Recommendations for a multimeter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Then along came a dummy, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. Then along came a dummy

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Hi guys,

    I'm in the market for a new multimeter. Something basic for hobbyists. Any recommendations? For starters what brands are reliable?
  2. Gadget

    Distinguished Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Havn't found one that'll survive the output of an electric fence controller yet.

    Fluke are suppose to be one of the more reliable, but you sure pay for it.
  3. n9xv

    Senior Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    For starters, I'd look at one from Radio Shack. For simple Ohm's Law stuff and residential voltages you can find digital's for $20-ish and up, or analog's for as low as $9.00. I'd go with the digital one's though. For me they're much easier to read and the autoranging feature is something I take for granted anymore.
  4. Dave

    Retired Moderator

    Nov 17, 2003
    I'll second Fluke as a recommendation for a multimeter, but as is stated by Gadget, they can be expense depending on your budget. Have a look at their website: to get an idea of what they have to offer. Alternatively, you can look down at your local home-retailer (for example we have B&Q in he UK, you could look for something similar whereever you live), you will probably be able to pick up a cheap multimeter that would satisfy the needs of most electronics hobbyists.

  5. Papabravo


    Feb 24, 2006
    Over the years I have had good luck with Wavetek Digital Meters. Even the low end models have extras like measuring L & C at low frequency. Its not perfect but it can give you an idea of what you have.
  6. Then along came a dummy

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Thanks a bunch guys. I just got a mouser catalogue, so i'll check that out as well.