Multimeter probe question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by wsprague, May 24, 2016.

  1. wsprague

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    Sep 22, 2015
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    Hi All,

    Total newbie question. I have a Mastech MS8268 MS8261 DMM and I would like to get hook probes for it.

    Does any one have a recommendation? How about this kit from Amazon? ..

    http://www.amazon.com/Extech-TL809-Electronic-Test-Lead/dp/B0012VWUI6/

    Do all probes fit all DMM's?

    I don't need a kit, just the hook probes, so fewer items with good quality would be best (at least considering the Mastech as a baseline for quality, not a fluke or anything...)

    Thanks
     
  2. DickCappels

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    Probes vary in resistance, as a cosequence using a probe and leads other than the set supplied by the manufacture sometimes results in errors in the reading of small resistances.
     
  3. dl324

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    I usually cobble up something from parts I have on hand. If you have mini-grabber or alligator jumpers, you could use them. Be sure to take the additional resistance into consideration when making critical measurements.
    No.
     
  4. ErnieM

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    Every meter I have seen uses a standard banana jack for the inputs.

    There is a tendency to add the safety jacket around the plug itself in case .you connect the test end to a high voltage and touch the other end. Some meters do not allow this cover so if your meter is like that just cut it off with a sharp knife and be done.

    My personal preference is for a fixed ends, so I would have three different probe stes for the pointy end, the clip and the alligator, but I can see how this brings down your cost.
     
  5. wsprague

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    Sep 22, 2015
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    Do you have a specific product link or recommendation?

    I am only worried about 0.01 V (or so) accuracy for now. When I start building my robot army for real I will get a Fluke.
     
  6. ErnieM

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    My general use tips are Pomona 6342. They are small diameter pointy ends.
     
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