Introduction: DIY AC 3-Pin Socket Tester
AC 3-Pin Socket Testers are very simple electrical circuit testing tools. Just plug-in the tester and turn on the switch of the socket, the LEDs will detect any probable simple faults that the circuit might have.
- A 10 A 3-pin socket - 1 piece.
- 47K, 1 or 2 W (preferably 2 W) resistors - 3 pieces.
- 1N4007 diode - 3 pieces.
- 5mm LEDs ( Red, Green & Blue) - 1 piece each colour.
- Insulated connecting wires (if required).
- Soldering iron.
- PVC box (optional) [ You can also drill holes into the socket and make everything inside it]
Step 1: Faults to Be Detected
ON ON OFF All OK
ON OFF OFF Missing Earth
OFF ON ON Live-Earth Reversed
ON OFF ON Live-Neutral Reversed
OFF ON OFF Missing Neutral
OFF OFF OFF Missing Live/ Missing Neutral & Earth
Step 2: Schematic
Due to the high heat generated, a 2W resistor is preferred. If the LED glows dim, change the resistor value to a lower value or vice versa.
Step 3: PCB Designing
My PCB is designed using www.easyeda.com .
Make changes according to your needs.
Step 4: Developing PCB
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The PCBs will be provided if you need (contact for buying), but you can develop yours too.
You can omit PCB by directly soldering inside the socket, or use a veroboard.
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