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posted May 31, 2016 10:48:06 by Eugene Tuorto
I only work on my own cars and would like to purchase an inexpensive oscilloscope and was wondering if this will work for automotive use.
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tony redolfi said May 31, 2016 14:33:40
for that money I rather get this,,, and you also get the amp clamp,, of course you need to use this with your laptop

Eugene Tuorto said May 31, 2016 16:12:07
I don't have a laptop but do have an android tablet that I use for data logging and code reading, That does look like what I am looking for thanks for the link, I will have to keep my eye out for a cheap laptop.
AndyMacFadyen said Jun 01, 2016 05:32:56
The Hanntek won't work with anything but Windows, and it isn't worth buying a laptop to use just with it with as although it works and offers a lot of bang for your buck it really isn't a quality item.

There have bee several threads on similar subjects mainly on the AESwave Scope and DSO Nano models have a look through them. One entry level scope that has not been mentioned so far is the Autowave 75000. I don't know it but perhaps somebody on the forum has one and can comment.
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Tyler said Jun 02, 2016 02:26:45
One entry level scope that has not been mentioned so far is the Autowave 75000. I don't know it but perhaps somebody on the forum has one and can comment.

I googled this out of curiosity, and recognized it immediately! They sell these on the tool trucks around here, called an Auto Signal Waveform Viewer. No idea that Hickok made it.
Jim Ryan said Jun 02, 2016 03:49:19
I bought the UScope full kit a couple months ago and I also only work on my own cars. I have been very pleased with it so far but it is something that will take some time to learn how to use and to learn to recognize a good waveform from a bad one.

I decided to trust AES wave's recommendations and buy the full kit. I have yet to use all the accessories but I hope to soon.

I don't have a large budget but do believe in supporting businesses like AES wave because I would like to see them stick around for a long time. I have had a couple questions and they were very prompt with answers, including a reminder that I can call them anytime I need help with the scope. Try doing that with a purchase from ebay or amazon!

Here is a video showing an alternative to the Uscope:

I can see a real benefit to having a two channel scope and may at some later date buy one online like the DSO203. If AES wave offers a 2 channel scope similar to the Uscope at that point I will spend extra and buy from them.

Edit: I would like to add that the customized software does help as I am learning my way around a scope. The sample waveform library also included has been great, too.
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Eugene Tuorto said Jun 03, 2016 20:50:40
Thanks everyone for the input. I m not sure if I want to spend that kind of money at this time for the amount that I might use it. If I can put something together in $150.00 range I might shoot for it.
Keith said Jun 16, 2016 14:19:39
I have a Hantek 1008c with a few extra probes and leads, works well for the cost I think.

It's not as advanced as some but it is much less expensive
EugeneTuorto said Jun 18, 2016 23:09:35
I ended up with the ds201 for my budget and as much as I will use and would like any imput on what settings to start with to get a good wave form.
AndyMacFadyen said Jun 19, 2016 11:46:20
Provided you load it with Ben-F firmware it is very easy to use, it has a square wave outout for so you can get to know it by looking at that. The DSO201 defaults to slow speed on startup but it works nicely if you set it to fast sampling,
Looking at alternator voltage ripple on the B+ terminnal at the alternator is a good exercise to start with. After that try a cranking voltage relative compression test.
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EugeneTuorto said Jun 19, 2016 14:39:42
Thanks for the reply I will look up the firmware update.
AndyMacFadyen said Jun 19, 2016 16:15:43
You have to get the correct firmware for your scope hardware, the latest DSO201 are usually version 3.

The Ben-f firmware file for DSO201 Nano V3 is Here...

Unzip the file to a folder on your computer it should contain 2 files.

Start the DSO201 up in boot loader mode by holding the down button while powering up and then link it to a computer by USB cable.

Then simply copy each file over to the DSO201
VERY IMPORTANT *****Only copy one file at a time and allow the first file transfer to complete before starting the second file *****
After the transfer is complete both file names will change to *.rdy.

Remove cable and reboot the DSO201

If you get screen flicker try downloading copying this file to your computer open it and transfer over using the same method.

latest video patch

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EugeneTuorto said Jun 20, 2016 09:55:20
OK thanks I will give it a try after work today.
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