[sdiy] Diode Matching

Jay Schwichtenberg jschwich53 at comcast.net
Fri May 8 22:53:20 CEST 2020

Keep in mind that diodes are like transistors and are extremely 
temperature sensitive. All it takes is something like breathing on them, 
furnace comes on or just walking by them and moving air around and 
you'll see differences.

When I match transistors I put them in the tester, cover them with a 
cloth to isolate them from air currents, go away or do something else 
for a couple of minutes and then do a reading.

Whether or not you need to match depends on what you are using them for.

Happy testing.
Jay S.

On 5/8/2020 1:39 PM, Didier Leplae via Synth-diy wrote:
> I had been meaning to send an update on this, btw. I got a better DMM 
> and the results do seem to make more sense, although it is still a bit 
> confusing ie, if I measure some diodes and come back to measure the 
> same diodes a bit later, the results are a bit inconsistent. So, it 
> seems having a good DMM is critical and I think it is probably best to 
> match diodes that were tested closely together in time.
> I also think think that these 4148 silicone diodes which are from the 
> same batch are very closely matched to begin with, so, not sure how 
> much it matters.
> I certainly get the argument that matching may not be necessary, but 
> good to know how to do it if you want to, I think.
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