Rigol DS1052 gone bad?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by primeq, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. primeq

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 15, 2012
    I have a Rigol DS1052E. I haven't hacked it or even opened the casing - just used it on basic low-voltage hobby electronics, but it seems to me it might be flaky.

    Here is a test I did: attached the crocodile clip of the probe to negative end of 9V battery - just a normal duracell kind (battery in good condition), and probe to the +ive battery terminal.

    The scope shows voltage fluctuating between 9.36V and 9.7V - a fluctuation of 0.34V from what is supposed to be a stable voltage source.

    Does this mean the scope is flaky? I've checked the obvious and even done a re-calibrate, but the above problem persists. Am I expecting too much of a $300 scope?
  2. antonv

    Active Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    I own a 1102E and the only trouble I've had so far is a flaky probe that the vendor promptly replaced.

    Have you tried it with both your probes?
  3. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    Definitely try it with both probes and on both channels.
  4. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    I've had the same Phillips scope since 1977 and the probes are the first to go. Bad connection at the BNC connector end.