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Offline Huluvu

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Soar Multimeter / Testboy 3000 Teardown
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:31:42 am »
Hey Everybody,

any other user's out there using Soar Multimeters  :-DMM
I picked up on Ebay some Years ago the 4050 and the 3430 Model which are in my opinion very good Meters.
The built quality and the accuracy was really impressive to me because I never never noticed this brand before (I assume that's why it was a good buy at Ebay Germany  :-+ )

« Last Edit: February 17, 2013, 07:49:03 am by Huluvu »
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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 08:51:35 am »
Fluke used to use a Soar in their "The High Cost of Cheap Meters" ads back in the 80's.
The exact same Soar model which was my first digital meter!

Dave.
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 09:25:25 am »
The Soar 4050 model in your picture looks a bit like the Yokogawa/HP multimeter in ModemHead's teardown/repair at

http://mrmodemhead.com/blog/yokogawa-7534-03-multimeter/
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 03:31:16 pm »
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Fluke used to use a Soar in their "The High Cost of Cheap Meters" ads back in the 80's.
--> hey that's not fair - there is much more crap in the market  %-B

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The exact same Soar model which was my first digital meter!
--> which one ?

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The Soar 4050 model in your picture looks a bit like the Yokogawa/HP multimeter in ModemHead's teardown/repair at
--> Yes, you are right - look's exactly the same as the Yokogawa 7534-03 Multimeter

inside the Soar 4050:



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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 06:55:47 pm »
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The Soar 4050 model in your picture looks a bit like the Yokogawa/HP multimeter in ModemHead's teardown/repair at
--> Yes, you are right - look's exactly the same as the Yokogawa 7534-03 Multimeter

Hey, I like yours.  Actual input protection components and no burn marks...   ;D
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 08:14:24 pm »
Are those AA batteries that I see?  Nice to see that somebody is doing something to improve battery life.  Oh wait! :-DD
http://www.garrettbaldwin.com/

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2013, 08:58:39 pm »
They are AAA with a rated 1000 hour battery life.
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2013, 09:01:41 pm »
--> which one ?

In EEVblog #416, Dave shows a picture of the Soar ME-533 (25 minutes into video), but he says the lcd is ruined.
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 05:45:28 pm »
Hello.Interesting topic as I am owner of a SOAR 3250 multimeter, bought in 1995. I am fully satisfied with this meter all of these years, with it's precision, stability, reliability also good protection against faulty connection to mains with selector in Ohms e.g. Today the meter is full operetional  after 18 years and also in an excellent condition as i was very carefull for this.
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 09:23:33 pm »
Hello.Interesting topic as I am owner of a SOAR 3250 multimeter, bought in 1995. I am fully satisfied with this meter all of these years, with it's precision, stability, reliability also good protection against faulty connection to mains with selector in Ohms e.g. Today the meter is full operetional  after 18 years and also in an excellent condition as i was very carefull for this.

Hey - fully agree on your posting :-+ 
Also I'm taking care of all my devices I own (or I borrow) 

In my opinion the Soar Multimeters are at a good quality Level.
Shot recently for a few Euro's a "defect marked"   Multimeter on Ebay just for fun which is a based on the current Testboy 3000 Model and I was shocked regarding the solder quality which is far far away from an proper IPC Standard.
If someone is interested in I can show some pictures.
This Model is Listed at Conrad Electronic at 117 Euro
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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 10:28:56 pm »
If someone is interested in I can show some pictures.
Yes, please post some photos.
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2013, 06:57:01 am »
Fluke used to use a Soar in their "The High Cost of Cheap Meters" ads back in the 80's.
The exact same Soar model which was my first digital meter!

Dave.

You wouldn't happen to have a copy of that ad would you?
 

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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2013, 09:06:05 am »
If someone is interested in I can show some pictures.
Yes, please post some photos.

I opened the Mutimeter because the Batteries where instantly shorted and getting hot   :-/O
......Hopeless  :palm:

« Last Edit: February 16, 2013, 09:53:56 am by Huluvu »
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Re: Soar Multimeter
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2013, 02:53:40 pm »
117 Euros for quality like this is unacceptable... Its more possible to find a better quality in other products with the half cost of this.
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Re: Soar Multimeter / Testboy 3000 Teardown
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2013, 06:53:19 pm »
Fixed, cleaned and saved from the dump  :-+

117 Euros for quality like this is unacceptable... Its more possible to find a better quality in other products with the half cost of this.

you are right and was shocked how bad this PCB was soldered  :--

Anyhow - now it is assimilated to my Multimeter Family
« Last Edit: February 22, 2013, 03:53:44 pm by Huluvu »
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