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Astro Pneumatic light versus clones? (teardown and schematic)

This video wasn't originally going to include the Astro Pneumatic mechanic's work light, but once you pop you can't stop. So they ALL got opened.
I'm not even sure who sent the original Astro Pneumatic work light, since it arrived in a box with other stuff at a time I was juggling work and videos and it ended up being buried on a shelf.
It was only when I spotted Eric-O of South Main Auto using one that I got intrigued about them and after ordering one on eBay came across the other while I was organising stuff. It's a bit embarrassing because it's quite an expensive professional light, so I'd just like to make it clear that I really appreciate it being sent.
Here's a summary of what I found.
The Astro version is probably a branded version of the original light. The unit is modular with the LED array, Lithium cell and intensity control potentiometer connected to the PCB with plugs and sockets. The LED (Light Emitting Diode) COB (Chip On Board) array is notably brighter and more efficient on the Astro unit, with a much better colour rendering, which is important for wire colour identification. It also has other important little features that make it more suited to a working environment. A proper cap for the USB charging port and a felt disk over the magnet to reduce the risk of bodywork damage.
The two clones are clearly based on the original with progressive economy. As is common of cost engineered products, components that they deem unnecessary have been removed. On one you could see where the original tracks had been shunted and component pads removed to save solder. It's inevitable that in future versions that get stripped back even more, the local cell protection will be removed.
All the units use linear regulation for the LED intensity. They are using a MOSFET transistor that is being deliberately used as a variable current regulator. This keeps the circuitry simple and also means there is no strobing from PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) that could risk making rotating components appear stationary.
One very intriguing quirk is that part of the main power control MOSFETs voltage divider circuit is switched by another MOSFET to change its range when the unit is being charged. With the charger the LED intensity is restricted to a lower level. This could be to protect the MOSFET from heat or even to prevent the LEDs from being left at full power continuously. I didn't realise the lights had this feature until I deduced from the reverse engineering that the function might exist. That was proven by plugging and unplugging the charger while the light was on.
All these lights can be upgraded to a longer run time by changing the lithium cell for a higher capacity one.
General eBay search link for this type of light. Target price $10 to $15 for a clone:-
www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=usb+rechargeable+car+work+light&_sacat=0&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15
Link to the real thing:-
www.astrotools.com/shop-equipment/lighting/410-lumen-rechargeable-cob-led-slim-light.html
Some links to the garage department of BR-channel:-
South Main Auto - br-channel.com/canal/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA
New Level Auto - br-channel.com/canal/UCNZty_jKwN_LJ6oNBcDlWig
Eric the car guy - br-channel.com/usname-EricTheCarGuy
Humble Mechanic (for the beard) - br-channel.com/usname-HumbleMechanic
Pine Hollow - br-channel.com/usname-motoYam82
If you enjoy these videos you can help support the channel with a dollar for coffee, cookies and random gadgets for disassembly at:-
www.bigclive.com/coffee.htm
This also keeps the channel independent of BR-channel's advertising algorithms allowing it to be a bit more dangerous and naughty.

Comentários

  1. Just a Potato

    Just a Potato

    16 dias atrás

    We missed your bearded face too Clive!

  2. Rick Bailey

    Rick Bailey

    19 dias atrás

    19:58 That's what she said... 😁

  3. Kris

    Kris

    21 dia atrás

    It's kind of interesting how a simpler circuit = "cheaper" as in cheaply made, cutting corners, etc. for you electronics guys. I'm a controls engineer. If I can do the SAME thing with LESS code or simpler code that means quicker scan times and a smaller program which equates to a higher quality program (as long as it's still robust and debugged). It's interesting how those things are viewed in different circumstances.

  4. christhesnaildriver

    christhesnaildriver

    21 dia atrás

    Interestinly, the data sheet for the genuine lamp (the product page Clive linked) states that they are fitted exclusively with either Samsung or Panasonic cells. The one that Clive found in this one seemed rather generically Chinese to say the least. Maybe they made the change in more recent production...?

  5. Paul Drake

    Paul Drake

    21 dia atrás

    I thought this was "Should I Stick This Thing Up My Butt?" Part 2

  6. Mark Modray

    Mark Modray

    22 dias atrás

    First search for the cheapie had the tag word "Fashion" that pretty much sums it up!

