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Which multimeter do you like the most? I'm looking for one and need some recommendations for a meter with continuity.


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Default Re: What's your favorite multimeter?

Continuity test is simply the Ohms range. Ohm's law is the law !!!!!

Look on DX.com or anywhere for DMM's .... I have several from DX but look for those with Volts DC, Volts AC, Ohms, Diode test and mA up to at least 10 amps. There are many other features available but you need to determine what you need and a price range.

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How about a price range of $50-$100.
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For what we do here a $10.00 DMM will do just fine...
If you want something fancy and a bit more accurate
then a Fluke or similar DMM would fit the bill... but quit
a bit more $$$$

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Default Re: What's your favorite multimeter?

I need something more accurate with computer data logging capabilities. The little meter I have right now cant be used with a computer. I need something that can log graphs to a computer. I'll look at the fluke meters.
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Fluke is good. They make sturdy meters. Beckman used to make very good meters, I have the good old DM25L digital multimeter(almost 30 years old) and still my primary workhorse. But I think they don't exist anymore.

But I also have a "Equus" DMM that I bought of all places at Canadian Tire for $15 and it's very accurate, extremely well constructed (unlike the DealExtreme meters) and sturdy as hell. So check out sales at your hardware store, you might find an inexpensive meter there.

As for datalogging, you'll find that option only in mid to hi-end meters, so be ready to shell out big bucks, like: 2700 - DMM/Switch - Keithley Instruments Inc.

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Fluke is good. They make sturdy meters. Beckman used to make very good meters, I have the good old DM25L digital multimeter(almost 30 years old) and still my primary workhorse. But I think they don't exist anymore.

But I also have a "Equus" DMM that I bought of all places at Canadian Tire for $15 and it's very accurate, extremely well constructed (unlike the DealExtreme meters) and sturdy as hell. So check out sales at your hardware store, you might find an inexpensive meter there.

As for datalogging, you'll find that option only in mid to hi-end meters, so be ready to shell out big bucks, like: 2700 - DMM/Switch - Keithley Instruments Inc.

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Is it the red and black equus? I love that thing, the "battery test" LEDs stopped working (no biggie) and they sent me a new one free, no questions asked.
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The black one... model number 4320. No battery test LEDS on mine (it's just a LCD) but it's nice and looks well made. Just bought another one a short while ago in my bid to complete my xmas shopping list. Brother in Law will (hopefully) be happy.
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Default Re: What's your favorite multimeter?

i have a fluke 87-5. i use it for everything from automotive diagnostics to about anything. i got mine a couple years ago for only $255 through my ASE automotive class.

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I just bought one from radioshack made by extech or something like that. It is a terrible meter. Dont buy one, its a terrible multimeter. As soon as you turn it on it goes up to 30dcv and it takes it about 3 minutes to settle down to 0v even once it settles down it still twitches and jumps up and down between 3 and 2 volts. It was supposed to be a true rms meter but it is junk. It gives lousy readings. Im going back to radioshack to return it tomorrow. I am sticking with my cheap $10 meter I got a long time ago.

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I just bought one from radioshack made by extech or something like that. It is a terrible meter. Dont buy one, its a terrible multimeter. As soon as you turn it on it goes up to 30dcv and it takes it about 3 minutes to settle down to 0v even once it settles down it still twitches and jumps up and down between 3 and 2 volts. It was supposed to be a true rms meter but it is junk. It gives lousy readings. Im going back to radioshack to return it tomorrow. I am sticking with my cheap $10 meter I got a long time ago.
Is it the Extech mn-36?
I just got one of those. I think most auto ranging meters jump around, when their is no load across the test leads. Just touch the leads together and it will zero out.
Before I got the extech I tried another brand auto ranging meter. It also jumped around until I put a load on the meter.
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I just got one of those. I think most auto ranging meters jump around, when their is no load across the test leads. Just touch the leads together and it will zero out.
Before I got the extech I tried another brand auto ranging meter. It also jumped around until I put a load on the meter.
yeah. My equus will jump around all the time, and touching the leads puts it to 0.0mV
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Guess the jumping is normal then. Kind of annoying though. I guess I will keep it then.
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I just got one of those. I think most auto ranging meters jump around, when their is no load across the test leads. Just touch the leads together and it will zero out.
Before I got the extech I tried another brand auto ranging meter. It also jumped around until I put a load on the meter.
Yep that's what its called. I havent tried it with a load yet but I will right now. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that it is an rms meter and is maybe more sensitive?

Just tried it with a load and the readings are rock solid. It works but as soon as I take the load off the numbers jump around. Jumping is normal. I like the led backlight.

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my fluke 87-5 will jump around a bit, but only by a few mV in both dc and ac voltage. its just because its so sensitive.
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