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Review of the DY294 Digital Transistor Tester-Part 1

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alt="dy294" />
Last week i was busy with the repair course and holiday and finally today i could review
the meter. The DY294 Digital Transistor Tester is using 4 pcs of AA batteries and and this
tester can be used to test on many type of components. Select to the range as shown in the
photo below and you will know the total voltage of the internal batteries:

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alt="dy294" />
Below are the result of certain components that i have tested and i will proceed to provide
more information on other components in part 2.
Voltage Regulator IC:
Just insert the IC to the respective point (point 1, 2 and 3) and press the TEST button and
see the result

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alt="duoyi digital transistor tester dy294" />

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alt="duoyi digital transistor tester dy294" />
Insulation Test on Non Polar Cap:
There is only one range for you to select to test the non polar cap- 1000v. The 200 volt
produce no result when test on non polar cap. Set to 1000v to test on non polar cap that
have working voltage of 1kv and above. For a good cap, it will show approximately 1500v
and if the non polar cap insulation have problem, it will show a very low voltage from 60 to
about 300 volt. This test have similar function like an insulation tester.

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alt="duoyi digital transistor tester dy294" />

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alt="duoyi digital transistor tester dy294" />
If you need to test on non polar cap that have working voltages that is less than 1000v then
you may need to add a resistor in parallel so that the insulation of the non polar would not
fail when you pump in the 1000volt to the cap. As for the resistor value you have to find it
on your own because the manual does not comes with it. In the photo below, i found that
the resistor of 560kOhm is suitable to test on a non polar cap that have 250 volt working
voltage. If you use a lower ohm value the non polar cap insulation may breakdown. From
the same photo you could see that the max voltage only hit 231 volt. If this non polar cap
insulation have problem, the value could be less than 100volt.

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alt="digital transistor tester dy294" />
Testing on Electrolytic Capacitor:
For your information, this meter is not design to test on the ESR or the capacitance value of
e-caps. It test just the same way for a non polar cap. Just insert the e-cap into the respective
section and select 200 VDC as shown in the photo and press the Test button. The LCD
display will show the capacitor is charging and it will charge up to 200vdc-make sure that
you are testing a cap that have working voltage higher than 200 volt. The disadvantage of
this test is you have to wait for the cap to charge up.

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alt="transistor tester dy294" />

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alt="duoyi digital transistor tester" />
The advantage of this meter over insulation tester is that it can be used to test on e-caps that
have lower working voltage like 16 volt, 25 volt, 50 volts and etc. Just make sure that when
you want to test a lower voltage of capacitor, the charging voltage should not exceed the
working voltage. That means if you want to test a 16 volt cap, make sure the charging
voltage would not exceed 16 volt. If there is a problem with the cap, there would be no
charging or the charging would just stay at one value for example it stays at 8 volt and stop.
I found that this tester consume lots of current especially testing on the capacitor. If
possible get a 6 vdc (2 amp) power adapter to power up this meter. In the long run, you
could save the cost of buying batteries. Another thing is that if the batteries voltage is lower
than 5.7 volt, i found that the test result would not be accurate especially testing on the non
polar caps. Stay tune for more testing result in Part 2.

Review of the DY294 Digital


Transistor Tester-Part 2
Hope you have enjoyed part 1 test result of this DY294 Digital Transistor Tester and below is
the part 2 test result:
Use as a DC voltage signal source:
This meter produce over 240 and 1000 volt and you can use this voltages as a Dc signal
source for troubleshooting and etc.

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294h.jpg" alt="digital


transistor tester dy294" />

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transistor tester dy294" />
Testing LED:
Certain types of LED cant be test using analog meter like the one use in the Blue ESR meter.
However this meter can be used to test on many different types of LED. Just set the meter to
few different ranges and you could see the LED will light and the intensity of the light is
depends on which range that you have selected.