  7. Cam Smith

    Cam Smith

    22 dias atrás

    My cheap Chinese rechargeable LED garage light worked great, until it didn't!

  8. Sinjinator

    Sinjinator

    24 dias atrás

    That Magenbrot is some great stuff. I grew up with it.

  9. bob4jjjj

    bob4jjjj

    24 dias atrás

    Excellent, but not at all dangerous!!!

  10. TheNorthForty

    TheNorthForty

    24 dias atrás

    I've been watching you since you popped up on "WUW" on South Main Auto. You guys are great !

  11. D Pyles

    D Pyles

    24 dias atrás

    This may be your best video yet !!! Thanks!

  12. Attila Asztalos

    Attila Asztalos

    24 dias atrás

    Arguably the Big Chinese Insight is that "by the book" designs seem to include quite a lot pf components the absence of which makes absolutely no damn discernible difference whatsoever in practice. Granted, they seem liable to sometimes take just that one step too far over the line, omitting something that definitely _does_ make a difference and then things rapidly go south fairly inevitably; but I have to admit there is a great deal of stuff where their approach seems to work perfectly "good enough" with a far less fancy solution than a "proper" design would involve...

  13. ejonesss

    ejonesss

    24 dias atrás

    1. often faults are put in intentionally maybe to get past customs without problems and avoid duties. i know this because i had to send 2 hard drives to a canadian data recovery house and by declaring them as broken no duties had to be paid and possibly no inspection either. 2. there is pwm going on it is probably flickering in sync with most cameras so you dont get a flicker. if you get a professional variable speed camera used for filming tv screens and down/up converting film you may get a flicker. and it is possible to pulse in analog because vhs uses a sync pulse and a series of pulses for the macrovision copy protection

  14. klystron

    klystron

    24 dias atrás

    thanks ordered one.

  15. jeremie johnson

    jeremie johnson

    24 dias atrás

    Cool led light

  16. Steve Leahy

    Steve Leahy

    24 dias atrás

    Indeed

  17. Teardown Dan

    Teardown Dan

    24 dias atrás

    I am a little disappointed that even $50+ LED lights still don't use PWM as there is no shortage of inexpensive high efficiency regulators operating at 100+kHz these days that could provide essentially flicker-free operation even without additional output filtering. If you absolutely require minimal strobing due to having your nose into something that moves at speeds in excess of 10m/s and phosphor on the LEDs isn't enough to smooth the light out, most of whatever flicker may be left can be eliminated by adding a 10uH 10uF output filter for an extra $0.20 in parts.

  18. Robin Wells

    Robin Wells

    24 dias atrás

    I wonder to what extent you can identify the designer or school of designers, of a circuit from idiosyncratic touches like the mosfet lamp power limiting applied during the charging cycle?

  19. David Lapworth

    David Lapworth

    24 dias atrás

    You are using a cordless driver.😀

  20. BRUXXUS

    BRUXXUS

    24 dias atrás

    Oh man... really is something great about clever analog circuits like that. I love it.

  21. Wheel333

    Wheel333

    24 dias atrás

    I just found one of these in the road, slightly run over and a couple of leds gone. After charging it is pretty damn bright. I like it.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      24 dias atrás

      Someone somewhere has left their light in an engine bay after working on a car. Maybe making it yellow would be a design improvement.

  22. horrovac

    horrovac

    25 dias atrás

    This video is a huge disappointment. I first saw the thumbnail and the title and got all excited before I could watch it. A pneumatically driven light, how interesting! the thing at the end must be the pump knob. Doesn't look terribly ergonomic, but ok. Wonder how it works! Perhaps a small turbine with a generator, perhaps integrated in one. Wouldn't that be loud? Possibly a tesla turbine then. Oh, oh! - or could it perhaps be a kind of a reed like in a musical instrument, with piezo crystals on it, or made of piezo crystals entirely... Wonder how much air it will hold, and what kind of pressure it needs... And then I finally get to watch the video and it's just an ol' stinkin' USB rechargeable light. And it's pneumatic because the company making it apparently has "pneumatic" in the name. Bleh.

