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Old 26th January 2004, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Testing Opamps

I HAVE searched (for once ), but i could not find any info on testing op-amps.

I have approx 50 TL081s, which i was given, "as sold" so to speak, as half of them are probably dead. does anyone have a simple circuit (to be built on a breadboard) that i could use to test the opamps?

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Old 27th January 2004, 05:18 PM   #2
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could i use a circuit something like this?
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With that circuit, the led will probably just stay on. I would suggest wiring pot from +ve to -ve rails, adding 10k resistor from pot wiper to pin2, and 10k resistor from pin2 to pin6, and another led in parallel to existing led but opposite polarity. This will give an inverting amplifier with gain of 1. With the pot in the middle, both leds should be out - varying the pot one way or the other will cause one of the leds to vary in brightness with the pot.

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Old 30th January 2004, 08:40 AM   #4
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...adding of course that pin 3 is tied to 0V for the reference of the amp
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Old 30th January 2004, 09:40 PM   #5
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With that circuit, the led will probably just stay on. I would suggest wiring pot from +ve to -ve rails, adding 10k resistor from pot wiper to pin2, and 10k resistor from pin2 to pin6, and another led in parallel to existing led but opposite polarity. This will give an inverting amplifier with gain of 1. With the pot in the middle, both leds should be out - varying the pot one way or the other will cause one of the leds to vary in brightness with the pot.

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...adding of course that pin 3 is tied to 0V for the reference of the amp
what do you mean by that?
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Old 31st January 2004, 05:44 PM   #6
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what do you mean by that?
That unless you connect that pin to 0V, the circuit will just go mad as it has no ground reference.

PS hope your crazy chip amp sub thing worked out OK
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That unless you connect that pin to 0V, the circuit will just go mad as it has no ground reference.

PS hope your crazy chip amp sub thing worked out OK
i realise this. i do have some basic knowledge of electronics.

yes, it is working fine. i still havent sorted out a permenant power supply yet though.
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Old 4th March 2004, 07:36 PM   #8
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Lightbulb comments?

This is taking a couple of ideas from elsewhere as well...

the 2k pot sets the Vin. the other two are for adjustment. the 100R resistors are to protect the power supply from shorted devices being tested.

I am in the process of building this from junk-bin parts. Actually, I'm ~trying~ to make a quad opamp tester, with all 4 inputs from the one pot.

Any comments or suggestions for improvement?
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okay, try again with the picture
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Angry feeling like a moron now

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