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Old 12-26-2011, 09:36 AM #1
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Default Buying: quality multimeter

I want a not to expensive digital multimeter wich sells on ebay or by yourself.
The only thing i want it to be is quality. So it wont blew when trying to measure 240V.
And to the dot accurate isnt really nessacary.
Just something that wont break, and is a bit accurate.
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How much $$$/€€€ do you want to spent ? I recommend Fluke DMM but they are not the cheapest meters around.
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Default Re: Buying: quality multimeter

Yeah im never going to spend more then 50 on just a multimeter while they cost 6 dollar as well. Ofcource that will be lesser quality but of all the cheaper range there has to be a solution?
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Default Re: Buying: quality multimeter

Clamp meters can measure higher currents (+600A) but that isn't really necessary. Why do would you want to measure 240 volts? That's dangerous and pointless.
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Meh i said it per accident. I thought if it could measure 240V that it would be strong. But in electronics, that probaly sounds stopid.
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I got a really nice auto ranging, no-name DMM at my local electronics store on sale... I don't recall who actually makes it though... It's been working like a champ for years...

I think most multi-meters > $30 will be decent... I wouldn't except much from those $10 home depot jobbies. Most decent meters will have a bunch of fuses in them so if you do something stupid it will pop the fuse rather than the meter.

Whatever you do get an auto-ranging meter, the other kind is for suckers.
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thanks for the advice
i purchased the Mastech MS8211D multimeter pen.
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i found a review of it online, and the guy says its got good pretection and it got stuff quality units have.
Cant recall technical stuff but okay.
Only thing i dislike that i think it only measures until 200mA. i can probaly not use this for my lasers
ive looked at more meters but seems alot of them dont measure high amperage.
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thanks for the advice
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i found a review of it online, and the guy says its got good pretection and it got stuff quality units have.
Cant recall technical stuff but okay.
Only thing i dislike that i think it only measures until 200mA. i can probaly not use this for my lasers
ive looked at more meters but seems alot of them dont measure high amperage.

I don't really like those pen style meters but at least it's auto ranging...
Is that a max of 250 mA? If so that's pretty weak.
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I think its a nice style to measure
But still have to receive it.
Yes the mA is pretty weak.
Wont be able to use it for that.
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It's funny this should pop up as a topic now as i just fried mine last night and hard to order a new one. Wife was having problems with her laptop PSU and I was checking the AC line cable for faults when the DMM fell off the table I had it on and it knocked into the current position. I opened it up and there's two fried resistors and a trace that needs replaced. It still works, barely, somehow, haha, but the resistors' color codes are all vaporized off so I can't repair it until I get a new dmm.

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Amazon.com: TekPower TP4000ZC PC based RS232-Interaced Auto Ranging Digital Multimeter: Home Improvement
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Anyway I went searching the usual places and found an awesome deal on Amazon:

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That's a cool DMM... Fuckers won't ship to Canada though
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You can use these cheap DMMs they measure up to 750VAC
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We keep a few in the shop for mundane measurements and
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We have muck more expensive Meters for any precision work...


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I always just use the harbor freight cheepo meters. You can pick them up for a few dollars on sale sometimes. I think they were giving them away with a coupon not too long ago

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