Teardowns

LED Energie LED bulb teardown

LED Energie brand LED bulb with following data stopped to work properly: 230V 50Hz 7W E27 450lm 3000K 60mA 20D 3684 Mod.5161 So lets make a tear-down Inside There seems to be 20 small LEDs in series inside bulb and one of them burned black. As such this LED string is expected to need around

Laserliner contactless voltage tester teardown

Here is a look what in inside a broken Laserliner Active Finder Plus contactless voltage tester that is designed to detect live lines from 24 V AC to 1000 V AC: Not much see on this side of circuit board. All I can see is place for two 1.5V batteries, beeper and LED. The other

Logitech wireless mouse teardown

Here is view what is inside logitech wireless optical mouse. Let’s open it When doing tear-down on this mouse I was hoping to find what was wrong on this broken mouse. I could not see any reason why it did not work anymore. If you are wondering what is that component connected with wires to

Zyxel gigabit switch

I decided to replace my aging Zyxel and Netwjork 100 Mbit/s Ethernet switched with new gigabit models. I decided to get two ZyXEL GS-108S v2 Media Switch as replacement for those. The Zyxel GS-108S v2 10/100/1000 Mbps switch is designed to provide reliable high-performance media network connectivity – that’s what I need. The Zyxel GS-108S

Ethernet switch teardown

Here is tear-down of old Zyxel  ES-108 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet switch. I had one on my network for many years, but one day it stopped worked and started making whining noise. Look inside. Closer look to details. Main Ethernet switch chip is ADM6999 from ADMtek (now part of Infineon). In addition to it line transformers and power

Circuit breaker teardown

Here is teardown of 10 A DIN rail mounted miniature circuit breaker (Biltema brand) What you see when you open the case Turn around – circuit open/off/tripped Device reseted to “on” position On the left side of mechanism there is bimetallic overcurrent triggering mechanism – load current goes through bimetallic strip and heats it.  On

Motor protector teardown

Electrical motors need protection devices. EATON Moeller PKZM0-0.63 is a Motor Protective Circuit Breaker with manually actuated motor-protective circuit-breaker IEC/EN 60947-4-1, VDE 0660 part 102, rotating handle with clear switch position display ON and OFF. The current rating of this AC motor protection device can be adjusted from 0.4A to 0.63A. In addition to thermal

HASP software protection “dongle” teardown

Here is view what is inside this old HASP software protection “dongle” that was designed to be plugged between PC Centronics printer port and printer. This is outdated technology because PCs have not had printer ports for many years. Inside views: Closeups shows that the main IC seems to be a custom made part for

Netgem N7700 STB teardown

Elisa Viihde is a IPTV service sold by Finnish telecom operator Elisa. The system works so that you have a set-top-box that connect to your cable TV and your Internet connection. You can use the set-top-box to view both live cable TV signal, your recorded TV programs from IPTV video recorder (in “cloud”), pay TV