Teardowns

Westermo 3G gateway

This is a teardown of one broken Ethernet to 3G cellular network industrial gateway. There is a miniPCI slots for communications module. It is a commonly used for cellular cards. MiniPCI slot provides both PCI and USB signals. This Option GTM382 cellular module has USB 2.0 host interface (uses AT commands). There there seems to

Behringer B208D teardown

This is a teardown of Behringer B208D active PA speaker. Inside Here is input pre-amplifier Look inside power electronics metal box Inside here is swich mode power supply (mains to around +-27V) and amplifier board. Amplifier board has 160W class D amplifier chip (below board and possibly broken) for driving low frequency speaker element, 40W

Stepper motor driver TB6600

For controlling stepper motors you need a suitable controller. It is possible to build controller using discrete components, controller ICs and using micro-controller. It can be fun to build our own stepper controller, but when you have done that few times, you might want to start looking or reasonably priced ready made easy to use

Huawei tablet repair

I had a Huawei MediaPad T3 10″ (AGS-L09) tablet with broken glass. The repair at the official repair center costs more than buying a new tablet (both around 150 Euros), so repairing does not make much sense. How about a DIY repair for broken screen? It seems to be doable according to several repair videos.

USB endoscope repair

I have had this cheap USB endoscope for few years. Then it suddenly stopped working. So I opened it up to see what is inside and hopefully fix to work again. The problems seems to be loose green wire. A bit of soldering and it works again. Not much electronics. Just wiring from USB connector

Biltema RCD teardown

Biltema sold this ground fault interrupter (RCD / GFCI) device few years ago (does not seem to sell anymore). It is designed to be connected to 230V AC 50 Hz electrical outlet. The information on the back of the device tells that this will trip at 30 mA leakage current. The symbol tells that this

Cheap poor HDMI to USB converter

Here is a story of one cheap HDMI digitizing device. I have wanted to connect devices with HDMI output Open Broadcast Studio video mixer/streaming software running on PC. Usually HDMI to USB adapters are expensive boxes (around $100 or more). But the I saw this really cheap (€16,15 / US$ 18.99) Mini Portable HD USB

Cheap eBay LED tester fixed

Found this from eBay for about 2 dollars: New Mini Handy 2~150mA LED Tester Test Box for Light-emitting Diode Bulb Lamp Description: 100% brand new and high quality Material: Plastic Color: White Handy device for testing LED’s. Simply plug your LED into the correct holes (all of which are marked) and push the button to

Helvar TS300 dimmer teardown

Helvar TS300 light dimmer is designed to dim incandescent light bulbs that are powered from 220-230V 50Hz AC power source. It is designed to be installed to wall in place of light switch. This is an old device that might not have been sold for ages. Once this type of dimmer was quite common on