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Velleman Screwdriver Sets

eiodotcom —  October 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is an introduction to some of Velleman’s screwdriver sets.

We sell a wide variety of screwdriver sets that can be useful in a large number of projects.  Whether you need smaller precision screwdrivers for delicate projects or a larger and more robust set, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs in the options below.

VELLEMAN VTSET5 16-PC PRECISION SCREWDRIVER AND TOOL SET

  • swivel-headed cap
  • black oxidized tips for greater durability and accuracy
  • ideal for: TV sets, communication instruments, optical instruments, cameras, computers, VCR’s, telephones, etc.
  • 4 philips: PH#1-1, PH#1-2, PH#0, PH#0-2
  • 3 socket: 0.12″, 0.16″, 0.20″
  • 3 hex: 0.06″, 0.08″, 0.10″
  • 6 flat: 0.04″, 0.06″, 0.08″, 0.09″, 0.12″, 0.15″

VELLEMAN VTSET20 SCREWDRIVER SET 7 pcs 12 BITS

   * bit length adjustable (0.6″ – 3.7″) by sliding it up into or out of the hollow handle

* 6 different blades (12 bits) (L : 4.3″)

  * contents:
o 1 handle (L : 4.3″)
o philips: PH00, PH1
o flat: 0.08″, 0.16″
o ‘star’: T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20

Velleman VTSET17 10-PC ELECTRONIC SCREWDRIVER SET

  • philips: 1 PH0, 1 PH1
  • flat: 2 0.05″, 4 0.04″, 1 0.06″, 1 0.08″
  • special set for watches, precision applications, etc.
  • ideal for: TV sets, communication instruments, optical instruments, cameras, computers, VCR’s, telephones, etc.

VELLEMAN VTSET15 15-PC SCREWDRIVER TOOL SET

ideal for: TV sets, communication instruments, optical instruments, cameras, computers, VCR’s, telephones, etc.

  • flat: 0.12″x1.6″, 0.08″x1.6″, 0.10″x1.6″, 0.14″x1.6″, 0.16″x1.6″
  • philips: PH#00×1.6″, PH#0x1.6″, PH#1×1.6″, PH#2×1.6″
  • ‘star’: #T6x1.6″, #T8x1.6″, #T9x1.6″, #T10x1.6″, #T15x1.6″, #T20x1.6″
  • size: 4.7″
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Voltage Testers

eiodotcom —  October 8, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is on Voltage Testers:

Making electrical repairs in your home can save you hundreds of dollars in service costs. One tool you’ll need to get started is a voltage tester. If you have a voltage tester, you can test outlets and light switches to see if voltage is present in their circuits. The most basic type of voltage tester consists of a small, pen-like device with a red lead and black lead extending from it.

What is a Voltage Meter?

    • A voltage meter is a device that is used to measure the strength of an electrical current flowing within an electrical circuit. Essentially what it does is measure the electrical potential (the strength of an electrical charge) at two specific points within the circuit. It then compares these potentials and presents the difference between the two. This difference is the rate at which current florws through the circuit. Voltage meters can be analog devices which use an arrow to indicate the electrical potential, while digital ones provide a read-out.

    Structure

    • At the center of the voltage meter is a magnet connected at both ends to pieces of magnetized iron. Sitting between the ends of the magnet is a cylinder made of iron. Because of its placement, the cylinder sits within both the positive and negative fields put out by the magnet. A coil of copper wire is wrapped around the far end of the cylinder, all of which is fitted into a housing. At the far end of the wire is a needle, steadied on either side by a spring. Behind the needle is the dial representing voltage. Fitted on the outside of the housing are two more wires, each of which connects to either end of the magnet.

    How Does a Voltage Meter Work?

    • When the voltage meter is at rest, the needle points to the left side of the meter, representing zero electrical potential. The wire leads are attached to two parts of a live circuit. This causes the electricity to polarize the magnet within the meter even further. Should the difference of the potential between the two wires be a positive number, which it would be if any electricity were flowing through the circuit at all, the magnetic field within the meter becomes positively imbalanced, causing the needle to pull from the left side of the meter to the right, indicating how strong the electrical potential is.

