Siborg Hosting Beginning of Summer Holidays Sale on Tweezer-Based Multimeters
LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader-MP and other SMT testing tool are on sale in the LCR-Reader Store until July 6th, 2018.
The LCR-Reader was released in 2013 as a lower-cost alternative to other tweezer-based multimeters. The device combines a set of tweezers along with a high accuracy multimeter. The time-saving device is able to automatically determine the type of component and best test parameters to use with just a touch. Instantly all test values are available on the built-in display, including main and secondary impedances (ESR), test frequency and the test mode used. The ability to test with virtually no set-up is incredibly helpful for time-sensitive tasks.
The LCR-Reader (http://www.lcr-reader.com) is different from Smart Tweezers due to its stripped-down interface. It only offers the basic test modes (L, C, R and Auto) and a slightly lower basic accuracy of 0.5%; removing features making it cheaper for the end-consumers. Siborg created a new calibration fixture that allows for the creation of NIST Traceable Calibration Certificates. LCR-Reader is incredibly reliable and easy to use making it a good tool for educational use in high schools and university labs.
In late 2017, Siborg released the new LCR-Reader-MP (http://www.lcr-reader.com/lcrreadermp.html); this device offers a 0.1% basic accuracy and the more features than any other Smart Tweezers type devices to date. The LCR-Reader-MP has features like, LED/diode measurements, AC/DC voltage measurements, oscilloscope mode, pulse counting, automatic voltage reduction for in-circuit measurements, and most importantly, super large capacitance measurements. This device also boasts the ability to test a 100 kHz test frequency which gives a better than 1 nH resolution for inductance and 0.01 pF resolution for capacitance.
The Large Capacitance Test Mode tests large and super capacitance up to 680 mF using a wider range of test frequencies. The device will automatically reduce the test frequency to 25 Hertz while using the Large Cap mode, allowing for better accuracy. Caps larger than 40 mF are testing using DC. When testing electrolytic capacitors, the MP will measure at 120 Hertz while ESR values are measured at 100 kHz according to standard electrolytic capacitor test conditions.
One of the features the MP has is oscilloscope mode which allows for analyzing waveforms with frequencies up to 100 kHz on active circuit boards at various nodes on the PCB. This mode is especially useful when used in conjunction with the LCR-Reader Kelvin Probe Connector. This extension set turns Smart Tweezers [http://www.smarttweezers.us], LCR-Reader and MP into a low-frequency probe station, it comes with 5 attachments, including alligator clips, two sizes of pin-probes, spade connector and multimeter jack plugs.
-0.1% Basic accuracy
-Automatic and manual LCR, ESR, LED/Diode measurements
-Oscilloscope Transient Voltage display up to 100 kHz
-Automatic Test Signal Reduction from 0.65 to 0.1V for in-circuit measurements
-Active and Reactive impedance component display
-Pulse Period, Duty Cycle and Frequency measurements
-AC/DC voltage measurements
-Signal Generator with Sine, Meander and Triangle pulse shapes
-NIST traceable calibration certificate
-Measures components to a 0201 size (about 0.3 mm)
-Li-Ion battery with micro-USB charging
-2 oz. weight
-Large, backlit LCD display
The LCR-Reader Store has a wide range of SMT test devices, including the original tweezer-meter: Smart Tweezers. The most recent mode, the ST-5S, has extensive menus and a 0.2% basic accuracy. The Bluetooth enabled Smart Tweezers, the ST5S-BT2, connects to PC, Android and iOS devices and are able to receive the measurement data through a variety of programs, including NI LabView. The device will send all measurement data over a virtual connection to a computer; the newest update allows the device to both send and receive data. Users can create custom profiles that set parameters for components; when the measurements meet this criteria, the program will grant a pass.
Besides these main multimeter devices, Siborg offers:
-Kelvin Probe Connector: a shielded two-wire extension kit with 5 different attachments. The connector is compatible with LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader-MP and Smart Tweezers devices. It can be used a full probe station and allows to measure components larger than the tweezers’ gap.
-LED Test Tweezers test LEDs with a 12 VDC output and adjustable current ratings. It can also test small components and circuitry. Using an included cable, the LED Test Tweezers can be used as tweezer probes for most multimeters.
-SMD Multimeter Test Tweezers are low-cost tweezer probes for most multimeters with 4 mm jack plugs. The device will add tweezer precision instead of using long leads but is not for high-accuracy tasks.
The LCR-Reader Store also offers task kits which combine a device and spare accessories. Visit the store until July 6, 2018 to take part in the sale.