Which multimeter? - Replacing an ~18 year old Radio Shack Micronta meter.

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by BReeves, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. BReeves

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    412
    64
  2. bertus

    Administrator

    Apr 5, 2008
    15,646
    2,345
  3. DickCappels

    Moderator

    Aug 21, 2008
    2,648
    632
    I have several DMMs from UNI-T and they compare very well with my old Fluke. I think that in these days, a good quality DVM is not expensive.

    However, from my experience over the last 15 years of buying lesser-notable DMMs, I have only run across two problems.

    1) After several years, the rotary selection switch wears out (two times -noname brands).

    2) The input resistance is only 1 Megohm. (from Futurlec).

    Never had a problem with UNI-T.
     
  4. Dr.killjoy

    Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    1,190
    156
    Personal I would check out the Uni-T 61E which is the best meter from Uni-T IMO.. Or try to wait for a nice deal on a Fluke .. Also alot of people on AAC have been to known to the cheap Harbor freight meters and have no issue with then and with proper coupon it's a nice meter for free..
     
  5. BReeves

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    412
    64
    Have two of the Harbor freight meters, keep one in the house and one in my truck. Also have an old Beckman 310 that still works. The Micronta dying is just an excuse to buy a more modern more capable meter.

    Will check out the Uni-T but spending ~$100.00 doesn't bother me if I feel it's worth it.
     
    Dr.killjoy likes this.
  6. Dr.killjoy

    Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    1,190
    156
    Good luck and my current meter list right now
    Fluke 77
    Fluke 87 Series II
    Ampro Pocketmeter
     
  7. #12

    Expert

    Nov 30, 2010
    16,261
    6,768
    People don't complain about the Harbor Freight meters because you can't really expect much for zero to four dollars, but I keep one in my tool box in case my, "real" meter takes a dump. I have only had to use it once, but it beats stopping a job and driving somewhere to get a meter!

    I have a 1978 Flule 27 and it has never done worse that blow a fuse or break a test lead.
     
    cmartinez likes this.
  8. cmartinez

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 17, 2007
    3,558
    2,527
    Am I dreaming or is that $30 dllr thing really capable of measuring inductance?
     
  9. Lestraveled

    Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2014
    1,957
    1,215
    This topic gets discussed continually. Could we do something more creative than regurgitating the same comments about DMMs that we have owned, loved and hated? How about a section on "Test Equipment", filled with reviews, polls, and suggested equipment for newbies.
     
    ISB123 and wayneh like this.
  10. BReeves

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    412
    64
    Not real sure what you are referring to, if it's the AideTek don't see in the listing where it will measure inductance.

    Couldn't help it, went ahead and ordered an AideTek. May have wasted $30.00 but what the heck.
     
  11. wayneh

    Expert

    Sep 9, 2010
    12,094
    3,033
    Add soldering stations and maybe the various types of oscilloscopes to the equipment list. We have a parts list around here somewhere - this would be a nice extension to that. A buyer's guide to DIY electronics.
     
    Lestraveled likes this.
  12. Lestraveled

    Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2014
    1,957
    1,215
    I put the idea in the Suggestion section but only it has only one reply so far.
     
  13. tcmtech

    Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2013
    2,034
    1,633
    The best meters for the price I have found are the Mastech ones. Same accuracy of the flukes but way more functions and for way less cost.

    I worked at a place that sole both and we often joked around and called the Mastechs Chukes as in they were chinese made flukes given that in day in a day out use we saw far less of them ever come back for warranty work or replacement than the flukes we sold.

    I have the Mastech MS8265 (20,000 count display!) , we didn't carry that model when I worked there, and I have beat on it thoroughly for at least three years and it has yet to give me any trouble of any sort. When I first bought it I took it to work and we ran it against the service departments flukes and to be honest it was just as accurate as any of them in every typical day to day contractor type applications we could think of but to do everything it did we had to use three different flukes to do it. :cool:
     
  14. BReeves

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    412
    64
    Received the AideTek meter today, don't waste your money. It is very cheaply made and reminds me of the Harbor freight meters. I should have and kinda did expect cheap for the price but it is about one step below that. The old Micronta was much better built.
     
Loading...