Which multimeter?

Discussion in 'Workshop Projects' started by fermerboy, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:05 AM.

  1. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Annoyingly my not very old Draper multimeter has died. Just went to use it and it wouldn't go, either I did something stupid or damp got it.
    It was same as this one,
    https://www.drapertools.com/product/60792/Digital-Multimeter
    I've had the really cheap ones in the past too and they have also died.

    So any recommendations? Is there a decent brand that won't break the bank.?
    Just need basic voltage, diode, resistance, continuity, with beeper or buzzer. Mains voltage would also be pretty much a must too
    Tia.
     
  2. TheTallGuy

    TheTallGuy Member

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Fluke is the only brand that I rely on, yes they are in the £100 range, but I have never known one to fail without serious abuse & they maintain calibration far better than anything else. I've seen cheaper multimeters off by 10% or more out of the box!
     
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  3. Mine died a 9v battery cured it
     
  4. manhill

    manhill Member

    If not the battery, loads of choice on Ebay/Amazon. A Workzone one from Aldi has been in regular outdoors use and can't fault it. Don't need laboratory accuracy.
     
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  5. manhill

    manhill Member

    Forgot to add, a tough 'rubbery' case helps if dropped
     
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  6. Had fluke for 20 years. Never let me down.
     
  7. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    9v battery didn't cure mine, must remember to take it out before I chuck it.
     
  8. jamj

    jamj Member

    Location:
    Down
    Fluke t5-600
    Great piece of kit.
    No need to set voltage or its range. Just put the probes on and it will give you the reading, indicating whether it is ac or dc. If probes on wrong way round meter displays a -.
     
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  9. TheTallGuy

    TheTallGuy Member

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Trouble with those us that they all too often decide to show the wrong thing - I might be interested in the ripple on a DC supply, but because the DC is dominant, that's what it shows so you have to override the settings, so you might as well have a conventional or basic autoranging meter.
     
  10. Vizslaman

    Vizslaman Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I have a Robin and a Fluke Multimeter the Robin must be all of 20 years old now and still going strong despite the abuse.
    Fluke was a gift so has not had much use yet.
     
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  11. I'm just on this dilemma.

    I've already a good dmm that is excellent except it doesn't do DC amps.
    Just occasionally I need to measure DC amps.

    Tempted to get a cheapie...
    Would like a Fluke though.
     
  12. 335d

    335d Member

    Get a cheapie fluke. A 101 is a decent meter, but has no current measurement. Not offfically released in the uk, more for the Asian market, they are advertised on the fluke Hong Kong website for example. The only issue is how to tell if you’re getting a genuine one. Some on eBay for £35
     
  13. Fluke. You do pay a lot for the name, but they are damn fine, well designed and well built instruments that will last ages.

    I’m not sure of any budget brands that I’d stick my neck out for. I do still have my Appa from student days but not sure if they were sold in the UK.
     
  14. suffolksmallholder

    Location:
    Suffolk
    +1 for Robin. The've been in the game for many years.
    SS
     
  15. Robin - great small engines. I’ll take your word for it on m/meters.
     
  16. Cowabunga

    Cowabunga Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion,Wales
    I've recently bought one of these. From Amazon here.

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    Not used it much yet but am impressed with it so far and for the price.
     
  17. suffolksmallholder

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Does it do continuity with an audible?
    SS
     
  18. Cowabunga

    Cowabunga Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion,Wales
    Yes.
     
  19. Farma Parma

    Farma Parma Member

    Location:
    Northumberlandia
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