Voltlog #180 – Vishay VHP100 Foil Resistors With Zero TCR

If I get this built correctly, with the performance of these resistors, once the box is finished and calibrated it should be good for life. Because I would only be using it in the lab which regarding the temperature varies from 20 to 30 degrees C maximum.

The construction video will follow soon after I receive the aluminium enclosure, until then thank you for watching this and don’t forget to subscribe and hit the small bell icon to be notified of new uploads.


Voltlog #175 – Aneng AN302 Pocket Multimeter Review & Teardown

Welcome everyone, review time again, today we are taking a closer look at this pocket multimeter. It’s the Aneng AN302, 8000 count, true RMS multimeters. It comes with this black pouch and inside, the meter is wrapped in some bubble wrap. I don’t know about you but when I’m receiving stuff from China it always contains this popped bubble wrap, have you noticed the same? I wonder why the bubble wrap is already popped, cause it kinda defeats the purpose.

Here are some links where you can order the Aneng AN302 Pocket Multimeter: AliexpressAmazonEbay,  Banggood

Here are some links with the other items mentioned in this video:

Here is the pocket multimeter spreadsheet where I list all the meters I’ve looked at.

Voltlog #174 – UNI-T UT125C Pocket Multimeter Review

Hello and welcome everyone, today it’s review time and we are taking a look at the UNI-T UT125C Pocket Multimeter. This is a 4000 count, CAT III 600V pocket meter they claim but as we’ll see in a moment it’s a bit bigger than an actual pocket meter.

Here are some links where you can order the UNI-T UT125C Pocket Multimeter: AliexpressAmazonEbay,  Banggood

Here are some links with the other items mentioned in this video:

Here is the pocket multimeter spreadsheet where I list all the meters I’ve looked at.


Voltlog #173 – µAmp Current Source

Welcome to a new voltlog, today we are taking a look at a very interesting item that was sent in by a viewer of the channel. Fabian who is from Romania sent me this microAmp current source that he designed and built himself. Even though he built only a few units by hand it looks professional and you must have noticed the resemblance with the uCurrent built by Dave from eevblog, but that gadget is used to measure small currents while this one is used to generate small currents.

Link to the uAmp Current Source on Tindie


Voltlog #166 – LRC Reference Box (Hao QI Xin)

In this video we are taking a closer look at the Hao QI Xin LRC Reference Box which contains a couple of polystyrene capacitors, a vishay precision resistor and an un-marked inductor. I also talk about getting the AD584 voltage reference box, however it is hard to find the LH version as most seller will be sending you the KH version which is a lower grade of stability.

Here are some links mentioned in the video:

Voltlog #162 – Pocket Multimeter 1KV Testing and CAT Ratings

Welcome to a new voltlog, today we’re going to test a range of pocket multimeters by applying transient voltages to their inputs and we’re also going to talk a bit about CAT ratings and what they mean.

CAT ratings is something we often see marked on measurement tools and they refer to the measurement category, a method of classification published by IEC (the International Electrotechnical Commission). Different types of circuits will require a different measurement category based on the total energy available in that circuit. For example:

  • CAT I: is for measurements performed on secondary circuits not directly connected to mains.
  • CAT II: is for measurements performed on local electrical distribution, such as that provided by a standard wall outlet 110VAC in the US or 240VAC in the EU.
  • CAT III: is for measurements performed on hard wired building installation, for example distribution boards, circuit-breakers, bus-bars, junction boxes and industrial equipment.
  • CAT IV: is for measurements performed on the source of the low voltage installation, like the power input to your home, your electricity meter or the primary overcurrent protection device.

As you can see a higher CAT number refers to a circuit with higher available power and higher potential energy transients. Within each of these categories we have voltage ratings and a higher voltage rating means the ability to withstand a higher transient.

Welectron.com which is an authorized Brymen distributor, loaned me the BM887 Insulation Multimeter to perform some testing on the pocket meters.  I will be using this meter to apply 1KV to the pocket meters and see how they survive. The BM887 is made for measuring insulation resistance in industrial machines, certainly not for testing multimeter input protection but we can think of it as an abnormal voltage spike that might come rushing through a circuit you are measuring.


Voltlog #160 – Brymen BM22s and BM27s Pocket Multimeter Review

Welcome to a new voltlog, this is a follow-up on voltlog #148 the pocket multimeter shootout. In that video I reviewed 4 different cheap pocket multimeters. The general idea was that while some had advantages over others they were all missing important protection features on the input, making them safe to use only with low voltage, low energy circuits.

The guys from Welectron saw that video, they contacted me and said they have something better and they sent me the Brymen BM22S and BM27S for a review.

Welectron is offering a 5 EUR discount code (voltlog5) valid until 31st of May 2018. This will pretty much offer you free shipping for one of these meters which coupled with the 3 year warranty and their nice customer service, makes it a very nice deal if you are in the market for a good pocket multimeter.

You can also checkout my comparison spreadsheet to see how the Brymen meters compare against the other cheap pocket multimeters.

Voltlog #152 – Fake Aneng AN101?

So back when I was preparing for that video, I ordered an Aneng AN101 from aliexpress, I think I took the cheapest seller out of the ones that were available and when I got the meter I realised it doesn’t have the Aneng branding right here on the upper side of the LCD.

Here are links to where you can buy this pocket multimeter:

Voltlog #148 – Affordable Pocket Multimeter Shootout

In this episode we are going to be taking a look at the affordable pocket multimeter market, I’ve god 4 models which you can get for under $20 and I’m going to review these to see which one is best.

If you just want to skip to the results checkout this spreadsheet on google docs.

Here are links to where you can buy these pocket multimeters:

Here are the pictures from the teardown of these meters:

Voltlog #139 – Aneng AN8009 Multimeter Review

In Voltlog #114 I reviewed the Aneng 8008 and I said it’s probably the best $25 multimeter that you can buy. Today we are taking a look at the Aneng AN8009 which is a newer model from Aneng. 

In the end I would say this new AN8009 model is just as good as the AN8008 and they are both great beginner multimeters but they can also be good for the more advanced user who better understands their limitations.

My recommendation is to take a look at the differences between the two and choose based on your needs: ask yourself, do I need temperature measurements? Do I need the extra resistance range? Or do I need the square wave output. Better yet, and this is what I would do, I would get both models to have all of those functions when needed. Also it’s good to have two multimeters because you can measure both voltage and current at the same time.

Here are some links where you can get the Aneng 8009: