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EEVblog #1336 – DT71 LCR Tweezer Destructive Teardown + Lab Update

Destructive teardown o nthe Miniware DT71 LCR meter Tweezers Plus a lab move update. Forum: ...


  1. Try if it is functionnal in that state.
    The asics may be damaged, but still functionnal
    In that case all you need to do is mount a bigger supply.

  2. Why dont you try to desolder the second asic and measure again the resistance and the current.
    Also maybe the oscilloscope can work with out this chip just leaving one channel off… I suggest that this chip will be demultiplexer or triggering circuit of thiw channel.

  3. Use IR from cold start on each asic to see which heats fastest.

  4. It can be helpful to replace cables from PS with much ticker ones and solder it directly from bottom side of power connector. Also rise the voltage from 3,2 volts to 3,5 volts, this voltage will not hurt but it will show more directly where is most power dissipation (non broken asics will dissipate almost the same, but broken one will dissipate much more than now.
    Desoldering second asic is also OK, or maybe you can only desolder one or two supply pins on this asic?
    Croatian bloke

  5. My guess is that the PSU failed on the 3.3V rail and this caused current to flow from a higher voltage rail (likely 5V) into the 3.3V chips and damaged them. It is of course possible that it happened the other way around as you supposed but my suggestion would better explain the apparantly widespread damage.

    Also the fact that that one chip gets very hot if you power some rails and not others suggests that the unit is not designed to survive such a condition.

    • I have to agree with Nicholas,

      When the 3.3V rail failed it took the ASICs with it. You should pop open the power supply and see where the failure is on the 3.3V rail. This will tell you if a higher voltage spike could have been applied during failure.

  6. Maybe you could try putting the board in a reflow oven for a few minutes or use your Atten hot air station and heat up the ASIC modules. It could be a tin-whiskers problem.

  7. No you don’t.

    Don’t throw in the towel Dave. If it is the ASICS, replace them. It would be great PR for the manufacturer to pony up some chips. If they require purchase, I’ll pitch in if you are short on dough.

    There are 80 year old grandmas in China that could whip those suckers out and replace them, blindfolded.

    Tenacity is your game. Stick to it. Rooting for you!

  8. That is one heck of a nice IR camera . It looks like cheating when I think of the way I do it with my calibrated finger tips. 🙂

  9. Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!

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