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Old 11th Jan 2019, 5:05 pm   #21
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My thanks to both David and Mark for their posts - most enlightening.
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 12:47 am   #22
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Given the prices of them in the above thread, I'm even keener to build one! I have all the bits and instructions/ circuit. Now all I need is the time!
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 4:03 am   #23
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The best ESR meter I have ever used was the one designed by Bob Parker. I have the kitset version of it made by Silicon Chip, available from Altronics with a lovely black housing and Red LED's, but they come in other forms:
Another vote for the Bob Parker design here
I have 2 meters, both built from kits, an older Anatec "blue" and one from a chap in Portugal (EVB).

http://clientes.netvisao.pt/greenpal/evb1.htm

Both versions seem very well protected from applied voltage, judging from the daft things I've done to both. It's nice to have a circuit diagram for both. The only thing that isn't an off the shelf part is the programmed uP.
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 4:08 pm   #24
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A varied collection of homebrew ESR meter circuits is available on kripton2035's site

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Old 12th Jan 2019, 4:28 pm   #25
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Hi.

I built a very useful ESR meter from TELEVISION magazine. The project was by Alan Willcox and the articles can be found here https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...ad.php?t=93523 post#5 thanks to member KeithsTV.

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Old 13th Jan 2019, 9:20 pm   #26
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look at my homebrew one from p diddy at eev blogg,also the chinese esr meters use a too high voltage to test in circuithttps://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/5-transistor-esr-meter-design/200/
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Old 13th Jan 2019, 10:12 pm   #27
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Are you saying that someone has tested all of the "chinese esr meters" and established that they all work on too high a voltage to use 'In-circuit', or is that just a sweeping generalisation? The point has to be stressed here that if you buy a tester for the lowest price on the market, you would be foolish to think it is likely to perform as well as something costing appreciably more.

I think that the issue of testing the ESR of capacitors 'in circuit' is regarded by some people as a bit of a grey area, and there is some possibility of getting a false reading even when low voltage tester is being used.

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Old 13th Jan 2019, 10:30 pm   #28
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I think that the issue of testing the ESR of capacitors 'in circuit' is regarded by some people as a bit of a grey area, and there is some possibility of getting a false reading even when low voltage tester is being used.
I think you have to use your head a bit and work out what's in parallel. Measuring caps in circuit has saved me a lot of time when repairing SMPSU's.
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Old 4th May 2019, 8:18 am   #29
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After reading this thread and finding it most useful and interesting ( apart from the fact I'm borrowing an ESR more often than I feel comfortable with ) , I have opted for the Peak, should be here next week.
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You will not go wrong with the Peak.
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Old 4th May 2019, 3:00 pm   #31
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The "Eureka Moment" for me was over 12+ years ago when I was trying to faultfind a switchmode power supply on a Philips scope which was giving a very fizzy trace. I HATE switchmodes!
Michael Maurice offered to let me come over and he would show me what an ESR meter can do. A few minutes of in-circuit ESR testing and the faulty caps were clearly identified.
There were so many that he suggested a complete re-cap, which I did, and the scope sprang back to life.
Since then I have always used an ESR meter on electrolytic caps involved in power-related faults.
And yes, I decided to treat myself to a Peak Electronics one. I damaged one test lead (cut through in error), and Peak volunteered to send me a new lead set foc. Now that's service!
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