Siborg Systems Inc. Stops Producing Smart Tweezers ST5L; Replaced with LCR-Reader

// May 31st, 2013 // LCR-Reader, News

Following the release of the new LCR-Reader, a lighter and more cost effective model in the Smart Tweezers LCR-meter line, Siborg has decided to start phasing out production of the ST5L model, the “budget” model of Smart Tweezers.

The LCR-Reader is in the final stages before production, with small changes being made to the mold, packaging and PCB,  the device has an intended release date of July 1st, 2013.

fig 1. The new LCR-Reader from Siborg Systems Inc.

fig 1. The new LCR-Reader from Siborg Systems Inc.

The new LCR-Reader (fig 1), is very similar to Smart Tweezers in terms of use, but is half the weight of previous models at 1 oz. and half the price of previous models. The re-design offers users a one-button control, allowing easy switching between modes such as Automatic, Inductance, Resistance, Capacitance and ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) modes.  The LCR-Reader has a basic accuracy of 1% and makes all measurements at a fixed 0.5 Vrms, with an automatically selected best test range frequency.

Like Smart Tweezers, the LCR-Reader has a fully automatic mode, where the device automatically determines what type of component is under evaluation and measures respectively.

LCR-Reader display during an Inductance evaluation

LCR-Reader display during an Inductance evaluation

Fig 2. shows the device during an Inductance measurement, displayed as ‘L’,

indicates that the device is measuring in Automatic Mode, the parasitics are also accounted for, displayed here with Rs, 10kHz is the test frequency being used. 108.4 uH is the main impedance value. A small battery icon shows the remaining charge of the Li-Ion battery.

Unfortunately, to be able to offer LCR-Reader at a significant cost reduction, some features available on previous Smart Tweezers LCR-meter models had to be left out on the LCR-Reader, including;

-Offset Subtraction
-Component Sorting
-Diode  and Continuity testing

A short video introduction of the new LCR-Reader is available on youtube.

Pre-Order today here to get a 20% discount. The Smart Tweezers Comparison Table has been updated with the new LCR-Reader to compare features on the new device and previous models.

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