Received the LeakSeeker about an hour ago. Took me a little while to
get the swing of things. Once I understood how it worked, it took me
about 5 minutes to find the short. What an amazing device. Everyone
here was floored by the fact that it can detect differences in
resistance along a ground plane. I consider this thing a steal for the
amount I paid for it. I for one would have gladly paid more (like
double). Just letting you know. Anyways, just wanted to provide some feedback. Again, amazing product.
Has already in 1 hour saved me a lot of time, money, and heartache.
Dave, I used your LeakSeeker to troubleshooting a Comm loop on a refrigeration energy management systems that operated on a 104 ohm resistance. I was able to pinpoint three faulty/damaged connections in short order. Previously, I used a digital meter that was less efficient. The LeakSeeker paid for itself the first time I used it. Thanks for designing and building such a quality and useful piece of test gear!
Vincent Bombardier - Regional Manager
Wal-Mart Technical Services
I received my order of CapAnalyzer and Leakseeker Monday. Both units helped me locate two headache problems in a monitor and a digital power supply. They are now fixed. -Sam Johns, technician
it be great if leaky or shorted parts just lit up and whistled at
guess what ... The LeakSeeker 89 Autoranging Fault Locator Can guide you right to the culprit with whistles and flashing
Watch this series of six videos by clicking below the picture of Cappy! The first five show the original LeakSeeker 82B and the various methods of use. The last link shows the replacement LeakSeeker 89 video.
Shorted or leaky components in a circuit can be difficult to locate because your ohmmeter will show the same shorted or low reading at every pad along the suspected trace. You've probably wished for a better way to find these defective parts in-circuit, rather than cutting up the trace into segments and unsoldering and checking every suspicious part in each segment.
Sure, you can use an expensive 8 digit micro-ohmmeter and compare readings at different pads, looking for the pad with the lowest reading. This is time consuming and only works for dead-shorted components, because the meter's resolution isn't high enough for values beyond a few ohms. Also, you would have to keep remembering and comparing all of the readings. Also, no DVM will even register on an active short because their test voltages aren't high enough. Ever had a shorted IC chip or cap on the other side of an isolation diode? Notice that the DVM won't show the short across the power supply because it can't bias the diode forward.
The original 12 bit LeakSeeker 82B was great, but the new LeakSeeker 89 with its 16 bit converter and three fully automatic sensitivity modes make it even greater.
Simply touch LeakSeeker's
gold-plated probe on any solder pad along the suspicious trace and LeakSeeker 89
automatically calibrates itself to the resistance of the defect, choosing one of 65,535 windows that show distance to the short via nine LEDs. The window's sensitivity can be adjusted via the three position GAIN switch for the type of pc board (thin traces, thick traces, or wide ground plane). Because the test voltage is higher than your DVM, yet current-limited, it will power through good diodes to activate shorted components beyond. It will NOT damage any parts even in a 3.3V circuit. Touch a pad in one direction or the other and LeakSeeker
beeps higher or lower and lights the LED distance scale to indicate that you're getting closer or further from the defect. The window allows a small area of pcb trace to be checked, then LeakSeeker automatically re-calibrates itself to a new window as you get closer to the short.
Because LeakSeeker 89
has a range of zero to 300 ohms, it can locate not just shorted, but leaky parts as well. And unlike your DVM, LeakSeeker's
unique "floating reference" circuitry doesn't give up resolution at these higher leakage values. You can usually pinpoint the location of the defect within a fraction of an inch, even on multi-layer boards with a power plane instead of individual traces.
The solder pad where the beep is highest is the location of the defect!
There is also a special 3-wire test mode that isolates LeakSeeker's
precision test voltage source from the probe circuitry to locate high resistance faults, even when a large good electrolytic tries to muddy up your readings by trying to steal a charge from the voltage source. And the thermal method of locating leaky components allows easy findings even on the most complicated boards without requiring a schematic or any knowledge of the circuit at all.
Imagine a piece of test equipment that can find a leaky or shorted component from zero ohms to 300 ohms only a quarter of an inch from a good one, both soldered to the same trace, on any kind of pc board, and you have a good idea how much time LeakSeeker
can save you.
comes with a special set of gold-plated test clips and probes, a complete manual with a hands-on tutorial, a technical assistance phone line, and a 60-day satisfaction or money-back guarantee.
Designed and built in the U.S.A. in our ISO9001:2000 registered and certified plant.