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Questions tagged [equipment]

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Rating between power cord and equipment

My country's power supply is AC 220 V. My equipment is rated 220 V 5 mA and linked to a power socket rated 250 V 15 mA. Will my equipment be fine?
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Old equipment to identify

I volunteer at the Dauphin Railway Museum in Manitoba, where we recently received a donation of equipment collected by CNCP Telecommunications in the 1970s and earlier. Most has been identified, ...
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Fast but affordable way to crimp dupont connectors

I'm currently doing a small production run of a board I designed. It features a few pin header type dupont connectors which are used to attach cables to the board. Now, I can surely crimp this using ...
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Getting Agilent USB GBIP Adapter to work with NI-Visa or R&S GBIP over USB with Agilent Visa

This Visa/IVI jungle is pretty much a desaster. Not enough that each package contains GBs or data, they also cause problems when installed in parallel (one example: https://www.mathworks.com/support/...
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How to synchronize two different precision measurement instruments?

I am trying to design a turbidity detector and this has to be sensitive to tiniest amounts of contamination present in a sample fluid. My setup consists of a 780nm laser whose current I control with ...
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How to convert a metal work table surface for electronic work?

I have a 23" x 60" metal work table...the kind that restaurants use for prep work. I'm using it as my computer table & electronics workstation. I want to make the surface non-conductive in the ...
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Covering electronic device with plastic film wrap

I hope someone can help here with an electronics issue I have. I am currently shipping an electronics device, an audio reel to reel to be exact. It was suggested that I wrap it in plastic film wrap, ...
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What makes a good soldering station

I am a hobbyist looking to buy a soldering station. The market for soldering equipment ranges from $10 to $1000. This begs the question: * What is the reason behind these huge price differences? ...
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Choosing equipment for 3 phase wind generator?

I want to be able to move the windmill I am designing out of the wind when the power output is to much (high wind scenario). To do this I need to measure the output of the power. To set everything up ...
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How to utilize three-phase electrical in residential garage for antique shop equipment [closed]

I hope this message finds you well. Please explain how to utilize three-phase electrical in residential garage for antique shop equipment. The power company will NOT dig new lines for true 3-phase. ...
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What do you call the little black nub on the end of a scanner's USB cable? [duplicate]

This a scanner's USB cable , I'm wondering what's the little black nub on the end of the cable and what's it for ?
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How do I measure the error of my ohmmeter

I have to do an Ohmimetro to a college assignment, but I don't know how discover the measure error of my circuit. When we buy a multimeter, the equipment has a measure error calculated by the ...
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grounding measurement methods

As long as I know the accepted methods for measuring the resistivity of electric grounding grids, once they are built, for any kind of building (in cities, at industrial level, transmission towers, ...
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Is an older APC backup UPS likely to be the source of blown fuses in new lab equipment? [closed]

I have new laboratory equipment plugged into an older APC Back-UPS XS 1000. It derives all of its power from this backup system, which in turn is plugged into a regular power outlet. The lab equipment ...
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How to avoid static shocks on equipment

Instead of grounding myself with a bracelet, can I wear rubber gloves? Will this prevent any equipment I touch from getting shocked?
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HP/Agilent Power Supply Age [closed]

All, I know this isn't likely a pure electrical engineering question, but it is about a tool that may have been found in a lab, or that someone here knows about. I recently ordered a used HP/...
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Considerations in a bench/lab power supply?

I'm looking at adding a low-cost variable power supply to my electronics hobby bench. After years of cobbling together LM317's and LM7805's, it's about time... Considerations: I've found a few ...
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I have sketched my integrated circuit for an RFID tag. How do I make it to a real physical product?

I'm in a situation where I want to create a real prototype of an RFID tag. I have sketched all the IC in a paper. I got a problem, I want to build this to a real size RFID tag and we want to create ...
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EEG sensing of imagined speech [closed]

I am doing a project on developing a silent speech interface using eeg sensors. The equipment available is ADI powerlab kit which allows the use of three to four elctrodes maximum. My question is can ...
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how to use a spectrum analyzer?

This is a new topic to me so it would be great if someone could give me a few pointers. I have an amplifier that I would like to get the frequency response for and a spectrum analyser with Probes A, ...
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Does anybody have any idea what this piece of equipment is?

A friend of mine picked this up at a garage sale where an elderly electrical engineer was selling a bunch of old test equipment. It's missing a faceplate where it should name what it is, and he's ...
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Safety precautions working with high voltages (Nixie Clock)

I'm building a nixie clock kit with these instructions. I'm up to the part where I have to test (page 17) the high voltage components (the power supply is 12V 250 mA) which is up to 170 volts (page 5)...
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How do I buy and test an oscilloscope?

I am looking to buy an oscilloscope that will last me a few years. Application is everything but RF: digital and analog with as wide a frequency range as possible/affordable. I would like to buy used, ...
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How do I test a circuit without an oscilloscope?

Just what the title says; I'm playing with simple beginner circuits, signal amplifiers and stuff. Without fancy laboratory equipment such as an oscilloscope, how should I test the output signal is ...
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What Protective Eyeware Should I Use for Protection From Soldering Fumes?

I would like to know what kind of mask is better for protection against soldering fumes and dust. And since I have glasses I think it would be troublesome to find appropriate protective goggles. Are ...
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Bench Power Supply

I'm currently using a Mastek 1803D (Adjustable Voltage and Current 0-18VDC, 0-3A). When I need an additional voltage I've been breaking out an LM317+Wall Wart supply I got started with. I'd like to ...
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How can I determine if my oscilloscope is operating correctly?

I purchased a used 20/100 MHz oscilloscope many years ago. It has always served me well to look at very simple sine and square waves for my hobby projects. However, I have wanted to know if I got a ...
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Is it worth getting a function generator?

Is a function generator necessary for every day lab use, or is it special purpose equipment? That is, does it have similar utility to an oscilloscope, or multimeter - would you use it regularly enough ...
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What to look for when buying a “helping hand” device?

I'm considering buying a "helping hand" and this one looks interesting to me. Since I'm pretty new to hobby electronics, my question is what are important things to look for when purchasing such ...
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Is it worth really buying a Fluke for hobbyist use? [closed]

Well, the question is the title: Is it worth really buying a Fluke for hobbyist use? I have a cheap meter at the moment. Is it worth spending a 3 figure sum on a nice, shiny, new Fluke? I honestly ...
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Which equipment for electronics should I always have on hand?

This is a supplementary question to the question Which electronics components should I always have on hand?
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Beginner's logic analyzer?

Can anyone recommend a low cost or DIY buildable logic analyzer? Mostly, it would be for debugging serial protocols (SPI, I2C, RS232) at low voltages.
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Investing in a bench-top power supply

For my projects I have always used hacky power supplies: wall plug + 7805, a USB port or an ATX PSU. I am looking at getting into 3.3 V circuits and I am having trouble getting hold of the necessary ...