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Is there such a thing as a programmable power sink?

Is there such a thing as a power sink equivalent to a benchtop power supply, where I can set the wattage (voltage, amperage) to be consumed? What is this device called?
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Open-source DIY audio spectrum analyser and/or graphic equaliser

does anyone know of any OpenSource/DIY audio spectrum analyser projects can they direct me to an article, video, pics hackaday and instructionals style also I.C's old or new that i could/should try ...
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How to read different IV charts in the “component tester”?

I am doing a "comparison test" of 2 cards with the component tester. My component tester has 4 different test modes. LOGIC, LOW, MED and HIGH. LOGIC (10V 10mA), LOW (10V 100mA), MED (20V 5mA) and HIGH ...
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Efficiency test for motor drives

Hey I have a BLDC square wave controller. How to check the efficiency of the controller alone (not including the BLDC motor). Any suggestions ? I have checked with DC load test machine, but what I ...
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Need Help Trouble Shooting A HP 8559A Spectrum Analyzer

I recently acquired an HP 8559A spectrum analyzer however instead of the HP182T display it was supposed to have it shipped with an HP180C display. I am unable to get the display to output a signal (I ...
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Measuring 150kHz, ~30V peak waveform with good resolution

I am trying to choose test equipment for a systems test application and I am running into a road block with one of the specs I need to meet. The device features an H-bridge output similar to the ...
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How safe are voltage detector pens and how can I test one's safety?

I'm not an electrician and I have some basic understanding of how voltage testing pens work. I haven't had an incident with them before but I'm still quite concerned about their safety mechanisms. I ...
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How do I shield PLB signals?

I am trying to refurbish an electronic personal locator beacon (for rescue callouts for stranded hikers/sailors/pilots). To do so to spec most devices require a GPS signal test (activation). There is ...
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Which adapter/handling to choose on (Type N) rf test devices when SMA/K cables have to be connected frequently?

I'm no expert in high frequency. But probably it is no good idea to change the adapters sitting on type N female output on and on as a torque wrench is used to fix them. But I have to make ...
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Will using magnetic base test indicators with breadboards cause electrical interference?

The situation leading to the question In the Quick Tips #8 // Precision Helping Hands YouTube Video, a "helping hands" with various names such as "Magnetic Base Adjustable Metal Test Indicator Holder"...
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How to efficiently mux many signals to/from a climate chamber?

I am building a setup to measure various parameters across a temperature range from -55°C to +125°C. The devices under test will be placed in a climate chamber. There are around 10 signals from each ...
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How to solder these tiny pogo pins?

I bought pogo pins to use for firmware uploading. So I have to make a Jig for my PCB, but this is the first time I use pogo pins. I have no ideas where I have to solder, I mean I want to know if ...
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What are the general guidelines to conduct a stress test for an assembled PCB to test reliability after fabrication?

I got a PCB fabricated from a board-house. The PCB contains: DC-DC power circuit protection diodes Atmel ATtiny microcontroller LED's USB hub and interface to a RPi I want to conduct a stress test ...
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How to check if my quadrature encoder is broken or not?

I have purchased some cheap quadrature incremental encoders (YUMO E6A2-CW3C) for which I have found "a" data-sheet here. Now based on my limited knowledge the quadrature incremental encoders are ...
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What is an impedance bridge?

Today, I saw a very old historical piece of lab equipment at the university. It had a large number of dials, although not as large as you would see in an oscilloscope. The size was similar to an ...
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How to route current for ATE?

I have many test points on a board, a small DAQ, and an SMU that I can program with LabView. Depending on the test, I need to change which test point the SMU is sending/measuring voltage or current. ...
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Use a TVS device to protect meter from live capacitors, workable or not?

I've been working on a LCR/Impedence meter and want to protect my inputs from possible damage if I forget to discharge a large cap. I know I've seen various types of diodes and relays used for that ...
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Easy way to probe signals on a multi-conductor cable?

I have a device that I need to reverse-engineer. This device has a large multi-conductor cable -- over 20 wires that are jacketed into two circular bundles. I'll need to look at all these signals with ...
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EAGLE 9.4.1 How do I autoroute a range of signals?

I have a board with three 32 input analog multiplexers, along with more components, connected to a 96 way DIN connector. How do I manually tell the autorouter to select only the muxers signals? I ...
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How and when does the kelvin measurament actually works?

I know that 4 - wires method uses 2 wires for driving current throught ammeter and measure current values. So, resistivity wires will be removed from the equation. Ammeter wires resistance has no ...
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What test points to do for a switching system measurements?

I am working on a high-performance switching system. I the old ones there was no big issue in just touching a gate with an oscilloscope probe, but this time I have high voltage and very short (5nsec) ...
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How to connect to tiny pogo pins in test fixture?

I'd need to build a test fixture with very small pogo pins (1.27 mm spacing between the closest pins). I've seen fixtures before that use very long, very thin pogo pins almost exactly like this one ...
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Whats the cheapest protection circuit for this test equipment?

I am designing a piece of test equipment that has a DAC output. The test equipment might be used to troubleshoot UUTs that are damaged or malfunctioning. Therefore I want to add a protection circuit ...
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Does polarity of scope probe matter when measuring ripple of the power supply module?

Measuring ripple of 28V/12V power supply module across +/- output pins. Does the probe tip have to be placed at +pin and probe gnd to -pin, or it can be reversed? Having inverted readings when ...
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How to test a capacitor?

