Counterfeit Macbook charger teardown: convincing outside but dangerous inside

Ken Shirriff writes, “What’s inside a counterfeit Macbook charger? After my Macbook charger teardown, a reader sent me a charger he suspected was counterfeit. From the outside, this charger is almost a perfect match for an Apple charger, but disassembling the charger shows that it is very different on the inside. It has a much […]

555 timer teardown: Inside the world’s most popular IC

Another great teardown article by Ken Shirriff, a look inside the 555 timer chip: Given the popularity of the 555 timer, I thought it would be interesting to find out what’s inside the 555 timer and how it works. While the 555 timer is usually sold as a black plastic IC, it is also available […]

Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer/Spectrum Analyzer review, teardown & experiments

Another video review from TheSignalPath, Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer/Spectrum analyzer: In this episode Shahriar reviews the Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer / Spectrum Analyzer (N9010A). The X-Series Signal Analyzers and Spectrum analyzers from Keysight are compared against each other. The EXA is a general purpose spectrum analyzer with extensive applications. The full instrument block diagram is […]

Rigol DSA875-TG 9kHz – 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer & tracking generator review, teardown & experiments

Rigol DSA875-TG 9kHz – 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer & tracking generator review, teardown & experiments from TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the top-of-the-line Rigol DSA875-TG 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer. This unit which, offers a built in tracking generator for the full frequency range, has a portable form-factor. I offers the following performance: 9 […]

Cambridge audio A4 stereo Amplifier Mods

Steve did a teardown and refurbishment of a Cambridge Audio A4 Amplifier: In this video, Steve disassembles a Cambridge Audio A4 Integrated Amplifier which he rescued before it was thrown away. The amplifier is refurbished with new electrolytic capacitors and a clean inside before performing a modification to make the dials on the front panel glow. […]

Teardown, repair and analysis of an Anritsu MS2721A 7.1GHz portable spectrum analyzer

Teardown, repair and analysis of an Anritsu MS2721A 7.1GHz portable spectrum analyzer by Shahriar of TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar takes a look at an Anritsu MS2721A portable spectrum analyzer which does not completely boot up. After displaying the message “Application Running!” the unit no longer advances to the main measurement screen. After intentionally corrupting […]

Review and teardown of the Analog arts SL987 USB oscilloscope AWG pattern generator and Logic analyzer

Review and teardown of the Analog arts SL987 USB oscilloscope AWG pattern generator and logic analyzer by Shahriar of TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the Analog Arts USB based mixed-domain instrument. The SL987 offers an oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, FFT-based spectrum analyzer, pattern generator and logic analyzer in a compact form factor. […]

Fluke 196B Handheld ScopeMeter repair

Teardown and repair of a Fluke 196B Handheld ScopeMeter: In this episode Shahriar goes through the teardown and repair process of a Fluke 196B Handheld ScopeMeter. This unit, which has been purchased as a “dead” unit from eBay, is examined for faults. During the teardown, various PCB components, architecture and design is presented. The performance […]

Tektronix PS2521G power supply teardown

Kevtris tears down the Tektronix PS2521G power supply.  He produced this post detailing his findings.: Weellll, I needed a good bench power supply, so I finally broke down and bought one.  I got a Tektronix PS2521G.  This doodad has three isolated outputs.  This means that each of the three outputs can be wired in series or parallel with […]

Tear down of an HP ProCurve 2824 Ethernet switch

Free PCB builder extraordinaire Kenneth did an extensive teardown of an HP ProCurve 2824 Ethernet Switch. He analyzes the PCB piece by piece, explaining the smaller function blocks and how they fit together. So that is how all of the internals of a 24 port managed switch interact with each other at the system level. The processor […]

Weller DS701E soldering-desoldering station repair

Gelbanana had some free time on his hands and he decided to try and repair an old Weller DS701E soldering-desoldering station he had laying around. The problem was diagnosed to a couple of bad capacitors. After a quick replacement, the station started working as expected, with the exception of the desoldering iron heater. While waiting […]

Voltcraft PS-1305/230 power supply teardown

Arhi tears apart the Voltcraft PS-1305/230 isolated 0-230 volts AC 4.5 Amp power supply. It also comes with a 0-30V 5A, and 5V 3A DC channels. The laboratory power unit is a combination of direct current power unit and safety variable isolating transformer with alternating current output. Via the forum.