Voltlog #248 – Atorch Q7 USB Meter/Load With QI Wireless Charging

So this load is built with 3 active pcb’s as well as a fourth passive one as a front panel. They are joined with these brass standoffs and I think the standoffs act as circuit paths as well because I see no wires between the different levels. In order to get the alignment right during assembly the designer of these pcbs, made these corners rounded while these ones are diagonally cut and you can see these features along an entire side. This is a neat solution overall because it saves cost and as long as the screws are tight these should provide adequate connection.

Voltlog #195 – Is Thermal Adhesive Tape Any Good?

Welcome to a new voltlog, today we’re gonna be testing and comparing thermally conductive double sided tape to other solutions like thermally conductive adhesive, silicone pads, or even regular double sided tape to see how effective these solutions are for transferring heat between an IC and the heatsink.

To produce the heat I’m gonna use a small analog electronic load circuit, which will be set for a certain current let’s say 200mA and in theory should produce the same amount of heat for each run. Then we’re going to insert the different type of materials between the heatsink and the IC and we’re gonna measure the temperature of the IC and the temperature of the heatsink. As you can see I have a thermocouple glued to one side of the heatsink with thermally conductive adhesive and another thermocouple glued to this TO247 style transistor that’s producing the heat.

I don’t have a particularly good way of testing this but my plan is to heat the transistor to a stable temperature while the heatsink is kept at room temperature. Then I’m gonna connect the two bodies and measure the time it takes for the heatsink to reach the same temperature or a certain value, close enough. Then repeat the test with a different material and compare the values. If that time span is shorter or longer will depend on the thermal resistance between the body of the transistor and the heatsink and that is highly dependent on the material used between them.

Voltlog #94 – LCR-TN Tweezers Component Tester

This is a review and teardown of the LCR-TN components tester. It is a rather new model that comes in the form of tweezers and does a whole range of measurements.

You can find this product on the usual sources with links below:

Voltlog #27 – Transistor Tester Short Functionality Review

In this episode I am testing the various menus on the Graphical LCD Transistor/Component Tester purchased from banggood. This gadget does more than just measure and identify components, it can also measure frequency, it has built-in frequency generator as well as a 10-bit pwm generator with adjustable duty cycle.

Links to the products shown in this video: