Multimeter

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  1. Bud0505

    Bud0505

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    I need to buy a new multimeter. Don’t need a real fancy one just something to read ac/dc current and amps. I would like one that has an easy to read screen. I use a meter 2 or 3 times a year on the average so I would like to keep the cost around $30 or under. What does the GT braintrust recommend?
     
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    Whatever Harbor Freight has on sale this week. I use Fluke but I use my meter weekly.
     

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    Thanks
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    You can by a Fluke and be done with it or you can get the HF stuff. I really don't think there's any "in-between". My Dad use to get me a new meter every Christmas when I was a kid, he was getting them for less than $5 a pop. They worked fine for your standard fare and you can buy a new one when the battery dies.

    Here's one like he used to get me $7.49 https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-40508-...62&hvtargid=aud-801381245258:pla-436226440025
     
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    P99er MGTOW??

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    Fluke. Not as pricey as you might think.
     
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    KBKEITH Problem Solver Platinum Member

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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    I own 5 fluke meters. Great stuff. I have bought or got the harbor freight meters for free. The harbor freight meters are quite accurate, but they have horrible leads. The touch hold and backlit displays on flukes are excellent.
     
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    slamdunc JAFO

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    I have a Fluke 87-III and a 77. The 77 is plenty for anything you would do aside from bench/shop work and it has great ergonomics.
     
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    This Harbor Freight meter has served me well for the once or twice a year I use it. < $20. It does more than I need it to. 99% of my use is household AC, boat/sled/ATV DC or whatever continuity.
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    Paul53 HATE is not a family value!

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    Wasn't sure from the title if this thread was about multi-meters or mullet meter.
     
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    peepaw Armed Ole Fart

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    Funny thing about the "cheap" Fluke - one reviewer's observation. :animlol:

    "Yes, will fit in your pocket, the box it came in said "no warranty outside China"
     
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    I have three Fluke meters in my service van. I use one nearly every day. The above Fluke for $39 is the one to get. That is a good value.
     
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    Current? You need a clamp on meter. Not sure if you can get them below 30 bucks.
     
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    Those little cheap yellow meters from Harbor Freight will blow up in your hand . My son had it happen to him . Check the " CAT " rating before you buy . Educate yourself . It's not just about the money .
     
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    I have a Klein from Home Depot. Seems to be pretty good quality. The Harbor Freight/Radio Shack stuff never lasts long.
     
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    Victor Dubya The Kindly Curmudgeon

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    I have a Fluke 88 that's about 20 or so years old. Don't know what your needs are for current checking but you may need a current clamp to be used in conjunction with your multi-meter. My Fluke is good for 10 amps max by itself. I have a Blue-Point current clamp that has two ranges... 20 amps and 400 amps. Never had a problem with either.