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When making home PCB or using cheap PCB services, you can end up with hair-like thin short circuit on the PCB, or even with good PCB you can make short circuit during the soldering... how to find it?


Shorty is short circuit finder, usable for checking PCB, for example. Where normal digital multimeters do not have enough of resolution to differentiate low PCB resistance in order of tens of miliohms to allow exact short circuit location, shorty comes to help. It is tiny (80x30x24mm), battery powered device, with option to charge the battery and load new firmware via USB. Current consumption is about 45mA when active, falls down to 6mA when idle for 15 seconds.

It is so simple I was lazy to prepare real PCB for it. Protoboard does its job just fine. If you don't feel like soldering the SOT23 MCP73831 device is what you want, feel free to replace it with Li-Ion backpack. The rest are normal through-hole components. For testing points I used piece of 1,5mm thick solid copper wire.

and load the firmware into Trinket pro via standard Arduino IDE. If you wan't, you can alter the design, as all the design tools I used for development of shorty are multiplatform and open-sourced - Xubuntu OS, Arduino IDE and FreeCAD.


Shorty (Hackaday)

(original here)