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Old 01-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Recommend me a good multimeter

My old, cheap, Chinese mulitmeter took a dump on me today.
Should I be looking to grab a decent one on eBay or go to Sears and get a new Craftsman?
I was looking get one for auto/motorcycle work and occasional work around the house for less than $100.
Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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The cheap Chinese meters you can get on sale at Harbor Freight for $2 work fine for most people but if you want a meter that is bullet proof and can be used every day for many years there is no substitute for Fluke. Don't go to Sears or you'll get a cheap Chinese meter but pay a lot for it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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Yep. Their $2 meter is hard to beat. It is actually fairly accurate.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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Do all Fluke meters need calibrating eventually or can I expect it to last through all of my infrequent, shade tree exploits?

I saw a few potentials on eBay.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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should never need calibrating. the only issue i have with my fluke is that the super cheapo leads don't fit it. it is indestructible, i treat it with the care of a claw hammer. i drop it regularly, you're always looking for a safe place to put it on a bike, and it always falls. been beating mine up for 10 years. changed the batteries a couple times, and probably 5 sets of leads. i do recommend finding a cheap small analog meter also - it doesn't need to be accurate at all - you just need it to watch the needle move up and down when you are playing with points, searching wire breaks, timing etc, instead of beeps/digital numbers scrolling too fast to read....
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #7
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
Saw a NIB Model 78 up there for $99 "buy it now" - told my wife about it and she voiced displeasure so I may need to come down to $50.
I did some reading on that model and it looks right up my alley.
What's the difference between the 77 and 78?

Also, any thoughts on this one?: http://www.amazon.com/Sinometer-Manu...pr_product_top

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
I bought a Fluke 77 in 1984. I've used it as a hammer and when I check it against the new high end Flukes my work provides it reads the same. They don't "need" calibration but lots of industries dictate that test equipment get annual calibration.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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Fluke all the way!!

I have an 87 that i have been using for many years, it's never had any problems.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:54 PM   #10
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Saw a NIB Model 78 up there for $99 "buy it now" - told my wife about it and she voiced displeasure so I may need to come down to $50.
Does she wear $50 shoes? Ask her how much she spent on hair and nails in the last month.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #11
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Another vote for Fluke products
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #12
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multimeter

my fave is still my 35 year old home-assembled Radio Shack mirrored scale multimeter, so easy to read, lots of scales, big control knob.

For knockabout I have had a few digitals, latest one is a Sperry - they measure ok but an analogue movement is easier to read
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #13
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I'm also looking to buy a multimeter.

A quick opinion on this one listed locally would be great: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...530959290.html Good enough to cover everything on the bike?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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No arguments on buying a Fluke... but... The lower end Flukes are Chinese made.. take that for what it's worth.

Before buying a meter, ask youself what you will use it for. High voltage?? If so spend some money and get a Fluke!
General electronics use? Hah! I bought a Uni-T UT61-E (Chinese) meter that claimed 22,000 point accuracy (it reads to 5 decimal places). Guess what, it IS that freaking accurate, I had it checked against the school's calibration equipment. How much was it? $58. The biggest downside is that it's high voltage protection, while good, isn't the best.... But it does have very good explosion protection!

There are a number of lower cost meters on the market that meet or exceed the lower cost Fluke meters and will do just fine for home use.

Just skip any meter from Habor Freight. Even the best one they carry only uses the little glass automotive type fuses and the housings have NO explosion protection... You may not thing it's important, but it really is!

A good general use meter is the Extech EX330. Really good voltage protection, accurate and tough... and cheap!

https://www.adafruit.com/products/308
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Love Beckmann meters.

We drove a truck over one at our shop once.... kept right on working!
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