multimeter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by lokeycmos, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. lokeycmos

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    does anyone know of, or can recommend a digital multimeter that is around $100? i am looking for one that does everything, including: capacitance, inductance, frequency, 10a current ac and dc, i dont need diode or transistor tests. auto range would be cool as well as temp. all the ones i have found are hundreds. for me accuracy isnt critical. TY
     
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    eevblog.com

    Watch the $100 dollar meter shootout

    EEVblog #99 Part 1 and 2.
     
  3. eduardr

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    $100 multimeter shootout:

    http://www.eevblog.com/2010/07/11/e...probe-bk-precision-ideal-uei-uni-t-part-1of2/

    http://www.eevblog.com/2010/07/11/e...probe-bk-precision-ideal-uei-uni-t-part-2of2/

    Also found this very useful:
    http://www.eevblog.com/2010/04/14/eevblog-75-digital-multimeter-buying-guide/

    Initially I wanted to go cheap but in the end I spent a few hundred to get something I could use for years and not worry about reliability. Check Amazon pricing. You might also consider a cheap pocket meter in addition (some projects may require use of several meters, I'm not at that level yet myself).

    Cheers.
     
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    You trying to make me look bad? ;)
     
  5. eduardr

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    Started typing it up before you did but got a second place finish. :)
     
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    Its ok.. You and your "fancy links" and stuff..

    ;)

    Welcome aboard any-hoo.
     
  7. thatoneguy

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    Get a Fluke 87 or 87-V off Ebay from a reputable seller, you will NOT regret getting a Fluke!
     
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    hear-hear!

    If you can get a Fluke 87 or 87-V within your budget, get it.
     
  9. thatoneguy

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Fluke-87-3-Seri...191?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b71545c7

    Fluke 87-III for $87

    Fluke 87-V are around double that, there are a couple extra features like temp and stuff, but nothing worth buying a cheaper meter instead for.

    I've got several 87s, only one V version, others are original 87s and 87-III, and I use the 87s the most since I KNOW the reading is always right, and I don't mind dropping them (I paid new prices *ugh*).

    Just a couple things about them that save you reaching for a 'scope all the time: Frequency and True RMS values to over 20kHz, Duty Cycle %, "Glitch Catching" of 1 or 100mS peak. Min/Max/Avg over 1s or 100s samples, backlight, and FAST reading of values. Capacitance and resistance match a Sencore LCR meter within a few percent as well. Almost forgot, Siemens mesurement for multi-Megohm values (Measures conductivity instead of resistance)
     
  10. lokeycmos

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    thank you for your replies. now i hope i get one for xmas!
     
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