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hpr1828 :: Multimeter Mod's Part 1

NYbill modifies his multimeter to add features he feels are lacking.

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Hosted by NYbill on 2015-08-05 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:19:22

Hobby Electronics.

Building electronic devices and kits, repairing electronics and learning about components and their uses.

NYbill talks about modifying his UNI-T UT61E multimeter to add two features he finds lacking.

In part one an LED back light gets installed for the LCD screen. Part two will cover the second mod, a auto-time out feature to save the units battery.



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Comment #1 posted on 2015-08-05 11:17:23 by Jon Kulp


Bill! Amazing job on this show, probably my favorite one this year. Looking forward to hearing the second in the series.

Comment #2 posted on 2015-08-06 22:17:11 by NYbill

Thanks, pal. I thought I'd record an episode while I was doing a project. Talk about it as I go. My thought process, troubleshooting, etc...

Although, I felt the edit was a bit rough, I'm glad you liked it.

Comment #3 posted on 2015-10-18 03:52:31 by Neandergeek

Great imprompto series

I just got my Uni-T UT61E, but I'm still waiting for my USB cable. I may get the led back light added tomorrow. I'll follow up when I do.

One of the photos had what looks like a storage organizer for resistors in the form of one quarter of a circle. Do groups of four of them make stackable rings? Are they affordable and useful?

Comment #4 posted on 2015-11-02 22:15:19 by NYbill

USB cab;e prices went up.

Hey Neandergeek, cool you got one. Good luck with the LED mod if you attempt it. I wonder what color (yes there is a 'u' missing there you UK lot) LED you will choose.

Yes, I'm waiting on the USB cable as well. It seems the UNI-T ut7xx series has come out. The new series seem to be targeting the Fluke 289 type data logging meters. But, as soon as they came out the price of the USB cable seemed to jump from ~$11 to ~$18. Well, there is one on its way to me now. It should be here soon.

In the mean time, I can confirm that the UNI-T windows software does work with Linux/WINE. I just need the cable to make sure they can communicate.

As for the small curved containers, I've had them for ~20 years. They are from a storage bucket type thing I had for work. It was a 5 gallon plastic bucket with stackable trays inside. Similar to this:

The small bins would stack into one of the bigger trays for holding tiny stuff. But, they were too small for work items. So, I used them for electronics parts at home. So no, I don't think they are available on their own.

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