Re: [SabreSailboat] Multimeter.
- David,I have a couple of ~$15-20 units from Sears. Work well, have all the features I would like, came in a nice rubber case to protect it when I drop it. Which ever unit you decide upon, go to Radio Shack get some alligator clips and make up a few extension leads; handy in those situations where you need 3 hands and you only have 2.DaveOn Aug 2, 2009, at 12:23 PM, David/Catherine wrote:
if its simply for ohms and dc volts then i cannot in honesty recommend spending more than $20.. absolute accuracy of cheaper units may not be that great, but its relative accuracy that is important as a diagnostic tool..
If you want a REAL upgrade, then get a clamp-on ammeter.. then at least you can measure current.. great for calculating power budgets, easy fault finding and measuring charging current...
On my boat i have:
clamp on ammeter (also is backup multimeter)
multimeter (10yrs old and $20)
led digital tachometer
S38/II #205 "Tuscan Sun"
--- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, "David/Catherine" <sv.solitaire1@...> wrote:
> We wish to upgrade our tools on board with a new multimeter. We are not electrical engineers, but like to try to do things ourselves whenever possible. Do the gurus of this site have any recommendations for a reliable, sturdy multimeter? We have one digital one that was dropped and now you cannot read the numbers and a couple of very cheap ones that do not seem to read anything properly . All,any advice gratefully accepted. Thanks. David.
- Well..... we knew that we could rely upon this group to give us good advice - very many thanksto all who contributed. As an aside to Ian on "Tuscan Sun" we saw your boat in Titusville on theway north to layup for the summer in Savannah - does your boat live there ? We will be passingthrough again I suppose some time in November en route to the Bahamas again.