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VoltLog #20 – Mastech MS6612 Light Meter Review & Teardown

In this video I’m doing a product review and teardown of the Mastech MS6612 Digital Light Meter. I am also taking a look at a typical 9V battery datasheet and make an estimate on the usage hours  that I’m going to get for this meter.

Voltlog #18 – InTheMail: 7020 LED Strip, STM32, STM8, Wireless Remote Dimmer

In this epissode I receive: A set of rigid 7020 white LED strips, Wireless Remote LED Dimmer, Maple Mini STM32, STM8 dev board, spade connectors and some Logitech Z2300 ALPS potentiometers.

Voltlog #17 – 5 inch LCD TFT Monitor With 2 CH Analog Input

In this video I do a quick review of a 5 inch LCD TFT Monitor With 2 CH Analog Input. This module was sent to me free of charge for review by gearbest.com. The module is based on the MST703 video decoder and if you want to know more about this chip check it’s datasheet in the links from the video description.

 

VoltLog #16 – Laptop battery teardown and lithium cell recovery

Today we’re going to be looking at some laptop batteries, we’re going to take them apart and attempt to salvage some lithium cells to use in other projects.

I have these two identical batteries coming from a Fujitsu Siemens laptop and they’re both dead. These batteries usually fail in one of two modes, they either have a failed electronics board and in this case they don’t communicate with the laptop motherboard anymore for correct management or they have one or more lithium cells failed and they don’t reach their nominal voltage anymore.I believe these two are in the second category where one or more cells have failed and they don’t reach their nominal voltage anymore.

Voltlog #15 – Kit Assembly LED Rotating Persistence of Vision Kit

The assembly of this LED persistence of vision kit started well but it soon went bad because of poor design and lack of instructions. There is no documentation on how to assemble the mechanical parts so you have to figure that out yourself. There is no mention or pictures of how the LED’s should be soldered and to my surprise they need to be soldered on the edge of the PCB. There is no information on how to load the firmware or custom text patterns. After some research I did manage to find a chinese app which is supposed to work with this kit but I had no success in writing/uploading anything to the microcontroller.

I even spent an hour or so with google translate and, translated to english most of the buttons and messages in the app.

At this point I’m not sure if my problem is in the hardware(unlikely) or if I need to program the microcontroller, or if the microcontroller has some firmware and I just need to upload a custom display pattern using that chinese app.

Too much time & effort has been wasted so I’m not going to follow this anymore. My recommendation: don’t buy this kit unless you have too much free time and you enjoy solving complicated (chinese) problems.

Voltlog #13 – InTheMail AD9850 CC2541 CSR8615 OVC3860 Mifare

In this InTheMail episode I receive the following items:

  • AD9850 DDS Signal Generator Module 0-40MHz.
  • Bluetooth CC2541 4.0 BLE UART Transceiver Serial Module (Texas Instruments).
  • SPK-8615-A Bluetooth 4.0 Mono Audio Module with CSR8615.
  • XS-3868 Stereo Bluetooth Module with Omnivision OVC3860.
  • 1Hz-50MHz Frequency Meter Kit (7 segment LED display).
  • LED POV Rotating Electronic Kit.
  • Macro 58mm Filter Close Up Lens Set For Nikon D3000 D3100.
  • 0.36 Inch Digital Voltmeter 0 – 200V 7-segment LED.
  • SMA male to BNC male coaxial pigtail RG58.
  • BR-2/3A Panasonic Lithium Battery.