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294b1.jpg" alt="digital


transistor tester dy294" />
Testing Varistor:
This meter can be used to test on voltage value of a Varistor. In the photo below, the Varistor
have a rating of 471 volt and this meter reads 472 volt which is quite accurate. A bad Varistor
will not show the exact voltage value.

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transistor tester dy294" />

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transistor tester dy294" />
Testing Neon Lamp:
Dont be surprise that this meter can be used to check on the Neon Lamp. Just connect the
Neon Lamp and select 2 Amp range and you could see that the neon lamp will light up.

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294f1.jpg" alt="neon


lamp" />
Testing Ultra Fast Recovery And Schottky Diode Forward voltage drop:
The result can be seen from the photos below:

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294c1.jpg" alt="forward


voltage drop of diode" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294e1.jpg" alt="forward


voltage drop of schottky diode" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294d1.jpg" alt="shorted


diode" />
Testing Ultra Fast Recovery and Schottky Diode Reverse Breakdown voltage:
The test result can be seen from the below photos:

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breakdown voltage" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294j1.jpg" alt="reverse


breakdown voltage" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294g1.jpg" alt="reverse


breakdown voltage for schottky diode" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294h1.jpg" alt="reverse


breakdown voltage for schottky diode" />
Testing Zener Diode Forward Voltage Drop:
Test result can be seen from the photos below:

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294k.jpg" alt="forward


voltage drop zener diode" />
Testing Zener Diode Breakdown Voltage:
I found that the test result for certain zener diode voltage value was not really exact because
zener diode just like other components have tolerance. See the photos below especially testing
the 15 volt zener diode. it reads only 14.3 volt:

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dy294n.jpg" alt="testing


zener diode" />
From these two parts of testing it seems that this meter is a winner as it can test so
many types of electronic components. Dont miss out on part 3 as there will be more
information to be revealed soon.

Review of the DY294 Digital


Transistor Tester-Part 3
Here is the part 3 of the review of the DY294 Digital Transistor Tester:
Testing FET breakdown voltage:
Every transistor have a breakdown voltage and this meter can be used to test on the Nchannel and the P-channel Mosfet transistor. The test result were higher than the original value
printed on the transistor spec. Please refer to the photos below for more information:

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/k1118.jpg" alt="transistor


tester" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/k1118spec.jpg" alt="k1118


spec" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/k793.jpg" alt="k793" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/irf9620.jpg" alt="irf9620" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/shortedfet.jpg" alt="shorted


fet" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/fetrange.jpg" alt="testing


fet" />
Testing SCR and Triac:
I found that the test result for SCR and Triac breakdown voltage were way out as compare to
the devices spec. This happen most probably because there is no gate signal present at the
gate pin.
Testing Transistor Dc Current Gain hfe:
Sometimes a transistor can be tested okay with a normal meter but because of there is
changes in the hfe value of the transistor, that particular transistor may not work when under
full load. So it is equally important to test the hfe value as compare to just finding out the base,
collector and emitter pin of the transistor. Below are the photos of the test result;

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/testinghfe.jpg" alt="testing


hfe" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/hothfe.jpg" alt="testing


transistor hfe" />

<img src="http://www.jestineyong.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/hfe7.jpg" alt="testing


transistor hfe" />
For your information, if the Horizontal Output Transistor (HOT) have a built in damper diode
then this tester cant test out the hfe value. It will just show 0.00 result.
What About Testing Other Transistor Parameter?
Well , the test result are more or less the same as testing the FET breakdown voltage. Just do
not expect it to be exactly the same with the transistor specification downloaded from the
internet.
Comment about this meter?

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alt="transistor manual" />
The disadvantage of this meter is that it does not have a proper probes to hold the components
and you have to insert the components into the desire socket and this can cause the internal
socket to loosen easily. Second, external 6 volt 2 amp dc power supply may be needed to test
on high power transistor. Third, the manual provided especially the connection of the
components was quite blur. Since this meter is quite cheap and have the ability to test so many
components, you have nothing to loose to own one.
Thank You
Jestine Yong