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Practical capacitors and inductors as used in electric circuits are not ideal components with only capacitance or inductance. However, they can be treated, to a very good degree of approximation, as being ideal capacitors and inductors in series with a resistance; this resistance is defined as the equivalent series resistance (ESR). If not otherwise specified, the ESR is always an AC resistance, which means it is measured at specified frequencies, 100 kHz for switched-mode power supply components, 120 Hz for linear power-supply components, and at its self-resonant frequency for general-application components. Additionally, audio components may report a "Q factor", incorporating ESR among other things, at 1000 Hz.

Arduino CAP-ESR-FREQ Meter

“CAP-ESR-FREQ meter with an Arduino Duemilanove. In this instructable you can find all neccessary information about making a metering instrument based on an Arduino Duemilanove. With this instrument you can measure capacitor values in nanofarads and microfarads, the …

Dr Brown’s Capacitor ESR Tester

” I finally got round to making my capacitor ESR tester this week after finding a nice simple 5 transistor version by EEVBlog member Jay_Diddy_B. Unfortunately, for me, the design was only SMD so, I decided to replicate his schematic in …