• What type of solder do you use most often?

    In previous  WorkBench Wednesdays  episodes, we talked about through-hole Workbench Wednesday 04: Capacitor Replacement on a Commodore 64 - A Lesson in Through-Hole Soldering  and surface mount solderin...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 29: What Active Components Do You Need?

    What Active Components Do You Need? element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Active components like transistors, BJTs, MOSFETs, ...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 28: What Passive Components Do You Need?

    What Passive Components Do You Need? element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Whether you are just getting started in electronics or ...
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  • Workbench Wednesdays 27: Instrument Basics: Logic Probe

    Instrument Basics: Logic Probe element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Logic probes are great for debugging 7400 series logic chips ...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 26: How to Measure Sound with a Handheld Meter

    How to Measure Sound with a Handheld Meter element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     One of the loudest pieces of equipment on Bald En...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 25: Measuring a MOSFET’s Miller Plateau

    Measuring a MOSFET’s Miller Plateau element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Turning on a MOSFET takes more than knowing the th...
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  • What are the most important parts to have in your electronics kit?

    This weekend I went to build a circuit for use in an upcoming video. There were two components I was confident that were in my parts kit: a 555 timer and a counter. Now, I did not know which counter I had, but I assum...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 24: No-Contact Current Measurements

    No-Contact Current Measurements element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     One of the safest ways to measure current is with a clamp. C...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 23: What that DMM Beep Means - A Continuity Mode Tutorial

    What that DMM Beep Means - A Continuity Mode Tutorial element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Chances are, you have used the continu...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 22: Instrument Basics: LCR Meter

    LCR Basics element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Learn how to use an LCR meter, such as the Tenma 72-10465, to measure reactive co...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 21: DMM Half-Digits Explained

    DMM Half-Digits Explained element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     What does it mean for a DMM to have 3.5 digits? How much more accu...
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  • Are the fumes from (soldering) flux harmful?

    To go along with the question on solder types, what about the fumes created from the flux? Most of the smoke you see while soldering is the flux burning away. Is that smoke or the fumes included in it harmful? Let me ...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 20: Thermal Tools for Circuits

    Thermal Tools for Circuits element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Measuring the effectiveness of a heatsink or the thermal load of ...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 19: 4-Wire Resistance Measurements

    4-Wire Resistance Measurements element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Bench DMMs have an extra set of banana jacks called "sense." ...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 17: Instrument Basics: Function Generator

    Instrument Basics: Function Generator element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Generating signals with a waveform, function, or arbit...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 18: Digilent Analog Discovery Review

    Digilent Analog Discovery Review element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     The Analog Discovery 2 combines all the equipment found on ...
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  • Reverse engineering the MP730026 DMM's BLE data packets

    The MP730026 DMM supports BLE communication. However, I quickly learned that the software offered by Multicomp Pro has significant limitations. So I set out to find a cross-platform solution, which leads me to Python....
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  • MP730026 DMM BLE Tutorial using Python

      At a glance, the Multicomp Pro MP730026 seems like a typical DMM. And it is! It measures voltage, current, frequency, temperature (with included K-Type thermocouple), and even features a white LED to act as a ...
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  • Win a Tenma Power Supply

    Congratulations to our winners!Wow! You guys came up with some really creative ideas! There were over 100 individual ideas submitted and they were a blast to read through.   The winner of the Tenma Supply is andr...
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  • Workbench Wednesday 16: Instrument Basics: Logic Analyzer

    Instrument Basics: Logic Analyzer element14 Presents  |  Bald Engineer: James Lewis' VCP Profile |  Workbench Wednesdays     Logic analyzers capture digital signals and then display a...
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