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Can anyone recommend a cheap ESR meter?

maxtherabbit

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Looking at some of these super cheap (15$) multi all in one component testers from china on ebay. I can't imagine that they are worth a crap, but you never know. The ESR70 seems to be a popular unit at around $100. What do y'all recommend?
 
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Malc

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Probably the Peak electronics ESR70 or the Bob Parker Blue ESR meter, I don't own either but have read excellent reviews on both, I have a cheap Chinesium component tester, It's certainly not the most accurate tool in my tool box but i find it usefull, I've so far gotten away with the tools i have, digital and analog. I've often thought about getting a ESR70 or the Blue ESR meter but it's not a tool i use every day and can't really justify the expense.
 

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Those cheap Chinese component testers (based on an AVR) aren't bad--and quite probably, good enough for hobbyist work. After all, electrolytic cap tolerances are quite wide...
 

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Alright I just ordered one for $6, figured it was worth 2 wendy's spicy chickens to give it a shot :p

this thing:
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Malc

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I think i paid about £12 for mine, But it is in a nice black case, I'm glad i bought it though, Just got to interpret what's on the screen sometimes, IE: when inserting Shorted / Bad components.
 

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I dropped my first one and the cable to the LCD came off so I purchased one in a case, still works.
 

Gary C

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Not got an ESR meter, but have a capacitance meter from RS

But, I just got one of these SC110a.jpg

It must be the smallest CRT oscilloscope ever, and I believe it was actually made by Sinclair and used the tube from the Sinclair MTV1B MICROVISION

Almost useless, but fun.
 

Dwight Elvey

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I have a nice ~1970s bridge that can measure capacitance, inductance, resistance and ESR. It is all in one box.
Dwight
 
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