RoadTest Review the Keysight E36103A

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About This RoadTest

Product Overview

The Keysight E36100 series basic DC power supplies are the latest additions to their industry standard family of bench power supplies and are backed with Keysight’s standard 3-year warranty.  You can power your designs safely and quietly during manual tests or automated sequences.  From every aspect—size, display, and I/O—these new power supplies will impress you.


The E36100 series power supplies feature a compact size, a high-contrast OLED display that is viewable from any angle, and modern USB and LAN connectivity.  Additionally, low-current measurement capability is included for highly accurate current measurements.  Protection features include over-voltage and over-current shutdown to protect your device under test.


For PC or mobile control, use the E36100 Series with Keysight BV0003A BenchVue Power Supply Pro application. This software will track and record your power supply output to help you understand the impact of external events on power draw. You can easily record measurements and export results in only three clicks. With the companion BenchVue Mobile application, you can monitor and control tests on your power supply from anywhere remotely – which is ideal when responding to long-running tests.


Key feature/Specification

  • Up to 100V, up to 5A
  • Clean and stable DC power
  • Excellent programming and read-back accuracy
  • Quiet operation
  • LAN (LXI Core), and USB
  • 2U high, ¼-rack wide


Videos (links and titles)

Keysight E36100 Series Product Overview


Keysight E36100 Series Product Teardown

The RoadTesters

Congratulations the the selected RoadTesters:

We look forward to seeing your reviews!

Terms and Conditions

Keysight E36103A

Terms and Conditions


These are the terms and conditions which govern the Keysight E36103A RoadTest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials.. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

1. 1 The Principal terms of the Contest:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

RoadTest: Keysight E36103A (or the Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on 15 April  2016

Judging Close: 11:59PM (GMT) on 22 April  2016

Announcement of Winner(s) (estimated):  22 April  2016

RoadTest Item(s): Keysight E36103A


RoadTest Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria: All of the following which will have equal weighting:

1.1 • Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

1.2 • Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

1.3 • A thorough description of how the prize would be tested

1.4 • Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on

1.5 • Originality;

1.6 • Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

1.7 • Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Minimum number of Prizes: 3

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Contest and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

1. 2 Eligibility

2. 3 Applications:

3. 4 Selecting Winners:

4. 5 Liability:

5. 6 General:

1.8 2.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the RoadTest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.9 2.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.10 2.3 Applicants must not enter the Contest if doing so or taking part may:

1.10.1 2.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.10.2 2.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.10.3 2.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in contests such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

1.10.4 The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.11 2.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.12 2.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.13 2.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.13.1 2.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.13.2 2.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser.

1.14 3.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a response by the Application Close.

1.15 3.2 By submitting a response, each Applicant:

1.15.1 3.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

1.15.2 3.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

1.15.3 3.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

1.15.4 3.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the application or subsequent Blogs submitted for the purposes of the Contest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

1.15.5 3.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

1.15.6 3.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

1.15.7 3.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

1.15.8 3.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

1.15.9 3.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

1.15.10 3.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the Contest.

1.16 3.3 All applications submitted to this Contest must meet the following criteria:

1.16.1 3.3.1 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any application null and void:

(a) (a) Applications or designs which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) (b) Applications or designs that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser and/or the Judges;

(c) (c) Applications or applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

1.17 3.4 No proposed Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

1.18 3.5 A proposed Application must not have been entered into any other Contest, unless that Contest has closed and the Application did not win a prize.

1.19 4.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her Application and its adherence to these Terms.

1.20 4.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out in condition 1 above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

1.21 4.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Participants within 10 business days the Applications Close.

1.22 4.4 The winner(s) will be selected by the Organiser in their absolute discretion based on the Judging Criteria. Winners must meet all eligibility requirements of these Terms. There shall be such number of winners as the Organiser shall determine.

1.23 4.5 The Organiser’s decision is final and without right of appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right not to select a winner if, in their sole discretion, they do not consider any of the applications to merit the Prize.

