Dick Smith LOPT/FBT tester repair.
This is an old tester that I have in my shop. I bought this tester on EBay when I first opened the shop about 12 years ago. Today as I was testing a laptop power adapter, I did a terrible mistake and I shorted out the meter. Seems like the main capacitor was not discharged as I expected and the moment I did the connections on board, the power indicator went out indication a dead tester.
I opened the meter cover and the first thing that I saw was a black burnt on a 1k resistor. I soldered it out and tested and it was an open resistor. I replaced it with a new part but that did not bring my meter to life.
I stared checking the entire component on that board. As you can see in the photo, most of the component there are resistors and all of them checked fine. I continued with my testing and could not find any bad components.
There are two IC’s on that board and the only way I can test them is by checking voltages on them or with the oscilloscope. The power supply here is four AAA battery sizes which come to total of 6 volt reaching the main small capacitor. I did the voltage testing on the first IC part number LM393N and there was voltages reaching that IC and 3.17 coming out on all the legs of that IC which indicated something wrong. I did not have a replacement part for it in my shop so I ordered from a local store just about 20 minutes away from my shop. I had to wait till the next day to get it. There was another IC part number CD4015BE on that board. To be on the safe side, I ordered that IC as well.
I got the two IC’s in the morning and the moment I installed the LM393 on board, the meter came to life. That put a smile on my face because I was feeling guilty about breaking this meter. It was silly mistake that caused me time and money.
My lesson for the day, we are humans and we do mistakes, we should learn from our mistakes and move on. ALWAYS DISCHAGE CAPACITORS BEFORE WORKING ON ANY EQUPMENT.
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