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UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« on: February 12, 2013, 07:09:16 pm »


I bought this cheap ($25.00) Chinese LCR meter while browsing around Jalan Pasar in Kuala Lumpur, a couple of months ago.
It is made by UYIGAO (Shenzhen Electronic Technology company) http://www.uyigao.net/en/main.asp
It is a small (176g) 2000 count meter, reasonably sturdy, with a removeable holster, which I primarily bought for the inductance range.
It doesn't measure ESR or anything else, apart from capacitance, resistance and the usual PNP/NPN transistor hFE.
Accuracy is fair for such a cheap meter, but not much of an improvement, compared to a decent DMM, on the resistance and capacitance ranges. The inductance measurement on the other hand, is surprisingly accurate and thus useful.
It has a power On/Off button, a hold function and a bright backlight, which fades after 7 seconds.
The bale is adequate, holding the meter at 45 degrees, but is not very stable when the range switch is moved.
The range rotary switch is rather small, but functional, with a firm position detent. There is no autoranging mode.
The LCD screen is very good, with large fonts for any measurement, but nothing else can be displayed, apart from the low battery icon.
It is powered by a 9V battery, with direct contact to metal inserts in the compartment. The lid is secured by a screw with a metal receiver in the enclosure.
It comes with some small but sharp probes on short unmarked leads (100cm).
There a 3 jacks marked:     LC-    LC+/COM      Ohms
The LC side is fused for 200mA and there is a 36VDC restriction on the Ohm side.
It supposedly complies with IEC1010 regulations.
Here are the dimensions: 143x74x35mm.
There is also an auto power-off function on the meter, as written on the front plate.
The little booklet that comes with the meter is written in simplified Chinese only.
There is no 'Relative' mode though, so the resistance of the leads has to be substracted mentally from the readings for low resistance measurement.

Here are the specs:

Resistance
20 Ohm 1.2%+30
200 -200K Ohm 1%+20
2M Ohm 2%+20
20M Ohm 2%+25
200M Ohm 5%+25
2G Ohm 10%+35

Capacitance
2nF 2.5%+30
20/200nF 2.5%+25
2/20uF 2.5%+30
200uF 7%+50

Inductance
20mH-20H 2.5%+25  measured at 150 Hz

hFE 10-1000 10uA 2.8V Vce
NPN/PNP
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 07:13:23 pm »
The case is held in place by 2 self-tapping screws, revealing the PCB, connected to the battery holder by 2 wires.
The red rubber/plastic holster has to be removed, before dismantling the meter.
Avoid taking the meter apart any further if you don't have to, because she's rather difficult to put back together afterwards.
The LCD has a LED and a large diffuser, which are hard-wired to the PCB.
The range switch sits on 2 springs capped by 2 little metal balls, falling into grooves, molded in the bodywork.
Careful you don't lose the springs or the little balls during separation!

Adjustment pots can be tweaked to achieve higher accuracy, mostly for capacitance measurement.
1. VR1 L 20 mH
2. VR4 C 2000pF
3. VR2 C 2uF
4. VR3 C 200uF

Low battery warning
PTC MOV 250V

Here is some data concerning capacitance measurement on all ranges. I added UT71D and UT61E readings for comparison.

Capacitor  UA4070      UT71D       UT61E
100uF         95.1         96.40        95.35
47uF           47.6         44.26        44.12
10uF           9.39         9.885        9.876
1uF           1.033        1.0432      1.0346
0.47uF      0.403        0.4103      0.4054
154nF       151.9        147.89      148.57
15.3nF      15.32        14.939      14.978
471pF          492            490           538
221pF          231            235           288
56pF             62              65           116
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 07:16:39 pm »
According to the booklet, the waveforms used by the meter for inductance and capacitance measurements are meant to be at 100Hz, but I measured them at 150Hz on the oscilloscope.
Electrolytic capacitor datasheets usually quote capacitance measured at 120Hz +/- 20%.
I don't know why there should be a difference in waveform, but the meter uses a square wave for inductance and a triangular wave for capacitance measurements.
The triangular wave is probably just the capacitor charging and discharging.

