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Track the damage capacitors elco with ESR meter

All technicians must have the same experience that the old models of
aircraft generally have several common Elco its dry or down in value,
mainly found in many brands of china plane. Eco is dry can cause a
variety of disorders that are sometimes difficult to trace or even be
able to make certain parts do not work at all, especially if used on a
circuit that works at such high frequency SMPS (Switch Mode Power
Supply) and the horizontal. Elco dry technicians sometimes make
headaches and time consuming when you track the damage.

technicians get around this problem by directly replacing all existing
Elko, the Elko-regardless of whether Elko is corrupt or not. It is
generally quite successful. But sometimes the quality is not good
substitutes Elko, so the damaged aircraft back after use for some time.
Replace all of Elko is also a problem for yourself if the circuit is
improved a lot using Elko. The use of ESR-meter proved to be the most
appropriate choice to solve the above problems. We suggest that
ESR-meter is a must-have tool for every technician after avo-meter.

Using ESR-meter we've made themselves at a cost of less than 50,000 rupiah we recorded a lot of advantages such as:

  • Elko track damaged by the time more quickly because they do not need to remove the Elko (in-circuit tester) one by one.
  • Elko only replaced damaged
  • Can be used to check the quality of new
    and used Elko. It is certainly advantageous to utilize part of the
    former ex-change machine pcb. Sometimes the plane is damaged due to
    repeated just posted a new Elko was poor quality.
  • Elko that if the check using the
    ohm-meter sometimes the results are deceptive. Because if you checked
    with ESR ESR-meter turns his already large.
  • Can be used to check the flyback is
    short in the primary coil (between the B with a pin-pin-collectors),
    def a short yoke, the power tranfo a short primer.
  • To find out if re-chargeable batteries
    are still good. Re-chargeable battery that is damaged ESR was generally
    higher when compared to a still good.
  • To keep track of printed lines leaking / short
  • By comparing the capacitors are still good, ESR-meter can be used to check the value of thousands pf capacitor.


  • ESR meter can not be to find Elko leak or short. Fortunately rare short Elko damage.
  • ESR meter to check the fit only Elko with values ​​ranging 0.47uF and above.

Does ESR it actually?
Parameters are generally owned by a Elko understood by engineers is the
"maximum working voltage" and "capacitance value". In the real case
there are several other parameters such as the "maximum working
temperature" (85 or 105 degrees C) and "ESR" (Equivalent Series
Unless the practice is capacitive in Elko also has the characteristics
of "resistive" caused by a combination of resistance to the legs,
internal connections, plates and electrolyte. Thus form a resistive
characteristic ESR, because if it is portrayed as if such be installed
in series with the capacitance of Elko.
Ideally, an Elko ESR is zero, but in practice this is impossible.
Elko High voltage tends to have larger ESR than the low voltage Elko
Elko with small values ​​tend to have higher ESR values ​​greater than
Elko 105 degrees (C) tend to have higher ESR than Elko 85 degrees (C).

What Is the ESR-meter?

ESR meter is a kind of ohm-meter that can be used to measure the amount
of "resistance" of Elko. Difference if the ohm-meter using a dc current
(direct current) to drive the meter, then use the ESR meter ac
(alternating current) with a standard frequency 150Khz. As had been
explained that ideally Elko its ESR is zero. But this is not possible in
practice. Elko good quality 10uF value is close to zero or more

What is the cause of ESR Elko subject to change.

  • The first is caused because of the connection quality is poor constituents. It can be found in Elko Elko New and old.
  • Both are caused due to dry the liquid electrolyte due to evaporate
    or leak, which can be found at the old Elko. Are the consequences of
    large ESR Elko turned into?

Consequences of changing the value of ESR Elko

  • Elko is a working principle can be "in-fill and waste of" electric
    charge repeatedly. Thus ESR Elko-charging current will be passed this
    exile repeatedly in accordance with the working frequency of the
    circuit. And we certainly have understood that if bypassed resistor will
    generate heat flows in accordance with the magnitude of the current
    strength through resistance value and the corresponding magnitude.
    Similarly, the Elko with ESR, the greater the greater the ESR value of
    the heat arising in Elko, and the higher the frequency the greater the
    heat generated. This heat can eventually cause the electrolyte
    evaporates into a gas and seeped out, so the value of Elko will turn
    down. In the specific cases heat can even make Elko explode.
  • On a circuit that works at high frequencies Elko should have zero
    resistance to the high frequency signal. If the ESR of the resistance
    turned into Elko is no longer zero, and if the resistance value change
    is large enough to make the workings of the chaotic circuit.

Our experience with the use of ESR meter in the aircraft repair older model (the old plane), the first one we always do is:

  • Check out all the Elko with ESR-meter at the SMPS, Horizontal and Vertical and immediately replace it if the ESR problem.
  • Check visually (with a magnifying glass if necessary) solder-solder
    on the SMPS, the output Horizontal, Vertical output, and the CRT socket
    pcb and soldering again if there appears a problem or suspicious solder
  • Both of these were able to eliminate the difficulties that may arise
    and difficult to trace, so the use of ESR meter can shorten repair

How to use homemade ESR meter (calibration)

  • Once the tool is finished
  • Collect some old Elko is still good. Find Elko pcb traces of the
    plane, made in Japan or Europe the original (former aircraft engine
    change) because of generally good quality for use as a reference.
  • Grouped on the basis of a value less dar 2.2uF, 4.7uF is less than, less than and greater than 10uF 10uF.
  • Try using the ESR-meter to measure each group, and mark the position of the needle meter on each group
  • These markers can be used as a reference to the appointment of Elko ESR is still good.
  • If the meter needle to deviate less from the reference mark, the mean ESR Elko is not good.

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