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DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope

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The DS212 Handheld Oscilloscope is an ideal analysis tool for the on-the-go Maker, with incredible features for in-depth electrical signal analysis.

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When building exciting electronics projects, and in particular when Prototyping never-before-seen designs, sometimes you need more than just a multimeter tool to tell you what’s happening on the signal level. This is primarily because multimeters are typically designed to show average readings, which is usually more than enough for general Electronics analysis. However, if you really want to dive deep into the inner workings and specific voltages, currents and frequencies that are happening, then nothing can provide the insights that a quality oscilloscope can.

This DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope is an incredibly useful portable electronic analysis tool that is conveniently pocket-sized, allowing you to take your in-depth analyser wherever you go. It features dual channel analog inputs with a reasonably impressive 10Msa/s sampling rate, with a max bandwidth of 1MHz and a high max input voltage of around 40V AC/DC. This awesome functionality is then complemented with features that focus on convenience, including a nice full colour 2.8inch TFT LCD with onboard scroll and button controls, an built-in 8MB U disk for storing waveform data and images for later use, as well as an onboard signal generator and real-time math solving to accommodate even advanced users.

Please Note: The case of the DS212 has been built out of die-cast aluminium. While this is far less conductive than copper and many other metals, it must be noted that it is still slightly conductive, and may leave you with a tingly feeling in your hand. Don’t stress, however, as it is not conductive enough to allow dangerous levels of leakage, but it may surprise you the first time you experience it.


DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Brand

– Miniware

  • Model No.

– DS212

  • Max Input Voltage

– ±40V

  • Max Sampling Rate

– 10Msa/s

  • Max Sample Memory Depth

– 8K

  • Max Analog Bandwidth

– 1MHz

  • Analog Input Impedance

– 1MΩ

  • Coupling


  • Vertical Sensitivity

– 20mv/Div to 10V/Div  (1-2-5)

  • Horizontal Sensitivity

– 1μS/Div to 2S/Div  (1-2-5)

  • Integrated Battery

– 550mAh Lithium Battery

  • Battery Charging Interface

– Micro USB

  • Integrated Waveform Storage

– 8MB U Disk

  • Integrated Display

– 2.8inch TFT LCD : 320x240

  • Onboard Signal Generator (Duty Adjustable)

– 10Hz to 1MHz | Square Wave

  • Onboard Signal Generator (Standard)

– 10Hz to 20KHz | Sine/Square/Sawtooth/Triangle                             

  • Weight (Package)

– 220g

  • Dimensions (DS212 Unit)

– 100 x 56.5 x 10mm

  • Dimensions (Package)

– 186 x 110 x 36mm


Typical Applications for DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope:

In addition to the almost never-ending features that the DS212 comes with by default, the true beauty of this unit is the open-source firmware, allowing Makers and Coders to write their own Firmware or modify it to cater to very specific applications. This includes the addition of various waveforms for the waveform generator, protocol decoders, spectral analysers, or even basic games like Snake or Flappy Bird if you want to add a touch of fun or personalisation to your DS212.

While the DS212 Mini Handheld Oscilloscope is by no means a replacement for a powerful workbench oscilloscope, the portability, open-source nature, as well as powerful internal STM32 MCU gives this unit a distinct advantage that workbench oscilloscopes simply cannot provide. Additionally, with the ability to record saved waveforms for later analysis, you don’t need your workbench to do advanced analysis, allowing you to be more productive, effective and efficient, even when out in the big wide world.


Additional Resources:


Finally, this is an excellent video by Marco Reps, which takes viewers through the many different features and functions of the DS212 Mini Oscilloscope, even venturing into modifying the code and adding a new waveform to the waveform generator:


9TDS212 - User Manual

9TDS212 - DS212 User Manual V1.0

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For what it is, it's brilliant!

Is it going to beat a bench top scope in bandwidth and sampling rate? No... It was never designed to compete with them.

Is it good enough to keep in your pocket or toolbox for testing PWM signals, audible interference in audio signals, basic non RF signal analysis? Most definitely yes.

Try carrying a bench scope in your pocket or toolbox in the field for testing the aforementioned basics. Good luck with that...

It costs at least 3 times more for a second hand "proper" scope and you will still need AC power to run it, where you don't have power. Try find an equally portable, capable and decent quality scope for anywhere near this price point, then come here and say it's useless junk, again, good luck with that Bear in mind that the specs are slightly overrated, but still.

Watch the youtube reviews, see the limitations, and decide for yourself whether it's good enough for what you'll use it for, chances are that it will be, unless you're doing some serious RF work, it will be fine.

If you're charging for the work you'll do with this, 3-4 jobs will pay it off, and at the very least, even if its a semi handy tool, it's still cheap.

Oh and it's firmware is open source...

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DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope

DS212 Dual Channel Mini Handheld Oscilloscope

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