Teardown of a Static Fieldmeter

Static fieldmeters (or electrostatic fieldmeters) are typically used for non-contact measurements of the electrostatic field strength (usually in kV) of charged objects. These are highly specialized test instruments and most hobbyists probably seldomly have the opportunity of coming across one. So in this post and a companion video towards the end, we will take a look at how it works and what’s inside.
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A Super Bright Light Source

I did a teardown of a SMART UF-55 DLP Projector a while ago, and later I showed how to hack the ballast board so that the discharge lamp could be powered without the rest of the projector circuitry.
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Adding Strain Relief to an Existing cable

Not all cables have proper strain relief built to the connector ends. This is particularity true for some of the iPhone 6 USB to Lightning™ cables. Take this Anker branded iPhone cable for example, after several months’ normal use the cable towards the USB end started to show signs of excessive strain (see image below). The internal wiring would soon be damaged if the strain on this area continues.
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Epson PowerLite 84 Multimedia Projector Teardown and Repair

I recently was given a broken Epson PowerLite 84 projector. The projector would not turn on when plugged in and there was no sign of life. So I decided to take a look at what was wrong with it. The potential reward is high since I do not have a projector yet and I could definitely use one for my home theater setup. A video of this teardown and repair is linked towards the end.
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Wavetek 395 Arbitrary Waveform Generator Teardown

I picked up a Wavetek 395 arbitrary waveform generator on eBay a few weeks ago. Wavetek 395 is a single channel, 12-bit resolution DDS AWG with a maximum clock frequency of 100 MHz. While the operation manual is readily available, I could not find the service manual anywhere. So I was curious to see the construction inside. In this post, I will show you some of the teardown pictures. If you want to see a video of the teardown along with some analysis, you scroll towards the end of this post.
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Hacking an OSRAM P-VIP Projector Lamp Driver Board

After taking the SMART UF-55 projector apart, I decided to take a look at the salvaged circuit boards to see whether I could re-use them to power the projector discharge lamp. Most of the modern projectors utilizes some kind of “smart” ballast circuits so that the main board could communicate with the ballast to determine the correct drive level given the required luminous level and monitor the operating temperature.
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Teardown of a SMART UF-55 Projector

My workplace was throwing away an old SMART UF-55 DLP projector. The projector had many stuck mirrors and the lamp had already surpassed the rated useful life span. I had always wanted to take a look at a DMD chip so I decided to take it home and do a detailed teardown. You can find my video of this teardown towards the end of the post.
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Lambda LQ-521 Power Supply Teardown and Repair

I bought a non-working Lambda LQ-521 linear power supply on eBay a couple of weeks ago. Usually I avoid knowingly buying something that is broken unless I am certain that I could obtain parts for it at a reasonable price. But buying broken linear power supplies is another story as most of the problem can be fixed with readily available components.
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RSA SecurID Teardown

I did a teardown of an RSA SecurID many years ago (you can see that post here). In that teardown, it was an older generation (SD600) of the RSA SecurID. In this post, let’s take a look at what’s inside the newer SID700 series RSA SecurID token. A short video of the teardown is included towards the end.
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DTM0660 Datasheet Translated

I have received quite a bit of positive feedback since I wrote about the hacks on DTM0660L based multimeters last time. So I went ahead and translated the original Chinese datasheet into English and the PDF datasheet is linked below:
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Hacking DTM0660L Based Multimeters

In my previous post, I did a review of the 6000 counts ennoLogic eM860T true RMS multimeter. This meter is based on a signal chip design using the versatile DTM0660L DMM chip. Besides the ennoLogic eM860T, several other multimeters such as UNI-T 139C, Velleman DV4100, Tekpower TP40 etc. are also based on the same chip.
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Quick Review of the ennoLogic eM860T True RMS Multimeter

I picked up an autoranging True RMS multimeter from ennoLogic a couple of weeks ago. Before this purchase, I actually had never heard of ennoLogic. But the design and spec of the meter looked quite good and the selling price was not bad for a 6000 count meter at all. So I bought one to try out.
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Teardown of an 8-10 GHz RF Isolator

I did a teardown video of a microwave range (8-10 GHz) RF isolator last week. As a follow up, I will post some of the high-resolution pictures I took during the process here (click to see larger images).
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Teardown of a Tektronix 2465

Today at a time when digital storage oscilloscopes (DSO) are almost ubiquitous, analog scopes like Tektronix 2465 remain popular among many electronics hobbyists, especially among amateur radio operators who routinely work with high frequency circuits. I got my 2465 from ValueTronics. For those who haven’t heard about them, I would recommend you check them out as they have a large selection of used test equipment at reasonable prices.
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Keithley 706 RTC Upgrade – How to Make Any Clock More Accurate

The builtin real-time clock (RTC) in my Keithley 706 works rather nicely as a clock in my lab when the scanner is not in use. The 7-segment displays are big and clear and they are two dedicated displays for the seconds which comes in quite handy. However the main drawback of this auxiliary clock functionality is that, well, it is not very accurate. It is rather annoying when I need to adjust the clock every couple of days to make sure it remains correct.
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