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Old 07-06-2004, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Volt/multi meters

What makes a good vs a bad one.

I made a mistake and gt a cheap digital volt meter from Harbor Frieght. IT tried to tell me that I had 18 volts in my battery..

(I didn't)

So I need to replace it with one I can trust.
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Old 07-06-2004, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go and get a Fluke multimeter.Your local electrical supply store or home depot will have them.Get the best one that you can afford that does what you need.And remember this is very usefull around the home and shop.Im sure your aware they have numerous settings.Ive done res. electrical work for a couple years and to me they are by far the best brand.Just my .02

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Old 07-06-2004, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Go and get a Fluke multimeter.
Yep. Spend the extra coin, and you will be happy
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I have 3 Fluke 77's that are around 12 or so years old, and they work perfect still!

I do have a cheap one I got at sears, and it works fine as well. It's the one in the rig for trail use.
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Fluke is the way to go, beat the shit out of mine and it still going
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Keep in mind that there are situations where you will want/need a digital meter and there are other situations where you will want an analog meter.

The Fluke 77 suggested earlier is a great tool. I also have a Simspon 260 when I want to see the needle move and not just jumping numbers.

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so this is not a bad unit at all then?

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I made a mistake and gt a cheap digital volt meter from Harbor Frieght. IT tried to tell me that I had 18 volts in my battery..
I had the same thing happen.

Consider that an analog can check voltage even if the battery is dead.
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Keep in mind that there are situations where you will want/need a digital meter and there are other situations where you will want an analog meter.

The Fluke 77 suggested earlier is a great tool. I also have a Simspon 260 when I want to see the needle move and not just jumping numbers.

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Yep. I have a Fluke 77/an, I would love to have a sexy Fluke with sig gen, oscope, tachometer the works, but hey, the 77 is accurate, reliable, tough, easy to use.

And I don't have a Simpson, but I love them and am keeping my eyes out for one. PTS is exactly right, Simpsons (or another good analog MM) are great for changing signals. VERY good for intermittents.

The standard in the Navy when I was in was the 77 for digis, and the Simpson for analogs. I grew to love them, and they deserve their reputation. Those two tools fixed millions of your tax dollar's worth of electronic equipment in my hands alone.

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I want to add, as if I could become any more long-winded:

The 77/an I have, the AN stands for 'analog'. There is a digital scale at the bottom that approximates an analog signal. So if your voltage changes while you are measuring, the numeric display blanks out until the voltage steadies. But the digital bar goes up and down instantaneously like an analog.

I have never gotten used to that. Again, standard Navy practice for making an analog measurement was to use an analog MM. The 77/an changes voltage scales, so it can be tough and confusing to use.

If I had to choose between the two, I would get a Simpson first. But again, I love the 77 and you'll find a lot of people that do.
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i've been selling AMPROBE for the last 3 yrs. & no
problems. you pretty much get what you pay for,
like anything else. i use their model# AM-15A(digi).
they retail for between $70-100; relatively cheap
for what you get.
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OK guys, help me out. Does Fluke make a meter with PC interface?

I often have need to monitor current or voltage fluctuations over long periods of time, looking for glitches in vehicle computer systems. If I could log the activity overnight and review it at my PC, life would be good.

Radio Shack has theirs on sale for $69, but I'd much prefer to have something better. Also, I wonder if the period couldn't be set low enough that you could use it as an oscilloscope.

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I just got back from Radio Shack, got their $15 analog for the trail rig. I previously had one of these in my trail rig for a couple of years and it never failed me until it got drenched in a rainstorm once.

Anyway, it reminded me that last year I bought their cheapest digital unit, it's $20 and comes in this cute little (read: ) case that's supposed to be like a miniature Trapper Keeper I guess? anyway, it also read incorrectly, told me I was charging at like 18V when I wasn't. I returned it immediately.

All I really need on the trail is an independent unit to test voltage/charging, and to test continuity. The cheap analogs do fine.
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