AM »
I have USB to RS232 converter cable the software can run with this cable, reading 2 value per second.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 06:11:45 AM »
I own several UNI-T multimeters and the UT-81B multimeter/scope. I know a lot is written about cheap meters often having serious issues with build or performance but I can honestly say that the UNI-T meters have yet to dissapoint me in service. For hobbyist use they seem extremely good value for money and IMHO have decent enough build quality for most hobbyist tasks.

After seeing Daves reviews on meters I went out and bought a FLUKE 87 III in 'as new condition'. That meter is my first choice for any measurements that I now make as it is a joy to use and is of superb quality. That does not mean I think any less of my UNI-T products though. Your meter looks very nice indeed and should provide you with good service.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 06:30:08 AM »
The input protection circuitry looks a bit whimpy but other than that the build quality looks excellent. I like how they didn't use just one of those ICs covered in a blob of plastic. The red board is also a special touch (getting quite tired of all the green ones).

It looks like you've got a really decent meter.
One can never have enough oscilloscopes.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 08:00:26 AM »
Thanks for your reply.

By the way the DMM has not backlight function.
But the chip (ES51922) supports backlight function. The HOLD button is useless for me so I decided to use this button as backlight ON/OFF button.






Short youtube video.
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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 08:20:19 AM »
Nice hack !

What you need to do is to adapt a small circuit, so when you press the Hold key for 2 sec. it will turn on the light, if you just press and release the key it will act as regular Hold function key.

Also the circuit should automatically turn off the light after let's say 10~15 sec. to save battery.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 02:50:50 PM »
I note that UNI-T tend to use BS1362 fuses - if they are suitable, why not? But then again, it does surprise me. It does bring the problem of someone fitting a higher-rated fuse - 3A and 13A are more common than 1A and 10A.

Nice backlight hack - was the hold function merely "push hold"? That is the main downside with my Amprobe...

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2011, 05:47:41 PM »
I note that UNI-T tend to use BS1362 fuses - if they are suitable, why not? But then again, it does surprise me.

They are ceramic and sand-filled, with a typical interrupt rating of 8kA.  And very cheap and available compared to DMM-specific fuses.

However, BS1362 fuses are only rated for 250V AC, and consequently the UT61E is labelled "250VMAX" on the current jacks.

So I would say that the choice of fuse is certainly not suitable for an industrial electrician, or anyone working with exotic high voltage supplies.  Even if they never intentionally measure current.

For general electronics use it seems okay.

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2011, 09:38:32 PM »
Well , just the fact that UNI-T uses High Energy Fuses (capable to handle Arc - Flash ) ,
on instruments that are intended to be used at low-energy sources  ( Amperes ) ( CAT I ) like the wall plug of your home,
proves that they care for the safety factor of their products .
And this is good.

But what pleases me more ,  are that all those explanatory information’s that our Dave ,
Shares with us ,  from his videos and teardowns ,
works out as educational material , and creates an new generation of informed DMM  owners and users.
Who are almost able to identify, by an simple inspection of the inner parts, how the product stands up,
With the modern electrical regulations, or the given specifications’ by the manufacturer. 
( The true bad made DMM’s does not have any hope, in such comparisons )

Even so it is wise, to not mix or compare specifications’, of bananas with apples or with pears.
Example :  low-energy sources regulations and hardware demands VS  High-energy sources = Unlimited Amperes  )

We cause confusion by doing that. 

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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2011, 11:33:09 PM »
Most excellent and simple hack.  This chip is amazing, its a full Fluke type DMM on a chip, all inclusive.  But I can't find it for sale anywhere. : es51922

Any clues?
Best Wishes,


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Re: UNI-T UT61E Multimeter teardown photos.
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 09:05:38 PM »
Just type the number it into Google.
The First Hit is the Datasheet of the Cyrustek es51922, a 22000 count Auto Dmm Chip.
A closed Switch should have zero Ohms or less!


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