Testing Optocoupler

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Joined Jan 24, 2021
I having a hard time figuring out how to properly test an optocoupler. I think I may have fried it by applying 5volts in circuit with positive=anode and negative=cathode. I wasn’t getting any change in resistance across the emitter and collector proportional to the change in input voltage. I then removed it from the circuit and used a 330ohm resistor to limit the current from the bench dc power supply and still am getting nothing
Finally I used the diode function on my meter across the led portion of the optocoupler and I am not getting any diode voltage drop. Here is a data sheet


Joined Jul 18, 2013
The diode max is 60ma, so you need a suitable resistor in series to limit less than this.
You probably fried it with the first test.