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Today I do feel as an idiot for spending my four valuable Euro coins about buying these two 100V 10A DSN-VC288 panel meters.

I did break my oath of not buying cheap products because I am a poor man and it is not wise for us poor people to experiment with solution them never really deliver what they supposed to deliver.

But thanks to donation which ITTSB Blog received by a new forum member, I thought to invest portion of that money for acquiring another one opportunity for production of valuable content.
This be in benefit of all members of ITTSB forum, among to thousands young ones, them exploring world of electronics.

Last year I got a step-up voltage converter, input 9~24V DC and output this is up to 60V.
And I am about to add this PCB in to enclosure, and to add two panel meters one at input and a second in the output, and also one 10 turn’s potentiometer will deliver more precision speaking of voltage adjustment.
The all idea this is me to create one voltage source for mostly powering electrolytic capacitors at their higher working voltage, for evaluation of their condition.

100V - 10A, DSN-VC288 DC Voltmeter Ammeter which I received them both demonstrated huge error as ammeters right away.

I thought to use calibration pot for current adjustment, but I discover that pots were all ready at lowest setting and it was impossible them to help at lowering down the measured value.

Theoretical specifications’ of Voltage Error Range: ± 0.1% & Current Error Range: ± 1%
These are both a bad joke, especially for Current range.


Bellow there is three screen shots DSN-VC288 side by side with U1272A and how comparable are the measurements’ of this questionable in quality DSN-VC288.
In order my tests them to be unquestionably correct I use two car light bulbs as load (Head lights) power consumption of 4.5A at 15V its one.

As you can see DSN-VC288 at default condition this is terrible as Ammeter.
Power source for DSN-VC288 this is 9V battery, with working voltage of 7V (used one).
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100V 10A DSN-VC288 – Calibration tweak over PCB & partial improvement
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 08:05:38 PM »
PART 2 

Major problem with young people and hobbyists (when they publish their electronic projects over the internet or when they mimic adults product reviewers on camera), this is that they do not have true test and measurement equipment, and even the required knowledge, so them to produce an opinion which qualifies to be taken under consideration by others.

How in earth no one ever noticed that performance of DSN-VC288 this is closer to riding a bicycle this having square wheels than round ones ?  >:(

Any way, lets hope that my own tests them will deliver the message to all ages of consumers so them to act more wise from now and on as buyers.

Regarding DSN-VC288 PCB, I did notice that I-ADJ pot and near by voltage divider was not identical to all batches of PCB.
SMT resistor next to the pot was different in some product pictures, but such a manufacturing difference this also translates, that value of pot in Kilo Ohm, this will be different too.

In my case I had to experiment by another value of resistor so this voltage divider to work in my benefit.

I am unable to celebrate even if my conversion this it did worked, because even if I manage to force DSN-VC288 this to measure somewhat accurately at 1~4 Amperes range (which this is most essential to me), my victory this is DSN-VC288 this measuring only 1A less at 10A real current flow, when DSN-VC288 at default configuration this has almost 2.3A ERROR.

 
DSN-VC288 100V 10A, as voltmeter seems more reliable, but currently I did tested it up to 36.7V (which is the limit of my Kenwood PD35-10 Linear DC power supply).
 
 
My own lesson from this latest adventure which even forced me to drive up to nearest electronics parts store for buying additional resistors, this is that I am going to avoid buying or using any digital meter using negative side of wires for shunt measurement.
Also I am now aware that electronic design of DSN-VC288 this is a failure which it should be removed from the market.

 
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Re: 100V 10A DSN-VC288 - Undocumented RESET function - Explained
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 05:49:36 PM »
For DSN-VC288 PCB there is one Undocumented RESET function.

Supposedly this RESET function it is there so this to remove unwanted counts if there is a displayed value when actually, voltage and current input this is zero.

To activate RESET you just need to short pictured PCB pads, and to power-on the meter by having previously disconnect both shunt cables and voltage cable (measuring +).
At power-on with jumper in place, you will note both lines of LED to become momentarily shorter in digits, removal of jumper this should follow 2~3 seconds after power-on, then all digits appear again  (full display resolution Mode).

In my case this RESET functionality somewhat forced both meters them to restore correct linearity when them measuring current, and now both meters operates correctly.
Personally I am not convinced that RESET functionality this can also be the cure if Ampere ADJ pot this is out of range due wrong resistor over the PCB.

By mentioning all issues at eBay seller, he gave me 50% refund and therefore I feel as compensated for the troubles that I got to.
What forced me at discovering RESET function was the refund plan of specific seller, he advised me about me getting a hammer and smash the meters, send him a picture, and then I will get full refund.   :o   

According my thinking and moral values, I feel like be a doctor, and I do take joy from bringing back to life of anything powered with electricity.
But from an consumer perspective, if you are unable to handle such manufacturing defects due lack of skill or tools, I will advice you to use the hammer.  ;)
When you do so, the manufacturer will be also forced to refund the seller whom sold the goods to you.
And by him starting loosing money ....  he will be forced to increase QC inspection, and by doing so he will also minimize manufacturing process errors.

Because some people they do think abnormally, I will say to them: NO it does not make sense using RESET function at bright new meters, so them to recover in functionality level.

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