Digital timer clock teardown

Here is a tear-down of a mains powered (230V 50 Hz) timer switch. Let’s look how this is built. Many mains power timers use mechanism that has mains powered syncronous motor, but this is different. This one has a electronic clock timer in it. There seems to be one clock IC with a crystal (around

MS8209 failed

I accidentially killed my favorite multimeter that had served me well for a long time. I was verifying another multimeter by comparing it’s reading to measurement made by this meter (that was checked to be accurate with a calibrator in 2020). My meter just went dead. New battery did not help. Any repair tips or

ACER Nitro 5 laptop repair fail

The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop. This model was just around 4 years old. This computer was hit with two problems: the computer does not turn on and the screen hinge was broken. Open the laptop by removing the bottom of the computer. It had many small screws that I had to

Mosquito trap teardown

I got few years ago this cheap USB powered mosquito trap. The idea in it is that Blue/UV light gets the mosquitos to go near the device, and then the device sucks them away. This product was cheap, but was not very effective. When I tried this device this summer, it did not seem to

Mosquito repellent tech

Mosquitos don’t just whine in your ear and drive you mad with itching, but they also spread disease to more than 700 million people every year. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide as well as the warmth and humidity you’re giving off. There are many different types of mosquito repellent. From zappers to catchers to

D-Link KVM switch

4-Port USB KVM Switch DKVM-4U is a device that allows you to control up to 4 PCs using only one monitor, keyboard and mouse. The DKVM-4U is designed to allow you to control up to 4 computers from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse, so you don’t have to purchase a monitor, keyboard and mouse

MT87 clamp meter

MT87 Digital Clamp Meter is the cheapest digital clamp multimeter I have found. It has been sold at price for less than 10 Euros/Dollars, while some other places sell the same mater often at around 20-30 Euros price. Main Features: ● Mini and compact design, easy to hold ● Data hold and LCD display, easy

Master-1 radiation meter

Many of us are unknowingly exposed to some level radioactive radiation every day. There is always some background radiation. Even some common household items can be a source of radiation. Radiation meters allow you to know the amount of radiation on your environment. Typically this type of meters are used for letting you know if