1.24 4.6 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to complete judging by Judging and Voting Close and to notify the winner(s) via a blog posted on the Contest Site by the Announcement of Winner Date.

1.25 4.7 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

1.26 4.8 Details of the Winners will also be published in the media.

1.27 5.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

1.28 5.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

1.29 5.3 Subject to 10.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Contest or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Contest, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

1.30 6.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

1.31 6.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a Contest of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

1.32 6.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

1.33 6.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the RoadTest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants and Winners agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

1.34 6.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

1.35 6.6 These Terms and the operation of the RoadTest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

1.36 the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • and


    Thanks for writing two great reviews.


    RoadTest Review the Keysight E36103A - Review

    RoadTest Review the Keysight E36103A - Review


    Make sure you read them!


    Randall Scasny

    RoadTest Program Lead

  • I just received mine too. There was a mixup at the customs and it was forgotten there for a while, but everything went well in the end.

  • Hello


    I will send you a DM with the tracking information.



  • When did you receive it? I'm still waiting.

  • It's a feature so important to me that I won't want a power supply without it.


    In my opinion, every bench-top power supply should power on with all the outputs disabled and the set point displayed for you to read, check and possibly correct. Then you must explicitly turn the outputs on when you are ready.  This will have the side-effect of saving your development boards when you least expect it.

  • If you click on "Create" at the top of the web page and select Roadtest Review, you should get a drop-down menu that has your device listed.

    That power on method is common in high end power supplies to ensure the output voltage is properly regulated before turning on. I agree it has the drawback of being confusing.

  • Where do we post our reviews?


    I have some initial comments, curious to hear what the others say.


    First of all, I opened the box and found the unit (which is gorgeous) and a certificate of calibration, but no instructions of any kind.  Not even the URL where to go to download the software.
    And no power plug.  Now this is a review, so I figured maybe the box had been opened before, but I literally don't know what comes with the power supply.  List price is $900, and if I paid that for a power supply, I would be ticked off if it didn't come with at least a power cable.



    So I need to know, is it supposed to come with a power cable? What about USB?  Cat5?


    There is also USB and ethernet on the back which is pretty interesting.  So presumably I could sit at home and program the power supply to run through tests in the lab, record how much power is going out second by second, etc.

    I installed the software on windows -- there does appear to be support for linux, but it's not quite as turnkey.  But I have a problem with my windows laptop -- the clock chip is defective and jumps forward days every time you shutdown and start up again.  It's annoying, and I have to send it in to get it fixed at some point.  Well, the paranoid makers of the software are running a license server, and it detects the forward motion of the clock and concludes you are trying to cheat it somehow.


    Now, it's obnoxious enough to have a license server (and not mention that they are installing one).  But considering this software will only work with their hardware, I think it's a little ridiculous to have the server.



    The other incident that was a little humorous was that when I turned the power supply on and adjusted for 5V and 2A, nothing came out.  I played with the menus for a while and suddenly it was enabled.  There is a button to disable output (turn it on and off separate from the actual power button that literally disconnects the thing).  I still don't know what state it was in when I first powered it on, because I have not looked at the manual yet, but it was pretty funny to have a power supply complicated enough that it didn't just turn on when you turned it on.


    So far, I would say if money is no object, it's really slick.  I have never needed a programmable power supply, but being able to log anything for an experiment is nice.  I intend to try to see if I can record the power usage of a device attached to it over time without human intervention, that would be amazing.

  • What can I say? Sydney's a small town image.


    - Gough

  • You must be famous, they were able to find you with such a smudged address, using just your Name. I had no idea image

  • I just opened mine up - all is good, although it seems the box where the IEC power cable should have been was empty, and no manual/quick start, software or other documentation other than a calibration certificate was supplied which seems a little unusual. No big loss there, as I can easily supply an IEC lead. Unit was configured for 230v, as appropriate for Australia. BenchVue Pro is sadly not part of the deal from what I can see, but at least the standard BenchVue still gives you 1 hour of data logging to play with. It's definitely a lot smaller and longer than I had imagined.


    - Gough