Multimeter suggestions?

TridenT

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Auto-ranging only. Suggestions? I'd like one that will last me and do just about everything I may need it to.

I keep running into times I need one for my car, appliances, some electronics, and home.
 

TridenT

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Ok. I don't know anything about Omega.

I know about Fluke because I've looked before. Should I go with the Fluke 115 on Amazon? It's $125.
 

Scarpozzi

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Ok. I don't know anything about Omega.

I know about Fluke because I've looked before. Should I go with the Fluke 115 on Amazon? It's $125.

Check Tenma too....they make good stuff. I've owned a few of their meters and irons and have been pleased. I buy Tenma over Weller. Tenma was my last meter purchase for about $60.
 

ra1nman

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I use a fluke 87v at work for troubleshooting. Anyways I asked a electronics hobbyist what he uses and he likes his Fluke 116 since it can pick up µA readings and auto-ranges fairly quickly.
 
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PottedMeat

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fluke. still using the 112 i got 15 years ago brand new off ebay


just picked up a fluke 23 for $5 too :awe:
 

shortylickens

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Auto-ranging only. Suggestions? I'd like one that will last me and do just about everything I may need it to.
I keep running into times I need one for my car, appliances, some electronics, and home.

A good Fluke model. You will be spending around 200 bucks.
 

natto fire

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Again, what is your price range, and will you be doing lots of amperage/current tests?

I have a Klein CL2000, and while I like the price and that it does DC amperage readings through the clamp, my co-workers Fluke 117 is a superior meter for anything not related to amperage readings. (It is a plain multi-meter)
 

ussfletcher

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Unless you are doing something where accuracy is actually necessary, I think any ~$20 auto-ranging model should be good enough. At work I use nicer Flukes, and everyone knows they are quality, but for 75-80% of what I do (Electronics prototyping and validation) I'd be fine with a cheaper option.
 

TridenT

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I guess I'll go with the $20 model for now and then step up to something really fancy when I settle down.

I only need this for pretty simple shit after all. I don't think I need super accurate readings.
 

TwiceOver

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Built one of those kits in high school electronics elective. Been using it ever since. 20 years, not bad.
 

Rinaun

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Fluke, hands-down. I'm not sure which one but you want a fluke meter. I have meters from the late 80's (their first digital ones) from fluke and they still work amazingly well. If you plan on using it monthly, invest in a fluke. If just for general stuff any harbor freight meter will work fine.
 

rudeguy

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I guess I'll go with the $20 model for now and then step up to something really fancy when I settle down.

I only need this for pretty simple shit after all. I don't think I need super accurate readings.


I use a $9 one from Amazon. It works just fine and I haven't found anything it won't do. It's tested accurate to within .01 volts.
 

Leros

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I have one of these basic Flukes for $125 http://www.amazon.com/Fluke-115-Comp.../dp/B000OCFFMW

I also have a $25 Radio Shack model. The Fluke feels better and has more precision, but they both get basic jobs done. If you're not doing fine electronics, I wouldn't spend more than $50.

Don't get a silly automotive or electrician multimeter though.
 

stormkroe

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If it's hobby-ish in nature, go cheap. The only thing I would suggest is try to find one with a clamp on amp reader. They can be found for $30 if you look hard enough and being able to check large loads is super handy.
 

TridenT

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Got the INNOVA 3320. It's garbage. Measuring the test leads for resistance gives measurements that fluctuate between 0.01 Ohms to infinite. On top of that, when I try to measure the AC voltage in my apartment... It says 128V at the high end, but other times gives 10V if I am not just perfect about it.

I need different test leads, apparently!