mosfets tester

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

FETs can be found in the power section, LCD inverter, UPS, Amplifier, Monitor B+ and S-correction circuit, ATX power supplies and etc. When this component fails, one has to use a meter to test it to check if it is good, shorted, openor leaky. The meters can be a normal multimeter, specialize FET tester like the Peak Atlas Tester, Sencore Cricket Tester,

mosfets tester
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B & K transistor tester and etc. The specialize testers are expensive and most of it could helps you to automatically identify the pins of the FET (gate, drain or source). If you use a normal multimeter, you have to identify the pins on your own. Assuming if you do not know the pin out of the FET, you can always check from the data book or even from the internet. If you want more information about FETs, you can click HERE to visit Wikipedia website. The IC sockets are good for holding the FET during testing time. We use just three pins of each socket for the Gate (G), Drain (D) and Source (S). One socket is for N-CHANNEL FET and the other one for P-CHANNEL FET. The DPDT switch is good for changing the mode of tester from testing N to P-CHANNEL FET. Another advantage of this tester is that if you have been using multimeter to test on FETs, you will find that our hands is too big for the small FET pins (TO- 92 Case). Thus by inserting the small FETs into the IC socket, you will eliminate the error of one finger touching on another pin during testing time using the multimeter. If the FET is shorted one of the red LED will lit. In order to confirm that the FET under test is good even if you increase the potentiometer to maximum the red LED should not lit otherwise the FET is bad or leaky. For a good FET the green LED will light up.

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