    • horrovac

      horrovac

      24 dias atrás

      +bigclivedotcom "USB rechargeable lights from Astro Pneumatic - original vs. clones" perhaps?

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      25 dias atrás

      I'm trying to work out how to reword that so people don't think it's a pneumatic light.

  23. South Main Auto Repair LLC

    South Main Auto Repair LLC

    25 dias atrás

    Astro for the win!! Great video Clive. I sent it to my friend who is the designer of that light. His name is Chris and of course works for Astro :)

    • South Main Auto Repair LLC

      South Main Auto Repair LLC

      24 dias atrás

      +bigclivedotcom Chris from Astro tools designs the Astro 40sl light (as well as many other tools). I am not sure who is responsible for the clone knock offs. He is a really smart dude if you have any questions I am sure he'd be happy to answer them over an email. Let me know, I can put you in contact with him.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      25 dias atrás

      Ah, so they did design it? And these are clones of the original? Not so sure about their oil test. Not so much the oil bit, but the washing in soapy water afterwards.

  24. Dan Hiteshew

    Dan Hiteshew

    25 dias atrás

    The real "Astro Pneumatic" is $55 on Amazon.

    • Jusb1066

      Jusb1066

      19 dias atrás

      and the knocks off around $5 if you sort by price on ebay,i bought 2 for that, considering they are 1/10th of the price and 90 percent of the brightness, worth it

  25. Froedl Metallmann

    Froedl Metallmann

    25 dias atrás

    Big Clive likes Magenbrot. Good taste, good indeed!

  26. makitadog

    makitadog

    25 dias atrás

    Ive got the cheapo one with a hinged light section. For the money it's very good tbh.

  27. ZENOIST2

    ZENOIST2

    25 dias atrás

    My favouite topic.

  28. Bruce Qu

    Bruce Qu

    25 dias atrás

    SMA!

  29. Garth Goldberg

    Garth Goldberg

    25 dias atrás

    I can't see a reason to spend 300% more for the Astro-Pneumatic branded unit.

    • South Main Auto Repair LLC

      South Main Auto Repair LLC

      25 dias atrás

      Oh come on Garth.... you can't take it with ya man!

  30. Ron McMahon

    Ron McMahon

    25 dias atrás

    Interesting that the Astro unit's battery doesn't have any circuit board attached to it, but (and I probably missed it) there doesn't seem to be that circuitry on the Astro's main board either that offers the same functionality. When it comes to saving pennies on each device, I'd assume that copying Astro's single circuit board design would be cheaper.

  31. Dustin Buckingham

    Dustin Buckingham

    25 dias atrás

    How about the harbor Freight version! I believe it's called Braun.

    • athhud

      athhud

      25 dias atrás

      The Braun is a far superior light! I’ve bought several over the last year and haven’t had a single problem with any of them. Even IF you could easily replace the batteries in the Astro on the fly, I would still prefer the Braun, but the “non-serviceable” battery is the nail in the coffin for me.

  32. Patrick McLaughlin

    Patrick McLaughlin

    25 dias atrás

    voodoo fix?

  33. Felix F

    Felix F

    25 dias atrás

    FWIW, I've purchased two of the clones for ~$10 each. One died after about 6 months of use and the other is still going strong after ~18 months.

  34. Choice777

    Choice777

    25 dias atrás

    What's pneumatic about it ???

  35. Robert's Smorgasbord

    Robert's Smorgasbord

    25 dias atrás

    The 2305 (Si2305DS) MOSFET in the original is specified for a gate turn-on voltage as low as 1.8V (at 0.108 Ohms drain-source resistance). Cheapest price in volume (>1000) I could find: $0.16. The A1SHB (Si2301DS) in the Chinese clones is specified for a gate turn-on voltage as low as 2.5V (at 0.180 Ohms drain-source resistance) - at 1.8V the A1SHB it basically off. Cheapest price in volume (>1000) I could find: $0.14. Every Chinese engineer who's worth his or her money would of course swap those parts to shave off 2 cents. I mean it's simply to tempting: Putting in a part that barely meets the requirements, slowly cooking off in operation and making 2 cents per unit while doing so? Who could resist?