I've got a big 560 uF, 400 V capacitor and I've tested it with a meter and the capacitance is within spec, same the ESR and it has a vloss of 0.8%. So all seems fine but then I came across this video ...
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Whats the best type of connector for test equipment? [closed]

I am selecting the components to use for a tester I am developing. I am looking at various types of board to board connectors. The requirements are: Rated to least 2A. Rated to ~200v. *High ...
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Test pad's ESD protection

I design a module with onboard test-pads. I put ESD protections to all out-world connections like sockets etc. But I want to ask that; should I put ESD protections to test-pads and ISP socket inputs?...
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Drop test with load cell: longer impulse on load cell than optically

I have been performing a simple drop test on a load cell using a golf ball, recording the impact using a Phantom camera as well as collecting the data from the load cell. The problem arises when you ...
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DC test equipment to see voltage extremes? [closed]

I want to experiment with magnets and coils to produce voltage. I need test equipment to find the highest positive voltages and the lowest negative voltages obtained during tests. My needle driven ...
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Voltage tester pens

This is my first post here so please have patience with me: I understand, there are at least two kinds: a direct contact tester which basically is a neonnlight, and a resistor a non contact AC meter ...
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What physical tool to use to quickly dump firmware?

Recently, I managed to take a dump of the firmware and write a modified one using the pins that I marked with red by soldering 4 thin wires to those points. Now, I needed to perform this more than 50 ...
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Mixed equipment grounding

I have built an analog circuit PCB that I want to debug. It has to get a bipolar power +-5V and an input sinus signal. The signal on the CUT (circuit under test), has buffered inputs (but a common ...
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Diagnosing power supply issues?

I have a workstation that's becoming a little long in the tooth, as it were. It's a rock solid system, but about a year ago it had a faulty power supply that I replaced. During the past 11 or so ...
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What should I buy to test whether my DC power supplies are able to provide their rated power? [closed]

I recently bought an aftermarket AC-DC power supply for a laptop which was woefully defective. When connected to a Chromebox, a boot message appeared indicating that the supply could not provide ...
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What is a “universal bridge”?

I recently came across this intriguing instrument from the 1970s(?): It's a "Universal Bridge" made by Wayne Kerr. It's not a type of device I've come across before and I'm curious what these are (...
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Selecting the equipment with the optimal 10 MHz reference

In a larger testbench I have 5 synchronized instruments (signal generators, ARBs, VSAs etc). I am trying to decide which instrument to take as "master". I rule out the older/cheaper parts (Tektronix ...
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10 MHz reference distribution (daisy chaining vs. BNC tees vs something else)

10 MHz is the quasi-standard for reference clock in measurement equipment. Most boxes have "REF in" and "REF out" or "10 MHz in"/"10 MHz out". In my case, I have a measurement setup consisting of an ...
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What equipment do I need to test an eye diagram for USB?

I'd like to test USB full speed with a goal of testing high speed (480 Mbit/s), I have a tek scope that does 300 MHz (which I could upgrade to 500 MHz) and I'm looking at a 500 MHz differential probe. ...
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Multimeter shows OL or 0.00 or 1.00. What's wrong?

I've got a UNI-T UT33D multimeter that's not working like I want it to, and I'm not sure how to find out what's wrong or if it's salvageable or not. The unit is new, but may possibly have had its ...
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How can I power a device under test in a way that is safe for an oscilloscope?

Is it possible to power a circuit in such a way that makes it impossible to fry my oscilloscope with a ground loop? I've heard using a battery is a good way to prevent this. Is there a other way I ...
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Manually test computer Ethernet port with a multimeter

I have updated the drivers for the ethernet port an a laptop at home, yet it is only letting 10 mbps through for every cable that is connected, even though Speed/Duplex was set to Dual 1 Gb. I now ...
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Question about a trigger input of a modern ARB/VSG (Vector Signal Generator)

Given a common setup: The green box is a PCB mainly consisting of a data acquisition device (ADC+RF frontend) which is controlled by a Spartan-6 FPGA. The ADC & FPGA use a clock from a Tektronix ...
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How do I test 10-12 pF range capacitor

Here is the situation: I have few unknown 1% high precision capacitors and I know they are either 10pF or 12pF, and I have few known 12pF 1% capacitors. Q1, How can I test those unknown 10-12 pF ...
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2x GPIB via USB Adapter

I have 2 of the normal Agilent E3646A power supplies and an Agilent GPIB/USB adapter. All 3 devices have different GPIB addresses and the two supplies are connected together with a GPIB cable. ...
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Isolation with inverter

Say I used a 12v car inverter powered by a 12v brick connected to ac mains (no ground pin) to isolate a scope and bench dmm, the inverter has no earth ground. Is the equipment isolated? Is lack of ...
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Is there a reason that phase testers are not prevalent in the USA?

Soft question here. I grew up in Ireland where phase testers (see picture) were used to check liveness of domestic wiring. They were also convenient for checking the ignition in a car. I never see ...
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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 maintain the zero potential at the connector end?

I am developing Automated Test Equipment (ATE), from the ATE, on the output connector there will be a some potential exists. How to maintain the zero potential at the connector end, which goes to ...
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Making a model of a transformer

According to this link, the equivelent circuit diagram of a transformer (seen from the secondary side) looks like: Now, I want to find the values of the following constants: $$R_p,X_p,R_c,X_m,R_s,...
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Looking for multi-channel event counter IC to verify switch operation

As part of a project, I'd like to test the correct operation of a set of SPST switch ICs (maybe 8 or 16 or so). Each device contains six independent switches, and they are controlled through an SPI ...