Voltlog #282 – Did I get a trinocular microscope for micro-soldering and inspection?

Welcome to a new Voltlog, to save you from waiting, the short answer is yes, I did get a microscope for the lab but before I show you the microscope let’s talk about why I got a microscope and why you might want one. If you are occasionally soldering boards, electronic kits, mostly through hole components or even surface mount down to 0603 and you have good eyesight, then chances are, you don’t need such a microscope, I’ve been doing that for years.

On the other hand, if you want to be able to solder surface mount components smaller than 0603 comfortably or you want to do board level repairs on modern gadgets like smartphones and laptops, then you most definitely need a microscope as it will massively improve the quality of your soldering and the general repair process at your bench. 

VoltLog #10 – HP 3478A Line Voltage and Frequency Adjustment 110V 60Hz to 230V 50Hz

In this video I am switching my HP 3478A from 120V 60Hz AC to 230V 50Hz AC using the internal selection. I am also comparing some voltage and resistance measurements to my Keithley 175 and I realize the HP needs calibration if I am to trust it’s measurements. While I was inside the meter I also checked the voltage of the internal battery used to store calibration data.