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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:16 pm 
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Can anyone recommend a good multimeter?


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Steveohim wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good multimeter?
Depends on your budget but you can't beat a fluke. I have an old fluke 25 and its a brilliant bit of kit.

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As said, it does depend on your budget and also "what you intend to use it for *"

* By that I mean, will it be used every day, for DIY, once a year / other

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Same, have a fluke, DIY user. Never needed anything else. Rock solid,had it for years. Never expect to need to buy another, will see me out I'm sure.
If you want something cheaper Draper do perfectly adequate ones from a tenner or so.


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someone-else wrote:
As said, it does depend on your budget and also "what you intend to use it for *"

* By that I mean, will it be used every day, for DIY, once a year / other


Not every day but also more then once a year


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Flukes are inordinately expensive for the average user.

Something from Uni-T would cover most needs and not break the wallet.

Palm-sized https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Uni-T-Palm-S ... SwGjpXTXLA

Full-sized https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Uni-T-Standa ... SwwIZXTXLD

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Apart from the "decent" meters I have from long ago, A couple of AVOs and a GEC "Selectest" I've got a cheap digital I've had for years that gets used most these days.
Does everything I need. Seems accurate enough for my uses.
If I drop it, or blow it up I'll pay 20 quid for another.
A Fluke's nice, but if you break it, it's expensive.


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There are fluke 101s on eBay about £40 are these any good?


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Steveohim wrote:
There are fluke 101s on eBay about £40 are these any good?


The one I just looked at didn't look as being able to measure current. If that's the case then no, not worth it. Unless you absolute KNOW you will never need to measure current- unlikely.

£40 gets you a good Draper, or similar make- I suspect in that price range they're all basically the same meter, with different boxes around them.
Better the top end Draper than low end Fluke, for me anyway.


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you can buy a decent meter still but you will have to spend £££

I have some very nice test gear from the 80's - 2000's

if your going to use it for mains work dont go with anything the sub £30

Have a look here. https://www.rapidonline.com/catalogue/s ... ultimeters



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Are the Fluke ones on ebay any good? Who knows?

I wouldn't because of the words Fluke and China in the same sentence.

I have nothing against a DMM from China, but a Fluke one? does not sound right to me.

and columbiers is not wrong, those ones can not measure current.

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someone-else wrote:
Are the Fluke ones on ebay any good? Who knows?

I wouldn't because of the words Fluke and China in the same sentence.

I have nothing against a DMM from China, but a Fluke one? does not sound right to me.

and columbiers is not wrong, those ones can not measure current.


Nor can the proper Fluke 101. It can measure AC current with an optional extra clamp meter attachment.


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I bought a cheap clamp-on meter from Hong Kong off the street market before take over and still going strong, best meter I have had far more useful than my AVO Mk8 however today things have moved on, for mains work a meter with no wired current is a good thing, you can never in error have it switched to current in error and burn it out, so clamp-on is the way to go.

However there are if you like three clamp-on meters, the hall effect will measure DC amps and is expensive. The cheaper ones are AC only on current but will still measure DC volts. The use of RCD protection has resulted in a new range of clamp-on able to measure down to 15 mA so it can be used to test earth leakage.

The only point I would make, if you buy cheap, also buy some good leads, the ones supplied with cheap meters are only good for extra low voltage.


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Just saying, I guess you have not looked at the prices lately. I got a DC clamp meter for less than £40 last year.

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Are the Fluke ones on ebay any good? Who knows?

I wouldn't because of the words Fluke and China in the same sentence.

I have nothing against a DMM from China, but a Fluke one? does not sound right to me.

and columbiers is not wrong, those ones can not measure current.


Nor can the proper Fluke 101. It can measure AC current with an optional extra clamp meter attachment.


Perhaps my point was not quite clear.

I am not saying that the one on ebay is fake because it can not measure current, I am saying it may be fake because it's made in China.

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