Products

VELLEMAN DVM850BL 3 1/2 DMM

Suppliers: VELLEMAN
Type: Digital
HOLD FUNCTION
LCD Backlight
Features* DMM with automatic polarity function and 3 ½ digit LCD display
* measurements: DC current up to 10A, AC and DC voltage up to 600V, resistance up to 2Mohm
* diode, transistor and continuity test with buzzer
* data-hold function and backlight
* with protection holster

Specifications

* DC voltage: 200m/2/20/200/1000V
o basic accuracy: –
o input impedance: –
o maximum input: 600V
* AC voltage: 200/600
o basic accuracy: –
o input impedance: –
o frequency range: –
o maximum input: 600V
* DC current: 200µ/2m/20m/200m/10A
o basic accuracy: –
o overload protection: 10A
* AC current: –
o basic accuracy: –
o overload protection: –
* resistance: 200/2k/20k/200k/2M
o basic accuracy: –
o overload protection: –
* capacitance: –
o accuracy: –
* inductance: –
o accuracy: –
* frequency: –
o basic accuracy: –
o overload protection: –
* temperature: –
o basic accuracy: –
* overrange: yes “1”
* continuity buzzer: yes
* transistor test: yes
* diode test: yes
* low-battery indication: –
* maximum display: 1999
* LCD display size: 1.8″ x 0.7″
* ranging mode: manual
* data hold: yes
* backlight: yes
* dimensions: 2.7″ x 5.4″ x 1.2″
* weight (with battery): 13.2275 oz
* power supply: 1 9V 6LR61 battery (incl.)
* packing: –
* accessories: –
* auto power-off: no

VELLEMAN VTTEST8 LAMP CHECKER

Brand VELLEMAN
Model VTTEST8
Specifications
Power Supply 9V battery (included)
Features
Features
  • for lamps with one of the following fittings: G13, B15d/G5, G4/GU5.3/GY6.35, E27, E14, E10
  • “beep”-signal confirms that lamp functions normally

VELLEMAN VTTESTL LED TESTER

Brand VELLEMAN
Model VTTESTL
Specifications
Normal LED test range between 2-30mA
All others test range between 20 and 150mA
Power Supply 9V battery (6F22SC, included)
Dimensions 0.26″ x 0.18″ x 0.06″
Weight 2.82oz
Features
Features
  • handy, versatile and portable LED tester
  • types of LED:
    • normal LED
    • bi-colour LED (CA and CC)
    • superflux (spider) LED

VELLEMAN VTTEST2 DIGITAL VOLTAGE TESTER – WITH LCD

Brand VELLEMAN
Model VTTEST2
Specifications
Specifications
  • voltage tester (AC or DC) between 12V and 220V
  • grounding test and testing of broken lines
  • with LCD
  • size: 0.44ft

USB Gadgets

eiodotcom —  September 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is on some cool USB products that we are now offering.

 

SYBA CL-MU-022 USB Cup Warmer, USB Power with ON/OFF Switch

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if your morning cup of coffee never got cold sitting on your desk? With the SYBA cup warmer, you no longer need to drink up fast to enjoy your morning cup of joe.  If you’re swamped at work, simply plug the warmer into your computer’s USB device and your drink will stay warm!

Brand SYBA
Model CL-MU-022
Type USB Cup Warmer
Features
Features 5V DC, 5000MA
USB Port Clear Cable: 1.5M
Dimensions: 115x115x25mm
Heat Zone Diameter: 75mm
Heating area Temperature: about 70°C
Keep coffee/tea/drink warm at 40-50°C
It can be used as changer for: NOKIA 8210/8250/3310
Suitable for any type of Cup
Keep coffee/tea warm for any time interval
ON/OFF switch
No risk of burn, with enclosure made of quality insulation material
Easy installation, no driver required, Plug & Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYBA CL-ACC20018 USB Massage

Ever feel like you could use a massage while at work? Well now, with the new SYBA USB massage device, you can simply plug into your USB port and start feeling the tension melt away!

Brand SYBA
Model CL-ACC20018
Type USB Massage
Features
Features Dual mode handheld massager (strong/normal)
Power ON/OFF button and power button setting
2 power level & 2 massage furnaces to relax tense muscles
Quiet & efficient operation
Ergonomically designed to massage neck, shoulder & wrist
Powered by USB, applicable to all kinds of PC & notebook

Massage machine relaxing the body (nuque, neck, wrist, shoulder)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYBA CL-MU-020 USB Mini Vacuum Cleaner with Retractable Cable

The SYBA mini vacuum is a cool little tool that plugs into the USB port on your computer or laptop and can be used to clean the areas around your desk or work space.  It also comes equipped with an LED to light your cleaning space, which can be turned on or off.  The vacuum has two different power levels (standard and turbo), turbo gives you twice the power.  The SYBA mini vacuum is a neat and practical little tool to have at your disposal.

Brand SYBA
Model CL-MU-020
Type USB Cleaner
Features
Features Simply connect the vacuum to the USB port of your laptop or computer.
Compliant with USB 1.1 & USB 2.0.
Turbo mode to increase twice the power.
Retractable brush holder.
Power ON/OFF/LED switch.
LED function to light your cleaning space.
USB powered. No need extra battery.
Power consumption: Normal (220 mA), Turbo (260mA).
Motor working: Normal (DC +4V at 18,000rpm), Turbo (DC +5V at 24,000 rpm).
Retractable USB cable length: 10 – 100 cm.