  36. apollo robb

    apollo robb

    25 dias atrás

    And remember viewers if Clive can do it ...You can do it

  37. Jason Halverson

    Jason Halverson

    25 dias atrás

    had no idea Clive also watches South main auto, Eric's a great guy

  38. deadat2

    deadat2

    25 dias atrás

    Huh, I have one of these but mine is branded Matco I got off the truck never knew there where other types lol. The matco one is also very bright and well made.

  39. Corkoth55

    Corkoth55

    25 dias atrás

    Oh I've never heard of the brand I figured it was hoping it was gonna be a pneumatic powered light.... Hahaha

  40. Nigel Johnson

    Nigel Johnson

    25 dias atrás

    Wouldn't a switch mode power supply avoid the problem of flicker by providing either a constant voltage or current via a LC filtered output?

  41. joe jane

    joe jane

    25 dias atrás

    I seem to have missed something or misunderstood. @bigclivedotcom the drive for the mosfets was there or not a high value resistor "10k thru 1M" on gate of mosfet to ground to force open the A1SHB. mosfets are a Voltage device if gate left floating it wont change state or at least remain at the previous state. if you have omitted for clarity or confusion i understand. or is their no need for said resistor because of the potentiometer must be scrolled to zero before the switch cuts connection. it is odd that youtube finds that it wants to correct mosfet to samoset or marmosets if it is mosfets. potentiometer is not in the dictionary as well.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      25 dias atrás

      The divider on the gate of the MOSFET biases it hard off if the potentiometer switch is off.

  42. Matrix29bear

    Matrix29bear

    25 dias atrás

    There is the old maxim of, "The fault is not in ourselves, but in the solder joint. "

  43. reviews and repairs

    reviews and repairs

    25 dias atrás

    I have both off the astro and the cheep ebay ones and the cheep ones tend to snap at the magnetic base

  44. John

    John

    25 dias atrás

    At moments you went so stuttery that you seemed like you were fangirling the thing. Shows how interesting this stuff is to you. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  45. insanity54

    insanity54

    25 dias atrás

    Clive, your videos often feature high quality photos. Do you have a trick to make printing at home economically viable?

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      25 dias atrás

      Epson ecotank with bulk ink.

  46. Shanjaq

    Shanjaq

    25 dias atrás

    light on the cob?

  47. Arno nümuss

    Arno nümuss

    25 dias atrás

    I like the use of the magnets as screw holder.

  48. William fforbes-Rutt

    William fforbes-Rutt

    25 dias atrás

    👍🏻

  49. Jeremy Schoonover

    Jeremy Schoonover

    25 dias atrás

    Astro Pneumatics Work Light: Amazon first listing $63 US

  50. Will Robbinson

    Will Robbinson

    25 dias atrás

    It makes sense not to use pwm dimming in this case due to moving parts that may look stationary

  51. Big Nasty HVAC

    Big Nasty HVAC

    25 dias atrás

    Reminds me of one of the lights we can get here in the states from everybody's favorite chinese tool import Warehouse harbor freight.. The Braun slim folding. However the difference is it's an all metal case with a removable battery. Quite a handy little light. My testing on their battery was 2300mah I went out and purchased some of the orbtronic high capacity which are 3400mah. So Rather than constantly charging through the USB port I keep an extra set of batteries in my tool bag and charge the batteries as needed. Quite handy indeed in my opinion.

  52. ThacMan

    ThacMan

    25 dias atrás

    Someone please send Clive a Harbor Freight version of this light. I believe it's a Braun 390 lumen.

  53. Mark Joseph

    Mark Joseph

    25 dias atrás

    I got a cheap copy for £12 off Amazon after watching South main auto but the 1200mAh wasn't doing it for me so in went a 5000mAh 21700 cell with a little bit of trimming

  54. Ben Ng

    Ben Ng

    25 dias atrás

    imagine having one of your designs being analyzed by some guy on youtube

  55. 101rotarypower

    101rotarypower

    25 dias atrás

    Is there a searchable name and type of potentiometer that has a on off switch but into the potentiometer? One that will cut through power? Having difficulty finding suitable potentiometers that will also cut source voltage also in a single component. Specifically a thumbwheel 10k pot.

