Previously we talked about Oscilloscope. Any DIY oscilloscope kit is quite challenging and also fun to build. Question is whether they worth buying & what types of kits are available. The other way of building DIY oscilloscope is avoiding these ready to use kits and assemble ownself. Second type is not discussed in this article.
DIY Oscilloscope Kit : Basics
Most of these oscilloscope are not of professional grade and not useful without an enclosure, but the price they are being sold is interesting. The components and PCB are supplied in the kits and components are SMD components not through hole technology components. It is quite challenging to solder them. We recommend good quality kit to anyone who are advanced enough around soldering SMD components. The manufacturers usually have user forums for troubleshooting and support issues. They usually have good build instructions. The finished oscilloscopes works good, but not closer to many need.
DIY Oscilloscope Kit : Some Brands of Kits
So far, we discovered these brands and numbers, pricing is approximate, taken from other sites and are approximate :
- Autek DSO068 Digital LCD Oscilloscope DIY Kit (71$)
- Huhushop(TM) ARM DSO201 (66$)
- Digital Oscilloscope DIY Kit by CanaKit(60$)
- JYE Tech 06204KP 062 LCD oscilloscope DIY kit(50$)
- JYE DSO 138 DIY KIT Open Source(34$)
- Focalwanna DIY Digital Oscilloscope (37$)
- TFT Digital Display Screen 1Msps ARM Oscilloscope Kit(30$)
- SainSmart DSO138 2.4″ TFT 1Msps Digital Oscilloscope Kit with DIY parts(30$)
Some kits use ARM Cortex-M3 processor and almost all includes a 2.4 inch color TFT display. Most have available source. They can be changed to Millivoltmeter, data loggers, and so on. Maximum real-time sampling rate of these kits are 1Msps and they can not tolerate more than 12V DC. From various points, whether any DIY Oscilloscope Kit is correct for you that depends on your need. For ordinary too basic hobby, probably a high end kit will do the job. Like China cheap multimeter, usage is for the persons who are in tight budget, possibly never buy a professional oscilloscope.