 

Today’s EIO post is on magnifiers.

 

Benefits of Magnifiers

Magnifiers are great because they help to enhance vision. They enable people to undertake detailed work or compensate for a sight disability that lowers an individual’s vision. Magnifiers are valuable when one most focus on fine detail. In hobbies such as model-making, stamp collecting and cross-stitch, an individual will often use a magnifier so they can see intricate detail.

Magnifiers have specially designed lenses that bend light. This increases the size of text or a smaller object, making it better to see. To get the best focus on the task in hand, hold the magnifier close to the your eye. Then bring the work up towards it till optimal focus is achieved.

When carrying out intricate tasks with a magnifier, one should work in the natural light as much as possible to avoid straining the eyes. Where it is not possible to work with natural light, or where natural light isn’t adequate, utilize an adjustable light fixture. This allows light to shine directly on to the area being magnified.

Different magnifiers should be used for different tasks. Larger lenses tend to be less powerful than smallish lenses. Large lenses are useful when an individual wants all-round, low-level magnification. Large lenses work effectively for tasks like reading or completing a crossword. Where precision work is needed, a small powerful lens may very well be more appropriate. A good example of a smaller, powerful magnifier would be jeweler’s magnifier.

Handheld magnifiers are easy to use and cheap to buy. Some handheld magnifiers have built-in illumination, making it easier to see when the lighting is poor. These magnifiers are well suited for reading small print while active because they are light to transport. The disadvantage of some handheld magnifiers is that they leave the individual with merely one hand available to carry out tasks. This is fine if the individual is only holding a book, newspaper, and also magazine, but this may be restrictive.

Hands-free magnifiers are probably a better option for anyone with a hobby that demands the use of their hands, such like sewing, knitting, or model-making. Hands-free magnifiers hang around the individual’s neck. This is great for other assignments too, as they have large lenses. This version of hands-free magnifier offers small magnification, usually only doubling the size of any object.

 

Dailyburn

VELLEMAN VTLAMP2BNU LAMP WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS 5 DIOPTRE – 22W – BLACK
Model
Brand VELLEMAN
Model VTLAMP2BNU
Specifications
Dimensions
  • arm length: 41 11/32″
  • width: 9 29/64″
  • height: 2 23/64″
Color Black
Power Supply 110Vac
Spare Lamp LAMP22
Features
Features This magnifying lamp is designed as an aid for all kinds of precision applications from health care to precision engineering. It’s also ideal for home applications. It comes with a 5-dioptre lens (magnification 2.25 x). A well-balanced, universally jointed arm makes for maximum adjustment. Light is provided by a circular fluorescent tube of 22W that encircles the glass. Mount the device on a table with the clamp.
VELLEMAN VTMG13 HEADBAND MAGNIFIER

Model
Brand VELLEMAN
Model VTMG13
Spec
Type Headband Magnifier
Specifications
  • multiplying power of lens: 1.5x, 3x, 8.5x, 10x
  • material of lens: acrylic resin (protected by crack-proof rigid coating)
  • size of lens : 89mm x 29mm (3.5″x 1.14″)
  • single lens diameter: 29mm (1.14″)
  • power supply: 2 x “AAA” batteries (LR03, not incl.)
  • weight: 148g (5.2oz)
Features
Features
  • adjust the angle of the light box upward or downward freely
  • you can also push the pivot left and right to adjust the LED light source
  • with detachable light source box and two “AAA” batteries
VELLEMAN VTMG6 HEAD MAGNIFYING GLASS WITH LIGHT

Model
Brand Velleman
Model VTMG6
Features
Features
  • head magnifying glass with dual light
  • magnifying glass with adjustable dioptry: 1.8 / 2.3 / 3.7 / 4.8 by making a combination of the glasses
  • power supply: 4 1.5V AA batteries (not incl.)
  • dimensions: 7.9″ x 2.4″ x 5.5″
  • weight: 5.3oz

Submersible Flashlights

eiodotcom —  September 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is on Submersible Flashlights.

