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an e-book by Jestine Yong

Would you like to repair electronics? Have you ever wondered if a career in electronic troubleshooting and repair was for you? Were you concerned about paying thousands of dollars to a school so that you could learn your craft over the course of a couple of years? What if you didn’t like it? What a waste of time and money! How would you like to learn about electronics repair in a much shorter period of time and at a much lower cost? Wouldn’t it be great to find out if it really and truly is something you enjoy doing without a huge investment of time and money? Now you can. With the minimal investment in this book, you can find out if electronic repair and electronic troubleshooting is for you BEFORE spending lots of time or lots of money!

The book “Testing Electronic Components” is a highly condensed course in electronics repair. Read, study and implement the various techniques and see for yourself. If you complete all the exercises in the book, you’ll have enough knowledge and information to work in an electronic repair shop as an apprentice. Now you have a way to pay for your school if you decide you really like electronics. This is a great electronic repair guide.

You’ll learn to identify all the electronic components like resistors, coils, capacitors, FET’s, IC’s, voltage regulators, diodes, transformers, LED’s. You’ll know all the common terms like volts, amps, current. You’ll learn how to check all the electronic components like resistors, coils, capacitors, FET’s, IC’s, diodes, LED’s, etc. Best of all you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you can troubleshoot and test any appliance all the way down to the component level on the circuit card.

The book starts off with a chapter on safety. Why? Getting “bitten” while repairing something can be painful and even deadly. Fortunately for me, the “bites” I’ve endured have not been the deadly kind. Justine shows you how to properly use a mulitmeter and outlines why it makes sense to have both a digital multimeter (DMM) as well as an analog multimeter. He shows you how to measure and test voltage as well as measure and test current. He even shows you the right way to discharge a capacitor so that it can’t “bite” you while the equipment is turned off.

After the safety instruction and how to use the meters, it’s time to begin testing electronic components! The chapters are logically arranged with a section devoted to showing you what a particular component looks like or in other words, how to identify the electronic component. Next, he describes what it might be used for in the circuit and finally, and the reason you bought the book, how to tell if the component is good or bad. What components does he cover? All of them. You’ll learn how to test capacitors, how to test resistors, test transformers and practically every other electronic component. About the only thing he didn’t discuss was a vacuum tube which you’ll probably never see and requires highly specialized test equipment anyway. Some components, like capacitors, get multiple chapters because there are multiple varieties to test and there are differences in how they should be tested.

How to test a MOSFET?  No problem, Jestine shows you how.  How to check an inductor is covered. How to check capacitors is covered.  Like I mentioned before he covers it in several chapters because of the complexity of the topic. No stone is left unturned and everything is revealed. How to check resistance is covered, how to check transistors is discussed in detail. Like I said this is an excellent electronic repair guide.

Did I like the book? You bet I did! It is a very useful, practical, hands on, book. I highly recommend using it to actually do some troubleshooting. Practice the new skills that you’ve learned from the book. Would I change anything? Yes, I would add links from the table of contents directly to the related chapters. Why? Because I expect that most beginning trouble shooters will read the book and then keep it as reference near their workbench. Being able to quickly jump to the correct chapter would be a big plus.

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What qualifies Jestine to show and teach you how to repair electronics? He’s an expert and does it every day. Not only does he do it every day, he runs a school that teaches people electronic repair. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone as capable, knowledgeable and accomplished as Jestine take you by the hand and show you how it’s done? You bet it would! Just imagine him standing over your shoulder guiding you through the analysis of every component you might find. Remember, he’s a professional at testing electronic components.


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“Testing Electronic Components”

If you’re want to test a capacitor with just a multimeter, you can check out my rant here. I’ll show you how to check a capacitor with a VOM or multimeter. Here’s a preview: it CANNOT be done with complete, 100% guaranteed, accuracy but I’ll show you how to give it a go!

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samy June 10, 2011 at 02:57

hi how can i buy this book? please put it on amazon or ebay


admin June 17, 2011 at 11:45

My apologies. I changed web hosting providers & that killed a number of links. they’re fixed now, click on any of them.


Tim October 9, 2011 at 03:43

I already have this book and can say that it’s amazing:)


Dan November 18, 2011 at 10:57

I think the best thing about Jestine’s books are that they are based in the real world and are very practically oriented. This testing electronic components is no exception. I like his more specialized books that get down into the real nitty-gritty specifics.
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