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Author Topic: Unboxing - TIME ELECTRONICS UK - 1048 Voltage/ Current / Loop calibrator  (Read 1996 times)

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I wish to thanks TIME ELECTRONICS UK for their offering of 1048 portable calibration source (product sample ) in my Blog.

Product web-link: http://www.timeelectronics.com/portable-voltage-current-instruments/1048-voltagecurrentloop-calibrator/


This is latest made by TE Portable calibration source and a bright example of perfection when we talk about basic level of accuracy as calibration standard for verification and test of handheld multimeter.
ITTSB Blog this is proud to present Unboxing photographs so all consumers to get a real taste of what their money will buy ( speaking of exterior product design and look). 

1048 portable calibration after my own quick testing, I am totally surprised from it NEW product design changes in comparison with much older and full analog MICRO-CAL 1030.
New design is digitally controlled by push button among with analog control due multi-turn potentiometer, operation is so smooth that reminds functionality of Rotary-encoder.

Push buttons operation this is for step-by-step (fine tune) of output at last digit, this detail it is of high significance, especially now that all our multimeter have digital display and much higher display resolution from older analog meters.
Old MICRO-CAL 1030 this it almost impossible to be adjusted with such fine detail by hand.
And nowadays we do not use any more analog multimeter which them are very forgiven speaking of measurement of fine detail. 

I do not have plans for one in-depth product review, there is nothing to explore as wrong with it, the name of TIME ELECTRONICS UK this is best warranty speaking of long term reliability and product quality.
 
The product comes with printed user manual which I do plan to read every detail in it.
1048 portable calibration it is now basic tool of ITTSB Blog and a calibration standard for all my product reviews in the future. ;) 

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Follow up: I forgot to take a picture of it (power plug at the top side).
This accepts 12V DC.   
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Here is a good example of another application for such portable calibrators.
And this is calibration inspection of all types of DCV panel meter, digital or analog.

I am currently make one high power DC PSU for a friend of my.
Prior internal DC circuit this gets completed speaking of wiring, I thought to verify meters good operation and I took few pictures.  ;)
 
 
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TIME ELECTRONICS UK - 1048 Loop calibrator - Fuse F100mAL250V
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2018, 04:25:41 PM »
Long story in short version, my calibrator stopped delivering output and I did freak out.  ;D

After several minutes investigating of what I do wrong, I did visited it fuse compartment.
Inside it is one Littelfuse F100mAL250VP fuse, and this was burned.

I do keep stock of several fuses, but Fast 100mA this is not popular value.
For safety reasons I did order original part number and I did even investigate to find alternative fuse by comparing  217 Series Littelfuse F100mA specifications 

Holly Fuse F100mA this is closest alternative, but Littelfuse F100mA this comes first when I compared both charts.

Littelfuse brand marking over the fuse it did confused me in the begging, I thought that I am looking for FF100mA when first F (LF) this was simply a brand marking.  :P


My advice to 1048 Loop calibrator owners, this is get your own stock of replacement fuses before you actually need them .. this equipment its not cheap, and also fuse internal resistance this must be identical if you expect equal precision after installing a new fuse.
   
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Re: TIME ELECTRONICS UK - 1048 Loop calibrator - Fuse F100mAL250V
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »
Side note:

Littelfuse F100mAL250V first production this made somewhere in 1998.
Several updates from then to now was made for addition of further more compliance's  other than VDE & UL & IEC, ROHS this is more recent addition.
I am saying all these because I discovered an opportunity at  eBay and I got ten Fuses at retail price of just three recently marketed F100mAL250V.

What I did score this is Littelfuse 217 M100 (production series of 1998), breaking capacity and electrical specifications they are identical to latest batch.
Bellow there is a picture of latest Littelfuse Part numbering system. 

My first attempt buying Littelfuse 217 this failed because the seller was having anonymous (Made in China) production of 100mA Fast fuse listed as Littelfuse and even so I did receive ten of them.

In about ten days I am going to actually test what could be influence of fuses at this calibrator day to day usage.
a) Does DC current output gets any noticeable impact from the use of unbranded fuses ?
b) Fuses internal resistance analysis by the use of HIOKI RM3542A about determining how accurate it is resistance specification offered by Littelfuse
c) Fuses internal resistance comparison: Littelfuse VS Generic Fast acting fuse.     

At my first topic relative to fuses, I did mention Holly Fuse F100mA,   Holly Fuse branding this gained trust of HIOKI Japan,  such a decision makes me think, that Holly Fuse in China this is not considered as low-end fuse maker in Asia.     
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Re: TIME ELECTRONICS UK - 1048 Loop calibrator - Littelfuse F100mAL250V
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 12:24:59 PM »
My comparison of no-name F100mA fuses with Littelfuse 217 M100 this offered to me NEW knowledge.

First find that unbranded fuses these has Cold nominal resistance at range of 120 Milli-Ohm instead of approximately five Ohm that Littelfuse should have, this is a shocking find.

Ten Littelfuse 217 M100 fuses that I got, they do not have finest measuring consistency regarding Cold nominal resistance.
At 16 Celsius only two of ten fuses they come close at the mark of 5.5 Ohm,  when most of them they measure from 5.1 Ohm up to 5.4 Ohm.
I am aware that this is old stock and I am going to speculate that in recent years manufacturing process this has improve.

In the positive side of things, 1048 Voltage/ Current calibrator output this was changing when I did test it with both fuses.
Therefore this calibrator circuitry was sensing the difference, but true good news are that this calibrator was automatically adjust inner electronics so output this to be according to LCD display.   

In simple English,  actual ohms resistance of its fuse was not causing a difference which will drive this calibrator out of it own specifications in the regard of output.
From the other hand, 1048 this has several operating modes, this can be setup as transmitter (active output) and also as receiver (working as multimeter).
For now I did skip this testing of 1048 as receiver and what influence fuses can cause at this operating mode.
When you do select Littelfuse 217 fuses as intended replacement, this will insure max compliance according to 1048 Electronics design (circuitry).

Below are few interesting pictures of my tests. :)
And naturally I will send to trash these 10 unbranded fuses, mostly because I do not trust them for any use.
 
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It is a first time in my life, in which I was forced to demolish calibration shield so to deal with manufacturing issue relative to proper PCB installation position, so external power port to be usable as expected.

I did use 1048 loop calibrator at significant amount of applications all these months and now this is one of my very favorite tools.

But when I tried to use external power plug I did receive a huge disappointment, male 2.5mm plug of my power supply was unable to maintain stable power connection, while specific power plug was new I did replaced by another new for testing purposes, and the problem did not move away.
I did run out of choices and I had to break calibration shield so to discover the source of the problem.
1048 loop calibrator PCB this is held in place exclusively due single potentiometer mounting nut.
Unfortunately because potentiometer this is far away from power plug, it can not handle well additional mechanical forced needed so male power plug to insert all the way in at the female connector.
Additionally even if male power plug this is inserted all the way, specific on-board connector has issues to firmly hold in place the male connector.

Prior discovering my solution that is addition of  plastic spacer so this to kept PCB unmovable, I did try to gently expand diameter of 1048 case hole (power input plug) by assuming that few mm of additional space will aloud male 2.5mm plug to get in position.

In conclusion, my very own workaround it did partially corrected & improved the problem, but it did not solve it 100%.
Times Electronics UK Engineers they should look again at 1048 and of similar ones product design.
Similar power connector over Micro Cal 1030 this is by far better and much superior speaking of mechanical properties.
This product design flaw it is significant and I look forwards to see of how Times Electronics UK will respond on this challenge.
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