Repair & calibration Sencore Mighty Mite

TC130 Mighty Mite

TC130 Mighty Mite

This article discusses repair and calibration of the older tube-based Sencore Mighty Mite tube testers that use the 12AU7A tube inside, such as model TC130, TC136, and TC142. I will also discuss the most common problem that causes “faulty” Grid Leakage detection. High voltages are present, repairs should only be attempted by a qualified technician. Copyrighted, all rights reserved.

TC130 Mighty Mite case

TC130 Mighty Mite case

Introduction

Sencore Mighty Mite testers employ a Cathode Emission test circuit, with short detection and industry-best 100-Megohm leakage detection. The leakage detection circuitry is really the reason that every technician should own a Mighty Mite as part of his/her tube testing arsenal.

All Mighty Mites are designed to test newer tubes. You will not find any antique sockets (such as 4-pin, 5-pin, 6-pin, 8-pin large, etc.) Socket configuration consists of Octal, 7-pin miniature, 9-pin miniature, Nuvistor, novar, Loctal, and Compactron.

Each model has a roman numeral designation: TC130 = Mighty Mite III. TC136 = Mighty Mite IV. TC142 = Mighty Mite V. There are no practical differences among them.

The older Sencore Mighty Mite tube testers have tube circuitry inside, whereas newer Mighty Mites (such as TC154 and TC162) are transistorized. Otherwise, their functionality is comparable. Some units have a CRT picture tube wire harness with socket attached. This harness is very bulky, so common sense would suggest to remove it. It serves no practical purpose and only clutters up the case. Some models have a few pin straighteners on the front panel.

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Sencore Mighty Mite TC28, TC162, TC154

Sencore Mighty Mite solid-state tube testers (TC28 Hybrider, TC162, and TC154) are durable, easy-to-use, and test a wide variety of modern tubes (including modern sweep tubes such as #8950). They were VERY popular among old-timer technicians. For most people , they are a very good choice.

Sencore TC28 Hybrider

Sencore TC28 Hybrider

Sencore TC162

Sencore TC162

Sencore TC154

Sencore TC154



Regardless of model, all the Mighty Mite solid-state models use the same basic circuitry, albeit configured slightly different among each model.  Model TC162 is functionally equivalent to B&K 607 / 667.

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