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  1. Martaine2005

    Martaine2005

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    Hi all,
    I am having a clear out of all my RC helicopters, motorbikes, boats etc. All mainly from early 90's.
    To make room for some test equipment. Now I know Fluke and Agilent etc are out of my price range as a novice even if they are second hand.

    I am not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, just need to start somewhere.
    All I own is 4 mutimeters. Two digital and two analogue. 5 soldering irons, 15w, 15-25w, 25w, 40w, and the BEAST 100w.

    I want as a minimum, an oscilloscope, preferably two channel,
    Bench multimeter,
    Bench power supply, preferably two outputs,
    And most importantly a magnifying lamp (articulated). Eyes are not what they used to be..

    Any suggestions would be greatly received. And of course any other equipment that is the staple for a test bench.

    Martin.
     
  2. mofy

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    For the oscilloscope Rigol are excellent value for money. Bench power supply, dual tracking to at least +/-15v preferably higher, at least 3A, with current limit control/monitoring as well. You also need a fixed 5v and 3.3v, but they can be just little DIY kits and only about 2A.
     
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  3. davenn

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    and forget a bench multimeter a waste of money ... put the money towards the scope
     
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  4. Martaine2005

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    Thanks guys.
    mofy, strange you mention Rigol.. I just downloaded a pdf on the
    Rigol DS1054Z £300 doesn't seem too bad for a first scope. But I heard a novice should probably start with an old CRT scope and then move onto a digital scope. Not sure how that actually works.

    I was looking at the
    GW Instek SPS-3610 Switching DC Power Supply Purely because the ones I really like are £1500! And I have a Maplin round the corner.. But heard they are rubbish!! Is this true?

    I do have a (kind of) fixed 5v and 3.3v supply. And 12v too, from an old atx case.

    @ Dave, yes totally agree now after reading some reviews. I might change that to a frequency counter as I play a lot with toys that transmit.

    Thanks again for the input guys.
    Martin.
     
  5. davenn

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    good plan :)
     
  6. poor mystic

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    I think you'll find a modern scope, secondhand, at about 1/2 the price of new. There won't be any problems with it - ask on the site before you buy is a good option.
     
  7. Martaine2005

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    Yes, I did think about second hand, but was put off purely because it would be my first scope. And as I have no experience at all, the warranty is probably worth the extra money to begin with.
    Once I get some experience behind me with using a scope, a second hand one wouldn't worry me.
    Thanks. Martin.
     
  8. Tha fios agaibh

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    I'm also in the market for a good mag lamp. What's a good brand?
     
  9. Martaine2005

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    I optest for the cheapest from Maplin. £30.
    I have to say that I am very impressed so far. It moves quite easily if knocked by accident. A few nylocks can fix that.
    I would however say that if you wear reading glasses, try to not too o_O.
    I had a headache after 5 minutes.
    I now just use it further away without the glasses and works fine.
    Here is the cheapo link..
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluor...r-lamp-a29ff?gclid=CP6j5daJ_sUCFbHKtAodHHsAbg

    Martin.
     
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  11. davenn

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    looks good ... RS only sell respectable gear and it should have a decent warranty as well
     
  12. Martaine2005

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    Thanks Dave.
    Warranty is three years. So I ordered it before anybody replied..
    Anyhow, I am sure I will have many questions to come.
    I am a Little pissed now and probably should shut up.
    But this forum rocks.....Cudos to all...But Adam is my UK hero.
    Tea with that scone dear?
     
  13. davenn

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    cant complain with a 3 yr warranty
    looks to be a really versatile PSU
    my main dual rail variable supply is this one

    MP3087.jpg

    also have one of these so a few yrs longer
    has fixed 12 and 5V outputs and a 0 - 32V variable output

    $_75.jpg


    both have been good supplies


    Dave
     
  14. Martaine2005

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    Thanks Dave, can I upset her indoors and say I need Two?
     
  15. davenn

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    hahaha you may be "pushing the envelope" there mate ;)
     
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