Hi. Hope you are having a good life. Capacitance measurement can be done with different approaches. One can use a multimeter or LCR meter. But the professional way to do it is by using a decent capacitance meter. However, having a decent meter can a tricky task to complete. In this post, I am going to help you solve this tricky task by reviewing Excelvan M6013 which, in my opinion, is the best capacitance meter in the market. Hopefully, you find this article helpful.
I think we all know by this time that a capacitance meter is a tool by which you measure the capacitance of a given capacitor. It is a specifically designed tool for measuring capacitance only. You can use it to repair your old electronics devices. Usually, in electronics devices, capacitors are the most frequent devices that fail to work with time and you have to replace them. To know wheater the capacitor needs replacement or not you have to test it. And this testing is done by measuring its capacitance and see if its value is drifted from its written value or not. If the drifted value is in the given tolerance range, a capacitor is considered good, else it is a bad one and needs to be replaced.
Above discussion is true when a capacitor is outside the circuit. To measure a capacitor inside a circuit you need an ESR meter. To know more about how to measure a capacitor without desoldering it from circuit check out my this post.
Why we cannot use a multimeter to measure capacitance?
You may have seen, every multimeter has a capacitance measuring option. I am not saying you cannot use it to measure your capacitance. But the problem I see is the range. The multimeter doesn’t have a suitable range for measuring every capacitor. Moreover, sometimes a multimeter can lead you into false reading as well. So, in my opinion, if you are measuring capacitance go for a specifically designed tool for the said job and that is the best capacitance meter.
The best Capacitance meter, the Excelvan M6013 review
There are many devices out there on Amazon. You will see a lot of product from a different manufacturer. They may all claim to do the same job. But according to my study and knowledge, I found Excelvan M6013 the best capacitor meter out there. I think it is great for DIY to professional engineers. Let’s have a look on what I found good and bad about the said device.
The Good Features
- It is an auto range, which makes it super easy to use and time efficient.
- Powered by 2X AA batteries or by 5V micro USB port.
- Accuracy up to 1%, which is very nice.
- Comes with 1 year warranty
- Measuring range from 0.01pF to 470mF/470000uF
- Resolution of 5 digits
- Quick Booting time
- Good Bright Screen
- Nice port for insert capacitor directly into the meter without using external probes.
The Bad Features
- Not EMI or RF isolated, which means the reading can be false if you are using it in such an environment.
- Larger capacitors are taking more time to measure, which is fine but a kind of annoying.
In summery, Excelvan M6013 (Amazon link) is my choice for measuring and test any capacitance with decent accuracy. And yet this cool device comes with a price tag of below $30, which is amazing.
A Note for Measuring the capacitance by M6013
When measuring capacitance it is required to bring the meter to zero value. This is done by pressing the zero button on the meter. But a lot of people make a big mistake there, they just press the button and forget to short the leads. So, keep in mind always short the leads and then press the zero button to actually bring the meter to zero value.
Is there any alternative to Excelvan M6013?
Of course, there are many other capacitance meters out there to choose from. But the Excelvan M6013 is the I truly believe in and I am sure your money won’t go in wrong hands and product.
My Final Words
This is all I want to share about the review of Excelvan M6013. Hopefully, it has added some value to your life. If you any question leave it in the comment section, share it with your friends.
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Thank you and have a good life.