Is my brand new multimeter broken? =(

Discussion in 'Test & Measurement Forum' started by Joao scs, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Joao scs

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    Hi everyone!

    I just bought a multimeter and, in the continuity test, it shows 0.13 and beeps even without the cables! Is it broken?

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  2. MrChips

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    Yes. Take it back to the store.
     
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  3. Joao scs

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    Thanks!
     
  4. spinnaker

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    Did you try resetting it by removing the battery? Probably won't fix it but worth a try.
     
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  5. GopherT

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    No, your new meter is not neccessarily broken. This meter is trying to put a constant current across the PN junction and measure the voltage needed. If you have no path for the current. Also, it may be beeping because there are no leads in the unit (warning that the leads may be connected wrong (my Fluke beeps if I have no cables plugged in or plugged into the amp terminal when I switch to continuity).

    Connect it correctly and try again. Then get worried.
     
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  6. bertus

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    Hello,

    Is the hold function off?
    Some meters will have the hold function on when you switch them on.

    Bertus
     
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  7. Raymond Genovese

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    Check out this video at about 1:28, it might help


    It also helps to learn Spanish because I have no freaking idea what he is saying :)
     
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  8. GopherT

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    Hard to learn Spanish from a Portuguese video (Brazil).
     
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  9. Joao scs

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    Thanks a lot! I will try everything that's been said and tell what happened! Really sorry to bother and really happy that you all helped me! =)
     
  10. Raymond Genovese

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    Can't make any excuse for that one - I capped out after El Camino Real
     
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  11. spinnaker

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    This guy either has really big hands or that is one tiny meter. ;)

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  12. Raymond Genovese

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    You should see his buttons! (sorry couldn't resist that)
     
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  13. Joao scs

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    Thanks! Please, won't this violate the warranty? (Sorry for the bad english).


    I did it and didn't worked. So, time to be worried!

    Hold isn't on... =(

    Awesome video, but didn't helped (And I understood it, because I'm Brazilian!)

    Thanks everyone! Let's just hope they replace it for a new one! =)
     
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  14. spinnaker

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    Removing the battery? Of course not. What do you think you will do when the battery is depleted? ;)
     
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  15. ian field

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    I think mine shows the infinity symbol just as with regular resistance ranges - but its not something you take much notice when there's readings to be read.
     
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  16. spinnaker

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    Judging from this and your other insightful posts, it is obvious you are extremely knowledgeable in this subject matter. Perhaps you should help the TS out and expand on your claim? Maybe provide a detailed lists of tests that could be performed?
     
  17. GopherT

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    The post you quoted has vanished!
     
  18. spinnaker

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    I was hoping his other words of wisdom as well. But alas we shant be so fortunate. :p
     
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