Tag Archives: SMD

YOUYUE 858D+ hotair station — teardown

This device seems to be a clone of several other branded ones out there. The Atten / Aoyue 858 come to mind ;-) I bought it on ebay for 38€ delivered.

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Soldering DFN10 packages by hand — quite simple !

If you use the right footprint!

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Find the bug!

I ordered a couple of parts from MicrochipDirect. The overall experience was very positive: rather quick delivery, very reasonable shipping costs (considering it was sent by courier). Oh, I forgot to name the part ;-) MCP1804 Have a look at … Continue reading

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Bad soldering day — A rip-off (literally)

Once in a while I sell one or two of the RGB LED RING boards. As not everybody feels comfortable with soldering SMD parts (and I’ve explicitly warned that it’s not that easy and that the RGB LEDs die easily) … Continue reading

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LT1618 at work — A versatile boost converter

Please make sure you check the schematic, as this one may contain errors! I shall not be responsible for any damage to your chip. This post is about the experimentation phase only. Best to start from the spice model provided … Continue reading

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MSOP10/TSSOP8 – DIP adapters — they’ve finally arrived

I’ve waited almost 8 weeks… and finally the reward ;-) And I’ve already managed to solder the LT1618 boost converter chip to one of these. Compared to soldering TQFP-32 packages this screams for solder paste and a hot air station. … Continue reading

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Who needs cheap MSOP10/TSSOP8 to DIP adapters ?

Hi, I’ve been planning to build a prototype driver for the Seeedstudio LED module (1, 2) for quite a while, but I just cannot get MSOP-DIP adapters that are reasonably priced. The cheapest single one I could find was 2.50€! … Continue reading

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Jyetech AVR digital oscilloscope DIY KIT — trying to fix it – part 2

Maybe you remember my last post about the Jyetech oscilloscope and it’s weird behaviour. Not all of them are strange, as the free replacement DIY KIT I received from them works fine. At that time I suspected a sick ATmega64 … Continue reading

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Note to self: 26.0V >> 2.60V — A short ChipQuik review

Nothing good can come from a freak idea after midnight !

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8×8 RGB Matrix V3 + KICAD + SMD — part 2

Lost in some office, surrounded by clueless clerks, and low on patience… This is my adaption of the famous tag line of Army of Darkness: “Lost in time, surrounded by evil, and low on gas…”, which describes what I’ve been … Continue reading

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8×8 RGB Matrix V3 + KICAD + SMD — part 1

Now that I’ve started to work with KICAD, I’ve made the transistion to SMD parts and finally got my switch back. I hade to remove it in V2 as the DIP parts took too much space. The quartz is back … Continue reading

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