Products by Pelican

Submersible flashlights are manufactured to be stronger and more durable than your average flashlight.  They are especially useful when operating under the conditions of inclement weather. Because they are designed to be used under harsh circumstances, they are often made to give off a more piercing and brighter light emission as well, which allows the light to be seen through water, fog, rain and even smoke.  The following products are manufactured by Pelican Products and available for purchase on our website:

Pelican 1900C

CANDLEPOWER: 6,000 CP
SUBMERSIBLE to 500 Feet
The Mitylite™ is made of unbreakable space age polycarbonate resin and is 4-3/4″ (11.3 cm) in length. Its laser spot Xenon® lamp module can cut through water, smoke, fog, and rain making it a perfect light source for all applications. The MityLite™ is compact, light weight and equipped with a shirt clip, making it easy to fit into pockets, purses, tool kits, camera bags, or glove compartments. Accidental turn on and mechanical switch failure is eliminated because of the rotary on/off switch.
Pelican 2140C

CANDLEPOWER: 6,000 CP

SUBMERSIBLE to 500 Feet

Tracker™ is a handy pocket flashlight of 3-1/2″ (9 cm) in length which attaches to almost anything making it an ideal hands free flashlight. The Tracker™ easily fits into tool/fishing boxes, photographer’s equipment, travel bags and is perfect for any outdoor activity, scuba diving, home, office or emergency lighting. Submersible to 500 feet, the Tracker™ is ideal for anyone to use as a warning or emergency light. It includes 2-AAA cell Alkaline batteries and is CENELEC approved.

Pelican 2130C

CANDLEPOWER: 4,000 CP

SUBMERSIBLE to 500 Feet

The Mini Flasher keeps track of joggers, hikers, children, pets and can identify equipment and campsites at night. The flashing LED lamp produces a light so powerful that is visible up to a .50 mile (800 m) for 130 hours. Submersible to 500 feet (150 meters), the Mini Flasher is ideal for anyone to use as a warning or emergency light. This small .068 lbs. (.030 kg) flashlight includes a heavy-duty clip and ring, which can attach to anything, making the Mini Flasher easy to pack or carry when not in use.

Today’s Eio post is on crimpers.

To crimp means to join or connect. The word crimping is most often used in metalworking, when one joins two pieces of metal together by deforming one or both of them to hold the other. This closure is meant to not open up back on its own; the deformed or crushed metal acts as the thing that holds the metal together. The crimp is the bend or deformity in the metal.

Crimping is most often accomplished by way of crimping pliers. Crimping pliers are another way to join metal without soldering the metal together. Wisegeek says this about crimping pliers:

“Crimping pliers come in a range of sizes to handle crimps of varying diameters. Some have a series of slots that allow users to select a slot of the appropriate size. For bigger crimps, the pliers tend to be heavier and of a more sturdy design to ensure that people will be able to exert enough pressure to make a solid crimp. For more delicate tasks, the pliers are lighter to avoid breaking or damaging the object being crimped.”

Eio has three main types of crimping tools: Coax F-Type, Flat Ribbon, Modular RJ45, RJ11, RJ12

Coax F-Type

VELLEMAN VTFBNC CRIMPING TOOL FOR F & BNC CONNECTORS

Modular RJ45, RJ11, RJ12

VELLEMAN VTM468L CRIMPING TOOL FOR CONNECTOR 4P4C, 6P4C, 8P8C (RJ10, RJ11, RJ45)

Flat Ribbon

Cables To Go 04597 Flat Ribbon Cable Crimping Tool

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Multimeters 101

eiodotcom —  May 19, 2012 — 2 Comments

In most electronics projects, there are a few near essential items you need. One such product is the multimeter. Today’s Eio topic is the multimeter.

Analog Multimeter

What is it?

Multimeters are used to measure multiple properties of electronics, most commonly voltage and currents. In its most common usage, people use multimeters to diagnose and narrow down the causes of electrical malfunctions in products such as batteries, power switches, motors, and other electronic components.

There are two main types of multimeters.

  1. Analog multimeter (AMM) – these display its values by using a moving needle across a printed scale.
  2. Digital multimeter (DMM) – these display their values using a digital display that shows the numbers for measurements being taken.

Types of Measurements

Digital Multimeter

As mentioned before, multimeters measure multiple electronic characteristics, hence the name “multiple-meter.” Three major types of measurements are as follows:

  1. The multimeter first acts as a voltmeter and measures amounts of AC/DC volts flowing in a circuit.
  2. As an ohmeter, the multimeter finds the resistance in a current.
  3. As an ammeter, the multimeter measures current flowing through a closed circuit by interrupting that circuit.

Familiarize Yourself with its Parts

Angel Acevado at Wikihow.com lays out the different parts of a multimeter that you should become familiar with before use. They are:

  • The dial
  • Pointer or needle
  • Arc shaped lines or scales on the meter dial face
  • A selector switch or knob
  • Jacks or openings in the case to insert test leads
  • Test leads
  • Battery and fuse compartment
  • Zero Adjustment

Finally, all multimeters come with a specific sensitivity range, so make sure you buy one with the amount of frequency you wish to measure. Remember: while higher ranges may allow you to measure higher frequencies, they have less precision and accuracy.

Check out some popular multimeters on our Eio site:

VELLEMAN DVM850BL

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