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Old 20th November 2009, 02:38 PM   #1
cda75 is offline cda75  United Kingdom
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Hello Chaps,

SWMBO asked me yesterday what I wanted for Xmas.
I was thinking about an ESR meter.

There are a few different ones availalbe, any recommendations please?

Thanks!
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Old 20th November 2009, 08:38 PM   #2
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I have a Peak Atlas ESR meter, small and works

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Check CPC / Farnell / Rapid for pricing as you can find discounts sometimes.
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Old 21st November 2009, 01:32 AM   #3
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lots of folks on the Yahoo Tek Scopes group opine on this -- there are great ESR meters in kit form.
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Old 21st November 2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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This guy wrote the book
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His inexpensive little instrument opened up a whole new income stream for me (repairing switchmode PSUs)
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Old 21st November 2009, 10:54 PM   #5
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I know this is not what you're wanting. But it might be helpful, in a pinch:

TESTING ESR OF ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS, without an ESR meter

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Old 22nd November 2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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Many thanks for your replies, chaps.
I'll see if I can get hold of one of the blue ones.
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Old 22nd November 2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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Pity the Anatek doesn't also measure capacitance.
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Old 22nd November 2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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I was lucky enough to get an LCR meter for free. Since then I have used it so much that I can not imagine not having one. My advice is go out and buy one; in audio they are nearly as useful as a DMM.
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Old 22nd November 2009, 10:04 PM   #9
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I agree, an LCR meter is essential for the DIY audio hobbyist. An ESR meter, however, is also essential if you do much repair. A decent ESR meter will let you spot bad parts in-situ, whereas an LCR meter is near to worthless for that. Not having an ESR meter, I usually pull parts or do the manual method linked above.

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Old 23rd November 2009, 10:26 AM   #10
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Sadly, these days, I tend to end up repairing stuff more than building it.
I thought it would be a useful addition to my bench.
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