Getting aquainted with the MiniPRO TL866CS Universal Programmer
The un-bagging and quick look video can be found on my normal YouTube channel, video:
This is the very affordable (cheap) universal programmer available from many sources on eBay. I first heard of this magic box on Dave Jones’ EEVBlog YouTube video where he shows us the device.
Here, it is pictured with a PLCC32 EEPROM inserted, ready for programming. This EEPROM came from an old graphics card.
It came with a few other bits – a PLCC44 socket adaptor, two yellow thingies (the name escapes me) (the location of the smaller of the two eludes my knowledge and I’ve drawn a smiley face on the bigger) and that other SMD board, which I’ve used to read an EEPROM from a wireless home electricity monitor. Another interesting ‘bit’ is the PLCC extractor tool included.
Something not mentioned in the video is the quality of the USB cable. At first I was surprised it was included but was happy it was since I only have a few of this type, and the’re never where I look when I want one. The first impression of the cable was that it was a bit cheap, but soon realised that that could be due to the slightly rubbery feel of the plugs. This is a decent quality cable and should last the life of the programmer.
That’s all for now.