I've been looking as well. Here are some of my impressions from what I found
ERGONOMICS - I remember years ago I had a Beckman DVM and loved it. It broke
and I got a very expensive Fluke DVM. It was very nice and extremely
accurate. My problem with it was the piano keys. I always found them MUCH
harder to use with one hand rather than a single knob that you rotate. This
was a personal thing, but it struck me big.
DANGER - I've heard some horror stories about cheap meters blowing up in
peoples hands when measuring high voltages. If you never work on anything
higher than 24 vdc, that might not be a concern.
PRECISION - The accuracy of the cheap meters is NOT the same as
"professional" meters. Here is the old "You get what you pay for" deal. That
might not be a big concern, depending on what you use it for. Do you care
whether a voltage is 1.00 or 1.02? That's 1%. Look carefully at the accuracy
ratings (not resolution, that's different). Typically they are rated as a %
of full scale (FS) +- a reading. On some smaller readings at the bottom of a
range this could result in 10% or %20 (or worse) error.
IN THE DARK AGAIN - I've been thinking of buying a cheap DVM from
They have one that is BACKLIT for $16.95. I may
buy that one strictly for the backlit LCD, at times that could be a very
handy feature. http://www.harborfreight.com
has a cheap one for like $5.95
that could be just the thing to stick in the trunk of the car for some
MEASURE YOUR CAP - Some of the cheaper meters can be had with a capacitor
meter in them for just a few more bucks. I wonder if anyone on the list has
had experience with these as to their accuracy?
LAB METERS - I've seen some really good deals on Ebay if you are looking for
a real professional meter at a reasonable price. Every day there are Fluke,
Keithly, HP meters sold and attractive prices. I am going to buy a nice lab
DVM, 4.5 or 5.5 digits on Ebay very soon.
Beyond the other comments, I'd say just do a Google or Vivisimo search.
There are a LOT of meters out there in a variety of price ranges.
That's my $.02!
is a great place to just poke around for
all kinds of electronic goodies. They have a VERY eclectic mix of stuff, but
some of it is very inexpensive.
> -----Original Message-----http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VLF_Group/
> From: Derrik Walker v2.0 [mailto:firebug@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 9:16 PM
> To: VLF_Group@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [VLF_Group] Suggestions for Multimeter
> I know, this isn't totally on topic, but maybe someone in this group
> can help...
> My 13 year old Fluke multimeter recently bit the big one and I need to
> replace it.
> Any recommendations?
> - Derrik
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> -- Galilai Galileo
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