[volt-nuts] 3457A (6.5 digit multi-meter). Is it best to keep it on?

Todd Micallef tmicallef at gmail.com
Tue May 15 09:03:47 EDT 2018

I would recommend leaving it on. You want to make sure it soaks as long as
possible and then test it before shipping.

Keysight soaks the 3458A before testing and it makes sense since you want
to calibrate the meters as if they are in use 24/7.

Inspect the supplies and make sure you have no leaking caps. It would be a
shame to have a part fail once it reaches their lab.

Good luck,

On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 8:47 AM, Dr. David Kirkby <
drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk> wrote:

> I have a 3457A which does not get a lot of use, but it has not been
> calibrated for years, and I need to get it calibrated as I need to make
> some measurements of greater accuracy than usual. The 3457A is scheduled to
> go to Keysight a week from today. I'm wondering if its best to keep it
> powered up until then, to let the reference stabilize somewhat. Or it is a
> bit late for that now?
> I have asked Keysight to change the battery - I'm led to believe that
> Keysight will do that as part of the calibration unless the battery is
> particularly expensive.
> When I last looked, I could not find a suitable battery in the UK, and
> those in the US could not be shipped here. But that was a few years ago, so
> maybe things are different.
> Dr David Kirkby Ph.D C.Eng MIET
> Kirkby Microwave Ltd
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