[volt-nuts] HP-419 and Fluke 845 Modifications

Dallas Smith dosmith at outlook.com
Tue Dec 2 13:45:46 EST 2014


I'm glad to see that you completed your design, This could be the 
ultimate permanent solution for these meters. My LED mod is still 
working very well, but I think the zero of your     design will solve 
the offset drift problem. My led mod has a drift about ±100nv's over a 
day or so, not perfect but better than the original specs. I changed the 
value of C116 to 22uf tantalum, the response was a little to slow for 
overloads. Your design may eliminate the need for the zero control 

Do the light pipes contribute to the high isolation resistance that the 
Fluke 845 has? Will your modifications improve this spec? I may consider 
your mod as a improved version, after your testing.

Since the mod, I was able to complete the self calibration of my Fluke 
720 from beginning to end without the need to re-adjust the null meters 
zero. This was the driving source for my mod,


> Randy Evans wrote:
>>> I finished the H-419A/Fluke 845A design modifications but I am still
>>> trying to decide on the preferred power supply design.  The basic
>>> meter circuit uses the LTC2054 and LTC6255 with two CR123 Li-Ion 3 V
>>> batteries.  The
>>> basic meter circuit draws less than 0.2 mA and with 1500 mAH CR123A
>>> batteries should be able to go several thousand hours on a set of
>>> batteries.   For the meter circuit, it is always battery powered and
>>> doesn't have to be plugged into the mains.
>>> I also added a TI  AMC1100 isolation amplifier for recording output
>>> but it needs a 3.3 VDC isolated supply and a 5VDC output supply.  The
>>> current design  uses separate isolation power supplies using  LT8300
>>> ICs that work off the mains transformer so there would be no worry
>>> about failing batteries.  Therefore, to use the recorder, the unit
>>> would have to be plugged in. I am trying to decide if it would be
>>> simpler to use batteries for the isolation circuit as well. If I use
>>> batteries, do I use rechargeables or non-rechargeable batteries such
>>> as the CR123s?  The
>>> circuit would need one set for the input isolated circuit side and
>>> another set for the recorder output side and the batteries would not
>>> last as long
>>> as the meter circuit since the isolation circuits draw about 12
>>> milliamps. They would still work about one hundred hours most likely
>>> and would not
>>> draw any current unless the isolation circuit is turned on (with a
>>> separate toggle switch).  My preference is to stay with the LT8300
>>> power supplies
>>> but I thought I would query the group.
>>> Any thoughts on what would be your preferences?
>>> Thanks,
>>> ______________________________________________
>>> volt-nuts mailing list -- volt-nuts at febo.com
>>> To unsubscribe, go to https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/volt-nuts
>>> and follow the instructions there.

More information about the volt-nuts mailing list