  56. Damions LiftedLife

    Damions LiftedLife

    25 dias atrás

    most people take things apart to learn how it works you do it to see why it doesn't work maybe that's why your method has brought you a lot of views

  57. TEAC Fan

    TEAC Fan

    25 dias atrás

    I just finished watching a South Main Auto video where he had his Astro light in perfect view of the camera so I could write down the model number. Then on the right side was this video showing the lights so I had to click on it for your diagnosis. Think I'll get the quality Astro one...not the cheapo clones.

  58. Gamer Martin

    Gamer Martin

    26 dias atrás

    Given the cheapy has lesser quality components, it seems more like that they copied the astroneumatics rather than astro repackaging an existing cheap product.

  59. Jonathan Dean

    Jonathan Dean

    26 dias atrás

    Hey Clive,if your not too busy could you write a book on elecronics? You do teach and explain quite well

  60. Priviledgier Sheevlord

    Priviledgier Sheevlord

    26 dias atrás

    The 33322 IC is probably the m34 LED flasher IC. The only ones I could find are through hole ones but they too have 3 pins, so it seems to be the same chip

  61. JAMES! Since the 70's

    JAMES! Since the 70's

    26 dias atrás

    Nice one!

  62. MyBigThing2010

    MyBigThing2010

    26 dias atrás

    What's with the cob blob on the astro? Anything significant?

  63. Dave Micolichek

    Dave Micolichek

    26 dias atrás

    I'm surprised that they didn't use a Mosfet with a 2.5 volt gate. That way they could have ran it saturated, at full brightness, and it wouldn't have been so hot. I don't understand why they would have designed it so that the Fet was still in the linear region at full output?? Hmm, that is kind of strange. Maybe you could replace the Fet, and make it better. Wouldn't it be more efficient if the Fet was fully on also?

  64. John Pilgrim

    John Pilgrim

    26 dias atrás

    I know my 40sl has a red led when charging, a blue led when fully charged, and a flashing orangish led when the battery is low. I would guess that’s why it has three leds

  65. John Pilgrim

    John Pilgrim

    26 dias atrás

    I love my Astro 40sl so much I just bought a 65sl too. I think I like it even more. I am an auto diagnostic tech as well.

  66. TOASTEngineer

    TOASTEngineer

    26 dias atrás

    Hey Big Clive, When I was a tiny kid, I had a snap circuits kit; it's a kit made of electronics components encased in big hunks of plastic with clothing buttons set up to electrically connect them. One day, I was building one of the project circuits when a red LED started quietly screeching, increasing in pitch, until the diffuser violently burst open, hitting me quite hard in the forehead with a tiny piece of plastic. The LED was running on normal voltage it was designed for; the kit must have been about six or seven years old at that point. What could have caused the LED to explode like that, considering it was only running on two AA batteries and the package it was in was designed for exactly what it was being used for?

  67. Moon Moon

    Moon Moon

    26 dias atrás

    If I could afford to, I’d send you an ES120. They are beautiful. I can single handedly thank it from saving me from RSI.

  68. Moon Moon

    Moon Moon

    26 dias atrás

    Damn, I was wanting to get one of those Astro lights because Eric O uses them! But Aldi periodically has a couple different worklights, one largely the same form factor, which I bought two of, and one telescopic thing, which I didn’t bother with. For 20 bucks, these things are awesome. Neighbour bought one too. I’ve tested the batteries of the two that I have, and 2000mAh is what they claim, and 2000mAh is what you get, actually slightly more which id put down to switching losses. Either way it’s within margin of error. It uses a 4056E linear charge controller, and unless that chip has one onboard, I’d be buggered if I can see any PWM? Either way the light looks very reasonable. Brightness switching is done by a rotary switch. I’d be happy to email you some pics for your consumption, see what you think. Electronics is something I’m very new to and want to learn, so I am curious! P.S. Thinking about it more, it seems these Aldi lights have a lot less components, but they are designed to be that way. They’re very simple, but designed as such. I guess when you simply have a rotary contact switch and only three set modes, you can cut down on a lot of components right there. I think you’d agree that when it’s designed and baked in to the product, as opposed to just muntzing shit out until it stops working, then undoing the last step, it’s perfectly acceptable. The battery also has a standard two pin header connector, so the thing is serviceable, despite what the user manual says.