I don't see any for sale on eBay, but the meter should be on Alibaba's site or any other Chinese online sellers.
http://detail.china.alibaba.com/offer/948046658.html (16.00 US$)
I found this one (UA6243) for 18$ : http://www.escitec.com/digital-lcr-multimeter-ua6243l-19-ranges/
Not sure if there are any differences. I think this one may have a continuity buzzer.
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 07:36:07 pm »
Funny how they try to mimic the general Uni-T look.
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 07:42:51 pm »
Yes, it does look a bit like a UNI-T creation, down to the red logo.  :)
The box is also very similar.
There may be a connection between the two companies. Who knows...
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 04:50:56 pm »
It compares favorably (at half price) to the UT603 reviewed here:
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/review-of-uni-t-ut603-lcr-meter-is-it-worth-the-40-usd/



The UT603 has a few extras: a continuity buzzer, diode test, an important extra range on inductance (2mH) and higher accuracy (2%+8), but no data hold and no backlight.
It also weighs twice as much!
The 603 has more accuracy on capacitance ranges also, at 1%+5.
Surprisingly, the cheaper UA4070 has 3 extra ranges on resistance, but loses out on accuracy, at 0.8%+1 for the UNI-T.
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 06:41:32 pm »
This is a really basic LCR meter... A bit similar to my Unitrend UT70A.
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 07:03:35 pm »
Yes, it is a very basic LCR meter, but still useful, even if just for its inductance measurement.
The UT70A is a very unusual multimeter, because it has several unique features, like inductance measurement and logic TTL.
Mainstream meters don't have anything like that at all.
http://www.uni-trend.com/UT70A.html
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 07:27:13 pm »
Well ... it's a UNI-T copycat
 

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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2013, 08:23:27 pm »
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2013, 09:01:13 pm »
Well ... it's a UNI-T copycat

Why? just because it is red?

Nice review Wytnucls  :-+

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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 04:58:26 am »
Well ... it's a UNI-T copycat

Why? just because it is red?

Nice review Wytnucls  :-+

It's a blatant copycat.

1) It uses similar red/charcoal combo that Uni-T does
2) Compare the logos (attached)
Both use the red box around the name and both use the italic san-serif font for the model number
3) Most damning is the boxes. See the attached Uni-T box and compare it to the one Wyt posted above.
4) See the attached meter, make the knob charcoal instead of red and its almost identical to the UT10A (I could have sworn there were more models in this series).
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 05:45:29 am »
Who knows, it could very well be an authorized rebadged version of a Uni-T meter manufactured by the same factory.
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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 12:01:45 pm »
It's a blatant copycat.
Look that is coming with facts, not just jumping in a topic say something and never look back.

We are hijacking Wytnucls topic here, sorry for that.
But I think iloveelectronics is right, the thing is, I couldn’t find anything on their web page which looks like a Uni-T, only some test leads maybe:
Uyigao wepage
And above all that why would they copy Uni-T while there are other known brands? Both companies offices are 56km away from each other, I think Uni-T would do something about it if Uyigao was copying their concept, but I don’t know how that works in China.

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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2013, 05:50:00 am »
Both internet sites have been made by the same webmaster, so there is a good chance that UNI-T and UYIGAO are in very close partnership:
http://www.uyigao.net/en/cp1.asp?bid=41
http://www.uni-trend.com.cn/cp.asp
 

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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2013, 06:29:53 am »
How would you pronounce the name? You-yee-ga-oh?

Maybe it's a sub-brand of Uni-T?
 

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Re: UYIGAO UA4070L LCR meter review and tear-down
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2013, 06:53:58 am »
You-yi-gao

But the ones i see have a charcoal black not the black in a UNI-T

Or maybe a VERY low-end spinoff
 


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