The lab electronics benches. Used for design, prototyping, construction and repair of all manner of electronics and small electrical items.
Please feel free to use tools on the benches or elsewhere in rLab, but always return things to their original location.
Micro-Electronics and processors
Power electronics and mains electrical work
|3rd October 2020||Fully Functional||No reported problems|
More work is planned to bring in additional tools and consumables, and sort out where everything will live, however the benches are fully operational.
None of the tools listed here require induction before they can be used.
User manuals (where available) are linked from the individual tool pages.
Please post on the rLab Google Group if you want help in learning how to use any of the tools or advice on how to approach a particular problem.
Tools live on both the benches. Common tools such as soldering equipment, power supplies, oscilloscopes and multimeters should be on both benches with the less frequently used tools available to either bench. Small parts, cables, and accessories are stored in the boxes on the shelf above the benches.
Both benches have a standard selection of hand tools, including screwdrivers, pliers, cutter and wire strippers available.
|Qinsi QS-5100 Reflow soldering oven||Soldering surface mount circuit boards|
|AT858D Reflow soldering station||Reworking surface mount boards. Controlled hot air source|
|Hotplate||Pre-heating surface mount boards before soldering or rework|
|ZD-8915 Desoldering station||Desoldering components|
|uCurrent Gold precision current shunt||Precise current measurements|
|BattLab-One IOT Battery Life Estimator||Measures wake and sleep current draw and estimates the battery life of different battery types based on their discharge profiles|
|Component tester||Identifying and testing small components|
|Beagle USB 480 Analyser||USB Protocol Analyser|
|Decade Boxes||Precise resistance and capacitance test boxes|
|Fluke 8846a Bench multimeter||General measurements|
|Handheld multimeters||General measurements|
|GW Instek GPS-4303 quad channel PSU||Variable DC power source|
|Tenma 72-13310 triple channel PSU||Variable DC power source|
|Tenma 72-2925 single channel PSU||Variable DC power source|
|HP 8714B RF network analyser||Radio frequency spectrum analyser|
|HP 8647A RF signal generator||Radio frequency signal generator|
|Thurlby Thandar TF820 Frequency meter||Frequency measurement|
|GW Instek SFG-2110 Function generator||Waveform generater|
|Rigol DS1104z Plus Oscilloscope / function generator / logic analyser||Waveform measurement, generation, logic analyser and protocol analyser|
|GW Instek GDS-2204 quad channel oscilloscope||Waveform measurement|
|Tektronix 2235 dual channel analogue oscilloscope||Waveform measurement|
|Agilent DSO3062A 60Mhz Dual-channel oscilloscope||Waveform measurement|
|Zeroplus LAP-C logic analyser||Logic analyser|
|Brother PT-E550WSP label printer||Label Printer|
|3KVA Isolating Transformer||3KVA isolation transformer for use with equipment that's suspect to have mains faults. Recommended for use only by people with suitable experience/training as it's possible to create dangerous situations with this device.|
|6A Variac||6A Variable Auto-transformer, produces output from 0Vac to 270Vac. Does not provide isolation from mains, Use with caution!|
|Mains Quick Tester||Quick connection & isolation tester for mains power. Do not exceed 10A load. Has a 40% duty cycle above 5A - 4 minutes on, 6 minutes off. Below 5A, 100% duty cycle.|
|Mains Multi-Meter||In-line multimeter for Mains AC use. Measures Volts, Amps, Watts, Power Factor, Frequency and KWh. Fused at 10A. Useful with the Variac and Quick Tester.|
|East Tester ET5410 400W Electronic Load||400W programmable electronic load|
|Solder Paste Dispenser||Air-powered solder paste dispenser|
|Seaward PrimeTest-100||PAT (Portable Appliance Tester) for checking the safety of mains equipment|
|LCR Meter||Accurate measurement of inductors and capacitors|
|Tachometer||Measuring rotational speed of motors, shafts etc|
|Chip programmer/tester||Universal programmer and tester for EPROMs, logic chips, memory, etc|
|Clamp Meter||Measuring AC currents up to 400A without having to break into a circuit|
|100W gun-type soldering iron||Heavy soldering jobs involving larger gauge wire or PCB ground planes|
We keep a small number of stock consumable items, including :
- Desoldering braid
- Flux pens
- Hookup wire
- Contact cleaner
- Oil (silicone and mineral)
- Heatshrink (plain and adhesive lined)
- Crimp connectors
- Electrical tape, Kapton tape, Aluminium tape
- Label tapes
- Hot gun and glueguns
- Spare PSUs and chargers
- Mains plugs
- Random selection of uProcessor dev kits
- Thermal Paste
Parts and upgrades that are planned/Budgeted/Purchased for in the near future