  69. Andrew Heinrich

    Andrew Heinrich

    26 dias atrás

    Holy shit, Big Clive watches SMA too! Awesomeee

  70. Flurgy22

    Flurgy22

    26 dias atrás

    I think my brain is faulty, if I send it to you can you open it up and tinker with it?

  71. OrphanPaper

    OrphanPaper

    26 dias atrás

    pooorrrrage quick cook in a bowl hot water allow to set ,pour to taste full cream powered milk and cold milk, mix to taste chunky or smooth ,,,,

  72. Chris Morgan

    Chris Morgan

    26 dias atrás

    Change the resistor to increase the charging current... Lower value resistor for higher charge current, or higher value resistor for higher charge current?

  73. Bruce Williams

    Bruce Williams

    26 dias atrás

    What printer are you using? Those printouts are very nice.

  74. Micheal Donnellan

    Micheal Donnellan

    26 dias atrás

    the problem with the Astro Pneumatic lights is you can get 5 chines clones for the price of one real one.

    • NorthernSeaWitch

      NorthernSeaWitch

      25 dias atrás

      And the only problem with that is that you're creating five times the junk to put in the landfill eventually.

  75. Jason Wright

    Jason Wright

    26 dias atrás

    When lasers & planes are ok br-channel.com/vision/video-valQZEMJBEg.html

  76. RANDALLOLOGY

    RANDALLOLOGY

    26 dias atrás

    It's a dual purpose light. A mechanics light and a proctologist anal inspection probe light. LMAO 😹😹😹😹

  77. The Dollar Guy

    The Dollar Guy

    26 dias atrás

    This is a like having the name "RocketDyne Avanced Propulsion" on a wheel barrow.

    • lkchild

      lkchild

      25 dias atrás

      Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems for the scifi geeks anongst us :)

    • roninpawn

      roninpawn

      26 dias atrás

      Or 'Rockomax Conglomerate' on a toilet. :wink:

  78. Dale Pomraning

    Dale Pomraning

    26 dias atrás

    wish I had seen this couple months ago, i got several of the cheap ones and yes it has broken wires and sloppy solder joints. good job thank you.

  79. John Gotts

    John Gotts

    26 dias atrás

    Hi, Clive, p type points out, n type points in. Minor error, though.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      I always mess up with MOSFETs because they are an ungodly clash between conventional and real electron flow. Negative being the "source" of electrons.

  80. Paul Spiller

    Paul Spiller

    26 dias atrás

    You should be using a cordless driver..... naughty boy......I digress......munch...munch. munch....

  81. William Shreckengost

    William Shreckengost

    26 dias atrás

    Having never used or seen one of these before, the title had me wondering if it was a flashlight you had to blow into to charge.

  82. Slikx666

    Slikx666

    26 dias atrás

    Clive, are the backs of the cases interchangeable? If so then there's a cheep way to replace a broken one of someone bought the expensive one.

  83. Mac

    Mac

    26 dias atrás

    Got the cheap one of these and it's been working great daily for the past year very handy

  84. Lamron333

    Lamron333

    26 dias atrás

    You need to get to the point and not drone on and on,...

    • Lamron333

      Lamron333

      26 dias atrás

      +bigclivedotcom so that is your excuse?

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      Skip to the bits you want. That's why BR-channel is better than traditional TV.

  85. the upscriber

    the upscriber

    26 dias atrás

    Can you make it work by jumpering from the on/off switch or dimmer knob to the mosfet where you jumpered over the resister to test?

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      For a total bypass you could use the switch to jumper from the battery positive straight to the resistors that limit current through the LEDs.

  86. toysareforboys

    toysareforboys

    26 dias atrás

    A lot of wasted space in the handle, should have used some lipo pouches or at the minimum made it a few mm wider and squeeze in two 3500mah 18650's.

  87. Landrew0

    Landrew0

    26 dias atrás

    Bless you for not forcing us to endure your eating noises.

