PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

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PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by Steve Smith » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:52 pm

For some time now I have been going on about the "up and coming" beta build.

Well thanks to the team here at Pico it is ready for download at https://www.picoauto.com/downloads

Beta Version 6.12.4.2427 is well worth reviewing given the numerous features added.

Take care........Steve

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Re: PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by Dcunning35 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:21 pm

Hi please could someone tell me where I can find the drain check ,I downloaded the beta version and loaded it onto pc but still don't see the drain check .
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Re: PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by STC » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:03 pm

Danny

What do you mean by drain check ?
Is there an article or thread you can post a link to ?

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Re: PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by Dcunning35 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:39 pm

I followed one of the links in Steve,s post ,in library under guided tests it gives a parasitic drain check under guided diagnostics in beta format. I downloaded the latest beta but cannot find it in beta diagnostics nor the beat automotive .
It was just something I wanted to try as I had mondeo draining today .
I ended up reverting to clamp and meter it just looked a great test.
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Re: PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by STC » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:12 pm

There have been a few articles on this topic. Using the Amp Clamp has limitations as ambient temperatures and the Amp Clamp Battery will drift over time. Especially if you are testing over extended periods of time - overnight for instance.

I have had good results using a 0.01 or 0.1 ohm Resistor bolted in between the B- terminal & the earth cable.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191687970842? ... EBIDX%3AIT
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gold-Tone-Alu ... 1c5a9bd9d8

You can the scope the Volt Drop across the resistor on one channel and the battery voltage on another. Next create a Math Channel using ohms law to determine Current ( a stable voltage battery support unit is a good optional extra to the test)

Then it is a case of Current = Voltage / Resistance which the correctly configured Math Channel will display for you.

Here is a thread that goes into some detail
topic9482.html


Hope that helps
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Re: PicoScope 6 Automotive beta 6.12.4.2427

Post by Dcunning35 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:22 pm

Thanks stc , great tip with the resistor I will have a look into it .
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Post by STC » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:26 pm

Only thing I will add is, bolt it (the resistor) tight onto a thick metal plate to minimise temperature change.

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