Millenium DI-E teardown

Millenium DI-E is a DI Box. It is pretty much the cheapest (around 12 Euros) DI box you can find that still does it’s job acceptably. The unit is passive and has ground and ground lift. IT allows you to select to use the input with either an instrument or speaker level signal. Here is

USB charger with solar cell

Here is tear-down view of the following USB charger: SilverCrest SPBS 5000 B2 Battery: 3.7V 5000 mAh 18.5Wh Input: 5V 2100 mA Output: 5V 2100 mA Manufactured 2018-10 It was sold by LIDL. This device has a built-in battery that can be charged with other USB charger or with built-in solar panel. Here is a

Simple electromechanical thermostat teardown

STEGO KTO 011 is electromechanical thermostat designed for controlling electrical heating. The thermostat has one NC (normally closed) contact that normally conducts, but opens when temperature exceed the set temperature. The temperature control range is 32-140F. The electrical NC contact is rated for AC120V 16(2)A and AC250V 10(2)A. Let’s open the device. The temperature controlling

Electromechanical thermostat

Here is teardown of Stego FZK 011 thermostat. Thar is an electronechanical thermostat that can control heating resistor and/or cooling fan. The thermostat is based on bimetal strip that bends based on temperature. To get sharp transition and some hysteresis there is also magnet near silver calibration adjustment screw and electrical contacts. Components on board

Karhu Active Pulse teardown

Karhu Active Pulse (W311) was a fitness tracker product that was sold cheaply few years ago. It was quite comfortable on the wrist the UFit application running on Android was just fine (not very good or bad). Most functions go on by pressing that white circle (pulse, sleep monitoring) for about three seconds. You can

Lutron LCR-9063

I bought a Lutron LCR-9063 meter long time ago (expect around 20 years or more) to be able to measure value of coils and capacitors. I has worked well for me. What looks like the same meter are sold as VOLTCRAFT LCR-9063 Component tester. This meter is designed for measuring resistance, inductance and capacitance. LCR-9063

Behringer CT100 look inside

Behringer Cable Tester CT100 is a pretty nice and cheap cable tester for all kinds of audio cables.The CT100 accepts many type of cable you might use in a recording or live performance situation: XLR, mono and TRS phone (¼”, 1⁄8″, TT), RCA and even MIDI. here are three operating modes: Cable Test, installed Cable

Antenna isolator teardown

A ground loop in your AV system caused by antenna connection or TV cable is very common if you have your computer connected to the same system. This type of ground loop problem can be solved by using suitable isolator between your AV system and the antenna cable. Antenna isolator is very convient way to

Moxa Nport teardown

Moxa NPort® 5400 device servers provide many useful features for serial-to-Ethernet applications, including an independent operation mode for each serial port, user-friendly LCD panel for easy installation, dual DC power inputs, and adjustable termination and pull high/low resistors. NPort® 5400 device servers can connect up to four serial devices to an Ethernet network, allowing you