  88. Mathieu Belanger-Camden

    Mathieu Belanger-Camden

    26 dias atrás

    The 33322 in the original Astro PCB is a rectifier. The rectifier will allow to make a more stable continuous current and protect the capacitor and batterie while It's recharging. Rectifier are use in UPS for the same reason. The real Astro will last for a really long time.

  89. roninpawn

    roninpawn

    26 dias atrás

    Clive, something's wrong. You're making me feel smart. And that won't stand! Missed the capacitor, said the 4x resistors were in series... Seriously though, thank you. I wouldn't be able to know when you're talking shite if watching you hadn't taught me how this stuff works.

    • roninpawn

      roninpawn

      26 dias atrás

      ​+bigclivedotcom And you to blame for it! I have - waiting for me on my dining room table right now - 12 piezo elements, 10 micro-switches, and a mixed bag of potentiometers -- each to be installed into a super-cheap electronic MIDI drum kit. In the hopes of making it... well, less cheap. Whether the project goes well or goes bust, this channel of yours shall be held at least partly to account for having edified and inspired it! ;)

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      Yeah, I spot those errors afterwards and know that others will spot them. It's a sign that you actually know a lot about electronics now.

  90. Adam Jones

    Adam Jones

    26 dias atrás

    As soon as I saw the title I thought of South main auto, Eric O shout-out!

  91. Marco Warga

    Marco Warga

    26 dias atrás

    Just yesterday the kids gave me a 3D pen with two dead A1SHB P Channel Mosfets in the H-bridge of the (jammed) filament drive motor. They both failed open circuit. I've ordered a bunch of those since they seem to be used in about every cheap thing from china nowadays. Those cheapo 3D pens might also be an interesting little thing for you to tear down.

  92. RavenLuni

    RavenLuni

    26 dias atrás

    MOSFETs confuse me. I remember ordering some for what I thought was a simple circuit design then finding out (for that specific type) once they turn on you have to maintain the voltage difference at the gate to keep them on by 'bootstrapping' them... Think I've still got them actually. Want them?

  93. gedanken welten

    gedanken welten

    26 dias atrás

    What a scam, neither is it pneumatic, nor is it astronomical.

  94. Kristyanna Virgona

    Kristyanna Virgona

    26 dias atrás

    that Astro Pneumatic 40SL light is $49.00 USD for an original version.

  95. nightelvesreasy

    nightelvesreasy

    26 dias atrás

    yes, South Main Auto is one of the best mechanic channels

  96. Cadel Fistro

    Cadel Fistro

    26 dias atrás

    I bought two of the cheap ebay ones, both worked initially. After two-three uses, one of them would barely light up. Did not trust them to light up my world. Ended up bying the würth one.

  97. Garageadz

    Garageadz

    26 dias atrás

    I have several of the knock off lights and find they work great. I use them daily as a mechanic but find the scroll wheel a little annoying, and their charge rate is very slow. I'm really not sure I could justify the extra cost of the more expensive light honestly.

    • Garageadz

      Garageadz

      25 dias atrás

      +bigclivedotcom Thanks mate! I bought a couple of them at the same time so I just cycle them out usually.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      They get the bulk of their charge in the first few hours and then trickle the rest of the way, so if you put one on charge for an hour or two during the day it would be usable.

  98. HoleyHouseOfAir

    HoleyHouseOfAir

    26 dias atrás

    check this crazy item out, looks like a pringle lid is used to protect from live electric. www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electrical-spinning-wheel/264011132672?hash=item3d784a2f00:g:iTUAAOSwFmRb1eSV

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      It does look a bit shady, and the motor isn't grounded.

  99. mavos1211

    mavos1211

    26 dias atrás

    Clive, can you still get juicy lead based solder? If so is it worth sticking up before it goes away completely.

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      25 dias atrás

      +mavos1211 I hope not. If they do there'll be a black market.

    • mavos1211

      mavos1211

      26 dias atrás

      bigclivedotcom I spent most of my life living on Canvey Island but now live in norwich. Will they get rid of it completely then?

    • bigclivedotcom

      bigclivedotcom

      26 dias atrás

      Yes. It;s worth stocking up on some if you can get it from proper electronic suppliers in your country.

  100. Niall Wildwoode

    Niall Wildwoode

    26 dias atrás

    Soooo...which bit is "pneumatic"?

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