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1 Digital multimeter

Usually digital meters display the resistance of the junction when using the diode range, which for a PN junction would typically be around 500 to 1K ohms, depending on the device being measured. However some meters display the JUNCTION VOLTAGE on this range (usually 0.5 to 0.7 volts). Make sure you know what the meter is telling you, there is sometimes a "V" in the display if it refers to junction voltage but sometimes not. Check the instruction book to be sure. Digital meters display 1 . (one followed by a decimal point) to indicate that the resistance is too high to measure on the range you are using. Remember that since the meter is usually limited to one range when testing semiconductor junctions, this means "infinity" or open circuit for testing purposes. Because the range of resistances measureable on the diode range of a digital meter is quite small (usually 0 to 2K) it can be preferable to use a moving coil meter such as an "Avo 8" to test transistors.

Set your meter to the continuity / diode "bleep" test. Connect the red meter lead to the base of the transistor. Connect the black meter lead to the emitter. A good NPN transistor will read a junction drop voltage of between 0.45v and 0.9v. A good PNP transistor will read "OL". Leave the red meter lead on the base and move the black lead to the collector. The reading should be the same as the previous test. Reverse the meter leads in your hands and repeat the test. Now connect the black meter lead to the base of the transistor. Connect the red meter lead to the emitter. A good PNP transistor will read a junction drop voltage of between 0.45v and 0.9v. A good NPN transistor will read "OL". Leave the black meter lead on the base and move the red lead to the collector. The reading should be the same as the previous test. Finally place one meter lead on the collector, the other on the emitter. The meter should read "OL". Reverse your meter leads. The meter should read "OL". This is the same for both NPN and PNP transistors. With the transistors on a pcb in circuit, you may not get an accurate reading, as other things in the circuit may affect it, so if you think a transistor is suspect from the readings you have got, remove it from the pcb and test it

emitter and collector. 2. • An NPN transistor uses a positive semiconductor material (P-type) for the base and negative semiconductor material (N-type)for the collector and emitter.com • The collector accepts an input current from the circuit. 3. but only if the base allows the collector to pass the current through the transistor to the emitter. On a circuit diagram. OL = Open Line . repeating the above procedure. • A PNP transistor uses an N-type material for the base and P-type material for the emitter and collector. the gate opens and a large current can flow from the collector to the emitter. When a small current is applied to the base. 1 Determine which leads are the base. 2. Ads by Google Buy LCR meters Affordable High Quality Prompt Delivery from TW Supplier www. and NPN transistor shows an emitter with the arrow pointing out (Never Points iN). Setting Up the Multimeter 1. Testing When You Know the Base.Understanding Transistors 1. 3 Replace the probe tips with alligator clamps. The PNP transistor show an emitter with the arrow pointing in (Points iN Permanently). 2. 1 A transistor is basically 2 diodes that share one end. but it can't send the current through the transistor until allowed to by the base. 2 . • The emitter sends a current out into the circuit. The leads are round or flat wires extending from the bottom of the transistor. 1 Insert the probes into the multimeter. Emitter and Collector 1.out of circuit. but both come in two basic types. The black probe goes into the common terminal and the red probe goes into the terminal marked for testing diodes. The shared end is called the base and the other 2 ends are called the emitter and collector. 2 Transistors may operate by junctions or field effects. 2 Turn the selector knob to the diode test function. They may be labeled on some transistors or you may be able to determine which lead is the base by studying the circuit diagram. • The base acts like a gate.tecpel.

the transistor is good. the transistor is good. 3 Remove the black probe and clamp the red probe to 1 of the leads. • If both readings you receive with the red probe are not the same. • If the display shows high resistance when each of the leads are touched.3. • If the previous readings were both high and the current readings are both low. Read the display on the multimeter and note whether the resistance is high or low. • If the display shows 2 different readings for the other 2 leads. 1 Clamp the black probe to 1 of the leads of the transistor. 6 Touch the black probe to the emitter and collector. 5 Remove the black probe and clamp the red probe to the base. you have found the base (and you have a good NPN transistor). or the readings don't change when switching probes. 2 Touch the red probe to each of the other 2 leads. . • If the display shows 2 different readings for the other 2 leads. if you don't get the same high resistance reading when touching the other 2 leads with the red probe. 4 Touch the black probe to each of the other 2 leads. 4 Move the red probe to the collector. you either have a bad transistor or a PNP transistor. • After clamping the black probe to each of the 3 leads. Emitter and Collector 1. if you don't get the same high resistance reading when touching the other 2 leads with the black probe. clamp the black probe to another lead and repeat the test. 2. 5. 4. clamp the red probe to another lead and repeat the test. • If the previous readings were both low and the current readings are both high. • If the display shows high resistance when each of the leads are touched. 3 Touch the red probe to the emitter. Compare the reading on the multimeter's display to the readings you got previously. the transistor is bad. you have found the base (and you have a good PNP transistor). Testing When You Don't Know the Base. The display should give the same reading as when you touched the probe to the emitter. Clamp the black probe to the base of the transistor. you have a bad PNP transistor. 6. • After clamping the red probe to each of the 3 leads. 3. 4. both readings with the black probe are not the same.