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need good multimeter

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by K2e2vin, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    Alright so I had bought one a few months ago from Harborfrieght, its a Cen-Tech. About 2-3months after I purchased it, it crapped out on me(resistance always reads 1ohm no matter what setting, etc.) Anyone suggest a good, simple, yet cheap multimeter? I'm willing to spend money, but I dont need a high tech one; something good for household and automotive use? Im thinking about the $20 one from radioshack?
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    ive got the 9.99 one from sears. works great!
     
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    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    Those cheap meters such ass. they usually have a input impedance of 10MOhms, some of the sheaper ones are as low as 1MOhm. So think about that you're basically putting a 1MOhm load in parallel with what you're trying to measure. Which gives errors of at least 3% , Spend the extra cash and if you can't afford a fluke at least check out B+K precision
     
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    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    Well, all of the Sears are far from me(about 20min doing speed limit); and picked up the Northern Tool one after I read a review that its a good alternative to the Fluke(the N-T one was $20, looks pretty good). So far so good! If it goes out, I'll just get a Fluke and be done with it.

    btw, who sells B+K precision?
     
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    I wouldn't go out of my way for B+KP 's cheap stuff. Its the same as most other brands cheap stuff. Only their top-end meters seem to be comparable to Fluke stuff.

    The best thing to shoot for is maybe a b+k or sears if they've got warranty or replacement program like the sears/craftsman. In that case you'll probably get something you can trust or at least replace. But I'm not sure who/if someone offers it for meters.

    And a 3% error rate is fine for most folks. If he knew he needed precision, he'd have a bench meter.
     
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    I use nothing but Fluke... But i just steal it from work... :D
     
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    93vicb16a2 WHATS CRACKIN??

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    fluke is what i use i gave about 125.00 for it fron snap on best shit ive ever used
     
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